US$250 Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch with Android Wear ruined by a slice of Time

Wristwatches are my thing and I love to oogle, touch and admire their fines. The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch (Stein, 2014) is no different and is a pleasant smartwatch to look at, pleasing to both the eye and the senses in one respect; it’s got a round face like the US$320 LG G Watch R (Deer, October 2014) which looks like and performs like a normal wristwatch.

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The US$250 Motorola Moto 360, which went on sale in October 2014, was teased as far back as March 2014. It promised a wristwatch that looked like a regular smartwatch, something that you could actually wear in public for once, like the Secret Agent themed US$249 Pebble Steel (Deer, February 2014).

US$250 Motorola Moto 360 – Round Gorilla Glass Display and a fitness tracker to boot

The only distinctive difference about Motorola Moto 360, aside from the metallic brushed stainless-steel body clasped onto your hands by Chicago leather watch strap was that it runs on Android Wear, Google’s pet OS for smartwatches (Deer, June 2014) that’s the equivalent for smartphones.

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Those Leather straps can be replaced for US$80 with a stainless steel segmented band, otherwise the regular leather replacements cost US$30. Fully kitted out, it comes in two (2) colours:

  • Black
  • Natural Stainless Steel

The watch face is a 1.56″ diameter Capacitive Touch display made of scratch resistant Gorilla Glass that protrudes a bit for its circular metal base when laid flat. That display is an OLED with a resolution of 320×290 pixels and a pixel density of 205 ppi.

The settings menu is accessed by a button that you press on the side, with multiple presses bring up different menus and navigation being done by touching the screen. On the underside, the battery, which is charged via the inductive charging, bulges out conspicuously.

In the middle there is a mini array of Green LED’s that are a part of the wristwatches Optical Pulse counter to support its array of Health Apps, again custom made by Motorola for Android Wear, making this smartwatch a fashionable fitness tracker.

Moto 360 Ambient Light Sensor ruins a perfectly round watch face

At this point the magic of the Motorola Moto 360 starts to fade a bit for me just in the same manner as the lettering display by Android Wear OS looks a tad fuzzy at times. It has an odd design quirk by way; a sliver of the bottom half of the face, basically a circle segment that Motorola says houses an ambient light sensor for auto-adjusting screen brightness.

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It spoils the display and makes an otherwise well poised wristwatch look weird, as the desire to illuminate the watch face when it gets too dark slices off a bit of its display, making you feel like you’re wearing as toy watch (Deer, 2013). Adding to that feeling is the lackluster battery life which is less than a day on a single charge.

My advice is the same as I gave the LG G Watch; wait until the second iteration of the Moto 360. If the upgrade to the LG G Watch, the LG G Watch R, is anything to go by, it’ll come with a better design and improvements that’ll be worth the price.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, August 6). Samsung Gear Smartwatch is too Dick Tracey and not Simple enough to want you to Rock the Future on your Wrist. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/samsung-gear-smartwatch-is-too-dick-tracey-and-not-simple-enough-to-want-you-to-rock-the-future-on-your-wrist/
  2. Deer, L. (2014, February 5). US$249 Pebble Steel rocks James Bond Playboy joie de vivre on your Wrist. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/us249-pebble-steel-rocks-james-bond-playboy-joie-de-vivre-on-your-wrist/
  3. Deer, L. (2014, June 26). Google I/O 2014: Android and Chromecast expand as Google tries to conquer Home and Automobiles. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/google-io-2014-android-and-chromecast-expand-as-google-tries-to-conquer-home-and-automobiles/
  4. Deer, L. (2014, October 7). LG’s G Watch R smartwatch by the end of October in time for Christmas 2014. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/lgs-g-watch-r-smartwatch-by-the-end-of-october-in-time-for-christmas-2014/
  5. Stein, S. (2014, October 2). Motorola Moto 360 review: Motorola’s round watch not a full revolution. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/motorola-moto-360/
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