The LG Watch Sport W280 is an excellent watch, one of the best smartwatches on the market. Both the LG-W200A and LG-W280A Wear smartwatches work well with Ting LTE for $12/month phone + data using the T-Mobile network on LTE bands 2 and 4.
The LG-W280A is a worthwhile upgrade from earlier Android Wear watches, including the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE LG-W200A.
Key advantages of the W280 LG Watch Sport
- comfort level: LG Watch Sport is much more comfortable, with a more pliable, permanently affixed watch band.
- center button crown spin: Very useful, much more discreet checking of notification vs. swiping screen
- ambient light sensor: avoids need to manually ride brightness up and down for indoor dark office/bedroom vs. outdoor brightness needs.
- built-in GPS: you can use Google Maps from your watch with GPS even if your smartphone is dead/left behind.
LG Watch Sport Project Fi LTE
The LG Watch Sport LG-W280A is compatible with Ting on LTE bands 2 and 4, while the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE LG-W200A has only band 2. This means the LG-W280A will tend to have better LTE wireless coverage than the LG-W200A.
|Wear smartwatch||LTE Bands|
|LG-W280A Sport||1, 2, 4, 5|
|LG-W200A Urbane 2nd Edition LTE||2, 5|
Project Fi no-additional-charge for data-only devices means one gets almost-free LTE for the Android Wear 2.0 LG Watch Sport W280 (and W200) smartwatch.
For those wanting phone + data LTE smartwatch service, consider Ting.
Other LG Watch Sport parameters
The LG Watch Sport W280 does not have every advantage, but the downsides are minimal.
LG Watch Sport charge time
Unfortunately the wireless charging of the LG Watch Sport takes about 2-3 times longer than the direct wired charging of the Urbane. The LG Watch Sport takes about 2 hours to fully charge from 0% while the Urbane fully charged in less than 45 minutes.
LG Watch Sport battery life
I find the LG Watch Sport W280 to have slightly longer battery life than the Urbane W200. This is true despite the smaller battery of the LG Watch Sport W280 vs. Urbane W200 because of the much more efficient Snapdragon 2100 in the Sport vs. Snapdragon 400 in the Urbane. In both cases I kept Wifi and LTE on all the time.
LG Watch Sport W280 Wear 2.0
The LG Watch Sport W280 comes with Wear 2.0, and the W200 Urbane can be upgraded from Wear 1.5 to Wear 2.0