Moto 360 price dropped by Motorola as a newer, higher-resolution model looms

Moto 360 price dropped by Motorola as a newer, higher-resolution model looms
Recently, Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch had its price slashed by $100, dropping down to a very agreeable $149.99. This wasn't the first time that the rounded wearable had been available at this price point, of course. But with the device now reaching its twilight, it looks as though the recent reduction was signal of a more permanent move. Amazon, along with Motorola and its former owner Google, has the Moto 360 selling at $150, and with a slick design plus the Big G's Android Wear on board, could serve as a more-than-decent first smartwatch for those looking to dabble in this emerging arena. 

There's no question that the smartwatch market has yet to truly find its feet. The Pebble continues to appeal to geeks, while Apple fanboys have rushed to adopt the Apple Watch, but generally, the wider consumer market seems nonplussed. History has taught us that new product categories take time to mature, so it'd be naive to tout the demise of the smartwatch just yet. At the moment, though, these things quench our thirst for novelty and luxury, rather than being necessity. 

Thus, if you do have $150 burning a hole in your pocket, you could do a lot, lot worse than invest in a Moto 360. It's not the most powerful of the Android Wear wrist computers, and Google's watch-based software is certainly nothing to shout about at its current duration. But it's a nice device at an even nicer price nowadays, and at $150, might just be one of the best smartwatch deals on the market. 

The fact that Motorola, Google and Amazon are now shifting the device at the new lower price suggests that an upgraded model mightn't be too far away. Rumors indicate that the next-gen variant, apparently codenamed 'Smelt', may offer a higher-res display. There are also murmurs that Lenovo is contemplating a smartwatch running on an OS that isn't Android Wear, although for now, we know little else about what may or may not be in store. 

For now, you can snag yourself a Moto 360 for $150 through the following links, although if you want a metallic band, you will need to pony up an extra $50.


Will you be grabbing yourself a Moto 360, or instead wait for the next-in-line? Let us know in the comments. 

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11 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Ill take a look at the second Gen.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering the Moto 360 launched without WiFi. Yet today with a software update the same 360 can connect to WiFi networks now. Not to mention all the other areas that Android Wear has improved on since it first launched. I would dare say the 360 is a better buy today at $150 then when it first launched at $250. Today there is a ton of apps and games for it. Endless watch faces. You can even use it to pay for coffees at Starbucks. You can unlock car doors with it. Fitness tracking and heart rate monitor. Stainless steel and leather with wireless charging. Install music on it. Please someone list another smart watch that can do what the 360 can offer. Good luck finding another smart watch that can do all that for $150.

2. waddup121 unregistered

yaaaay

3. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

use this code on their main site and knock it down to $120 w free shipping MOTOMAKERAFTAB

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You most certainly can do a lot better. There's the lg g watch r and then there's the Microsoft fitness band. Those two would be better choices than the 360.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So do you have moto 360, LG R or Microsoft band? Paper spec is very different from actual day to day use. I know because I own many top spec gadgets but its not really usable due to bugs. For watches, other than functionality I also value aesthetics. That is why I personally choose moto 360 over LG R.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not to mention the Moto 360 has WiFi now through the latest software update. Plus the wrist gestures to scroll through your notifications is really good. Also at $150 you are getting a more comfortable smart watch that has a leather band, and a stainless steel case. The Microsoft band is all plastic and it cost more. Not to mention the Moto 360 has a 4 gb of storage. The Microsoft band only has 64 MB of storage. The 360 can store music and connect to Bluetooth headsets. The Microsoft band can only dream of doing that. For the money the Moto 360 is a much better buy. It's even a better buy then the Apple Watch, because now there is some 3rd party apps that will let the 360 get iOS notifications.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

i also observe that for a person that don't own any smart watch not even Apple watch you sure have a person bias against moto 360. I find that very amusing. LOL! Anyway, I will be sure to buy the next gen smart watch with good design, I know i can't keep myself away from smartwatch even if i try.

5. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

As an user of S6 I rather get the Samsung Gear Fit. Looks great and recently the price just drop to under $100 now that is a deal.

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Gear Fit is more of a health Centric wearable than a Smartwatch.

9. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I would buy this one, sure no, single core processor based on A8 vs quad core A7, I would rather go for lateral. And much better I would wait till September have look at orbis and moto's next watch and then choose.

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