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LG G Watch Rides In on 1st Android Wear Wave

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The LG G Watch has the distinction of being one of the very first devices to incorporate the bells and whistles of Android Wear. That's the good news. On the other hand, being on the bleeding edge in technology typically comes with the disadvantage of being pricey and having some kinks to work out. The G Watch is getting good reviews, though, and early adopters may take the plunge.

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