Motorola and Google both dropped the price of the Moto 360 today to $149. That’s a $100 discount and could be a sign that it’s time to kill off all remaining inventory before the new 2nd generation model arrives. We have seen the price jump up and down over recent months, but this price cut has happened without asterisks, footnotes, or banners that mention this as being temporary.
Is the Moto 360 still a good buy at $150, even though it’s about to be replaced? $150 is a $150, so it’s not like we are talking about spending pennies here. With that said, it’s a solid smartwatch for a 1st generation device. It has started to show its age (that damn OMAP processor) recently, but still gets the job done. And hey, it also has Android 5.1.1 now!
Look at it this way – you know what you are getting when you buy a year-old, first-gen product that is about to get replaced by a new, upgraded model. It’ll work, but there could be some jealousy in a few weeks. Then again, the new model won’t be this cheap.
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You know how your Android Wear watch came with a whole bunch of pre-installed watch faces that you can’t get rid of, most of which you wouldn’t be caught dead with on your watch in public? Guess what? You can hide them! I know that hiding is much different than uninstalling or removing, but at least you can shrink down that ever-growing list of watches on your watch to those that you actually like. (more…)
To better fit round smartwatches, LG Chem has introduced hexagonal batteries, granting a larger capacity given their shape. Instead of a little square or rectangular battery inside of your round watch, a battery featuring a roundish shape can fit better inside, delivering more juice to end users. (more…)
The Pebble Time is an important product for a few reasons, but the most important is that it is the only serious contender for the space on your wrist besides Android Wear and Apple Watch. For most users, Android Wear and Apple Watch make more sense on their respective platforms. Really, the only reason the Pebble Time exists is because the original Pebble did a lot of what many users wanted in a smartwatch far before Android Wear and Apple Watch were a thing nerds argued about and normal humans looked at briefly as they passed through their mall.
Now that Android Wear and Apple Watch are here, though, can Pebble stay relevant with the Time?
This is our Pebble Time review. (more…)
This morning, Google shared with us a list of recently updated apps that can all take advantage of Android Wear’s new always-on apps feature in 5.1. The feature is useful in situations where you may want to keep information from an app up on your screen, but you don’t necessarily want it blasting out in full color and brightness, eating up that tiny watch battery. (more…)
Would you pull the trigger on your first Android Wear smartwatch if it was the Moto 360 and you only had to pay $150? That’s the scenario in front of you today, thanks to a deal from Woot. The Moto 360, which is probably still the best looking smartwatch to date (and just received Android 5.1), can be had for $150 with a leather band or $180 with a metal band.
At retail, the Moto 360 with a leather band normally runs $250; with a metal band, you are looking at $300. Not a bad deal.
The deal includes a 1-year warranty from Motorola.
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Pebble Time, the new
kids toy smartwatch from Kickstarter darling Pebble, is now available for pre-order from Best Buy. With Kickstarter orders almost all fulfilled, it’s time for everyone else to get in on the fun that is this new colorful e-paper experience. At $199, the Pebble Time in red, white, or black can be yours.
According to Best Buy, shipping should happen on or around July 20, in case you were wondering when your pre-order might arrive on your doorstep. (more…)
The Android 5.1.1 update for Android Wear introduced what I would consider to be the most important new feature since the platform launched. I’m talking about WiFi connectivity of course, which lets you have some freedom from your phone and the Bluetooth connection that previously tied phone to watch.
With WiFi connectivity on your watch, you could leave your phone on the other side of your house or office, lose that Bluetooth connection, yet still sync notifications to your wrist. You still get to interact with notifications, respond to messages via voice, and launch Google voice actions. This really is one of those game-changing type features because it allows your watch to be less reliant on having your phone nearby at all times. (more…)