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Motorola Moto 360 hands-on

Motorola Moto 360 hands-on
Alas, while Motorola graced us with a presence to look at their beautiful smartwatch, the Moto 360, the reps were mum on all details about the device.

It is a lightweight device, and its different looks from the “square” devices on display from LG and Samsung add all the more intrigue to the little Moto. Even though the Motorola representatives were not able to share any details about the slick looking watch, were able to glean plenty from our brief time looking at it.

First, it is distinct among the Android Wear devices on display in that it has the classic round watch form factor, and that is a nice touch. Second, the round display does not seem to lose anything in terms of too much “wasted” display space that might be more efficiently served up by a square or rectangular panel.

Motorola Moto 360 hands-on
Motorola Moto 360 hands-on
Motorola Moto 360 hands-on
Unlike the other two units on display though, the Moto 360 is not ready for prime time just yet, it will be available later this summer whereas, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are available for pre-order now.

The Moto 360 will come with a near suede-looking leather wrist strap which looks nice, and we presume that it has been treated to resist degradation due to body sweat and the elements. There is a single home button on the side were the crown of a traditional watch would be.

The display is wonderful looking. The images and text, even the small icons on the “watch face,” look clean. The demo mode worked without incident, just as smooth as the other devices from LG and Samsung.

That leads us to some predictions about the specs that are “officially” mum. The hardware under the hood is probably the same as what is found on the other Android Wear devices, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU. There is probably 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. None of that is “official,” mind you, we are surmising that based on the other devices having identical spec sheets save for the display size, resolution, and heart rate monitor.

Why added intrigue for the Moto 360? Well it could be the fact that it is round, and it could also be the fact that we cannot have one yet. Will all the attention be worth it? We think so, but not if we are made to wait too long for it to come to market. Technology waits on no man, smartphone, or smartwatch. The Moto 360 is a nice looking device, it needs to be on shelves soon. “Soon,” we are told, is later this summer.

Check back with us as we will be getting a more in-depth demonstration of the Moto 360 during day two of Google I/O.




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posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:31 16

1. karamelakimo (Posts: 109; Member since: 26 May 2014)


I think this is the best one
And the most beautiful design

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 04:10 7

17. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


yeah its very beautiful..... love at first sight.....

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:57

31. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


But should be thin, see watch's thickness.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:24 2

39. MikeG77 (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


If they had made it thinner it wold have cost a lot more money to produce. Jaeger LeCoultre or Audemars Piguet make watches that have very slim movements inside of them. Once they make the watch slimmer the parts start getting a lot finer and more expensive. I would be more concerned about the weight of watch because i guarentee its gonna be a lot lighter than my Omega.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:51

59. Gadgety (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Not just a question of cost, but of technology. They cram a large battery in there.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:05

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I still don't want smartwatch and don't feel any need for it. In my opinion it is still better and more solid to have good, expensive mechanical watch.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:18

37. MikeG77 (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


I think the smartwatch has its place for some people and i'm personally going to get a Moto 360. In regards to a mechanical watch most people are not giong to spend thousands on a mechanical watch even if they have the money.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:09

50. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I think the smartwatch has its place for some people..."

Agree.

"In regards to a mechanical watch most people are not giong to spend thousands on a mechanical watch even if they have the money."

I agree that not all people will gonna spend thousands on a good mechanical watch. But good mechanical watch is a better investition than this smartwatch. Good mechanical watch year after year will gain biger and biger value while this smartwatch after one year or so will be just a electronic waste and you will be throwning it into the bin instead leaving it as legacy for your grandchildrens or so. Also almost everything this smartwatch can, my smartphone already can do so what's the point.

Anyway it is just my opinion.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 14:23

52. MikeG77 (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


I agree with you in that a mechanicle watch will go up in value as i have 3 that are worth at least what i paid for them. The major drawback is the sercive as i just spent a chunk of money to service my Rolex BUT thats only every 5/7 years.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:08

33. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1542; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


It is simply because when you don't use it, it just looks like an expensive analog watch and then suddenly it becomes a smartwatch when you need it. Something most of other companies couldn't achieve with their too geeky designs.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:33 15

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I have a feeling my wallet isn't going to be happy with me this year... Moto 360, Moto X+1, Nexus 8, Android TV, etc.

More on topic, this is by far the best Android Wear smartwatch.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:36

3. maherk (Posts: 4069; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


My only complaint about it is the thickness of the watch, still, my money is ready for this piece of beauty

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:42 2

6. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


I agree. It looks a helluva lot bigger than the original renders.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:00

25. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


It looks like the thickness of a standard nice traditional watch. Read some of the other reviews out there. Everyone says it's not too big at all.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:22

44. Jason78 (Posts: 252; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


I have no doubt that there are some traditional watches that are that large and thick. However, none of the watches that I own or would every wear are even close to that size. I prefer Skagen watches and my current model is 6mm thick:

http://www.skagen.com/en_US/shop/mens/mens_top_trends/brown_leather/ferdinand_mens_two_hand_multifunction_leather_watch-433lsl1p.html?parent_category_rn=402586&departmentCategoryId=343087&solrMetaData=eGZfY2FzX2YzMl9udGtfY3M6V2F0Y2hlczxNVEBTUD5wcmljZV9VU0Q6WzAgMzU1XQ%3D%3D&N=xf_cas_f32_ntk_cs%3AWatches&Nf=p_min_price%7CBTWN+0+355&pn=c&rec=6&imagePath=433LSL1

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:26

49. NexusX (Posts: 521; Member since: 16 May 2013)


it looks like it belongs in a 90s hiphop video

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:36 2

4. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


screen resolution ?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:01

26. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


How do you even report the screen resolution of a round display?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:47

29. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


You're right, I think dpi is more suitable here.

So, DPI?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:13

46. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Diameter resolution?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:40 1

5. MacWiNux (Posts: 119; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


what a beauty :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:55

7. checkmymike (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


I love hairy men!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:58

8. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


way too big, like the Samsung Gear only it's shape is flat backed and likely even less comfortable.

either way i'd easily wind up smashing either within a few days. :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 05:08 1

21. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Flatbacked...? Like pretty much every other watch ever made, none of which were uncomfortable because of their flat backs...

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:02

9. Gadgety (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


"Why added intrigue for the Moto 360? Well it could be the fact that it is round"

Understatement of the day? The perception of a narrow bezel helps too. And nice materials. My previous experience with three SonyEricsson MBW-150, and a few others, clarified that these are consumables, just like the phones are. The experience with the MBW-150 was addictive, and this will be even more so, surely. Google Gear and the massive amount of apps likely to appear will make it indispensable.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:14

10. Gadgety (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Oh, oh. Two handed operation to check time will make this watch far, far less interesting.

When the MotoACTV was launched the Motorola engineers were available through their forum rep. I made a suggestion to have the screen turn on with a flick of the wrist, using the sensors inside. It was very well received. I find it surprising that the Moto360 doesn't seem to have this. Time needs to be available at a glance, and a flick of the wrist.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:02

27. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I assume it's always on like the LG and Samsung.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:33

41. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


The display on the 360 will turn on when you lift your wrist to look at it. This was one of the few things that the Moto Reps were able to confirm.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:43

54. Gadgety (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Yep, I found that out, too. Apparently that's part of that dark patch at the bottom, below the screen.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:15

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Leather?! Eww sweaty and stinky! I would prefer stainless steel, my choice in "dumb" watches.

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