In a release published Monday, AT&T outlined the details and availability for both products. Starting tomorrow, the G Watch can be ordered while pre-orders start for the G3 phone; presumably the G Watch will ship sooner since it is generally available today. Both can be had in AT&T retail stores on July 11. There are three purchase options for the smartphone: Zero down and no contract for $24.17 a month in the AT&T Next 18 program, zero down and no contract for $29 a month with AT&T Next 12 or $199 with a two-year agreement.
I took an early look at the LG G3 last month, although it was a South Korean model that wasn’t compatible with the cellular networks here in the U.S. Overall, the phone is impressive, boasting a higher resolution 5.5-inch display than competing devices. The Android phone was a solid performer during my limited time with it and takes reasonably good images; LG says it can focus faster than other phones thanks to a laser auto-focus system, but I didn’t see a huge benefit there.
I spent even less time with the company’s G Watch, having just a few minutes to use one at Google I/O 2014 last month. I was offered a choice between a loaner G Watch or a Samsung Gear Live at the event and chose the Samsung model mainly because it felt better on my wrist. There is little difference between the two otherwise, save for a larger battery in the G Watch, while the Samsung has an integrated heart rate monitor and different display technology.