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Motorola exec says all current smartwatches are "pretty crappy"

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It has been pretty clear since the first time we saw the plans for the Moto 360 that Motorola is aiming high with its newest wearable device. Given that, it might not be such a surprise that a Motorola exec has gone on the record as saying that the current set of wearable devices are "pretty crappy". Those are strong words, but maybe not all that far off. 

The quote comes from Mark Randall, Motorola’s Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations, in talking to TrustedReviews. He started off pretty well, saying that the Moto 360 "solves a lot of problems that no one else has solved in the wearables space." Interestingly, Randall went on to say, "We look at the 360 and we look at what everyone has done in that space. To be honest we think they are all pretty crappy." 

A lot of this remark seems to be focused on the overall "sexiness" of the wearables on the market. Randall believes (probably fairly accurately) that the majority of the wearables on the market don't pass the test in terms of being fashionable items, which is one of the higher aims of Motorola's wearables. Even before talking about functionality, Motorola believes that wearables need to be... well, wearable. It needs to be something that you want to wear every day, and that is the aim for the Moto 360. 

Even better, Randall said that Motorola "will have more announcements throughout the year and we will have further announcements on other product categories." Other product categories is certainly interesting. That could mean a wearable in the vein of Google Glass, or it could be a phablet or tablet, both of which would be new product categories for Motorola.

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posted on 15 May 2014, 00:55 12

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 2775; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Including the ones made from motorola for the past few years?

He should just shut up!

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:00 8

3. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


No kidding, its a whole lot of talk for no device yet.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:37 1

19. Sauce (unregistered)


He is right though, whether you and your fanboys want to accept the fact or not.

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:39 2

9. Johnnokia (Posts: 488; Member since: 27 May 2012)


But the 360 is wondeful

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:33 3

11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2688; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


But Apple's smartwatch will be "magical".

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:16 3

18. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


And like magic, it's still a fantasy at this point. At least Motorola announced it and showed a prototype.

posted on 15 May 2014, 16:05

22. Ashoaib (Posts: 1504; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Looking like a future telling device... reminded me of dumble dore's pot in which he throws his memories

posted on 15 May 2014, 00:57 10

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


yes he is right when you compared 360 to other smartwatches others looks crappy

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:00

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3080; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Ouch!

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:08 2

5. FoxDavis (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


Not sure I really like the look of this round one to be honest. It's probably crappy too

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:15 5

6. shahrooz (Posts: 116; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Guys, we have to give it to them, theirs really make other smartwatches look crappy in terms of style and appearance.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:50 3

13. TheMan (Posts: 400; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Have to agree there. I'd want my watch to be a smart-looking accessory, as well as smart device

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:27 3

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 955; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I would agree. Can't wait to see what 360 will bring. I'm not even remotely interested in any smart watches in the market atm.

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:32

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2688; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


A shoephone would be more practical than a smartwatch in many ways.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:34 2

12. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 221; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Feel free to name those many ways.

posted on 15 May 2014, 03:55

14. Scott93274 (Posts: 680; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Someone has apparently never seen the show "Get Smart"...

posted on 15 May 2014, 01:44

10. willard12 (Posts: 737; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


In terms of style and appearance I'd pick Movado over Motorola. In a smartwatch, functionality should matter. Since Motorola first posted a video of the 360 two months ago, I've been anxious to see what the watch can actually do and not just how it looks.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:39

20. Sauce (unregistered)


Movado is one of my most favorite watch makers ever.

http://www.movado.com/movado-collections/sapphire/sapphire-0606307.html

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:06 1

15. Scott93274 (Posts: 680; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


So, I love the way the Moto 360 looks, it's definitely better looking than anything else on the market... That being said, Who's to say if its functionality will be on par with what Pebble or Galaxy Gear series offers? I guess that the LG phone that's supposed to beat the 360 to market will be a bit of a preview of Android Wear, but I'm fearful that this accessory will end up being little more than a fancy alternative to the notification LED on the front face of the phone, notifying the users of texts, missed calls, and emails.

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:06

17. Commentator (Posts: 2347; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Motorola's to say.

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:58

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


I agree....looks is one thing, functionality is another.

I use this alot in Android vs iPhone, Android vs WP debates.

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:00

16. a_merryman (Posts: 641; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Tablet = new product category for Moto? What about the Moto Xoom?

posted on 15 May 2014, 11:57

21. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2663; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Motorola hasn't made a tablet in over 2 years, since before the Google acquisition. So at this point, making a tablet would be a new category for the company. Same goes for HTC, which hasn't made a tablet in 3 years.

posted on 15 May 2014, 19:37

23. John2014 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


I don't need too many things. Just need time and weather and notification. That's enough. I want to use this for instead of normal watch.

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:57

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


Dem's fighting words!!!! Be prepared to back it up Moto...

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