Apple announced the Apple Watch today, a device that won’t actually arrive until some time in early 2015. Even though it isn’t going to be available for months, Apple still showed off the device’s potential features, design, different models, and an estimated price, which will start at $349. But for those in the Android game who have been interested in Android Wear and smartwatches in general, there was one piece to today’s presentation that was of interest – expected battery life. Of course, that information never did arrive, nor has it appeared on Apple’s own dedicated website section for the Watch. Well, not directly, but Apple has hinted at it a couple of times.
Android Wear watches, at least so far, have struggled to get more than a full day of use before needing to be charged. We have talked off and on about smartwatch battery life expections for weeks, especially now that the Moto 360 is available, suggesting that they need to be lessoned thanks to the technology involved here. Yet for whatever reason, tech enthusiasts had decided that Apple would unveil a watch that goes well beyond a day, maybe even three or four without needing to be charged. As unrealistic as that sounds, this is the world we live in. Expectations for Apple to change the game are always there, even if they haven’t for years.
I hate to break it to you, but from what we have heard and seen from Apple today, it certainly doesn’t appear as if they have reinvented battery tech for watches with the Apple Watch. (more…)
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…)
Apple is done showing off the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (official names), so we slapped their available specs into a chart below to show how they stack up against Android’s current flagship devices. The new Moto X and Galaxy Note 4 are as new as these new Apple devices, but the Galaxy S5, LG G3, and One (M8) are veterans at this point. Still, Android devices have pushed the limits of specs for years now, often upgrading specs here and there throughout the year with new models. Apple still only gives us one (now two) phone(s) per year, but every so often, comes out swinging with a major upgrade, like they did last year with their 64-bit processor.
In the chart below, you will see Apple’s new storage scheme (they are skipping 32GB), the new bigger displays and their resolutions, inclusion of new chips like NFC, and the weight and size measurements of devices that are now on the same level as you favorite Android phones. You have to admit that it feels a little odd to have Apple in our oversized phone neighborhood, but the move shouldn’t surprise anyone.
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…)
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…)