Calls


When an incoming call is being received, we’re given the choice of accepting or rejecting it. Now, seeing that the Moto 360 doesn’t feature its own built-in speaker, we’re left to using our connected smartphone for all of our chatting. One would think that the smartwatch’s microphone could be used for the occasion, but it’s not.

Battery

You’ll want to set the ambient screen feature to off in order to preserve battery. Typically, it’s able to get us through a solid one-day of usage.

In our experience, the Moto 360’s 320 mAh battery delivers the same results we’ve seen with the other two Android Wear smartwatches we reviewed – so it’s nothing too outstanding. Depending on how you set it up, you’ll be able to achieve easily an entire day without the need to recharge at any point.

Setting the ambient screen feature to off, so the display turns off entirely when it’s not being used, we’re able to power through an entire day without concern. However, turning it on zaps the battery to the point that it requires recharging after hitting the 12 hour mark. In all honesty, we prefer going with the former method not only to preserve its battery life, but because the Moto 360 looks oh-so good with its display turned off too.

Oh yeah, the Moto 360 features wireless charging as well. The included docking station doubles as a nifty bed side alarm clock that gives us visibility to the time and the 360’s charging status. Needless to say, we prefer this method over the proprietary cable methods of the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch.

Conclusion


Finally, we have a smartwatch we can enjoy wearing on our wrist! Everything about the Moto 360’s design screams cutting-edge, putting to shame the designs of its rivals. On top of being a premium looking contemporary timepiece, there’s this futuristic appeal that radiates exquisitely from its round display. Until now, everyone has been going with a traditional squarish display – so it’s refreshing to find a circular one here!

Visually, the Moto 360 is a remarkable testament to quality industrial design. From its unique design, to its high-quality materials, there’s no denying that this puts to shame everything else that came before. And they didn’t skimp out on features, as the Moto 360 is crammed with a heart rate sensor, wireless charging, ambient light sensor, dual microphones, and one luxurious looking round display.

Even though it certainly gets our attention for its impressive design, its functionality still adheres to the principles of Google Wear. Knowing that, there’s nothing terrible new that we haven’t seen before, or on other Android Wear smartwatches – so the Moto 360’s usefulness will hinge solely on how the platform matures.

Priced at $249.99 for the base model, one that comes with a leather band, it’s more expensive than the $200 Samsung Gear Live and $230 LG G Watch. Considering that the three share the same core experience, the deciding factor here is the Moto 360’s supreme design. Sure, it’s an extra $50 over the formidable Samsung Gear Live, but it’s one we’re happy to dish out to have our wrist graced with such an elegant timepiece. Without a doubt, it’s a marvelous masterpiece that makes it hip to be circular.

Software version of the review unit:
Software Version: 4.4W.1
Build Number: KGW42N



Pros

  • Stunning high-quality design that’s unrivaled at the moment
  • Round display adheres more to the design of a typical timepiece
  • Wireless charging makes it convenient to charge
  • Preloaded heart rate apps fully utilize the round display
  • For being a premium looking smartwatch, it also offers an IP67 rating

Cons

  • Replacing the strap isn’t as easy as other smartwatches
  • Size might be too big for those with smaller hands
  • The display’s resolution is a little bit lower than its rivals
  • Performance is a smidgen behind its competition

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0
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