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The Moto 360 is the Only Android Wear Device I Want

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Tim and I were seated in the press section during Google I/O’s keynote last week as director of Android engineering David Singleton announced to all attendees that the first Android Wear smartwatches would be available later in the day. He started with the LG G Watch. A small golf clap followed. He then thought he was surprising us all by announcing that Samsung had created the Gear Live, which would also be available within a few hours. Another small golf clap followed. You could then feel the building about to explode with joy as he moved on to the Moto 360, a watch that is without a doubt the most anticipated smartwatch of all time on Android. And then came the news – it wouldn’t be available until “later this summer.” The entire crowd of around 6,000 booed and moaned and sighed simultaneously. While I’m a member of the press and technically not allowed to join in on that outcry, deep inside, I did. The Moto 360 is the only Android Wear smartwatch I want.

Why is it the only smartwatch I want, you ask? For one major reason – it doesn’t look like a smartwatch. When I wear a watch, I do so because it’s a fashion item that is also useful. Actually, to tell you the truth, at this point, it is really all about the fashion. I have a phone that can tell me the time if I really need it to. A watch has become an accessory first that also happens to tell the time. And since the Moto 360 has been beautifully crafted with stainless steel and leather to look like a watch first, smartwatch second, it wins in my book.

I don’t want people to ask “What is that blocky, glowing, robotic thing on your wrist that resembles a watch?” I want a smartwatch that shocks people when they realize that the classic timepiece on my wrist is more than they initially realized.

Keep in mind that I own almost all of the major smartwatches that were released within the last couple of years. I have both Pebble models, Qualcomm Toq, some random Kickstarter thing called Omate that I haven’t opened because it’s 4 inches thick, Galaxy Gears, Gear Fits, you name it. Because all of them look like futuristic square-faced wannabe watches, I don’t use any of them, even the cheaply built Pebble Steel can’t make the cut. They look cool for a minute, but the size or appearance or lack of functionality eventually becomes a turn-off.

I even have the LG G Watch now, thanks to Google. It runs Android Wear just like the 360, yet I find myself completely bored by it. It is by all means the most uninspired smartwatch design I have ever seen. I will be reviewing it shortly, but the general feel for the G Watch I have is this – since Android Wear is still in its infancy, the watch design better at least blow my mind or this thing isn’t going to stay on my wrist.

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Normal watches, at least the good ones, carry a classic, round look for a reason – because it’s a beautiful design. Big, bulky square watches come and go, the classics stick around. I think it is clear that Motorola realized this. They didn’t want their watch to be a fad – they wanted it to be a timeless design that wasn’t going to be boxed into the futuristic design trend of today’s smartwatches. With the 360, they absolutely nailed it.

We were able to spend some quality time with the Moto 360 last week and came away in love. While the watch isn’t small by any means, it looks like a gorgeous watch on anyone’s wrist. The combination of the brown leather strap matched with the stainless steel exterior makes for one classy, almost retro, very subtle, but “holy sh*t that thing is beautiful” watch. The black version with black strap isn’t bad either, I just prefer the stainless/brown leather combo. The display, at least in our time with it, is so good that analog watch faces look like real analog watch faces. You almost can’t tell that this is a smartwatch until a notification pops up or you see someone interact with it. It has this beautiful chamfered edge that leaves the display looking almost infinity pool-like. Finally, it has a single button on the side, just like a typical round watch would, which helps the overall theme here – a smartwatch that looks like a watch first.

To wrap up, I’ll come back to my point above about the G Watch and say this – the Moto 360 has the design that will allow it to hang around as I watch Android Wear turn into (what we can only hope becomes) the best vision for a smartwatch UI to date. It should be exciting, especially knowing that if Android Wear and app developers take their sweet time, at least I will have a beautiful new accessory on my wrist.

  • clay

    not sure if anyone will see this comment, but does anyone know if the moto360 will support changing out wrist straps and what size? is it 22mm?

    • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

      They said yea but they don’t recommend it.

      • clay

        any reason?

        • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

          Not that I know. They probably want to keep using their bands.

          • 213ninja

            ^^this.

        • NexusMan

          Probably because they are using high quality leather and metal, and you will be able to choose different official offerings from Moto Maker.

  • MennyMenMen

    A device with a “Round” LCD? that in itself will lead the charge for a slew of new LCD applications. We are no longer limited to 4 corners!

    • MennyMenMen

      realized the availability of round LCD’s already in market and their applications. I am late to the party….*goes to corner and contemplates life*

    • zinj

      We’re not sure at this point if it’s LCD or OLED but round LCDs have existed since 2008 and Motorola has already used one in their Aura phone.

  • droidrazredge

    Moto 360 is going to bring the awesomeness to android watches in 2014 like what the OG Droid did with phones in 2009. We will look back on 2014 going this is the watch that started it all for Android Wear.

  • ragnarok180

    I’m getting the iWatch but you guys should get the Moto 360.

  • NexusMan

    I ALMOST agree completely with you, Kellen. However, I ammend your statement to: “The Moto 360 is the only Android Wear device I want, out of those that have been announced.” I’m passing on both the boring LG and the Samsung offerings, and getting the 360, day one. However, I’m excited and looking forward to other, more fashion forward designs in the future, as I definitely want a 2nd one to add to my collection…a more casual version.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Still wanting a Casio G Shock Android Wear. Amazing if they do one. My G Watch will fill the need temporarily

  • Chippah

    I think Somebody regrets not going round!!

    LOLOL!

    http://phoneradar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/LG-G3-QuickCircle.jpg

  • Chippah

    The Smartwatch “craze” reminds me of the original “Dawn of the Dead”

    A member of the biker gang is stealing a Television from Jc penny.

    The other biker says to him “What the hell you gonna watch on that thing?”

    And the other biker says “oh yea” and throws it back down..

    Unless your biking a bike or motorcycle, something along those lines. then it really doesn’t serve much purpose.

    • fractalsphere

      I’ve been riding motorcycles for 15 years and I might check the time on my watch real quick, but I certainly won’t be taking BOTH HANDS off the handlebars (and you shouldn’t even if you’re on a bicycle!) to fiddle with a touchscreen on my wrist.

      • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

        “ok google” … “what time is it”

        lol

        • fractalsphere

          If I could be heard over the wind noise that might be an option. Even in a quiet room speech recognition is still crappy. lol

  • jnt

    The title of this article might as well have been “the sky is blue” :P

  • Specter597

    I agree completely. The 360 is beautiful and most of the other SmartWatch designs look like an 80’s LED/square thing.
    But I keep coming back to this one thought: Why do I need a device that duplicates the function of my phone?

    Don’t get me wrong – I think its cool. I geek out about it. Dick Tracy. I get it.
    But it does the same thing that my phone does … for the same price … but smaller. Not necessarily better, just smaller.
    So why do I need to shell out another +/- $300 for a gadget that does the same thing (or in Samsung’s Case just give notifications) as my phone?

  • http://bane-tech.com/ Joshua Bane

    Great post! I couldn’t agree more. If I am going to invest in a smartwatch I want one that I will like. Mind you that I have never spent over $100 on any watch. So again, this must be something I like. I feel I’d be settling on any other smartwatch. In my opinion the Pebble should be $50 and the Gears, LG should only cost about $100. Especially if the 360 is at the same introductory price around $250. Again great post.

  • memberofthepress

    member of the press haaahahaha

  • Chippah

    Same OS & UI.
    1 Round
    1 Square.

    Bored already just because its SQUARE?

    Dat don’t make no sense!

    • PoisonApple31

      But the wireless charging on the 360 is so cool!

      • Chippah

        oh, well that is a plus then, I thought they all had Wireless charging..

        they do make Square Rolex’s. too, lol

        • PoisonApple31

          I forgot my sarcasm tag, I could careless about wireless charging. That seems to be the one feature that is missing on the Gear Live and G Watch. I couldn’t agree more with your comment though. It’s circular, and when a screen other than your watchface is showing – it’s still going to look like a toy anyway….you won’t fool anyone.

          • David Verba

            So you do care about wireless charging, since you could careless, which means you do care somewhat….

            http://youtu.be/om7O0MFkmpw

    • Michael Bassett

      pss psss they should rename is the lg watch the L7 or sompthin’

  • coolsilver

    Gonna have to wait to drop money on a 360 unless I resell the G Watch. Either way I’m happy.

  • Maxim∑

    Unfortunently Moto X looks nice but it will share the same probelms as the Gwatch and Gear Live probably and that is, poor outdoor viewing and battery life. Although wireless charging is a plus as apposed to those dumb pogo pins

    • On2Vegas

      I think it was on the Verge that the reviewer said this one actually has great viewing angles. I’ll see if I can find the quote.

      • Maxim∑

        I believe you. The display looks to have great quality. But we are at a point in tech with wearable where either you choose a nice display and get bad battery life or you choose a bad display like the Pebble and get excellent battery.

        • On2Vegas

          Good point

        • Mattanus

          This is a AMOLED display, so it should have a very decent display for your normal watch face (As long as it is predominately black :P)

    • On2Vegas

      Actually it was SlashGear:
      http://www.slashgear.com/moto-360-hands-on-android-wear-on-a-concept-made-real-25335315/

      “And 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.”

  • yummy

    People want it so bad, they should make it work with only motox’s. They are nuts if they dont, they have a hit with the ultimate lockin device.

    • rawr

      I haven’t seen any want for this device outside of MotoLife.

      • On2Vegas

        Your kidding right. Check out Phandroid or AndroidCentral.

      • Derek Robinson

        Really? MKBHD has been talking about it for a while. My work has been talking about it. Some of my friends are interested in it. Theres been quite a bit of talk on Reddit about it.

        • rawr

          There was also talk about the 3D revolution by “some” people too. We are back to 2D pictures and soon, mechanical watches.

          • Derek Robinson

            Good thing I kept my flip phone then. I guess we’ll be back to those soon as well?

            3D viewing offered a worse experience and was more expensive. Could be too soon for smart watches as well, but I think it is too early to call it.

    • Guest

      That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever read.

    • Derek Robinson

      Which would kill the sales. As it stands it’s a day one buy for me. I just got an HTC M8 not that long ago, I’m not going to go buy a new phone when I already have one that I already really enjoy to just to use an accessory. At that point I’d just pick up the LG Watch even though I’m not nearly as interested in it.

  • Tony Byatt

    “The Moto 360 is the Only Android Wear Device I Want”

    At the moment…

  • Pedro

    But, the Moto 360 makes the possessing soul inside you begin to creep out.

  • James Thomas

    You sound like Ralphie describing the beauty that is the Red Rider BB Gun…which only makes me want this watch even more…

    • http://www.twitter.com/cltnwd Colton

      You’ll shoot your watch off, kid.

      • James Thomas

        The second to last paragraph also reminded me of this little monologue from “How I Met Your Mother” of Marshall describing the best burger EVER…

        Just a Burger? Just a burger. Robin, it’s so much more than “just a burger.” I mean…that first bite—oh, what heaven that first bite is. The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavors mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then…a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a…a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savor so delightful. This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin. This is God, speaking to us in food.

  • jer85008

    If this is in the region of $200 and has a couple days battery life, it’s my next watch for sure. I do like my Pebble for what it is/does, but the 360 is just plain gorgeous. Just getting notifications and being able to choose different watch faces is more than enough to justify the price for me. Anyone know if it’s waterproof?

    • On2Vegas

      It’s only water resistant, not water proof

  • David Dudovitz

    I have an Armitron watch at the moment, so I clearly care about function over form. One question: do these Android Wear smartwatches even include basic stopwatch and timer functionality? A smartwatch needs to at least match the feature set of a regular digital watch if I’m even going to consider one.

    • Josh Sleeper

      Pretty sure the Android Wear devices get the vast majority of their functionality through Bluetooth pairing, but I’m still pretty sure I read that they have that functionality even when not paired. If I’m wrong though, I’m very confident they have it when paired with a phone.

    • PoisonApple31

      I want to check out Android Wear, so I am grabbing a LG G Watch, but I find myself asking a lot of questions like this too. It’s a no-brainer and the functionality exists on my Gear 2…

      • 213ninja

        me too……..

  • calculatorwatch

    For the past week or so I’ve been obsessed with 2 things about the 360:
    1. Using it with Android L as a trusted device so I can secure my phone without the hassle of an unlock screen.
    2. The watchfaces! They look awesome and I can change it whenever I want.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      These. Both of these.

    • Raven

      I just hope it ships with a calculator watch app, lol.

      • calculatorwatch

        Me too! Although the days of using it to cheat on tests are probably over for me…

    • PoisonApple31

      I am excited about #1 you mentioned, but I am also concerned that my company’s security policy will deactivate that feature anyway. I get my work e-mails on my Gear 2, but it will not let me view them due to the security policy set by Exchange.

      I do like the feature on the Gear 2 that allows your pattern to change to a swipe lock screen when it’s connected to your phone (when not using Exchange).

      • 213ninja

        have you tried touchdown?

        • PoisonApple31

          I just checked out Touchdown. Looks like exactly what I would want for an alternative, but that UI is horrible!

          • 213ninja

            lol yeah, it’s gotten better. they update it quite frequently and with the theme i’m using today it’s not too bad. i also use the tablet UI, not sure if you saw that. it works well on my note3. definitely could use some improvement in the looks department, but in terms of functionality and the ability for me to bypass the exchange security policy (i don’t have to consent to remote wipe), it’s pretty sweet. plus i got a license from Amazon for $5 when it went on sale.

    • CheapWatchWear

      now Motorola just needs either of 2 things:

      1. to make its price $199 and lose MORE money
      2. to force Android users to pay $350 for it and make some money

      Moto X is not cool and 360 is not fashion.

      • niuguy

        Who are you to decide what is fashion? Friggin fashion nazi!

      • AMTrombley89

        Nobody is forcing anyone to buy it. Moto isn’t holding a gun to our heads. Outside of your price range? Don’t buy it. Pay to play, my friend. But they aren’t FORCING anyone to do anything.

        • Keg Man

          and the cell companies would gladly re-extend your contract for a reduced price

    • Keg Man

      that just made me realize something. I wonder if they can put some kind of sync in there where if the watch is in proximitey of the phone the lock screen doesn’t show up, but if they are far apart, the lock screen enables. -someone make this now!

      • jc

        That’s already a thing in Android L

  • Michael Suriel

    I feel like the Moto 360 is going to be the OG Droid of smartwatches.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I like your way of thinking.

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    • Paul Hansen

      I agree. Not the first but definitely the one that breaks ground into mainstream for the rest of the genre.

    • GALAXY_TOP_SELLER

      you mean a discontinued item NOBODY has now?
      SAMSUNG and LG
      are going to release ABSOLUTELY ROUND SMARTWATCH
      in 3 months, believe me.

      • niuguy

        3 months? Thats a bold statement.

        • Nikuliai

          read his other post and you’ll notice the pattern

      • Blue Sun

        Richard? Is that you?

      • SHunter

        Yes, but that device line ushered in the launch of the Droid name as a solid contender and icon device. So to be more accurate, the Droid series is still in production, its never left and they are still high quality devices which are highly recognizable and very distinguishable from other phones.

    • JRomeo

      what does “OG” stand for?

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        original gangsta

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      • Nikuliai

        “Oh God!”

        • AMTrombley89

          Lol…”Oh God” Droid…

      • bboyairwreck

        Orange Gatorade

      • Danny

        Original Gangsta or just (O)ri(g)inal

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          ^^^^^NEWB SMH

      • Tee

        Oh Google-it

      • https://www.facebook.com/MusicalWolf Todd Wolf

        Ocean grown

    • JRomeo

      The Original Nexus One, was never called OG Nexus One…… so why was the original Droid called the OG Droid ?

      • On2Vegas

        I think largely because of the impact it had on Android as a whole. It wasn’t the first Android phone, but it and Verizon are largely responsible for putting Android on the map in 2009. That campaign is why so many people call all Android phones “Droids”. Then the Galaxy line took over.

        • mark

          Only in the US though. The droid seemed to be less popular elsewhere, here in the uk it seemed to be more htc in the early as android years. I’ve only ever heard Americans refer to phones as droids.

          • http://OmegaDomains.NET BPMΩ

            That’s because the “Droid” branding is exclusive to phones sold through Verizon. They licensed the term from Lucasfilm (yes, they have the word “Droid” trademarked), and they use it for their versions of phones (mostly Motorola, but a few HTC and Samsung phones, too).

          • Six83

            Just a handfull of American DROIDS came to Europe and they were renamed. OG droid was Milestone … Motorola apparently thinks that 750 milions of people who live in Europe is not enough for their market so it is very hard to find Motos here.. If you ask Europeans about Motorola they will say : AAA that company used to make good phones 10-15 years ago…

          • Paul Davidson

            This was maybe true before the moto g but since the moto g people are aware of Motorola again! (I am in Europe)

          • Six83

            Yes. But you and me are just 2 guys from europe. I’m talking about missed chance to have sales like Apple and Samsung. People are maybe now AWARE of Motorola but they have a long way to go to point where people will wait in front of stores for days do buy new Motorola products

          • Paul Davidson

            To a degree is it not true that the only vendor who has people waiting in front of stores for days apple and apple only?

          • Keg Man

            thats good to know. I have IT at work sending out professional emails using the words iphone and droid phone. soooo embaressing

        • Justin W

          I think I’d rather have people call them ‘Droids than Galaxy’s though.

          • MicroNix

            I’d rather have a Galaxy than anything “Droid” after the OG Droid. There was some real poo under the Droid name.

          • Mickey A Valentine

            That’s why they’re called “Moto’s” now.

          • Tee

            Because they make 1 good phone every 10 years?

          • Keg Man

            thats all you have to do. Apple was resurrected on one good phone and a lot of mediocrity after that. Motorola in the phone industry. Samsung with the galaxy and we now have an infinite number to galaxy phones to match the galaxy branding. Ride that wave of one lucky success!

          • Mickey A Valentine

            Yup

        • D

          Moto Droid 1 opened the door for everything Android for me and most people I believe. Without it I would have not learned of Android and Nexus.

      • 213ninja

        because it’s the first Droid, ever…and it’s an OG.

        • JRomeo

          except it wasn’t an OG (original android), that label was just applied by fanboys, and therefore it became an OG.

          • Keg Man

            I look at it as the original “droid” phone which it was. the fact that idiots dont know the difference between android and droid is on them.

    • Mickey A Valentine

      I wonder if I should reactivate my OG Droid to pair the two together.

      • pfroo40

        Sadly, Android Wear requires Android 4.3 or higher. Unless someone cobbled together a custom rom for the OG

        • Droidzilla

          There are several JellyBean ROMs out there for the OG, actually. The Sean Connery Bond phone lives on.

        • Mickey A Valentine

          Oh yeah, I don’t feel like attempting that.

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    • Chris Dooley

      No joke we have a very good form factor for classy watches… It happens to be round. Motorola gave the timepiece industry an elegant looking watch that happens to have additional functionality without looking like a damn mini tablet on your wrist. LG, Apple, Sammysung take note.

  • Christopher Moore

    Prepare to get bent over when this thing is released. There is just too much hype over this watch.

  • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

    With DoubleStuff Verizon Logo.

    • Michael Bassett

      Kellex, This was a description given by another site that had a hands on with the 360. Would you say this is accurate? What would you compare the thickness to?

      • Raj Bhatt

        The median thickness of a double stuffed Oreo is 4.96mm. I can totally live with that.

    • moelsen8

      And once a month they get to bend you over and doublestuff you. More Everything!

  • George

    I want one just because it looks cool and has a lot of style. I’m not sure how much I’d use it but just want to own one. Not sure if I’d pay $300 – $400 like some are predicting though.

  • humidity

    Not sure if I missed it, but did they announce a stainless steel band? I’m not a fan of leather since it stretches and can wear out from sweat over time.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I 100% agree, I’m buying the 360 the moment it’s released. I’ll finally be able to dump my Nike+ running watch. Hopefully Nike adds 360 support.

    • Aaron

      You’ll get no support from Nike. They have made it clear that they want nothing to do with Android.

      • rawr

        Perhaps you should read the article of Nike+’s app being released for android recently.

      • Mordecaidrake

        You’re probably right. They’re the worst, which is why I’ve been eyeing a new Garmin. Never mind the fact that the band on this thing is garbage.

  • AbbyZFresh

    And you make an entire article out of this why?

    Make articles that are, um, actually informative and not just your personal opinion.

    • Tony Spencer

      I liked the article, and I’m glad to get his opinion.

    • JSo

      I’m pretty sure they can write whatever they want.

    • Under the bridge downtown

      Until you own droid-life.com, Kellen can write, um, whatever he wants to. In turn, you can choose not to read it or comment on it.

    • XvierX

      And you posted this comment why?

    • Orion

      Ummm they write up opinions and informative news. That’s the point of this site. lol Are you new to this? I may not agree with everything he says, but it’s good to hear out personal opinions. Unlike other sites.

  • JSo

    I think the Moto 360 is the watch everyone is wanting. Motorola is going to make a killing off of it.

    • AbbyZFresh

      That is, unless Motorola markets the hell out of it and actually manages to sell it worldwide on day one.

      And none of this US only release they did with the Moto X in the beginning.

      • Ian

        unless?

    • Bryan Mills

      Lol people said the same about the Moto X. If price isnt right, it won’t happen.

      • epps720

        Exactly! We still have no idea what this will be priced at. Say they come in at $500 (don’t believe it will, just saying) they won’t sell all that many

    • JayMars84

      No, they aren’t. But Apple will off of their watch, even though it will likely be inferior.

  • BeerManMike

    Is it really as thick as a double stuffed oreo?

    • Laki S.

      Mmmm…. oreos…..

    • moelsen8

      it’s not a tumor!

    • envoy510

      Wow. That would be a deal breaker for me. That’s just too thick. Perhaps v2 will be thinner…

      • PoisonApple31

        Give it a few years they’ll be as thin as a Necco wafer!

  • nosedive94

    “I want a smartwatch that shocks people when they realize that the classic timepiece on my wrist is more than they initially realized.”

    Exactly what I’ve been trying to put into words since Wear was announced. Well said, Kellex. Well said.

    • Gomzy

      I agree, that is what every Smart watch maker should strive to do.

    • Romdude

      Look at the kairos link above.

    • Keg Man

      why do you need a smartwatch when you have a phone? Why do you need a regular watch when you have a phone? that quick glance convenience is totally worth it for some people. If you think about it backwards, the regular watch is a really dumb version of a smart watch

  • Rafter

    “Android L smartwatches”?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Fixed that…no idea how I missed that 10 times. Thanks. :)

  • Razma

    its like that hand tattoo is reaching for it cause it wants it too!

  • Victor Who

    Kellex, do you know that you can use different after-market straps for the LG G Watch? The customization takes the “style” argument away. Don’t get me wrong, the Moto360 is a very nice watch, but soon (perhaps) 90% of the Android wear users will be sporting the same watch as you. If it’s all about the “fashion”, then THAT it certainly. However, when it comes to “style”, you don’t have the argument.

    • r0l

      I think the argument is the only one of the watches with fashion/style is the Moto 360, the others have none.

      How cool will something be if everyone has the same one? Hasn’t seemed to hurt the iPhone…

    • Derek Robinson

      The customization of the straps, while nice, is not enough to make it more fashionable than the Moto360 in my eyes. The bands for the 360 would have to be pretty bad to make it even close for me.

  • markp99

    Moto360, and the current generation of Android Wear devices, are just too HUGE for me to consider getting one.

  • Thomas

    The is the first time in my many years as a DL reader that I finally agree w/ Kellen. Great article K.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    *looks at title*
    Trust me, WE know.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      and because you didnt post a pic of the combo i think you’re talking about

      • Shane Redman

        I thought I would like it….I don’t. I hope they have some awesome band options at launch

        • EraserXIV

          Agreed, it would look a lot better with a darker stain on the leather.

        • epps720

          I’m not liking that band at all

          • Shane Redman

            definitely needs to be darker. Not sure if I want the steel version with the grey strap or just the all black *first world problems*

      • Derek R

        Not sure if I don’t like it in silver or don’t like the silver with that band.

        • epps720

          pretty sure it’s that awful band

  • Orion

    Ummm Kellen? We’ve known that for awhile now. :P

    • EC8CH

      HA!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Fine :P

  • Roubaix

    As someone who is in the jewelry business, I appreciate you writing this article. Lately our watch sales are dropping. People are using their phones to check the time, and do so many other things with them. It’s great to hear someone that is in the technological world say they wear watches for the fashion. I am excited for the MOTO 360 to come out. It is finally a piece that is a fashion accessory and not just some gadget. Can’t wait till I can see one in person and hopefully wear one.

    • EraserXIV

      I have a smartphone and am as big a tech advocate as the next person here, but I wear a watch ALL the time (I even wear it to sleep and in the shower). The convenience of ALWAYS having the time on my wrist is HUGE, I don’t really understand how so many people don’t see this. Yes, it is a nice fashion accessory, but it’s also a BIG tool for me that I use countless times every day.

      Yeah, I USUALLY have my phone on me all the time, but sometimes you leave it in another room or you forget where you put it. Sometimes you just can’t reach into your pocket due to a task that you’re doing at a certain time. Sometimes you just don’t WANT to reach into your pocket and pull it out, turn it on, when you can glance at your wrist without literally moving any additional muscles except your ocular muscles. On weekends, when I wake up in the morning, groggy from the night before, it’s about a 50:50 chance that I put my phone on the charger, and there’s a good shot I don’t even know where exactly my phone is. What happens when you spend a day at work in “that part” of the building where there’s no reception and your phone dies at 3pm. People are just okay with not knowing what time it is until you can find a plug for your phone? I don’t know what world these people live in, but the convenience of a watch is HUGE.

      • Jeff Badger

        I’m glad that a watch works well for your needs. Some of us don’t need one as our lives are setup differently. Take mine for instance. I work for a university with 80% of mine time I’m in my office in front of a computer. I’ve got the time in the lower right corner just like all other computers. At this particular university, every class and conference room has a wall clock in it that is synced all across campus. So, I’m good when I have meetings in other buildings.

        At home, every room has a least one clock (either alarm or wall). Additionally, those that have a cable box have a second clock as they are programmed to show the time rather than channel. I can go into any room and know what time it is.

        Like I said, I’m glad to works for you. However, there are many of us who manage just fine without wearing one 24/7.

        • EraserXIV

          @codyrevels:disqus @jeffbadger:disqus
          I see what both of you are saying and I understand that we are typically surrounded by many screens and clocks, but I don’t like the idea of having to depend on these for such a basic (and important) functionality. If you have the same schedule every day, day-in-day-out, and can depend on these items being there all the time, then I guess I can see it working. When you are traveling or are in a more “dynamic” environment as part of your day, then this doesn’t work so much. I guess it just comes down to what works for each individual person.

          • Wall Breaker

            Bingo. You never have to rely on anyone to give you the time. Also Its annoying having to pull out my smartphone just to check the time, saves battery life too.

            I just wish G Shock would release a Android Wear Device.

          • Keith V

            I second that G Shock android wear device…I’d love to have one of those…here’s to hoping!

          • Keg Man

            I am too, but a simple snap on case will protect my smartwatch like a g-shock does. However, a high bezel on a smartwatch will be counter productive so I’m going to go with a protective screen cover and hope for the best

      • Cody Revels

        Personally I dont think most of us share in your experience with what you described in this post. Losing your phone, can happen, but most of it think our phones are important enough (and expensive enough) to not lose, especially in our own house. Hell, I feel naked without mine and I know alot of others do too.

        Also, the only time I can see not being able to tell time without a watch is in the shower….any other time we are surrounded by dozens of clocks….computers, Tv’s, desk phones, cell phones, microwaves, stoves, wall clocks, there are literally clocks everywhere. Anything with a battery or screen of any sort has a clock nowadays,

    • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell
      • 4n1m4L

        Meh. $500. Meh.

        • niuguy

          Not a bad price, as far as watches go. Above my budget at the moment, but not unusual.

          • Keg Man

            it’s a bad price if the 360 costs under 300

      • Roubaix

        That is a great looking watch. The mechanical with the touch screen. Classic yet very modern. I would own that watch. I personally have a Tissot T-Touch. They retail about 1K. It has a touch crystal to cycle through its functions. So, the cost of a smart watch that is functional and fashionable is not that important to me. If you are a watch lover then the price isn’t all that important. To have a screen on top of a mechanical watch would be, money!!!

      • Romdude

        Thanks for the link. Loved the video. Looks stunning.

    • mark

      If ppl want a fashion accessory and don’t need to tell the time, why would they bother with a smart watch?

      It’s the ppl who do want watches to be useful who will be lured away by smart watches. Some of whom care about fashion more so then others, though round versus square is a matter of preference.

    • SetNick

      Some people buy sneakers, some people buy watches (me included for the watches). I feel naked if I don’t have one on. I find myself going vintage for watches as many new ones are either poorly constructed or look like “blocks.” The moto 360 is a game changer for smart watchefs. It doesn’t look like one as Kellex pointed out. I wish someone would set up a group buy for the 360 like people do on watch forums. Maybe a droid-life edition?

    • Keg Man

      I wear a watch but have never done so as a fashion piece. fashion and looks are secondary. When it comes to smart watches, fashion is last. I bought a note 3 and expected to hear the “you look so dumb” comments. Function trumps fashion for me.

  • Ethan Nelson-Moore

    why is there a hand drawn on your arm?

    • Marc

      I think that’s Tim’s…

  • Adam Neighbors

    Really well written and I couldn’t agree more. I can’t wait for the 360 to be released and will definitely be picking one up the second I can.

  • jb

    whose arm is that with a tattoo of a hand on it?

    • Bryan Mills

      tim

      • http://www.SkyCapture.net/ Ian Smith

        *face palm*

        er… *hand arm*

  • RobJBR

    Oh boo-hoo!

    I want the smart watch too but I didn’t have to write an article about it to try to get people to sympathize with me over the fact you have to wait a little while longer to get your free watch

    • Bryan Mills

      Pretty sure they’ll be paying for it.

      • Laki S.

        Actually, no. They’re getting it for free from IO

      • Boozerob

        If they went to I/O they wont

      • sirmeili

        I didn’t think that the “press” could accept those “gifts”. I could be wrong because this is a “blog”, but traditionally news reporters did not accept free product because it could be seen as skewing their opinion. Personally, I think in this case, they got a free version of all three watches, so I don’t see why it would be an issue, just saying how it “used” to be (or at least how I think it “used” to be…LOL)

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I’ll just assume that you didn’t read the article. :P

      • RobJBR

        I did, I think I summarized it pretty well

        • Laki S.

          You think? Well, that was your first mistake…

        • Bryan Mills

          You need a tampon?

        • Mike Aurin

          You didn’t.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          What I’m saying is, there wasn’t any complaining going on. Not asking for sympathy. I just said that the 360 is the watch I want. Just talking about a product that looks better than all the rest. If you take that as me having a pity party, so be it!

    • Tony Spencer

      Jealous much? So what IF he would get it free? Kellen and the others on DL give reviews on products that I feel are accurate.

    • EC8CH

      No, but you did have to write a comment about how much you’re butthurt apparently.

    • Ian

      Wait….he isn’t allowed to continue to drum up interest for arguably the most anticipated smart watch yet?

      • rawr

        Do you mean arguably as in, “I can argue that DL really loves and overrates anything Moto even if the rest of the world thinks ‘meh'”?

        Motorola/LG/Samsung aren’t ever going to beat Rolex/Breitling/TagH/Omega because watches aren’t about function anymore…

        • Ian

          When function was limited to time and date, sure.

          Overrates? Its all relative. As in smart watches relate to smart phones which is why DL cares and the Moto 360 is shaping up to be the best offering in the space thus far, in a few months that could obviously change.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    For some reason this article does not surprise me but as of right now I’m feel same way

  • Bryan Mills

    Me too, but im not dropping a fortune on it. Especially on first run.

    • http://www.SkyCapture.net/ Ian Smith

      We get it – you’re poor.

      • Bryan Mills

        I get it- you like wasting money.

        If i won the lottery, i wouldn’t even buy a bugatti.

        • rawr

          Yea why would you get a Veyron when you could get a Huayra.

          • Bryan Mills

            I wouldn’t buy any of those. Fully upgraded Tesla FTW

          • rawr

            You can have both if you get the Powerball.

            Though you do strike me as someone who likes shoddy cars with bad paint (more likely due to California regulation than Tesla choice, but it still exists) and exploding batteries (more likely due to Tesla choice than California regulation.

          • Bryan Mills

            You’re an idiot

          • rawr

            Good one. I’m guessing more people here think that of you though.

        • jabarri2

          just a 89 e30 m3 and i’ll be good :)

  • Rashad

    I’m ready for this watch as well. This is the device for me to use while at work. No way I can get in trouble now.

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    You and me both, buddy.

  • chris125

    The black at the bottom kills it for me. I was ok with it until Rene had the article about it and now it just really bothers me. Maybe round 2 won’t have that next time around.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Tim and I played with both the black and aluminum models for a solid 20 minutes and never once did either of us say “That black bar is killing me.” I would ignore the iOS guy. :P

      • Rob

        You keep saying aluminum but isn’t it stainless steel?

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Technically it is stainless. Fixed. For some reason I’ve had it in my mind that it is aluminum. Thanks.

      • Orion

        Haha exactly!

      • jer85008

        Seems like with a black watch face, or some creative watch face design, it would be almost invisible.

    • r0l

      Wait until you see it in person. Since everyone seems to love the display, it may be one of those things photos makes worse.

    • Orion

      So you listen to what Rene tells you? lol

      • chris125

        I listen to what my eyes see and my OCD that black bar just bothers me

        • elvisgp

          Didn’t you just contradict yourself? You said you were okay with it until Rene wrote that article. Not trying to be a jerk.

          • chris125

            No I just never took notice until it was mentioned. But sorry I forgot the android fanboys are as bad as the apple die hards with defending their “love” like it is their child. My bad people for having a different view than all of you…

    • TrOpAzR

      I agree. OCD would get the best of me on this.

      • TrOpAzR

        I just don’t understand why this bar would be there. It doesn’t make any sense? What is it for? Why did they leave it there? Is this a limitation of Android Wear or was it Motorola’s design decision?

        • http://ThisWeeksBeats.com Deez

          it is a limitation of display technology. The display requires a display driver and digitizer. In the LG and Samsung watches it is hidden under the large ugly bezels. The 360 doesnt have such large ugly square bezels, so it has this instead.

        • Derek Robinson

          It is a limitation of the technology introduced by a design decision. You cannot have the small bezel that the 360 has without having that black section for the display drivers. It is also a design choice I am more than able to live with. I think it looks much better than surrounding the the entire device with large black bezel.

  • dukenilnil

    My dream scenario, Moto offers steep discounts if you purchase both the X+1 and the 360 at the same time at laucn

    • Bryan Mills

      Pipe dream

      • dukenilnil

        True, but that’s why its my dream scenario, not my bold prediction :-)

    • rawr

      They will be offering steep discounts via firesale once Moto becomes Lenovo anyway.

      • Marvin

        It doesnt look like a smartwatch…it looks like a hockey puck sized nerd watch. I’ll stick with my Casio calc watch.

        • Simon Hunter

          Ah yes, the casio calc watch. Least need watch ever and tiny as well

        • proparham

          yeah , like that watch isn’t nerdy

          • TheKaz1969

            psst – I think he was trying to be funny…

    • K

      Moto offers steep discounts anyways. They did it with the Moto Stream (half off sale) and they did it regularly with the Moto X. So basically, I’m gonna be cheap and not buy it at launch in hopes that Moto offers some sale later on :D

      • Kevin

        Good luck with that.

      • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

        That’s because the sales sucked. If the build up and online chatter equal sales here, they likely won’t offer steep discounts soon.

    • guesswhat

      they will ..moto brand doesnt have that much appeal ..not many people care about moto products no matter how good they are ..the only way to increase brand awareness and get products in more hands is by using two pronged approach ..make great differentiated and great products and offer them at great price, if they fail to do either of them they will fail

      • AMTrombley89

        Marketing wouldn’t hurt either…I never see Moto ads on TV. That’s where they need the most ad dollars. Not magazine ads, not internet ads (well maybe internet ads)

        • TC Infantino

          I agree with you there 100%. I remember being constantly bombarded with TV and internet ads on the OG Droid, and even on the later Droid X. Marketing does make a huge difference.

        • Keg Man

          marketing 101. if your business is struggling, you need to put more money into marketing, not less.

    • Lenovo360

      DISCOUNTS? bundles? Cheaper?

      you probably mad.

      Motorola has lost MORE THAN $2 BILLION DOLLARS since the Google’s acquisition
      trying to sell “just right” 4.7″ 720p displays and “wood” back covers.
      Moto X FAILED and Moto X+1 and 360 will fail.

      SAMSUNG can kill this “round display” with its TECHNOLOGIES.
      BTW SAMSUNG has patents on round smartwatch;)

      • Nikuliai

        dude, would you stop making guest accounts already? man up and get an account and post from it, you look like a mad kid right now

        • Kevin

          I agree with the Panda. :)

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Him?! He’s a panda. What’s he going to do, sit on him?!

            Love that movie