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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: 57; 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: 311; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


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

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:57

31. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2586; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


But should be thin, see watch's thickness.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:24 2

39. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; 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: 81; 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: 5478; 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: 370; 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: 5478; 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: 370; 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: 398; 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: 3989; 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: 891; 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: 107; 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: 463; 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: 62; 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: 113; 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 (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


screen resolution ?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:01

26. NexusPhan (Posts: 463; 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: 215; 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: 207; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Diameter resolution?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:40 1

5. MacWiNux (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


what a beauty :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:55

7. checkmymike (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


I love hairy men!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:58

8. nlbates66 (Posts: 290; 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: 303; 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: 81; 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: 81; 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: 463; 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: 495; 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: 81; 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: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


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

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:36

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2696; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Lol stainless steel gets just as stinky... Though I prefer it too

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:37

14. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I agree, however these watches are consumables. By the time the wrist strap is sweaty and stinky it's time for a new watch. The wrist strap isn't even changeable. Tech marches on and better, more frugal processor yielding more performance per watt will be out.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:03

28. NexusPhan (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Then buy a 22mm stainless steel band and put it on there.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:55

43. Guti986 (Posts: 42; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


the moto 360 will have a few bands to choose from. including stainless steel. motorola.com has a render of the first 2 'styles'

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:45

55. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


They are still consumables. Screen tech, processor tech, updated OS. Just look back on what's been out there. They age rapidly. I still want one.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:28

12. androiphone20 (Posts: 1416; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


The Moto 360 looks better than what's available right now but I can't help but notice the dead spot at the bottom of the screen. I understand that it's still a work in progress but I've also learned they have been a lot more dodgy about battery life. Looks good, I have to give Motorola that.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:53

60. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


The "dead spot" is the live spot. It registers your gaze among other things, and turns on the screen without two handed operation. We'll see how it works in real life.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:43

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 2877; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Watch face too big for me. Need big muscular arms to look good in it.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 04:25

18. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


At least it's possible to look good in it, whereas with the LG G and Samsung Gear it isn't.

It's 46mm, which is equivalent to very large wrist watches, mostly of the diving kind. The standard width wrist band, and the lack of lugs, makes the Moto360 look even bigger. Breitling did the Super Avenger at 53mm. It was too big, so the Super Avenger II is 48mm. Or compare it to the Seiko Astron GPS, at 47mm. Diesel and Nixon make 57-60mm watches. They sell.

I went from a 39mm watch to the 43mm MBW-150. It felt big in the beginning.

The Moto will do far more stuff than tell time, and screen real estate is useful for a smartwatch. Besides when the Moto360 II is out, they can make it slightly smaller...

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 04:50

20. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


The Moto360 is big, for sure. I couldn't post a link in the post above, but now that I'm past 30 posts here it is, a comparison of the 47mm Astron GPS and a Rolex diver:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7MlNrX6P6Y

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 04:06

16. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I still think Pebble Steel looks better and offers better proposition to consumers.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 04:46

19. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Looks are subjective. We do not quite know what the Moto360 proposition is just yet, but I'm looking forward to a comparison.

The Pebble team know their stuff, that is for sure, and there are lots of apps. Personally, though, I find the Pebble low resolution screen a bit off putting in terms of visuals, which is why haven't got one. Battery life on the 360 will be a key point, although wireless charging makes charging a little less of an inconvenience.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 05:54

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Looks great, but I still can't figure out for the life of me where they put the charging port-unless they went with wireless charging. Which would actually make sense.

I don't know if I'd be wild about wearing something on my wrist again, especially something *THAT BIG,* but the display is very nice.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:46

56. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


It's wireless.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 05:54

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6371; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I'd rather buy this beauty than a Rolex. Buying it when it's released.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:27

40. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Well a Rolex is 20 to 30 times the cost so i think most people would choose the same. If your into watches Rolex has a timeless design and will hold its value while the 360 wont as its disposable. I'll buy this but im keeping my Rolex : )

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 11:55

63. moc514 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jun 2014)


The question is who wear Rolex right now... And what will they choice be once they get the Moto360 (or equivalent round smartwatch). It might still be valuable, but maybe not as much, since it will switch from a luxury accessory to a antiquity like the pocket watch. So the high price Rolex will have value, but their low price high volume watch wont. And it won't take 10 years to happen. And Rolex and other high end watch maker are in a pickle right now, because their business value just dropped considerably. They could justify the price because of the workmanship of their watch, but now, you switch to a technological problem where high volume is easier and more profitable than low volume. The LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live or Pebble alone wouldn't hurt Rolex, but the Moto 360 does, as it show that today, they can make a beautiful watch that you can wear for any formal events. So Rolex could make a SmartWatch quickly, but that would hurt even more the value of their other product right away. I'm not saying some of the Rolex arn't beautiful, I have something equivalent that I use only in special occasion, important business meeting, classy social events because it does show a certain status, presence and it look good. But I'll put that watch aside as soon I get my hand on the Moto360 (or whatever come next) since it bring me value of looking at some notification in those circumstance yet remaining with a nice clean look. Also, next there going to have NFC enable watch, and business office will work with them... The luxury will switch from the value of the watch to what that watch allow you to do in a few swipe. Notify your chauffeur to pick you up, tell your restaurant to have your table ready. The thing goes on and on especially for rich people since they can pay for all the thing that can go around services like this. Fully automated house detecting where you are with nearby bluetooth and auto give you access to setting for light, music, TV in the room you are... And I can go on and on. Sure you can do this with your phone, but it not convenient, but doing a few touch on your watch is. So what happen to Rolex and their companion if they don't make smartwatch, they will go out of business. What happen if they do smartwatch, their old models will within 10 year become only collectible. This all depend of if the Android Wear will have a good user experience, but so far from what I see, they are doing exactly that was needed from their first release. The watch won't go away, but the analog watch will !

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 09:30

64. CheeseWagstaff (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


LMAO... Ridiculous.

The person that wears a luxury watch doesn't give a crap about this thing. BTW, a few thousand dollars for a stainless steel Rolex, doesn't make it a luxury watch either, but the person Inclined to wear even that or the lowly Tag still is about more than you can find in any of the Android Wear devices on the market.

Believe me, nobody wearing an IWC, Patek or a Girard-Perregaux Opera Three is going to be going out to buy one of these today. I mean why would you? Notifications? Pfft... That's what executive assistants are for...

Some day somebody will get it right, maybe Ventu, but hopefully not as they temd to be a few generations behind technology wise. At any rate, it matters little because this thing is still ugly, round or not, it is an ugly hunk of plastic with little to no thought put into the aesthetics.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 05:58 1

24. rangoj (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


It is fat! O_o To fat! - it is probably better to wait year or two for new generation that should be thinner...

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:21

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


100% agree!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:20

38. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


When it comes to watches the thinner it gets the more expensive its going to be and it will end up being more fragile.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:23

45. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"...it will end up being more fragile."

I don't think so.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 14:25

53. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


I'm speaking specifically about mechanicle watches.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 07:00

62. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You responded to rangoj comment and he was talking about Moto 360 not about mechanical watch.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:49

30. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Can someone please confirm the display technology used here? OLED or IPS?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:40

35. Killua (Posts: 269; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


While it's revolutionary with it's circular design, I personally think it's too plain. It looks like my grandpa's watch.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:44

36. Sintwa (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2014)


Man...thats a great/awsome accessory!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:43 1

42. ydl08 (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Beautiful, but way too big....

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:19

47. Brewski (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Does anyone know where to get one of these when they do come out. Will there be brick and mortar stores or online order only? And what about extra wrist bands and accessories?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:19 1

48. tasior (Posts: 207; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


I don't like the fact, that it has to be awake to display time. They shouldn't forget that smartwatch is still a watch. So You should be able to tell time by watching it.

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