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Hands-on With the Moto 360 Smartwatch

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To say the Moto 360 is in a league of its own, with regard to just smartwatches, is an understatement. Pictures don’t do Motorola’s hardware justice, and after finally spending time with the device at this year’s Google I/O, it’s safe to say that this is the smartwatch we have all been waiting for.

Powered by Google’s Android Wear, which was showcased heavily at Google I/O in yesterday’s keynote, the Moto 360 is the first of its kind with a completely circular display. All other Android Wear-powered devices, like the G Watch and Gear Live, feature your typical rectangular and square displays. 

Since we were able to hold the smartwatch and put it on our wrists, all doubt about its weight and feel have flown out the window. The Moto 360 is light, built with premium materials, and whatever price Motorola decides to place on the watch will more than likely be justified.

After having the G Watch and Gear Live watches on our wrists for the day, it was clear that Motorola has put a ton of time into the 360′s display and design. One word they continue to throw around is “authentic.” They want the device to look like a premium watch. They want you to want to wear it. In person, the display gives off an Infinity Pool effect. The glass is raised on the edges, which somehow makes every shot of the display look somewhat fake and photoshopped. When we say the display looks good, believe us.

Many in our community have been scared of the size, but from our time, we think it’s a good size. It’s right around the size of the G Watch, but since the display is circular, it doesn’t take up as much space on your arm. Without going into too much detail about the size, our previous worries over its apparent size have been dismissed.

After viewing the results of our poll, we think everyone waiting for the Moto 360 won’t be disappointed at all.

Got questions? Shoot them below in the comments section.

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  • Joe

    You guys are nuts…they’re not going to price it at $360 when they have direct competitors priced at over $100 less!! They’d scare away *at least* a quarter of the potential buyers. It doesn’t even matter that it’s the only round smartwatch – huge companies like Moto take competition seriously.

    It won’t even be $300 – the model with the leather strap will be $249, and the steel strap model will be $279-$289. Now if this were the ONLY smartwatch out right now, then by all means they’d likely price it well over $300…but that isn’t going to happen based on simple economics.

  • coolsilver

    So what you are saying is I was stupid for getting on the LG G Watch train even though I knew I was being stupid for getting on the LG G Watch train.

    • NexusMan

      Naw…enjoy it. you already said you wanted both! :)

  • nickyb

    I see one potential issue, but there may be a work around. I use a bluetooth headset because I am stuck in meetings so often. There will be no way to use both at the same time…

    The same issue exists for google glass, but glass has a earbud attachment that kinda takes care of the headset. What if I want to use glass and the watch at the same time?

    • hfoster52

      I use the gear and can be connected to my phone and car bluetooth at the same time.

  • BrianBrick

    I need to know what sensors it will have to track with android fit