Sweet­styled wrist good­ness

THE MOTO 360 SMART­WATCH LOOKS THE BIZ, BUT IS THERE MEAT ON THOSE PRETTY BONES?

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With a stain­less steel buckle and case, a scratch-resistant Go­rilla Glass screen and a mir­rored plas­tic back, Moto has thought a lot about the 360’s styling.

In­stead of a win­der/crown there’s a low­pro­file push-but­ton. At 43mm across and 11mm deep, it’s not the big­gest smart­watch out there, but it’s far from un­der­stated.

The 1.5-inch LCD has a res­o­lu­tion of 320x290, which is fine at a nor­mal view­ing dis­tance, but on closer in­spec­tion it’s not the best. Clearly hav­ing a higher-res screen would have had an ef­fect on Moto’s claim of all-day bat­tery life. While it’s eas­ily pos­si­ble to stay pow­ered-up on an av­er­age day, Moto has an­tic­i­pated night-time charg­ing by adding a bed­side clock-style func­tion to the charger.

The UI is a mash-up be­tween An­droid Wear and Google Cards that can be bril­liant, like when you’re us­ing Google Maps and get­ting vi­brate alerts when a di­rec­tion change is re­quired. It can be ran­dom too, how­ever.

Sadly, Mo­torola has built the 360 with a fouryear-old TI OMAP 3 chip (OMAP3630) inside, rather than the Snap­dragon 400 that graces the Sam­sung and LG, so you do get some lag.

The watch is sur­pris­ingly use­ful ev­ery day – wrist alerts are weirdly com­pelling, as is the fit­ness as­pect. Google Wear is clearly still in its in­fancy, and Mo­torola’s open-source pol­icy here has left the ball very much in Google’s court. Un­til the Ap­ple Watch lands in early 2015, this is the smart­watch to beat. $329, MOTO360.MO­TOROLA.COM

LOVE Clas­sic, stylish de­sign. Use­ful alerts and synced me­dia con­trols HATE Con­fus­ing UI. Dated, four-year-old chipset T3 SAYS The de­sign king of smart­watches you can get your hands on right now

1 Check Google Play for ex­tra An­droid Wear-en­abled apps – the usual sus­pects and some un­ex­pected gems

2 Works with QI-com­pat­i­ble charg­ers – any­thing from stan­dard pads to cush­ions

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