Sweetstyled wrist goodness
THE MOTO 360 SMARTWATCH LOOKS THE BIZ, BUT IS THERE MEAT ON THOSE PRETTY BONES?
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
CHANGING FACES Use Motorola Connect for even more customisability, like the ability to change colours on watch faces