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Meet the beautiful, metal LG G Watch R (pictures)

Come take a close look at the LG G Watch R, the most beautiful Android Wear smartwatch around.

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Say hello to the LG G Watch R, the first truly round Android Wear smartwatch and arguably the most beautiful smartwatch so far.

Its round body is made from angular metal, with a real leather wrist strap and a selection of classic watch faces to choose from, making it far more stylish than its square predecessor, the G Watch.

The G Watch R is due to go on sale within the next month in the US, UK and Australia, although prices aren't yet known.

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LG's first Android Wear watch, the G Watch, was a very dull, square affair. The G Watch R couldn't be more different.

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It's only when notifications pop up on screen that it's possible to tell that this isn't just a normal watch.

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The screen is touch-enabled to allow you to navigate through the Android Wear interface. Voice commands are used to perform many actions.

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The watch will show incoming calls, along with a picture of the person, if you have the contact associated with your Google account.

You can accept or decline the call, but you'll need to have a headset on as there's no speaker in the watch itself.

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You can see incoming emails...

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...and be reminded of upcoming events too.

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Although the Motorola Moto 360 is the first round smartwatch we've seen, its screen had a small black bar on the bottom, making the G Watch R the first fully circular display.

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There's a huge selection of watch faces to choose from.

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The analogue faces look the best, as the 1.3-inch OLED display is bright and bold, making the watch hands really stand out against the dark backgrounds.

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Here's another.

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Oh, and another.

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Much less classic, but I do like the blue background.

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This green laser isn't for dazzling your enemies -- it's a heart rate monitor built into the back.

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You can check on your pulse during a workout to make sure you're training hard enough.

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It'll count your steps too.

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Using voice commands, you can ask for the weather, perform a search, ask for nearby locations, email a contact, set an alarm or timer, or find out your agenda for the day.

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The crown on the side is the home button.

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It's certainly the most attractive smartwatch so far, but its angular, chunky design won't appeal to everyone -- particularly not those with delicate wrists.

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There are various third-party apps you can get on your phone that will send information over to the watch.

Shown here is recipe app CookPad, which lets you browse for recipes...

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...and then follow them, step by step on the watch.

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Notifications from all apps on your phone will appear on the watch.

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Here's a vibrant blue face.

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And a more subdued one.

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There are more modern digital faces if you're not keen on the classic analogue hands.

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This watch face, entitled Fitness, keeps a step count on show at all times.

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I like this minimalist face.

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The strap is leather, but it uses a standard watch strap connection so you can swap it out for a more classy metal link affair, or a sporty rubber one if you prefer.

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The screen is recessed into the body, creating this angled black bezel.

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It's quite a chunky thing.

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