LG Watch Sport W280 initial review

The LG Watch Sport W280 is an excellent watch, one of the best smartwatches on the market.

It is a worthwhile upgrade from Android Wear 1.5 watches, including the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, even if you upgrade the Urbane to Wear 2.0.

  • 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

LG Watch Sport Project Fi LTE

The LG Watch Sport W280 is compatible with Project Fi with improved coverage area over the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE W200. The Sport W280 has two Project Fi compatible LTE bands while the Urbane W200A has only one LTE band overlapping with Project Fi.

As usual, 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 smartwatch.

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 to have slightly longer battery life than the Urbane. This is true despite the smaller battery of the LG Watch Sport vs. Urbane 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.

Android Wear 2.0 initial software version

This is the initial software on the LG Watch Sport. It will automatically upgrade when you charge it.

Android Wear software versions
Android Wear 2.0 versions after initial turnon and update.