Change the strap and the watch face and you have a new watch.
The milanese metal strap arrived yesterday. It was so easy to swap over. I now have the black strap that came with the Urbane, a lovely brown crocodile leather and a sports orange strap.
Below are the other straps in my possession.
Without a doubt the metal milanese strap is my favourite! What is crazy is that the cost of all 3 additional watch straps cost less than one of the cheapest straps sold by Apple for their Watch.
My second orange strap arrived the other day and this time I managed to fit it to the Urbane. Fitting it was tricky and I found that the only way to connect it, was with the strap at 90° when pushing the pins back in place.
You can also see due to the thickness of the strap at the watch end it slightly protrudes. Leather straps sit flush on the back.
Just a reminder here are the other straps. So far brown leather is my 2nd favourite but for now orange is the new king in town 🙂
I suppose at some point I will fit a metal strap too. So which colour option do you prefer?
I ordered 2 new straps for my Urbane. A brown leather strap which is fabulous and a sports orange dive style strap.
The orange strap doesn’t connect to the Urbane.
If you look at the part of the strap that connects to the Urbane its too thick for the spacing provided by the watch. I even tried different pins to see if that helped but it didn’t. I have ordered another orange strap which I am hoping is thinner.
More soon (hopefully).
As you can see above and below, I have replaced the black strap with a brown crocodile strap which in my honest opinion looks a lot smarter. Some of you may prefer metal or even a sports rubber finish.
I have an orange sports strap (£10) arriving soon which I intend to wear at some point, but at the moment, brown crocodile leather rocks my boat. I have provided links to all the straps and tool I used to remove the strap and refit.
The key point to note is buying a strap removal tool. Mine costs £2.99 Don’t try and cheat with a thin flat screwdriver. You will probably take much longer and end up scratching the casing. First, turn over the watch to access the rear. Make sure you place the watch face down on a super soft cloth so as not to scratch the watch face. Then use the tool to grip the spring bar ridge, pull back and release spring. Reverse to connect strap. This is a 5 mins job. Make sure the shorter end goes up against the 12 o’clock.
Simple but effective.
Links – remember orange strap not yet received, but I will edit this post once obtained UPDATE – orange strap is too thick at to connect to Urbane.
Orange Dive Watch Strap Orange 22mm
PROFESSIONAL WATCH BAND STRAP LINK PIN SPRING BAR REMOVER REMOVAL REPAIR TOOL
Selection of 22mm Brown Leather Watch Straps
I have experimented with more watch faces. Basically with an app called Watchmaker Premium (link to Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=slide.watchFrenzy.premium&hl=en ) it is possible to install practically any watch face you fancy. So no shortage of custom looks.
LG Support – my call to LG Support re getting the heart rate data to sync back to the watch is ongoing. LG have called me back several times re this issue. Basically on the LG G4 is LG’s app called LG Health. It is not recognising that the Urbane is connected and therefore not pulling any data from it. Instead the LG Health app is using the inbuilt G4’s pedometer. According to LG Support, its new and therefore that makes it reasonable to not work as advertised. I would love to express myself with a tirade of four letter words here. This is not acceptable and surely should have been tested. This is another LG app that is not working correctly. QuickRemote is another app not optimised for the LG G4.
Wrist control – this works like a charm. There is no need to touch the watch, just flick wrists up and down to scroll through notifications.
Voice control – OK Google seems fairly consistent at translating my voice or dictating my messages.
Straps – I have received a brown crocodile 22mm strap. I am still waiting for the strap removal tool and another strap, a bright orange sports strap. These other items are expected by Monday. Once I get everything, I will post photos of the new straps. The black leather strap that comes with the Urbane is really lovely. Brown leather looks even better IMO. The choice is yours as the Urbane uses a standard 22mm watch strap.
I am still exploring android wear apps and options. If anyone has any recommendations please let me know.
My main frustrating lies with the heart rate monitor/steps and its data not being transferred to the phone for analysis, nor have I found a way to use it to monitor my fitness whilst undertaking activities. Google Fit is the only app that collects steps but not heart rate. Google Fit is pretty useless IMO compared to the competition. LG Health app also needs updating asap.
I don’t accept LG Support casual remark that being new it’s ok to have bugs. In my mind this is a massive bug and should have been spotted immediately as it is so obviously not collecting heart rate data. Grrrr. Or transferring any data from the Urbane back to the phone.
The only consolation is the Urbane looks like a classy mens watch. And as a watch the time is always visible. No flicking wrists or lifting hands to activate the screen.
So yesterday my steel LG Watch Urbane arrived. My wife watched my open the box to reveal the Urbane, and her first words were “Ooh that’s rather lovely, much nicer than that prison tag thing you had” (FYI the prison tag referencing is the Samsung Gear S).
In fact the Urbane is gorgeous and the black leather strap matches it really well. As you can see I have been playing with watch faces, and apart from some of the included watch faces from LG, I have also installed Rolex and other brand watch faces with ease.
17 of my existing apps also offered some form of extra service on the Urbane. Wrist flicking to scroll through notifications works well. As does replying and deleting stuff or asking Google for information.
One aspect of the Urbane is its heart rate monitor. I can perform manual checks. I can tell LG Health app on the phone that I am starting an exercise or walking and it tracks everything, and displays your heart rate during your activity.
But how the f*** do you get the Urbane to transfer the heart rate data to your phone is beyond me. Google Fit is not displaying anything. LG Health app isn’t either even though it is meant to.
So I called LG support who have phoned me back twice and have yet to find a resolution. Let’s hope it is simply an app update or firmware fix.
So in one hand I was delighted with the Urbane’s look and feel only to feel aggrieved at its useless ability to not save heart rate data.
I have also ordered a watch strap tool remover, an orange sports strap and a brown leather strap. More to follow on my Urbane adventure in the coming weeks.
So you have seen the Pebble Time, but this is LG’s new watch the Urbane. This is more like a watch a would want on my wrist.
The LG Watch Urbane is crafted around the same 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display as the LG Watch R but features a narrower bezel that gives it sleeker lines. The LG Watch Urbane has all of the hallmarks of a fine watch, making it the perfect fashion accessory. Its stainless steel body is available in polished silver and gold finish and is complemented by a beautifully stitched natural leather strap for a more classic look. The strap can be replaced with any 22mm wide band to suit the occasion or the wearer’s mood. Powering all of this is an intuitive touch-based user interface that makes the LG Watch Urbane compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above.
Like the G Watch R, LG’s latest Android Wear device includes a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor that can measure a wearer’s heart rate and average pulse during exercise. Always-On ambient mode shows the time on the display at all times in dimmed mode, saving battery life.
￭ Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
￭ Operating System: Android Wear™
￭ Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi)
￭ Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
￭ Memory: 4GB eMMC/ 512MB LPDDR2
￭ Battery: 410mAh
￭ Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer /
PPG (Heart Rate Sensor)
￭ Colors: Gold / Silver
￭ Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)
More details on the watch will be revealed by LG at MWC.
Source – http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64948