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12 awesome custom watch faces for Android Wear smartwatches

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Google don’t yet officially support custom watch faces on Android Wear smartwatches like the G Watch and Moto 360, but that hasn’t stopped developers from creating hundreds of them. One popular app called Facer allows you to find new watch faces and send them to your phone, without needing to install a new app for each new watch face. In this blog, we’ll show you 10 awesome Facer watch faces and how to install them.

How to use Facer

  1. Download the Facer app from the Play Store. It’s 63p – well worth it.
  2. Visit FaceRepo.com to download watch faces. You can do this on your Android device or on your PC.  If you choose to open the downloaded file with Facer, you can skip the next step. If you download them on your PC, move the files to your Android device’s Download folder.
  3. Open Facer, then click the import ‘watch face’ buttonIt’s in the upper right and looks like a watch with a downward facing arrow inside it. Select your downloaded watch face file (either .zip or .face).
  4. Press a watch face, then click the ‘send to watch’ button. You’ll need to set your watch face to Facer if it isn’t already. Sending the watch takes up to a minute, and sometimes needs to be repeated to work properly.

Round face recommendations (Moto 360, G Watch R)

Square face recommendations (Gear Live, G Watch, SmartWatch 3)

  • Modern for Gear Live - a clean face with analogue time, date, weather.
  • Retro LCD - classic LCD look, with time, weather, battery.
  • Material Design - Android 5.0 style with time, date, weather.
  • Casio G-Shock - time and date, doesn’t grant water resistance!
  • Digital Retro - Clean retro design with time, date, battery, weather.
  • LG G3 - simple time, date, weather and battery display.

Signing off

I hope you’ve found some cool watch faces for your Android Wear smartwatch! Please recommend your favourites in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week!

LG G Watch R hands-on review

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The LG G Watch R has arrived in stock at Mobile Fun! We’re selling out fast, so if you want to pick one up then you may want to order now at the G Watch R product page. If you want to know more about the smartwatch, then read on for our hands-on impressions–or check out our G Watch R review roundup!

A very traditional design

Right out of the box, the G Watch R has a distinctive look that sets it apart from other smartwatches. The prominent crown, metal enclosure with oversized lugs and minute-marked dial all serve to validate the R’s credentials as a legitimate watch. The leather band is also quite stylish, and can be swapped for other 22mm bands.

The Watch R is water resistant, with an IP67 rating that means it should survive “in still tap water at room temperature for about 30 minutes, up to a depth of 1 metre.” That means it should brush off rain and splashes, but wouldn’t want to go swimming with it.

The first full circle Android Wear smartwatch

The Watch R’s killer feature is its display. The R has a circular dial like the Moto 360, but the screen here is a complete circle–there’s no black bar cut out of the bottom of the display. LG have instead put their display tech in the larger bezel. LG have also gone with a smaller display–1.3 inches instead of 1.56 inches–which results in two watches that are roughly the same size.

The small display has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, making the Watch R the most dense display on an Android Wear smartwatch so far. Viewing angles and colour reproduction seems quite good here, but there’s not a massive difference looking at the 360 and Watch R side-by-side. One big improvement over the earlier G Watch is sunlight visibility; now it’s quite possible to use the watch on a sunny day.

Smartwatch powerhouse

The G Watch R is as well-equipped as any other Android Wear smartwatch on the market, with a Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU and 4GB of internal storage (for storing songs and installing apps).

A 410 mAh battery sits inside; the highest capacity battery inside an Android Wear device thus far (if only by a bit). We didn’t get a chance to look at battery life during our short time with the device, but other publications have reported two days of use with the screen constantly on, and up to three days when the display is allowed to turn off when unused.

In terms of sensors, we’re looking at a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, heart rate monitor, barometer – but there’s no ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness. Bluetooth 4.0 is used, and with the latest version of Android Wear you can connect to Bluetooth headphones / speakers as well as your Android 4.3+ phone.

Many watch faces and Android Wear

The Watch R comes out of the box with about 20 watch faces. That’s around the same number as came with the earlier G Watch, and triple the number of watch faces that come with the Moto 360. These watch faces generally adhere to the style set out by the Watch R’s hardware, with faces centred around sports, hiking and fitness that display additional information like steps taken, elevation and world times. Of course, there are some options out of left field as well, which provide effervescent and eye-catching looks but clash with the watch’s design.

The operating system on-board the G Watch R is Android Wear; the same as on the Moto 360, Gear Live, G Watch and the upcoming Sony SmartWatch 3. You’ll find the OS reasonably well-adapted for the circular display, although the touch-and-swipe interface isn’t entirely intuitive. Voice commands work well (if you are brave enough to try them in public) and overall the watch is definitely a useful complement to your phone.You’ll get notifications from your phone which can be ignored or responded to right from your watch; a growing number of apps now support the OS. Of course, you’re also able to make notes, set timers, track your steps and heart-rate, and even see the time.

One of the best Android Wear smartwatches so far

It’s still early days for Android Wear and smartwatches in general, but already we’re getting watches that are useful enough to be worth their cost. The G Watch R is arguably the best smartwatch on the market right now; its look is on par with the Moto 360 and it enjoys better performance and battery life. While the bulky construction might not suit everyone, if you’re in step with its design goals then you’ll find a useful and enjoyable smart watch in the G Watch R.

The G Watch R is available now at Mobile Fun, but supplies are limited. For the latest information, including pricing and availability, please visit the product page linked below:

LG G Watch R review roundup

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The LG G Watch R is a circular refinement on LG’s original G Watch, boasting an improved display, a traditional watch design and strong battery life. The watch will be available from Mobile Fun later this week, so let’s have a look at what the early reviews are saying!

Android Police: ‘The best Android Wear has to offer right now’

Our first review comes courtesy of Android Police, who praise the always-on screen for its high resolution and fully circular screen. Battery life is also a point of strength for the device, with two days of always-on use and three days if the display is allowed to turn off when not in use. The bad points? The Android Wear OS as a whole isn’t yet completed and the watch has a large-body design that won’t appeal to everyone.

Android Authority: ‘Exquisite craftsmanship, stunning display, exceptional battery life’

Next up we have the effusive folks of Android Authority, who seem to be big fans of the device too. The build quality and design of the watch are highlighted in their review, with the traditional look of the watch – including numbered bezel – being well-received. The display is also lauded, particularly given this is a circular display without the ’awkward black bar’ of the Moto 360. To Authority, these strengths justify the higher price point of the device.

Android Central: ‘a step forward, but not a game-changer’

Android Central take a more measured tone in their review, calling the watch an evolution upon its predecessors if not an absolute revolution of the system. The review describes the watch as ‘like a real, actual watch – complete with crown, minute marks and hefty lugs’; which they call ‘a vast improvement’ over the earlier G Watch. The review also calls the G Watch R a ‘battery champ’ compared to the Moto 360. Overall, the watch is recommended for early adopters but not for the mass market.

Stuff: ‘won’t win beauty contests… but that’s about its only flaw’

Our final review comes courtesy of Stuff, who aren’t fans of the watch’s bulky look compared to the svelter Moto 360. However, they are happy to admit that otherwise the G Watch R is a clear winner, with a good OLED screen, great battery life and ‘a smooth experience, delivered by powerful innards.’ Ultimately, they say that there’s ‘plenty to love’ about the G Watch R.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out our G Watch R review roundup. Remember that the G Watch R will be in stock at Mobile Fun later this week, so place your pre-order now if you’d like to take home ‘the best Android Wear has to offer’!

PowerJacket 3800mAh battery case for LG G3

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

LG G3 Power Jacket Battery Case 3800mAh - White    Power Jacket Case 3800mAh for LG G3 - Black

The LG G3 comes with a long-lasting 3,000mAh battery, but what happens when you want truly epic battery life? Then you reach for something even greater – the LG G3 Power Jacket with a 3800mAh built-in battery, letting you more than double your smartphone’s longevity. Let’s take a closer look!

Battery life for days

The LG G3 is a pretty impressive phone, with a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display, Snapdragon 801 processor and a 3,000mAh battery… but some tasks, particularly web browsing and video playback, will reduce your phone’s battery life considerably. For these tasks, an extended battery can be a lifesaver.

The Power Jacket adds 3800mAh of battery power to your reserves, bringing you up to a tablet-sized 6800mAh. Based on GSMArena’s battery tests, you’d expect to see almost 60 hours of 3G talk time, 15 hours of web browsing or 20 hours of video playback with the Power Jacket installed. Not bad at all, eh?

The Power Jacket is charged via microUSB just like the phone inside, and features an easy on/off switch and LED indicator to make things easy.

Protection and utility in spades

The Power Jacket uses the added bulk of the battery intelligently, using it to shield the G3 from scratches and impact damage. The case includes full coverage of the phone, including a lip around the screen, so you should keep your G3 in great condition while it’s in the case.

LG G3 Power Jacket Battery Case 3800mAh - Black    LG G3 Power Jacket Battery Case 3800mAh - Black

The Power Jacket also includes a handy media stand, perfect for making use of that extra battery life to watch a few films or YouTube videos.

Links and signing-off

To order the LG G3 Power Jacket case, please visit the product pages linked below for the white or black coloured versions. Both variants are available for pre-order at the time of writing, but you’ll get live pricing and availability information by visiting these links:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to have a good week! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.

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LG tease round G Watch R for September reveal

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

LG have teased a new smartwatch in a YouTube video (embedded below). It’s thought to be called the LG G Watch R, and like the highly anticipated Moto 360 it comes with a gorgeous round dial.

The phone looks a lot classier than LG’s first Android Wearable, the square original G Watch. Like the Moto 360, the Watch R comes with nice circular watch faces suited to the display, but unlike the 360, the Watch R doesn’t have a weird black bar cutting off the bottom part of the face.

The G Watch R includes a side button (unlike the G Watch), a digital step counter, a distance meter and a compass. Of course, the watch will run Android Wear, which is supported by a growing number of Android apps, allowing you to receive incoming notifications, take notes, remotely control your phone and much more.

LG G Watch R for Android Smartphones - Black

The G Watch R will be announced by LG early next month, at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin. The watch is thought to go on sale soon afterward, in order to compete with the Moto 360. The Watch R is likely going to launch at a lower price point than the Moto 360, so it’ll be up to the first few reviews to really determine which will be the best option.

We’ll have the Watch R here at Mobile Fun, and we’ve already added the watch to our virtual shelves. To see more information and to register interest when we have confirmed pricing and availability, please visit the product page linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article, and feel free to visit our smartwatches page to see our entire inventory – including many smartwatches available and in stock right now!

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