Apple is a company known for design. Almost all of their products are largely thought to be beautiful combinations of modern and industrial design. So as we waited to see them unveil the Apple Watch this morning, I think it’s safe to say that we expected the design of the device to blow our minds. But did it?
The Apple Watch is a bubbly little thing, with a sapphire display, rounded edges, and swappable watch straps that come in a variety of materials and textures. It comes in a sport model made of aluminum, standard model wrapped in stainless steel, and an “Edition” version with 18K gold. It even has a “Digital Crown” as both a functional and design highlight. But in the end, the watch still sports a square face with all sorts of bezel that looks a lot like all of the previous smartwatches we have seen from Samsung.
Then you have the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, two devices that have really tried to emulate a traditional watch experience, but with smart functionality built in. They are beautifully designed time pieces, not just smartwatches.
So you tell us, which is the better looking watch?
This morning, a complete teardown of the Moto 360 was posted by the folks over at iFixIt. While usually nothing too exciting comes from a hardware teardown, Motorola found themselves in a bit of PR hot water, as it was uncovered that the Moto 360’s battery only shows a capacity of 300mAh, not 320mAh as advertised by the company.
What ensued was outcry from consumers on Moto’s social channels, as customers were quite upset by the company’s disinformation about the battery. As most of us know, battery life has been one of the Moto 360’s biggest pain points for most “reviewers” of the device, so the fact that Motorola possibly threw in a smaller battery than the one they advertised had people up in arms. (more…)
The Moto 360 has been torn down! I’m not sure why I am showing excitement over that fact, but hey, round things do not come around often in this world of square displays, chipsets, and boards. So, yeah! Moto 360 teardown!
The team at iFixit took on the task, as they always do, showing how easy or uneasy it would be to repair a Moto 360 should yours run into problems. In the case of the 360, it isn’t exactly easy, scoring 3 out of 10. Translation – you probably shouldn’t try to repair your Moto 360. Let the professionals do it. (more…)
Like Verizon, AT&T will also carry the Moto 360 at some point in the future. Announced this evening via AT&T’s pressroom, the carrier confirmed that they will add the circular smartwatch to their “industry-leading” portfolio of devices. Pricing and availability will be announced later, though, so don’t expect to pre-order today like you currently can through Verizon. I would image that they will offer some sort of bundle type deal or discount when purchased with a smartphone.
On a related note, someone probably jumped the gun at Verizon with their listing of the metal Moto 360 with a ship date of November 11. That page has now been pulled. (more…)
Google I/O attendees, according to an email we just received from the I/O team, your Moto 360 has officially shipped. In the email, you should also have a tracking number to keep up with its status as it makes its way to your doorstep.
The email does not say which color attendees will receive.
I did track mine, though, and FedEx is telling me to expect it by this Wednesday, September 10.
Check those inboxes! (more…)
Thanks to a handful of initial reviews from select press that surfaced close to last Friday’s embargo time, everyone thinks the Moto 360 has terrible battery life. Forget the fact that these reviewers couldn’t possibly have given the device thorough testing on its battery in the 12 hours (some less) that they had the watch in hand, but after having one on wrist for four days now, I think I can safely say that battery life is no where near as terrible as it was made to sound.
Let’s talk about the Moto 360 and some battery-related items. (more…)
Own a Qi wireless charging pad? Have a Moto 360 on the way? Awesome! You already own a spare charger for your brand new smartwatch.
We knew this would be the case, thanks to an FCC filing for the charger that popped up back in June, but we went ahead and confirmed as much now that we are home from Chicago. So if you have a couple of these charging pads spread between your house or office because you own a Qi-ready phone, then you should have no problem keeping your 360 charged if you happen to decide that Ambient Screen mode is for you.
Motorola has been working on the Moto 360 for a really long time. We learned of an early prototype of the device as far back as last summer under the codename “Gem,” even seeing behind the scenes pictures of it as a watch that looked like a mix between a wannabe smart device and a Nike+ running watch. It was black, rubber, included buttons, and had a square face. It looked like all of the other smartwatches that no one seems to be all that excited about.
But this Spring, Motorola unveiled the Moto 360, a round-faced smartwatch that was built as a beautiful watch first, smart device second. We have been testing it since last week and so far, are really enjoying it, thanks to its premium build and decent 1-day battery life. By all means, this is still the Android Wear watch to consider if you are in the market for one. (more…)