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Moto 360 is official, available today for $249

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Moto 360 is official, available today for $249
After an incredibly long wait, long enough to see Motorola's position as the only manufacturer with a round Android Wear device falter, the Moto 360 is finally official. The device will be available for purchase later today, September 5th, and will cost $249. Surprisingly, in terms of the feature set, almost everything is exactly what we expected.

We were skeptical, but it seems that the Best Buy posting had the specs right on for the Moto 360, meaning a 1.56-inch display with a 320x290 resolution, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a pedometer, a heart rate meter, and wireless charging. It also features Gorilla Glass and IP67 water resistance similar to the LG G Watch. Possibly the most surprising is that Best Buy even had the processor correct. The Moto 360 is powered by a TI OMAP 3, which makes it seem as though Motorola simply tore apart some old MOTOACTV watches to build the 360. 

Although the specs are what was rumored, that's not to say that the Moto 360 doesn't set itself apart from the rest of the Android Wear devices currently on the market. It is currently the only round Android Wear device on the market, though that will change soon with the LG G Watch R. It uses wireless charging, which is slightly different than the pogo pin charging of the LG G Watch, but maybe not substantially so. And, it has added software around its heart rate monitor. This means you'll get a Heart Rate card to show your current heart rate, plus a summary of the day; and, a Heart Activity card which helps you track if you've met your 30 minutes of aerobic activity for the day, and how you're doing on a 5 day chart. 

The Moto 360 will be available in black leather and a limited edition gray leather with suede finish in the US today starting at noon EST for $249.99 from Motorola, Google Play, and through Best Buy. Additionally, Moto 360 will be available in two metal options later this fall for $299.99. For those who buy a Moto 360 today, there will be an option to purchase a metal band this fall for $79.99. Leather bands will also be available independently for $29.99 at that time.

source: Motorola

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posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:22 1

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

Definitely better looking with plain steel case as opposed to the black one we usually see...!

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:28 2

2. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

i'm sooooooo disappointed!.....not only in the TI processor...but the battery is only 320mAh smaller than the LG G watch which only gets less than a day from reviews....come on moto!!!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:48 4

12. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Oh come on... do you really care about the processor in a watch? How many cores, how many MHz? That's nerdy. The user experience is what matters, and I'm sure Moto will deliver. This looks waaay better than the G watch (have you seen the live pictures of the G watch? Not as beautiful as in renderings). The battery will be enough for a full day, and thanks to the wireless charger it won't be a hassle to charge it before going to bed.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 08:23 1

18. sgodsell (Posts: 4858; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

The TI processor doesn't matter because the SD 400 that is used in the others is only a single core anyway. So its not like it has tons of cores or even needs them for a 320x320 or 280x280 display. People should realize that this is a watch and not a smart phone running with a 1080 or 720p display. The main thing for Android Wear is to actually listen for voice actions and commands, and display notifications when needed as well as get the users responses correctly and timely.
As far as the 320mha battery is okay in my books. I have the Gear Live currently and it only has a 300mha battery and it can easily last a whole day with heavy usage.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:53 2

3. valapsp (Posts: 562; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

all day battery life? Sooooooo disappointed :(((

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 07:26

16. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

i was that close to buy it, but the battery life thing.... i will wait for the reviews

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 08:32

19. sgodsell (Posts: 4858; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Look at the Gear Live reviews and you will see that if you use your watch lightly you can easily get 2 days out of it. If you use the Gear Live heavily then you will get 1 full day easily out of the watch. Oh and the Gear Live has a 300mha battery. It really does depend on usage. Some say they can get 3 days, but I never could. I look at it this way. I charge my phone every night anyway. So then I charge my watch as well at the same time.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:53 1

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

It's sadly funny how all these early "smartwatches" have a lot of functionality for collecting your health data (because that makes money for the device makers), but are really quite crappy as "watches".

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 08:51

20. sgodsell (Posts: 4858; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

All you do is crap on smart watches period you even complain about the battery life. It really should be a question of features and functionality and not just about battery life and the time. If you just want the time, then get any other watch other then a smart watch. Do you want any type of fitness (pedometer, heart rate monitor, ..). Do you want phone notifications (text messages, emails, facebook, instagram, hangouts, ....). Right now there are a number of others out there that do those things. If you want to be able to much more including answer those notifications, then the best that is currently out there is Android wear hands down. Do you want navigation to a place then Android Wear hands down. You want to search for something then Android wear hands down is the best. You want to translate from one language to another then nothing is better then Android wear. You want to be able to change the watch face to almost anything you want including animated faces, then Android wear currently has the most right now. You want to run an app on the smart watch, then nothing is better then Android Wear currently. You can use your voice to launch applications or now use a launcher to swipe and select an application. Android Wear is still the only platform that allows you to add Android Wear code to existing Android phone and tablet apps which allows developers to add Android Wear functionality to a smart watch without actually creating an app for the actual watch. This is really cool an innovative stuff. Please list another smart watch that can do bring all these features and functionality to a smart watch. I will save you the trouble. You won't find anything close to Android Wear on the market.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:54 1

5. Teejay1100 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

I'm hearing half a day battery life from theverge review!! If that has any truth to it, I may wait to see how long Asus Zen watch will last and it's price!!

But I don't necessary trust any verge review since they are so bias toward one brand.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:37

9. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

tldtoday (a tech youtuber) said this 360 had 60% left after half a day

Still not that good, but that's more like what I'd expect
12 hours seems fishy far too short, maybe the verge's 360 is defective

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:44

10. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Also i the verge review he says: "I lost my phone this morning", so he probably was constantly using 360 as a phone replacement
So he was using it much more than usual, hence the usually low battery

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 07:43 1

17. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1323; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)

I easily get two days out of my gear live... What are these guy's doing with their watches... Loading porn on them and watching it on their watch?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 10:05

21. JayFiveAlive (Posts: 67; Member since: 30 May 2014)

Multiple reports saying battery life can't make it even one day, so I think it's legit. I am so disappointed to hear that :( I am fine with a full day of battery, but charging twice a day? No thanks. I don't even charge my phone more than once a day (when I sleep). I sure as hell am not doing that for a smart watch.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 02:34

6. RobVLC (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)

Do you know if it is possible to make calls a la Samsung Gear S, or at least, get a call or something like that?

And, listen to music with a BT headphone sync?


posted on 05 Sep 2014, 02:39

7. haikallp (Posts: 246; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Too big for my liking, since I have small wrists. Might go for LG's R watch.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:49 2

13. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Which is not smaller...

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:01

8. ultraomega (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)

I really want to like this watch, but what's killing me is the battery and the Gorilla Glass instead of sapphire where the later has been used for decades. You will be more likely to hit the surface of your watch and break the gorilla glass where sapphire will only chip at the most.

They also should have figured out the gap in their screen at the bottom before releasing this watch. I guess I will wait for version 2.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:55

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

From experience with other smartwatches, realize these watches are consumables. Expect max 2.5 years of usage before it's time for an upgrade. Processor tech marches on, OS compatibility will lag behind etc etc. Although sapphire (which was rumored for the 360) would be nice, by the time the Gorilla glass is scratched, it's also time for a new smartwatch.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:45

11. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Ok now I'm really waiting to see what the iwatch is about

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 07:18

15. clearblack (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


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