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LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Now available at Best Buy

July 16, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Those looking elsewhere to pick up the new LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live can now look to Best Buy. Currently they have both the titan black and champagne gold versions of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live in black listed on their site, for $229 and $199 respectively. However, they are not available in store just yet. So if you’re waiting to see them for yourself before buying them, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer, unfortunately. The specs on both of these smartwatches are pretty similar. The LG G Watch features a 1.65-inch IPS display, while the Samsung Gear Live features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display. Otherwise they are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage available.

Remember that you’ll need an Android smartphone that is running Android 4.3 or newer to use either of these smartwatches. You’ll also need the Android Wear companion installed on your phone so you can set up your new watch and install apps to it, etc. Android Wear is still very early in it’s lifetime, so it’s not perfect just yet. But it is a pretty good product so far. Of course, there are some quirks, but that’s normal with newer operating systems and even hardware. The LG G Watch is a pretty plain design, and by all means is a reference device for Android Wear, and the Samsung Gear Live resembles – very closely – it’s brother, the Gear 2 Neo. Only real difference  is the clasp and the home button.

For those interested in picking one up, we’ve got links to all three of them down below. We should begin seeing these available at other retailers as well. So far it’s only Google Play and Best Buy. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see it launch at Amazon and even eBay pretty soon.

LG G Watch (titan black): $229.99 | LG G Watch (white gold): $229.99 | Samsung Gear Live: $199.99