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A Glowing Review for the New Google Smartwatch

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Android users have reason to celebrate: Google has beat Apple to the smartwatch punch. A couple weeks ago, at Google's I/O developer conference, Google officially debuted its newest Android Wear offering in the form of the LG G watch. Armed with voice control features, swiping capabilities, and a seamless, bluetooth connection with the Android smartphone, this smartwatch is actually one to get excited about.

The best part of the watch, according to The Verge (disclosure: Racked and Verge are both owned by Vox), is its interface:

Every single Android notification already automatically works with Wear, and in some cases their more complex actions also work. If somebody sends you a text, you can swipe over to send a reply by speaking to your watch. You can archive or delete emails, load up boarding pass QR codes, and much more. Finally, when you dismiss a notification on either Wear or on your phone, it also gets dismissed on the other device—a trick no other smartwatch has gotten right before.

Sounds pretty agile, right? But there is a downfall: the watch's more advanced features are difficult to find—which may be a hint that the watch is best for supplementing your phone rather than replacing it. If it's all a little hard to wrap your mind around, visit an AT&T store beginning on Friday, July 11, for in-person demos. Or, if you're already sold and need your watch sooner rather than later, you can purchase your watch online here starting tomorrow.
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