What we liked
It’s early days, but Android Wear seems like a winner for wearables. Google Now—the company's Siri-like "intelligent personal assistant"—on a smart watch is a natural fit. The voice recognition works quite well, though you may have to experiment a bit with the cadence and speed of your speech. Say “OK Google,” and you can do Google searches, compose texts, and make requests of your watch (“Show me my steps” or “Set an alarm”).
Google Now also offers up a stream of "cards" on the watch's face, with information it determines is relevant to you. If, for example, the card tells you how many minutes it would take you to get home from your current location, you can click on the card and get specific traffic and navigation information.
The LG G Watch also lets you answer or reject phone calls, though you’ll need your phone to actually talk. And you can view your agenda for the day and set alarms and reminders.
Getting started on the LG G Watch was simple. You install Android Wear on any phone running Android 3 or later (we tested with a Samsung Note 3), then pair the two devices via Bluetooth. (When we connected, the watch downloaded an update before we could get going.)
LG claims that the G Watch is dust- and water-resistant, characteristics that we haven't tested yet. Finally, we found the magnetic charging dock that comes with the watch refreshingly simple to use. Just pop in the watch and it charges, with no weirdly angled plugs or awkward snap-on chargers in sight.