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Moto 360 Smartwatch Review

/ Sep 18th, 2014 No Comments

Moto 360 Smartwatch Review

“Oh. My. God. Becky, look at that watch. It’s so smart and so … round.”

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after waiting what seemed to be an eternity, Motorola has unleashed the Moto 360, the first Android-powered circular smartwatch. The device borrows from the convenience of a smartphone, and its sleek design makes it the prettiest smartwatch on the market.

Real Watches Have Curves

As the name implies, the Moto 360 is in fact a 360-degree watch. For those not adept at geometry, the device uses the circular shape of a classic watch. The stainless steel casing and near bezel-less design make the Moto 360 the one of the prettiest watches available, regardless if it has smart qualities or not. Currently, the Moto 360 only comes in a light stainless steel casing with a light gray leather strap or a black stainless casing with a black leather band. Metal bands will be available in the future directly through Motorola and the device also is compatible with 22mm watch bands. While the casing is slightly thick, it is a lot lighter than one would expect, and the Horween leather strap that comes with the smartwatch is comfortable and breathable.

Moto 360

The Moto 360’s circular design sets it apart from the competition.

The Moto 360 features a crisp LCD display that showcases vibrant colors. Unfortunately, the display washes out in direct sunlight, so those hoping to use the device outdoors should be warned. While the watch itself may be round, the screen is not completely circular. Motorola put an ambient light sensor at the bottom of the screen and made the bezels as thin as possible. While this may come as a bit of annoyance at first, it quickly wears off, and Motorola’s outside-the-box thinking becomes impressive (no pun intended to square watches).

Don’t Just Watch

The Moto 360 runs Android Wear, which is the same as the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Each watch comes with their own preset watch faces, but the Moto 360 completely blows the other two out the water due to the circular face. The thin bezel will turn some heads and garner some complements whether on or off thanks to a futuristic pitch black display.

Motorola Moto 360

The Moto 360 is much more than just a watch.

Users will have to pay the price for the beauty, though. While Android Wear is still in its infancy, it seems like it was made for square watches. A lot of the apps you can download either cut off or simply don’t work on the circular display. That will change in time, and Android Wear will likely be supported with many upgrades and updates that will not only make the platform better, but will also make the watches perform better.

All Day

The pressing issue that users seem to be having with the watch is battery life. Motorola claims that you can get “all day battery life” from the watch. If all day battery life is 24 hours, Motorola is lying. Users will probably never get a full 24 hours of battery life from the device. But if you think that all day battery life is around 12 hours, that seems to be the watches hotspot. This seems adequate for its purpose.

Moto 360 charger

Charge your smartwatch on the included dock.

A smartwatch is merely an accessory to your phone. It makes your day easier by allowing you to see notifications or read emails and send messages without the need to get your phone out of your pocket every 20 seconds. For a product that looks so sleek and lasts through a day’s use, the $250 price tag is well worth it. Users shouldn’t care that it has to plug into a charging cradle every night because that’s what a phone does.


If you’re in the market for a smartwatch right now and are looking to pair it with an Android-powered phone, the Moto 360 is the watch for you. For those of you who have an iPhone, well you will just have to wait until early 2015 for your smartwatch, or get a Pebble.


Sal Thomas

Sal Thomas

Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sal is a contributor to Gaming Illustrated.

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Gaming Illustrated RATING



It does the job but Android Wear is still in its infancy and it has a long ways to go before it rivals Android smartphones.


The design is sleek and pretty, but it still isn't completely round like its name suggests.


There was no slow down time, but there are times when it will not reach Google, even with great reception.

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