LG G Watch review
Android Wear is finally here in the LG G Watch

In terms of design, the LG G Watch fails to break any new ground, at all. It reminds me a little of the Sony Smartwatch 2 inasmuch as it's a non-descript black rectangle.

At least the Sony has a logo and three home keys on the front, the G Watch however has nothing. It'll please the minimalists out there, and while I don't want anything too alien sitting on my wrist I'd have liked to see at least some creative input into the design.

For those of you who don't wear a watch everyday, or are a fan of the slender Casios, the G Watch will feel rather chunky, but next to my Fossil watch it's no deeper at 9.95mm.

LG G Watch review

In fact the size is certainly manageable and at just 63g it's actually lighter than my everyday time piece, meaning you'll quickly forget it's there - until it buzzes you with a new notification of course.

There are no buttons on the G Watch, not even a power key, which is a little confusing and means you can't physically switch it on.

LG G Watch review

When you take your G Watch out of the box for the first time you have to sit it in its charging dock. This is a small rectangle on which you lay the rear of the watch.

The charging cradle has a sticky, rubberised base to ensure you don't accidently knock it off the side and there's a pleasant magnetic connection between watch and dock reassuring you that you've successfully engaged it in the correct way.

LG G Watch review

Plug the USB cable into the cradle (ooh, a rhyme!) and the G Watch will spring to life. You can turn the G Watch off via the setting menu - although to get it back on you'll have to return it to the dock, which is a little frustrating.

With no button or charging port which needs to be covered by a flappy piece of plastic it means you'll feeling safer about stepping into the shower or heading to the beach with the LG G Watch. It is IP certified meaning it's dustproof and water resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.

LG G Watch review

I got the black G Watch with a grey strap, although you can also pick a white finish with a white band and gold highlights.

The grey strap on my review unit looked pretty cheap, despite being an official strap, and the rubberised finish meant it was a real dust magnet. Combine that with the gloss black square of the watch and it's really not a great look.

LG G Watch review

On the inside of the strap you'll notice that it has a diamond effect, although the outside is just smooth plastic - I'd have liked to have seen the pattern extended to the on-show side of the strap as it's more attractive.

The good news here though is that the strap can be changed for any standard 22mm (0.86-inch) watch strap, meaning you can significantly enhance the look of the G Watch, and personalise the black slab a little more to your taste.

LG G Watch review

Sure the design may be functional, but wearables have to be stylish to really grab people's attention. Just take a look at the Moto 360, it looks gorgeous and many people want to own one just for that reason alone.

The LG G Watch fails to win on looks, so it needs to perform well on-screen.