Behold the LG ‘G’ Android Smartwatch in Direct Sunlight

| Editorial

LG launched the G smartwatch to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday. The device was hardly met with fanfare, but a photograph posted to Twitter on Thursday reveals that LG might not thought this thing through all the way. In that a picture's worth a thousand words, and Dieter Bohn (@backlon) of The Verge added six of his own, I'll let his tweet do the talking:

Yikes is right.

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As big as a brick; but less useful. wink


If anything it’s the SIZE that makes this thing a joke - not some jerk’s retouched photos.

Lee Dronick

I have seen several bloggers commenting on the viewing in sunlight problem.  Of course the viewing angle in relation to the Sun is a factor.


There’s nothing wrong; the watch is in stealth mode.

Either that, or he’s just wearing it wrong.

Paul Goodwin

Hah! If that’s real, it’s pretty pathetic looking. Even if it had a crystal clear high contrast screen, I wouldn’t touch that with a 3.048 meter pole.


This actually makes Samsung’s ridiculous Wrist Tank look elegant.


It took me a while to realize what was going on there. At first, I just noticed the huge size, but then, I realized that the watch wasn’t turned off. The screen is absolutely unreadable in the sun! Duh… What were they thinking?

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

One of the cool things about the WIMM One circa 3 years ago was the transflexive display. It had two modes: backlit color and ambient front-lit greyscale. Watch faces and apps could draw based on the screen mode. In bright sunlight, you’d typically it in greyscale mode until you tapped it to turn it on, then sunlight would overpower the backlit color grin.

But the initial reaction by folks who saw the greyscale mode was that the watch obviously sucked because it couldn’t show color all the time. Some considered usage context would be helpful here. Also, when Apple’s iWatch retails for $300 and is readable in a Twitter photo in direct sunlight, we’ll see whether that’s worth $100 to people. grin

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