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?
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…)
The Moto 360 was made available this morning, but as a few of you found out, supplies didn’t last long. The smartwatch was made available through three online sources (Google Play, Moto.com, and Best Buy), but it seemed that within only 30 minutes or so, they were all sold out.
Motorola claims they are working very hard to replenish stock through all channels, but no word on how long that may take. With so much hype placed around the Moto 360, the fact that it sold out in such little time was hardly surprising, but we do hope Motorola hustles up and makes more stock available soon.
Were you lucky enough to score one this morning?
If you happen to follow DL or myself on Twitter, then you might have seen this post coming. After more than a year, Neptune’s vision for a smartwatch, the Neptune Pine, is finally in our possession.
After receiving a healthy amount of funding on Kickstarter, the Pine is now rolling out to backers all across the country, and we have been fortunate enough to score one for review purposes. (more…)
According to a new report from Pocket-Lint, HTC has canceled development of its smartwatch, images of which may have leaked a few weeks ago in a promotional video.
Rising costs associated in creating the device played a part, the publication reports, as did a failure to sufficiently differentiate the watch from the competition. (more…)
Can you believe it? The Moto 360 is now available for sale (or will be later today) through Motorola’s site, Google Play, and Best Buy for $249.
It feels like we have been waiting forever for this to arrive (we sort of have been), but now that one is officially in house, it’s time to put it to work. We have the all-black version on-hand, so we gave it a quick unboxing and then overview/software tour. We wanted to show you how Android Wear looks and works on a circular device, what you get in the box (spoiler: a wireless charger!), and some of the special features for the 360, like its heart rate monitoring.
Ready for some 360 action? (more…)
Finally, the day many of you have been waiting for – the Moto 360 is now available for purchase. Having been completely unveiled this morning, we can share the detailed specifications for the device, which will hopefully still have a few of you clamoring to go buy one.
As a quick recap, the Moto 360 features a 1.56″ backlit LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3, Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, a heart rate monitor, 320mAh battery, and runs Google’s Android Wear wearable operating system. The device is currently sold through various online retailers for $249.
For a more detailed rundown of the specs, look below. (more…)
Hours ago, to kick off IFA, ASUS went ahead and made their first Android Wear device official, the ZenWatch. Teased for weeks, the ZenWatch works with any device running Android 4.3+, features premium materials, includes a semi-curved AMOLED display, and follows ASUS’ design philosophy of “Start with People.” It’s actually a pretty stylish looking smartwatch, but does feature a square display, unlike the Moto 360 and new LG G Watch R.
As for specs, you are looking at a 1.63-inch AMOLED display (320×320) with curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, 1.4Wh battery, IP55 water resistance, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android Wear. The device comes with a brown leather strap that accents the silver and rose gold layering of the main body. (more…)