March 18th 2014 12:44 pm

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It's the best Android Wear watch, but that isn't saying much

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With its stylish good looks, comfortable feel and overall premium build, the Moto 360 is the Android Wear watch to beat. When it comes to design, at least, it outclasses everything else on the market. Aside from aesthetics, the 360 offers many of the same features as its rivals, including a heart rate sensor and a pedometer, plus some other goodies like wireless charging and an ambient light sensor.

Even with the design, though, Motorola didn't totally get it right. The 360's large size is a legitimate concern for narrow-wristed individuals, and the experience is dampened by various imperfections that include cutoff notifications and that "flat tire" at the bottom of the screen. What's more, the battery life is actually worst in class -- and that's saying a lot considering other Android Wear watches also need to be charged once a day.

All told, the smartwatch landscape is so new that we'd recommend waiting to see if something better comes along. Sure, the Moto 360 is the best option right now, but it might be obsolete in just a few months. That said, if you want to jump on the Android Wear wagon now, the Moto 360 is your best bet.

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    4.4
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8.0
Engadget Sep 12, 2014

The Moto 360 is the most attractive Android Wear device you can buy right now, with a design that's more reminiscent of a regular watch. Even so, it suffers from poor battery life, just like other early smartwatches, and it has a higher price, too.

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7.0
Re/code Sep 4, 2014

People who are considering a wearable device like the Moto 360 or Apple’s to-be-named gadget will need to remember that wearing this thing makes it harder to unplug: You’re less likely to take your watch off than leave your phone in the other room.

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6.0
The Wall Street Journal Sep 5, 2014

The Moto 360 tells the time better—and looks better—than any other smartwatch. But right now it's telling me that it's not the time to buy one. Smartwatches still need improvements, both in hardware and software.

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6.0
Ars Technica Sep 7, 2014

The Moto 360 is a step in the right direction, but neither it nor Android Wear is ready for prime time. Smartwatch hardware has moved from "awful" to "less awful" but we're still a ways off from "decent" or "great." How long do we have to wait for a second version?

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7.0
Mashable Sep 6, 2014

The current model a good first attempt at a smartwatch for Motorola but for something I will wear 12 hours a day, every day, I want better.

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8.0
The Verge Sep 5, 2014

If you’re buying a smartwatch today, spend $249 and buy the Moto 360. That’s an easy call. But buy it knowing that this is only the beginning, that looking good is only the first step toward being great.

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7.0
Forbes Sep 15, 2014

In the Moto 360 I’ve seen the future of wearables. It is visually stunning, great on the wrist, I feel a million dollars wearing it in public and Android Wear is extremely promising if still very raw.

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7.0
Gizmodo Australia Sep 14, 2014

Despite its flaws, we are still calling this our favourite Android Wear watch yet. It looks great, it feels great, and it generally works very well.

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7.0
USA Today Sep 5, 2014

Overall, the Moto 360 is an appealing take on a smartwatch. The big question is whether it will stand the test of time amid tough competition.

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First Looks

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Gizmodo Jun 25, 2014

Again, we weren't allowed to do much exploring (on the non-demo version they wouldn't let us look at the settings, for some reason), but from what we saw we were very impressed.

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PC World Jun 25, 2014

I feel like many of the wrist wearable devices thus far have had a rather masculine appeal to them, so it was nice to see something that, although black, was stylish enough to pair with a sparkly bracelet. Aesthetics is what will help sell Android Wear devices to the style conscious.

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CNET Jun 25, 2014

A big, round watch face screen, as opposed to the square type we're normally used to, makes the Moto 360 look like a regular fashion watch from a distance. But, in action, Google Now and other services transform the watch into a variety of at-a-glance uses.

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SlashGear Jun 25, 2014

What a display that is. Edge-to-edge, bright colors, and great viewing angles, it feels like it's swimming on top of the cover glass, not underneath it.

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Mashable Jun 26, 2014

It's fashion that makes the Moto 360 such a sensation. While the Android Wear smartwatches from Samsung and LG are cute gadgets, Motorola's smartwatch is a piece of technology you covet.

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The Verge Jun 25, 2014

Android Wear devices are mostly made to work the same, offering the same kind of notifications and quick interactions no matter which device you use. But the 360's hardware truly sets it apart.

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VentureBeat Jun 26, 2014

The first thing you notice about the 360 is its round shape and spacious display. It’s a fine showcase for Android Wear, so I’m sure Google’s glad Motorola decided to show up at I/O.

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The Next Web Jun 25, 2014

It’s actually incredible to use in real life because it looks almost exactly like the promo shots which feels unreal. The circular design/interface makes it seem like something you might actually want to wear and the bulk isn’t as big as we thought it would be.

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Techno Buffalo Jun 25, 2014

The design is excellent, the screen is beautiful and responsive, and the underlying software seems to tie everything together perfectly. As excited as we are for the G watch and Gear Live, the Moto 360 is definitely the wearable to watch out for this year.

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8.0
crawlgsx crawlgsx

When I ordered the Moto 360 I was skeptical at best. I actually, to be quite honest, tried to cancel my order. It had already been processed and I was unable to do so. Seeing how Motorola has a great return policy I decided, what the hey, might as well give it a spin! Initial unboxing was...

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6.0
tomw3141 tomw3141

I really wanted the 360. I had been waiting for it for months. I am totally in love with Motorola, their really exceptional RF (getting calls, bluetooth, GPS, where other phones just fall flat), their Made-in-the-USA attitude, quick delivery, and ergonomic design. Wow, the Moto X is making...

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9.0
montelds montelds

Battery is a MUST for a watch. I found the watch to work all day without issue and i don't want to wear a watch to bed, so charging it at night on the VERY sleek and easy on the eyes wireless Qi charger is a dream. The design is perfect and the flat tire is better than the alternative of making...

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10
david26m david26m

Beautiful Looking, Battery Life gets me through a solid day, its what I expected from a digital watch. Out of the box the battery life with stock firmware was a hot mess with battery life, after the update, 1000x better, this watch can only get better

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6.0
dcepulis dcepulis

Good: Nice form-factor and light-weight. Screen is crisp and bright. Leather band is nice and comfortable. Bad: Default watch dial faces are mediocre at best. Some are unreadable as they try to avoid the flat tire. Lack of Custom watch dials is frustrating. None of the "Top 10" designs...

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