Motorola sent us the Moto 360 to play with and we liked it. The Moto 360 is definitely one of the smartest looking smartwatches available right now. Launched in late 2014, it was one of the first smartwatches to have a circular screen. The watch itself is elegant looking with a metal construction and only one button keeping it simple. It comes in two styles: stainless steel black with black leather band, and stainless steel silver with stone leather band. The band is changeable and Motorola have released two new steel bands this year in all silver and all black. You can easily wear this to work or out to a fancy dinner without it looking out of place or nerdy.
Unfortunately the first thing you will notice looking at the display is that it’s not 100% round. There is a small bar at the bottom of the screen which is where the ambient light sensor, display driver and digitiser lives – it’s kind of annoying. The screen resolution is 320×290 pixels which gives it a relatively sharp display. It runs the standard android wear, so often you’ll find text falling off the screen as the software is designed for square displays. With the amount of new round face smartwatches coming on the market, I’m pretty sure that android wear will be more accommodating in future updates of the software.
3 Reasons to buy the Moto 360:
This watch is one of the more elegant looking watches available, pretty much everyone who has seen it on me has asked about it.
The bluetooth connectivity has a good range, staying connected to the phone even when I walk downstairs for a coffee.
Wireless charging is easy and it doubles up as a bedside clock – which looks awesome and has night glow mode.
3 Things to know before you buy the Moto 360:
The black bar at the bottom of the screen is a bit of a let down.
If you buy it with the leather band, it’s not great to wear for sporting activities.
The performance isn’t as good as other smartwatches, there is frequent noticeable lag when scrolling around.
The watch is dust and water resistant, also comes with a heart rate monitor with a pretty cool interface. If you’re after a good looking smartwatch, we recommend getting this one. RRP $329.