Motorola Moto 360 review

The Moto 360 is still our favorite Android Wear device, but it’s not a perfect smartwatch The Motorola Moto 360 used to be one of the best smartwatches around. The fact that it was the only round watch you could buy made it stand out from the crowd. But now you wouldn’t want one for two reasons. First, the chipset it uses, the TI OMAP 3, is now outdated, as it was already two years old when the Moto 360 was released in 2014. Smartwatches aren’t very demanding on power, but the problem is that this bottleneck still makes it one of the few smartwatches that didn’t get Android Wear 2.0 or subsequently switch to Wear OS.

In terms of basic functionality, this watch is not bad, and if you already own one, then you’ll most likely still be happy using it. But if you’re buying one today, then it’s something you should avoid. In fact, even buying the Moto 360 2 might be a mistake. Yes, it’s better in every way, but given that the company has confirmed that it will no longer be involved in the smartwatch space, future support looks very uncertain. The Moto 360 has long been the face of Google’s Android Wear OS. Its sleek design and eye-catching round screen were light years ahead of the bland LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, so many customers were willing to wait until it was released to experience wearable technology for the first time. Now that moment has arrived, and while the Moto 360 is certainly a beautiful product, it’s not the leap we hoped for – although Google is as much to blame for the 360’s failure as Motorola.

Moto 360 design

As a product, the Moto 360 is a thing of beauty. Made of stainless steel in a choice of black or silver, with a crown on one side and no ports, sockets or inputs of any kind, the base model is the most minimalist smartwatch on the market, and the round screen is undoubtedly eye-catching. Yes, it’s thicker than the average watch, but it’s definitely not: you can easily pull it out from under a shirt sleeve. It doesn’t look big on a large wrist, but it will look big on a small wrist; the Apple Watch will offer two sizes to address this problem, while Motorola has taken a one-size-fits-all approach. Motorola has added Qi wireless charging to the Moto 360, getting rid of the port or charging terminal found on other smartwatches. The charging dock also acts as a display stand for the watch, letting you check the time while it charges, but you’ll have to carry the dock with you to charge the watch when you travel – assuming you don’t have access to another Qi charging pad.

The watch itself has an IP67 water resistance rating, which means it won’t get damaged if you get caught in the rain, though it remains to be seen how the leather strap fares when wet. We’ve worn it in the rain a few times, and so far the color has held up, but it’s starting to wrinkle a bit like any leather would. It’s a shame that Motorola didn’t come up with a stainless steel band sooner (although it’s now available through Moto Maker), but we still like the leather strap. Available in black and gray to match the black and silver watch finish, the Horween leather is comfortable to wear, has plenty of adjustment holes to fit wrists of different sizes, and, most importantly, doesn’t distract from the watch itself. You can swap out the strap, but it’s a tedious process, and since the watch is round, not all straps will fit flush.

Moto 360 Display

The visually stunning circular screen covers nearly the entire watch face. With a resolution of 320√ó290, it’s sharp enough to easily read text at arm’s length, and the display is clearly visible in direct sunlight even at the lowest brightness. Colors aren’t as vibrant as the OLED screens Samsung uses in its wearables, but the image still packs a punch when you turn up the brightness. We especially like the raised glass, which has beveled edges that catch light well, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 should help prevent nicks or scratches. It’s a shame that Motorola opted for LCD technology over OLED, which would have been much better for the Moto 360 Smart Watch battery life of the

Moto 360 – Review

On paper, the Moto 360 is the most desirable piece of wearable tech we’ve ever seen. It’s stylish, made from premium materials, and highly customizable with third-party watch faces. However, it’s essentially a compromise: an LCD screen and an outdated processor result in mediocre Moto 360 Smart Watch battery life, which puts it at the bottom of the smartwatch rankings in terms of durability. Android Wear is still in its infancy, with usability issues and a lack of features, and while Motorola can’t be held responsible for that, the OS can still be frustrating to use at times.

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