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Motorola confirms Moto 360 pricing in new contest rules

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Motorola confirms Moto 360 pricing in new contest rules
We know that the LG G Watch will be the first Android Wear device on the market, and will likely be announced/released around Google I/O, but really, no one is all that interested in the G Watch. Even on the first day that Google unveiled Android Wear, Motorola's Moto 360 stole the show and has been the focus of our attention. Now, it seems like Motorola has accidentally confirmed the price for its new smartwatch.

The info comes from the terms for a new contest that Motorola is running. This morning, Motorola kicked off a contest on Google+ asking people to submit designs for watch faces. The contest will run for three weeks, and at the end of that time, a panel will choose a winner based on aesthetics, feasibility, and originality. The winner will receive a Moto 360, which the terms list as having an "approximate retail value" (ARV) of $249. Nine others will win a $50 Google Play gift card; and, unsurprisingly, Motorola reserves the right to use any of the ten winning submissions on the device itself, or in marketing. 

The $249 price tag is in the range that we have been expecting, especially given that we just saw indications that the Moto 360 would cost 249 euros, and electronics tend to be more expensive in Europe than in the U.S.. The rules also have the final day for submissions set at June 24th, which is the day before Google I/O starts, and it also fits with the July release that was indicated in the latest rumor. So, that just leaves one question: will you pay $249 for a Moto 360?

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posted on 21 May 2014, 15:51 9

1. chistoefur (Posts: 48; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


I would purchase this in a heart beat. The iWatch doesn't stand a chance.

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:53 3

2. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


This is a good looking Smartwatch! But I'll wait for the iWatch..

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:53 8

13. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


What's an iwatch? Can you name one bit of detail about this supposed I watch?

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:36 3

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3317; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


He can't. He's just barking more while biting less.

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:46

27. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6237; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Then you will say FIRST ONE IN LINE. While Apple is taking a long time dev their own smart watch.

posted on 22 May 2014, 04:21

39. moroninc (Posts: 174; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


the iWatch would cost a premium to buy, Moto360 @ 249 is a killer price tag for the design.. lets wait and see

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:03 4

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


When Android moves first in a market with a strong design/product offering, it will be a lot tougher for Apple to achieve an early dominant position as they did with the iPhone and iPad.

Of course, as the market is in its infancy, Apple could still make a better spec Moto360 and sell millions of them to their iFans.

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:00 1

15. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Samsung had the chance twice, failed both times miserable with the mediocre half baked watch it keeps making. Anyway its hard for ANY smartwatch to sell millions as its a category of products where not everyone needs it, wants one, or likes to hand one. A phone is a necessity, a tablet could also be for many people in nowadays. But smartwatch? Not that much, and with aples simple, design, it always works well philosophy they might just do it one day if they ever make one.

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:04 1

17. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I agree. As Samsung isn't known for strong design, they aren't really the company that one would expect to achieve a significant first mover advantage.

posted on 21 May 2014, 21:31

38. Guti986 (Posts: 34; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


Samsung isn't android anyways

posted on 22 May 2014, 23:21

42. Branson28 (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


The sad thing is hardly anyone that isn't a "techy" knows what a smartwatch is, so when Apple releases their version all the people that think they have the latest device by having an iPhone will think they're on the cutting edge with their new iWatches. Working in a Wireless store I deal with this ignorance every day.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:17 5

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3317; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's not out yet.

posted on 21 May 2014, 19:28 1

31. chistoefur (Posts: 48; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


And that's what makes it even sadder.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:43

11. maherk (Posts: 802; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Same here, this will definitely be my next gadget

posted on 21 May 2014, 19:56 1

33. fzacek (Posts: 1399; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I watch will be three times as expensive and half as good...

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:59

3. Neo_Huang (Posts: 341; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


I will wait for the battery life tests before I decide, but it looks good so far.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:04

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I think first you have to wait for invite.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:11

6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


For $250, that's a very good price for how the watch looks. If it can last at least two days on one charge, I'll definitely consider this.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:13 1

7. palmguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


If Apple does a watch I bet it's round.

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:47

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6237; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


It won't be round remember rectangular just like their phones

posted on 21 May 2014, 19:44

32. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I tend to disagree. Round looks better, but square with rounded corners would fit their icons better.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:17

9. kalo88 (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 May 2014)


Lets hope Motorola realise that countries outside of the US like their products too... By the time the UK got the Moto X it was 6 months late, twice the price and had none of the customization features!

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:02

16. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


And hopefully Lenovo will fix that, since google usually cares for USA first, and Lenovo cares for money making Moto. Its future seems bright.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:27 1

10. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I have a feeling that the 360 will be bulkier and more plastic feeling than people think it will. I see people using the argument that nice watches cost $250 and up, which is true, but what they seem to not take into account is the fact that those other companies are using at least a portion of that price in order to incorporate nice watch components made out of quality materials. Most of the price from the 360 will be from R and D and electronics. This leaves little room for them to use quality components without significantly increasing the final price of the product. . To recap, normal watches are expensive because of quality components and craftsmanship(or just from brand name alone) and current smart watches are expensive because of RandD and very small yet powerful electronics. The best of both worlds would be very expensive indeed. Those are my thoughts anyway.

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:55 4

14. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Plastic feeling? Never knew stainless steal felt like plastic, nice try.

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:32

21. Penny (Posts: 1128; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Well, consider that this is a digital watch, not a mechanical watch. Expensive mechanical watches don't just spend their money on the visible materials, but all the fine gears and gadgetry that goes into a good mechanical watch. Because they don't have to deal with that here, it might actually be easier for them to use higher quality components at the given price point.

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:37

22. jdoee100 (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I agree. The design of this smartwatch is really impressive. However, the price is too low. Even if Moto was to sell these watches at cost, I don't think they'll have quality components inside. This watch looks impressive, but can it deliver in terms of functions and features? Or, will it be just good looking wannabe smartwatch??

posted on 21 May 2014, 16:52

12. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


"Confirms"?? This is why you can never trust a single word that phonearena posts, and why phone arena will never be anything more than what it is.

posted on 22 May 2014, 10:05

41. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Already falsified by motorola!

Motorola wrote. “We want to make clear that the ‘Approximate Retail Value’ (ARV) indicated in our rules is included for tax purposes only and should not be interpreted as the suggested retail price of the Moto 360 when it becomes available for purchase.”

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:09

18. aniladitya (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 May 2014)


this will be an iwatch killer... Hehe.. awesome design.. but i doubt moto will launch it in my country!

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:58

29. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats kinda impossible since the iWatch wont come out til after. Technically, if this does well the iWatch has a chance to be the Moto 360 killer.

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:16

19. Emmanuelz (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Im gonna buy this bad boy

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:26

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


Fu¢k Yes

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:28

23. Totse2k15 (Posts: 236; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Not into smartwatch, but this Moto 360 watch is the best looking one I've seen by far. Very nice design style and looks. Keep up the good work, Moto.

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:36 1

24. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Too much for me. When you can get a flagship phone for $300 (one plus one) I'd rather save the cash. Not saying that the watch is not worth it but I don't need it.

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:46

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


The question is: will it be available worldwide?

posted on 21 May 2014, 19:05

30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6237; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


For a watch like this who wouldn't but for me i'm waiting till the SONY SMART WATCH 3 comes out and see before i make my desicion.

posted on 21 May 2014, 20:01

34. Fyahstarter (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)


$249 and it supposedly has a sapphire crystal face?? I think that's a great price.

posted on 21 May 2014, 20:23

35. alexthe10 (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 May 2014)


O Yes Im buying one ASAP

posted on 21 May 2014, 20:23

36. lgcyelit (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


yes i that is really reasonable, my only question is, does it have on board memory, because i don't won't to have to carry my phone around in the gym with me...

posted on 21 May 2014, 20:36

37. Sniggly (Posts: 6780; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hmm. 249 is hard for me to pay for anything I don't have to these days, but if I weren't poor I'd definitely give it a shot. It's only 50 bucks more than Gear is right now, and seems to be the superior smartwatch in design and execution.

posted on 22 May 2014, 08:18

40. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


No I wouldn't.

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