First Look: Moto 360’s Gorgeous and Impossible to Find, Monolink Metal Band

When Motorola opened up its Moto Maker service to the Moto 360 a few weeks ago, Motorola asked if we would like to test it out by customizing a watch. We, of course, know how Moto Maker works after customizing a half-dozen Moto Xs over the last couple of years, but we took them up on their offer because there was a particular watch band that was only available through Moto Maker when paired with a Moto 360 that we wanted to get our hands on.  (more…)

Little Worlds Turns the Moto 360’s Flat Tire Into Something Fun

If you were looking for the #1 criticism of the Moto 360, it would without a doubt be the “flat tire” that sits at the bottom of its screen. The “flat tire” of course, is in reference to the black area at the bottom of the watch’s face that hosts display sensors, which allow it to auto-adjust brightness. Motorola chose to include this area, because they wanted to make a watch that had as little bezel as possible. If they didn’t go this route, they would have created something similar to the king of bulk and bezels, aka the LG G Watch R. Sure, the watch would have had a fully rounded display, but again, it wouldn’t look as nice as it does.

Still, some can’t “unsee” the flat tire. If you are in that boat, then might I suggest you check out a watch face app called, well, Watch Face. The full name of the app is actually “Watch Face – Minimal & Elegant,” but we are pointing it out today because it was recently updated to include a new featured called Little Worlds that aims to put to use that flat tire area.  (more…)

Deal: Moto 360 is Now Just $165 at the Google Store, Free Shipping Included

Remember how the Moto 360 dropped to $180 at Amazon and Best Buy to end last week? Forget about that non-sense. Google just dropped the price to $165 at the Google Store, and threw in free shipping to boot.

Both black or stone leather options are available at $165.

What are you waiting for? Oh, the Moto 360 (2nd Gen), which has to be right around the corner. OK, that makes sense. (more…)

These E3 Android Wear Watch Bands are Really, Really Nice

Last week, Google announced a set of official partnerships with a handful of companies willing to make watch bands for Android Wear devices. One of those companies is E3 Motocycles, a shop out of Brooklyn, NY, who specializes in hand-made products that use quality materials like Horween leather. Out of the group that was announced by Google, the E3 watch bands were the closest to our personal tastes in watch bands, so we picked a few up. Man, these are incredible.  (more…)

Deal: Moto 360 Drops to $179 at Amazon, Best Buy

The Moto 360, which is arguably still the best Android Wear watch available, is now just $179 at Amazon and Best Buy if you choose the leather band option. After carrying a $250 price tag from the beginning, you are looking at a pretty drastic $70 discount here. If you don’t want leather, and instead want one of the metal bands, Best Buy has dropped metal versions to as low as $219, while Amazon is hovering around $229.

The timing of the drop probably isn’t a coincidence, as today happens to be Apple Watch pre-order day. Hey, whatever the reason, we love discounts on fine products.

If you need to catch up on the first round smartwatch, that features wireless charging, premium materials, and a classic watch design, be sure to read our Moto 360 review.

Amazon Link | Best Buy  (more…)

Motorola Teases Red Leather, Possibly for Moto X (2nd Gen) or Moto 360

On Twitter and Instagram, Motorola is asking folks what their favorite Red Leather to-go item is, followed by “We’ve got a little something in the works.”

To us, it seems likely that the company is teasing an upcoming leather option for potential buyers of the Moto X (2nd Gen) or even the Moto 360. Red Leather backs or Red Leather watchbands, anyone?  (more…)

Lenovo’s CEO May Have Just Outed the New Moto 360

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just outed the brand new Moto 360. It’s tough to tell if he did so on accident or if he was trying to show the smartwatch world what he thinks a real smartwatch should look like. Either way, in a post to his Weibo account that was quickly deleted, Yuanqing gave us an image of a smartwatch in a variety of sizes and colors – a watch he specifically referred to as the “Moto 360″ – along with a bunch of different watch bands.  (more…)