Here is a little closer look at the Motorola Moto 360

Here is a little closer look at the Motorola Moto 360
During the second day of Google I/O 2014, the folks from Motorola set up some more in-depth demonstrations of the Moto 360 in action.

The Moto 360 and the Moto X devices were both in demo mode, and just like last year, Wi-Fi often played the role of a unicorn, just when you think you got it, it drops again. So, the demo was hindered a bit by a heavily congested network.

Specifications are still not forthcoming for the Moto 360, nor is price or release date. Those frustrations notwithstanding, the Moto 360 continued to draw the majority of developer and media traffic. It is not the thinnest looking watch, but its build factor is quite attractive.  The face has nearly no bezel, and despite being round, the diameter is notably bigger than the 1.6-ish-inch diagonal screens on the competitors, thus it makes good use of the space when rendering alerts and images.

This demonstration is as much about Android Wear as it is the Moto 360. The Moto 360 display is not “always on,” so there are sensors that can detect when you bring the watch up to check the time and illuminate the display.

Since it follows the classic round watch motif, there are different faces you can select for the Moto 360 too. In fact, we almost spotted a white-watch-face and nearly got a picture earlier before the demo, but one of the reps spotted us, and intervened. So, there will be watch faces that are dark themed, as well as light themed. Oh, the intrigue! It might be the last image in the slide show we showed you earlier today, showcasing the winners of Motorola's watch face design contest.

Among the three watches on display at Google I/O, each has its own distinct feature. The Moto 360 sets itself apart because it is round and that also arguably makes it the nicest looking. Spec-wise, the display is probably somewhere in the middle between the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch. The leather straps looks nice too. As long as the Moto 360 is competitively priced and makes it to market sooner rather than later, we think it will sell quite well.



1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great. I am sold :)

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

nononono the WATCH sold YOU =]

17. enderw33

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

Is he buying it in Soviet Russia?

16. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

i think i prefer the kronos hybrid watch

32. engineer-1701d unregistered

i got the samsung live since i have to wait for this, but i will get that also, but is anyone else wondering about that beautiful metal band strap that we seen in leaked images. leather ok but the metal strat hell yeah.

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Looks like the bottom of an aluminum beer can.

3. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Reflective Glass, no thanks. Also its way bigger than Motorola originally made it look...

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The glass on moto 360 is gorilla glass 3.

23. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Thanks. Could you link the reference?

30. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

my gorilla glass 3 screen still got nose hair scratches inside my pocket. 1020

25. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Reflective glass - good point!! It looks slick, but out in the sun it's going to be unreadable! It's big for sure, at 46mm. It does look taller than in the renders, but they were skillfully produced to make it look slimmer. Probably as big as it can go to maximize the screen and autonomy. I went from 39 to 43 mm and it took a while to get used to. I asked my GF what she thought, and she thought it looked great. Perhaps guys are more sensitive as it'll make wrists seem tiny, or make the male wearer look like a geek?

4. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Can someone tell me why this device is so good? Everyone thinks this smartwatch is the best out of the 3 that released from Android Wear but it doesn't even seem that awesome...

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

On thing they didn't show you is the its qi wireless charging. Its suppose to be AMOLED like Samsung's Gear Live, but the 360 is the only round faced smart watch. Making it the only smart watch that actually looks like a regular watch.

26. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It's novelty and yet a classic - a reinterpretation of the classical circular wrist watch. Best is hard to tell unless you state your criteria, and until tests can be made, but from an aesthetic point of view it's new. Furthermore the screen has almost no bezel. To me that's enough. Functionally they'll probably all be on par. Wireless charging is a great feature, which the others don't have. I had an MBW-150 and had to use a clasp to charge it. Wireless is more convenient. What would make it awesome or stand out to you?

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I'm kinda disappointed. I was bored after the first minute. I would hardly ever use the stuff that they showed off. This is just a round galaxy gear. I don't know about this smart watch thing. I would rather do all that stuff on my phone.

18. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012


24. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

What made you excited during the first 59 seconds?

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Here is my ranking 1. Samsung wear 2. Motorola 360 3. LG wear I don't like the black space at the bottom of the 360. Watch looks big but manageable. The LG watch doesn't look integrated with the body and band. The Samsung is cheaper, better display, heart rate monitor and it looks decent. Samsung watch experience is paying off here.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

LG has a hear rate monitor as well. I think there were hints before that the 360 has one as well. The only Smart watch that has wireless charging is the moto 360, and its the only round faced smart watch.

21. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Although it's a minor aesthetic flaw, the black space is apparently there for a functional reason, and I don't think it'll be a deal breaker to most of us. I can live with it.

31. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

i agree with the black space, it'll irritate my eyes seeing it, especially when the clock is on display.. it destroys the "360"-ness of the watch....

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The next Moto Xoom. You heard it here first!

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think we got the message that you don't want one the first time around. No need to beat a dead horse.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Looking better and better! They should think of turning off the quick dim as it getting in the way of her demo. Steve Job would have taken care of such details. I give them the NDA award. nondisclosure agreement (NDA)

22. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Yes, it's almost hilarious. My guess is they're hiding stuff from the competition. Perhaps some features won't be implemented either, so revealing them would make potential buyers disappointed if these features are not on the released device.

29. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

And secrecy increases hype.

12. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Will it vibrate when the notification comes in?

27. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

That was the #1 feature on my MBW-150. I got one for my GF as well so she had a harder time to miss calls. Extremely useful. If it doesn't have it it'll be an oversight. That said, with many messages streaming in, and calls, I would like to make it configurable, not to make the vibration so common it doesn't get noticed.

13. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Hmm... ehhh, pass

19. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

I'll buy one when. It's not the size of a dinner plate and when its half as thick. It'll be quite nice then, it's too big like a prototype now.

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