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LG G Watch

Wondering if the new Android Wear smartwatches will cost an arm and a leg? It doesn’t appear so based on the U.K. price of £180 for LG’s G Watch. The company confirmed the cost to Pocket Lint, saying it would be available in July. This bodes well for other Android Wear devices as I’d anticipate the Moto 360 to cost about the same, although it could have a premium price due to the unique circular touchscreen. Regardless, the ability to bring voice-activated Google Now features to your wrist won’t likely cost more than the smartphone you’ll pair them with.

  1. Not expensive?? $300 for a smart watch IS expensive. Only Apple can get away selling it that expensive.

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    1. John, this is a smartwatch with voice controls; not just a touchscreen. That’s definitely going to cost more than a simple second screen on the wrist. And typically, converting the currency to dollars of a tech product isn’t what’s done. I wouldn’t be surprised, for example, for the G Watch to cost between $180 and $199 in the U.S.

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      1. Corrupted Mind Tuesday, April 8, 2014

        Kevin is spot on with the “switch the currency sign pricing” – as a long suffering Brit with a tech fetish. I wouldn’t be surprised if these weren’t eventually offered “free” with handsets in the brutal UK high street wars. My issue with the “wearables”/smartwatch hype is that I’m still not sure who the eventual customer will be. If you’re into dress watches – then these won’t do the trick and you’re likely to have many different watches for various events/occassions. If you’re a sportsman – your price tolerance is way higher (a Garmin 910xt is a £329 investment) but you expect utility that these watches simply don’t deliver. If you’re into quality or luxury “timepieces” – then (a) your price pain threshold is higher still – think, the fun starts at around £1,000 but (b) you will not be amused by cheap tat (we would need to see, as a starting point, HTC One M8 levels of engineering). The geek in me loves the idea of a smartwatch – but the sportsman in me needs Garmin Forerunner type utility and the snob in me want swiss engineering. So I remain unconvinced.

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