As tempting as Big Red’s G5 pre-order offers look, as unappealing two other LG devices recently launched on America’s largest carrier seem at a first glance. And second, and third.
Proving it’s learned absolutely nothing from past mistakes, VZW follows AT&T’s suit in rebooting the troubled Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, but once again horribly misses the pricing mark. While Ma Bell charges $200 on and $360 off-contract, Verizon promises to ship the standalone cellular connectivity-enabled timepiece “by” April 1, as long as you’re willing to pay $450 with or $500 without pacts.
Our advice? Don’t do it! Don’t even think about it, as it’s clearly not worth it. Sure, the thing is stylish, powerful and speedy, and it’s got its own speaker and all, but the valuation gap between the two operators is totally uncalled for and makes no sense whatsoever.
Paired with an LG G5 or V10 purchased on a device payment plan, the second-gen Watch Urbane can be had for $100 off list, which is still not a very good deal.
Meanwhile, the LG K4 phone is as dirt-cheap as it comes, though that can’t make up for the 4.5-incher’s horribly archaic specs. 854 x 480 pixels resolution screen? 5 and 2MP cameras?? 1,940 mAh battery??? Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-loaded, likely with no prospects of a Marshmallow update?!?!? Forget it. Just… forget it.
But wait, as this carrier-locked variant ups the RAM and ROM ante compared to international models, offering 1.5 gigs of the former and 16 of the latter, with LTE support also in the mix, and ultimately, not such a terrible quality – pricing ratio, at $120 outright.