The Moto360 has been in the pipeline now for the better part of 6 months, and over this time expectations had piled up. Ever since it was first teased to the public, critics had praised the device’s round, traditionally-inspired watch-face, and the brief hands-on which reporters at Google I/O had of the device only sought to increase interest. Now, Motorola has finally unveiled the device for good, with consumers able to get their hands on the watch starting today.
But does the watch live up to the expectations which people had of it? In a word yes. We have previously discussed at length on this site why it is not only features which will make somebody buy into wearables, but also the aesthetic value of the device itself - and this is something which Motorola has nailed with the Moto360. As well as this, the company managed to integrate cutting edge screen tech with the new Android Wear operating system in order to bring together an amazing user experience.
Let’s first take a look at the form of the Moto360. The device esques the square or rectangular screens of other smart watches, and instead sports a round watch display - the most popular form factor among traditional watches. The screen itself is cased in an aluminum housing which features a striking, two stage bezel. As well, the device features a round physical button on the right hand side, reminiscent of the time adjustment knob on mechanical watches. Motorola also took time to produce bands for the watch which echo those in other high-end watch devices. The company gives the option of attaching both black and brown leather bands, as well as as stainless steel link bands to the Moto360.
The Moto360 will be the product which the iWatch will have to beat.
On the technical side, the device features Bluetooth 4.0 low energy connectivity, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The watch itself is cased in Corning Gorilla Glass, and is built to be water resistant, with an IP67 rating. In addition to this, the Moto360 comes with an inbuilt heart rate monitor and pedometer to measure the user’s health metrics. Display-wise, the watch has a 320x290 pixel multi touch display LCD, which has a small dead zone in the bottom sector of the face taken up by the screen’s digitizer. Motorola believes that the device’s battery will last a full day when fully charged, and ships the device with a wireless inductive charging station, which will recharge the watch overnight.
If there ever was a smartwatch which could take this market mainstream, it is the Moto360. The watch elegantly combines a luxurious form factor with a nuanced industrial design and yet still delivers on almost all of the features of it’s competition. The device goes on sale in the US today for $250, and will be the product which the iWatch will have to beat in the coming months.
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