Note: The LG-W200 Urbane Second Edition is “stuck” with Android OS 7.1, while the LG-W280 Sport can upgrade to Wear OS.
I enjoy using the LG-W200A Urbane Second Edition LTE smartwatch, despite the LG-W280 Sport having additional features like: wear
- crown wheel scrolling
- auto brightness level
Despite being slightly larger than the LG-W110 G Watch R I’ve used since its 2014 release, the wrist-feel of the LG-W200 is good. THe LG-W280 and LG-W200 feel different on the wrist, but both feel good to me. The shoulders around the center button help avoid inadvertent presses. Performance is snappy. The phone speaker is plenty loud to use in a supermarket or average city sidewalk–the latter if held within a few feet of your face. Using the Video Tube app, it’s possible to watch YouTube videos with sound from the watch speaker, and cast video to Google Home on your TV.
The LG-W200A on AT&T uses LTE bands 2 (1900MHz PCS) and 5 (850 MHz, traditional North American cellular band)–making the AT&T W200A Project Fi and Ting compatible. On Verizon, the LG-W200V uses LTE band 13 (700MHz) only–blocking the Verizon version from Project Fi/Ting.
Informally comparing the dBm signal readout under the Settings/Cellular/SIM status with a smartphone showed roughly similar readings.
At the time of this writing, it seems that for AT&T in Boston that 1900 MHz is used for 3G and 4G (HSPA and LTE), while 850 MHz is used for 2G EDGE. This educated guess is based on the much stronger signal strength in 2G mode (15-20 dB stronger) when deep indoors. I have not had a problem making calls even when the signal strength is -113 dBm in HSPA when the signal was too weak for LTE. I am really impressed with the weak signal area performance of the LG-W200A.
Note, the transmit power numbers in this table are relative, as they are dependent on the position/orientation of the watch with regard to the wearer, as with most wearables. The data comes from the FCCID database. The cellular/LTE use a PIFA antenna, while the Wifi/BT use an FPCB antenna.
Detailed Tech Specs
|Band||Mode||Watch TX (MHz)||Watch Antenna Gain (dBi)||Watch EIRP (dBm)|
|LTE 13 (VZW)||LTE (5 - 10 MHz)||777-787||-0.1||21-23|
|LTE 2 (ATT)||REL99/HSDPA/HSUPA/LTE (1.4 - 20 MHz)||1850-1910||1.3||19.1 - 24.5|
|LTE 5 (ATT)||REL99/HSDPA/HSUPA/LTE (1.4 - 20 MHz)||824-849||-4.9||19.5 - 23.7|
|802.11b/g/n||n: HT20||2412-2462||-1.9||10 - 15|
|BT 4.1||2MHz BW||2402-2480||-1.9||7|
|BT LE||1MHz BW||2402-2480||-1.9||7|
|GSM850||GMSK/GPRS/EGPRS||824-849||-4.9||24 - 28|
So with the LG-W200A, the supported T-Mobile band (and hence, Project Fi and Ting bands) is band 2. AT&T is supported by the LG-W200A on band 5.
The extra screen resolution of the LG-W200A over the LG-W110 was useful. The reduction of the vertical bezel protrusion greatly helps writing on the screen, though increasing risk of damaging the screen.
Using a good screen protector is a mandatory addition to any smartwatch. I tried two different glass protectors and both protectors shattered in a few weeks. I now use the Skinomi matte protector and it’s been great as it was for my W110.
Shared phone number
Provided your carrier supports it, you can have one phone number for the Wear OS LTE smartwatch and your smartphone. AT&T calls this service NumberSync. As these LTE smartwatches get more popular, I feel more carriers will offer a similar service.
Google Voice with Wear OS LTE smartwatch works great. Google Voice forwards calls from one number to your smartwatch and smartphone. The Google Voice method will leave a different number if you make calls out from your smartwatch, however.