Wearable competition is sure escalating, with the $350 and up Apple Watch attacked from all sides.
The beauty of Android has always been diversity and choice, so it’s only natural the wrist-worn equivalent of Google’s mobile platform grows in variety as the “iWatch” takes off. Rumor is a sequel for the physically alluring Moto 360 will break cover before long, as well as one or several Asus Zenwatch follow-ups.
Meanwhile, LG keeps expanding its intelligent timepiece portfolio, upping the wearable device tally to four with an extravagantly priced LTE-capable webOS model and slightly cheaper but equally as luxurious Android-based Watch Urbane.
The latter has just gone on sale via the Google Store in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Spain, the UK and US. Stateside, the premium, circular, slim-bezeled contraption can also be picked up from Verizon.
Both Big G and Big Red charge $349.99 with free shipping, so at least compared to the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, this bad boy doesn’t hold the affordability ace up its sleeve. It remains to be seen if there really is a market for posh Rolex replacements suited for notification-pushing from Android smartphones.
If there’s not, you can always go for a lower-cost G Watch, G Watch R or Moto 360. The rectangular OG G Watch is nowhere to be found at Google, but it’s up for grabs at $117 on Amazon. The round, stylish G Watch R costs $249 through Mountain View’s digital outlet, after a cool $50 discount. Finally, the 360 has also been slashed, hopefully for good, from $249 to $179.
In contrast, Amazon wants at least $268 for a G Watch R and still lists the Moto 360 at $220 in black leather and $229 in stone leather. Bottom line, Google probably has the right deal for each and every early smartwatch adopter.