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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.
- Beautiful design
- Comfortable and lightweight
- Leather and metal straps
- Ambient light sensor
- Wireless charging
- Terrible battery life
- Large size isn't for everyone
- Pricey for an Android Wear watch
- Charging cradle doesn't come with a USB cable
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Motorola Moto 360
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- 70AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsEngadget80Moto 360 review: It's the best Android Wear watch, but that isn't saying muchThe 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.Ars Technica60Moto 360 reviewâ€”Beautiful outside, ugly insideThe 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?The Wall Street Journal60Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: One Size Doesn't Fit AThe 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.Recode70Out Before Apple â€” Can Motoâ€™s Stylish Watch WiPeople 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.CNETNot RatedMoto 360, one of the first Android Wear smartwatchA 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.PC WorldNot RatedHands-on with the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear LiveI 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.GizmodoNot RatedMoto 360 Hands-On: This Smartwatch Will Make You SAgain, 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.Mashable70Moto 360 Smartwatch Is Gorgeous, But Wait for VersThe 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.MashableNot RatedHands On With the Moto 360It'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.SlashGearNot RatedMOTO 360 hands-on: Android Wear on a concept madeWhat 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.Forbes70Motorola Moto 360 Review: Google's Biggest Apple WIn 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.Gizmodo Australia70Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: The Best Might Not BeDespite 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.The Verge80Moto 360 reviewIf 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.VentureBeatNot RatedHands-on with Motorolaâ€™s elegant Moto 360 smartwThe 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.The VergeNot RatedUp close with the Moto 360, the best-looking smartAndroid 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.Business Insider70REVIEW: The Moto 360 Is The Most Beautiful SmartwaThe Moto 360 is one of the best smartwatches I’ve tested yet, but I’m still waiting for something that’s compelling enough to buy.Techno BuffaloNot RatedMoto 360 Hands-On: This Is the Smartwatch To BeatThe 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.The Next WebNot RatedHands-on with the Moto 360: Itâ€™s as beautiful asIt’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.USA Today70Review: Can smart-looking Moto 360 stand out in aOverall, 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.
- 82AVERAGE USER SCORE26 ReviewsEngadget Reader90June 30, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had read about terrible battery life in a lot of reviews, and this really was something I was worried about when I bought the watch. But, luckily, it seems that an update fixed this, an update which was released even before I got the watch. No battery problems for me, I usually end up with around 40% left at the end of the day (from 7 till 11 oâ€™clock). I use Spotify Premium with wireless speakers and headphones, so I donâ€™t have the need to store any music on my watch. Because of that I canâ€™t really say mutch about the storage. Itâ€™s enough for me, but I have very few apps installed on the watch itself. Love the design, and, as a sailor, love the fact that itâ€™s waterproof.The heart sensor doesnâ€™t work anymore, donâ€™t know why that is.. I donâ€™t own watch for a really long time and Iâ€™m sure that Motorola would send me a replacement if Iâ€™d send mine in, but I donâ€™t actually use it so itâ€™s not worth the effort.Engadget Reader80June 14, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 28, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Wrist notifications and voice commands may not seem like a big deal, but after you actually use one, it's hard to go back! I'm one of those "Alert New Yorkers, who doesn't like to sit in public with my attention on my device instead of my surroundings, with my Moto360 I rarely need to pull out my phone for anything... Except for Music selection!The Voice Commands are On Point for me and required Zero voice training! The power of Google Now is Amazing when used properly, like setting reminders, appointments, making calls, replying to messages all via voice is flawless and saves a ton of time for me!While Google Play has an Awesome selection of Watch Faces, I HIGHLY Recommend getting Watchmaker from the Google Play Store and checking out BADAPPS.fr and FaceRepo.com for a seemingly endless and growing amount of Watch Faces!!!If I had to complain, it would be about it being slow to get updates to latest Android Version and the music controls. When it's set to my phones default player and I say "Play Music", it's just opens the player on my phone, seems like to fully utilize music controls I may need to try Google Music. To compensate I use Bluetooth Beats Headphones, so I just press the play button on my right ear.Seems like they could consolidate some the screens for apps. Being forced to scroll to the next screen for things that could fit on the initial screen sucks a little!Engadget Reader80May 7, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It has a good design, the screen is very good, the battery lasts one day easily. The features are pretty cool and useful as well. I think the only serious problem is due to the battery that is easily drained when using the applications and the unnecessary light sensor that makes the screen half round.Engadget Reader80April 4, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80January 27, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetSeanIsHere90January 19, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Paying for coffee with a barcode on the watch is really cool.Engadget Reader90January 13, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader30January 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!have tried them all including the MB chrono wing and still revert back to My pebble steel--the only one which I have actually keptEngadget Reader90January 8, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!With the last update Motorola added more watch faces which is great. I started making some personalize ones for sporting teams etc. Then I discovered people had made hundreds of faces you can download. There are a couple of apps (one for $1 & other .99) that you need. This opens up the Moto360 to Endless possibilities for your watch face!Engadget Reader80January 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadgetdignan1790January 2, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So far, I've worn the watch every day. Now, 6 days is a small sample size, but considering I haven't worn a watch daily for...I'd say...22 years, I'd say it's something.One reason I never started wearing a watch again was because I had the time on my phone. Well, it's been surprisingly nice to not have to take the phone out of my pocket and wake it up whenever I want to know what time it is.I'm glad I didn't own the watch before the watch face market opened up. I've found a really great one that gives me the time, day of week, date, current weather conditions, current temp, weather conditions for the next three days, and the current battery life of the watch. I love it.The process of changing watch faces is super easy. You can do it by long-pressing your current watch face and swiping left/right, the tapping the one you want. The even easier way is to use the Android Wear app on your phone. You can browse the faces, and when you see the one you want you can tap it and it'll instantly show up on the watch. It's a great way to move through a bunch of faces to see which one you like. The Wear app in general does a great job at making it easy to manage your watch.Speaking of battery life, that's the one big flaw of the watch. It's OK, just not great.The ambient light sensor is surprisingly good! This amazes me, because no phone I've ever owned has done screen brighness based on ambient light well. I always find that it never makes the phone bright enough in bright light or dim enough in dim light. But this watch does it perfectly. Strange.What actually annoys me more than the battery life is the manner in which the watch wakes up. In theory, the watch goes to sleep when your wrist is at your side or not infront of your face. Then, when you lift the watch to look at it, the screen wakes up. To be fair, if I lift my hand from my side to looking at it like you'd look at any watch, the screen does always light up without fail. The problem? I'm not always moving my wrist from that exact position OR to that exact position. For example, I'm spending a lot of time on the floor these days, playing with a baby. Often, but hand is still resting on my side, but in 3D space, this probably looks to the watch like it's in the "human is looking at watch" mode, which eventually goes to sleep. Then if I move my hand on the horizontal plane to bring it to my face, I end up looking at a black screen. This happens just often enough to be quite annoying. I've enabled a mode that supposedly keeps the screen on more of the time, in a dimmed mode. This has helped a little, but has far from eliminated the problem. I'm hoping this might get worked out as time goes on, but it's easily my biggest annoyance with the watch.Another annoyance is the manner in which notifications live on the watch. From what I can tell, all notifications will pop up when received and fill the bottom half of the screen with a snippet of of the message. That's fine, and I'd be ok if that sat there for anywhere from ten seconds to two minutes. My problem is that some notifications apparently just sit there until you deal with them. Not only that, but sometimes I want to leave the notification, I just want to push it out of my watch face. I can do that, but only temporarily. As soon as the watch goes to sleep the notification will pop back up again. I have to dismiss the notification entirely.A couple other annoyances: "OK Google: note to self" does not let me choose to send myself an email. It will ONLY do Google Keep or another note taking app if you have one installed. I prefer to have an email sent to myself as a modified GTD process I have. I also notice that sometimes the voice recognition takes quite some time to connect and work through the recognition process.Current apps are slowly starting to expand into Android wear, and that's super cool, but I wish there were an easy way to see what apps have wear integration. This is different from Wear-only apps, which have their own section in the Play Store. There are some good apps out there, but I haven't had much of a chance to try these out. The main one I'm using right now is one called "Baby Time." I launch it every time I'm about to pick up my son, and it locks the screen so it only shows the time/date, and will only go away if you swipe up twice then down twice. Until I started using that, my kid was constantly accidentally activating the voice recognition mode, and I ended up with some weird stuff happening on my watchThe last problem I have is a weird one. I've started using Hangouts for all my messaging, and I like it, but there are still issues with it. In the app, for example, I can finally specify that I want all SMS messages to be sent from my Google Voice phone number. However, every time I send a text from my Moto 360, whether it's a new text or a response to a text sent to either number on my phone, it ALWAYS sends as my cell phone number. I don't want that at all, because I don't want anyone to use that number. Hopefully Motorola or Google fixes this problem.My first "wow" moment came when one of my clients sent me a very basic email, saying I could drop by his house any time to help him out. His email was a very quick "Come over any time." I was able to read that on my watch, I was able to swipe left twice and tap "Reply," then choose one of the prepopulated responses of "OK." The moment I tapped "OK" it initiated the send automatically (which I could cancel for a few seconds if it was accidental). I then archived the email and was done, in about 5 seconds, without ever taking my phone out of my pocket. That's the moment I was completely sold.In terms of appearance, I just haven't seen a smartwatch I like better. This, of course, is going to be a completely subjective issue for everyone, but personally I find it to be the most attractive of the watches announced. It could be a little slimmer, but I'm fine with how big the diameter is.I know I spent most of this review detailing my annoyances with the watch, but I'm really enjoying it, and I find myself going for my phone a whole lot less. Even if you cut out the number of times I only take out my phone to check the time, I think that removes about a couple dozen instances a day.I'd say that if you're interested in an Android Wear watch, don't get scared off by the battery life issues. They're not a huge problem, IMO, and the benefits of the watch far outweigh the problems I have with it.rydad90December 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great looking watch. It looks like a real timepiece instead of a tech toy, but it is a fantastic piece of gadgetry.Engadget Reader90December 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love the watch. Many people/sites complain about how limiting android wear is, or that it lacks BLAH BLAH BLAH. I think they are looking at this android wear in a different way than I do. I see watches out there that cost a lot more than $250 and all they do is tell time. Here is a few things the moto 360 can do besides that:Turn by turn GPS navigation (syncs from your phone)Fitness tracking (Runkeeper, Google Fit)Read / Reply to text messagesMusic player controls (Play music)Changeable FACEs (Not stuck to only one look to your watch face)Play games (if you want)Heart monitor (this could be really helpful to some people)Weather updatesTraffic UpdatesTake quit notes (used this already to grab a license plate # while I was driving)Quick to-do list view (from Todoist app)Do I need to keep going???So yes, $250 is not that bad for a watch that not only gives me the time. Stop looking at android wear as a replacement for your phone and more of an addition to your phone. No need to take out your phone for simple things, it is more convenient and accessible to just turn your wrist.Engadget Reader90December 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70December 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall its a great looking and stylish watch. I do think though Motorola focused more on the look of the watch, rather than what the watch can do.Engadget Reader90November 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This was my first Android Wear watch and I was very happy with it, however it lasted about half a year before I had to return it to Amazon because the bottom started cracking where the strap connects to the watch. The heart rate sensor worked one every fifty times I tried, so it's completely useless. The screen is bright even if strong sunlight, so that's not a problem either.Engadget Reader80November 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!http://codeforcode.com/blog/2014/10/31/first-encounter-with-the-wearable-kindEngadget Reader60September 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 are available to buy or download. Not even 1 of them. Why not?!?!? When will they become available?Battery is meager. Screen must always turn off to save it.Navigation is non-intuitive. Not a great set of compelling use cases for this watch yet,other than it tells time half the day and charges the other half of the day.lacks standard micro USB port for charging so there is an extra hassle when travelling.Ugly:No Android Wear app for the iPhone? Really? Why not!?!?Forces me to carry my android tablet or buy an android phone. Horrible planningon Motorola's part.Engadget Reader100September 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 betterEngadget Reader90September 16, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 it have an ugly fat rim or having it be square.Some people think the size is an issue, but that is a preference. For most men this is going be a great looking watch, on a women it might look a little too big, but it is only a killing factor if you want it to be.Engadget Reader60September 16, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 Android converts of many an IOS person. Anyway, I was excited about the 360 arrival.Positives: I managed to get an early delivery. Was very excited to be wearing it the next day. After charging it, had to do a download. That gave me time to put android wear on the Moto X. I was very impresed by the ease of use - especially that I didn't have to look at my smartphone unless I wanted to carry on a long conversation, phone call, or look at data or images. Voice responses and commands are what set Google and Motorola apart from the rest, and the Moto 360 is the ultiamate accessory for exactly these things. Bravo!Negatives: The watch body is far too big. Maybe I have girly forearms for a man, but there are plenty of girls with narrower ones. Gadzukes, I can't stand the way it looks and feels on me - how could 90% of women want this? And even with the large diameter I might be able to accept it, but its nearly a half inch thick! It's really like someone took a cookie cutter to my smartphone. My second neagtive is the battery life. IMHO, when I get a full 8 hours I am probably not getting enough notifications and giving enough voice responses to justify owning a smartwatch. This should have between 1.5 and 2x the battery life to make it effective for real use. Also, I was dissapointed to have no real instructions, and that the watch arrived with nearly no charge. Bummer!I got a return authhorizatoin and sent it back. Waiting for Rev 2.Engadget Reader90September 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetcrawlgsx80September 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 exciting, then disappointing. It looks beautiful. Great packaging. Turn it on.. 5% battery. Really? Then to hit below the belt, it has an immediate update, which can't be done with such a low battery. So I unpack the charger and slap it on there. Well that was a buzz killer! Thankfully it charges at a good pace. I don't know exactly how long it took but I went back about an hour and half later and it was at full charge. Long wait later its updated and I get to play. (That first update took what felt like forever)Immediately I was impressed by how fast and easy to use it was. Google Now functions seamlessly. Telling it to send a text, or go to settings, etc.. was a breeze. I would get an email and immediately see the jist. If I cared, I could swipe and read the full email, and even better with a quick click, I could respond with Voice! Excellent! When you get a hangout message you can swipe and go back and see the whole conversation! BONUS! I'm liking this.So lets move on to the second day, a full real world day. I pulled it off the charger at 5:40am and slapped it on my wrist. On my way to work I got several work related emails and was able to quickly see all of them. Love it! I work at a school, so of course my phone stays on silent most days and I miss half of my notifications. With the Moto 360, I have it set to keep my phone silent when the watch is connected (very handy). I didn't miss anything today. I could be out working on a repair and get immediate notifications from staff about issues, I didn't have to stop doing a repair or helping someone to see what was going on. I can't express how this made me realize just exactly how handy this device was. I was walking down the hallways and I got a text, My step-father thanking me for putting out the trash this morning. 1 click to reply, I say "Not a problem" and bam, off it goes! HAH! I loved it. He was shocked, since normally at work it is quite some time before I reply. He wanted to know if I took the day off :). I quickly replied again via voice, "I'm working, that is just how handy this watch is!" (I had shown him it the night before).I showed it off to several people, showing how easy it was to use, how the cards functions and how to send a text, the different faces, etc. I used it without question much more than I would on a "normal" day. At 5pm, Moto 360 was at 20% battery. My phone however, sat at 88%. I had not taken my phone out of my pocket ONCE the entire day!!! Well that's different! :).(I have a well used Moto X, which has lackluster battery life to begin with. While I found it did drain quicker in "non use" than normal, it was still using far less since the screen was never on. In the end I ended up with much more battery life on my phone)So here comes my thoughts:Amazing device to have. Functionality, easy of use, and enjoyment are an easy 10 for me. I could see some room for improvement (voice command to respond to text without having to touch reply?) but it is a GREAT starting point.Battery life is "meh" at best. It is definitely not great. I have no doubts that for a while at least, it will last a full "day". I quote day, because I think it will last a little more than a work day. If you have a social life, and don't make it home to a charger from work, I seriously doubt you will make it home with the watch still on. For example, I play darts. On Wednesday's I leave my house by 6:15, and at best I get home at 10:30pm. Unless I am SUPER conservative, there is no way I will be able to keep it on for the day.I was baffled at how much I used the watch. I couldn't believe how useful it actually turned out to be. And to not use my phone for an entire day??? I can't even remember the last time that happened, but I suspect I didn't own a smart phone.However, it does leave me excited for the future of wearables and "V2.0". The Moto 360 is NOT perfect. It's a great V1, a great start to what I now realize could and probably will change my usage habits. I will most definitely be keeping my Moto 360, but I wane for more.Engadget Reader90September 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80September 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget