My brother Nick had asked me awhile ago to see if I could find a good deal on an Apple watch for him to pair with his iPhone. I had been watching Black Friday sales, but Apple watches were still going for hundreds of dollars. Then I got the opportunity to do a product review for the new LG W7 44.5mm Stainless Steel Smartwatch from Best Buy, so I asked Nick if he'd give it a whirl and see how it integrated with his iPhone.
Nick has been wearing the LG W7 Smartwatch for about a week now, so I asked him the pros and cons.
LG W7 Pros
- Super easy to set up
- Nice, comfortable band
- Real watch hands look cool
- Good touch display; Touch screen works well with big fingers (aka man hands)
- Fitness tracking feature is nice, and step count seems accurate
- Integrates easily with iPhone and iOS apps, i.e. can receive notifications from Snapchat and his Washington Post app.
- Less expensive than an Apple watch
- Looks dressier than an Apple watch
LG W7 Cons
- Motion activation is sensitive as the watch lights up every time Nick moves.
- Battery only lasts one day so the watch must be charge every night. The watch-only mode supposedly lasts for 100 days between charges.
- If you forget to charge, it loses connection with your phone. Nick is thinking of shutting off the motion activation and/or wifi to see if that helps with battery life.
- When the watch connection loses connection, it's hard to get it reconnected.
Well, it looks like the pros outweight the cons! Overall, Nick said he would recommend the LG W7 44.5mm Stainless Steel Smartwatch as an entry level smartwatch as it's easy to use, looks sharp and is inexpensive compared to the Apple watch.
There are so many other key features that I read about the LG W7 44.5mm Stainless Steel Smartwatch that Nick didn't mention or hasn't used or discovered yet:
- Personalized help from Google Assistant
- Smarter Health Coaching from Google Fit
- Compatible with iPhone/iOS and Android
- Stainless steel design resists corrosion and scratches
Additional disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product.