MO­TOROLA MOTO 360

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The Moto 360 was the first round face smart­watch. It sports a sleek min­i­mal­ist de­sign com­ple­mented by a pre­mium build of glass and stain­less steel, with a leather strap made from high-end Hor­ween Chicago leather. Hav­ing said that, while the Moto 360 is un­de­ni­ably stylish, it does feel a lit­tle bulky on its thin strap, both in terms of width and over­all height, and the net re­sult makes it look more like a disc on a strap than a watch.

The watch boasts a large 1.56-inch 320 x 290 pixel res­o­lu­tion dis­play (277 ppi) with fairly de­cent view­ing an­gles and good bright­ness. Com­pared to the other round watch in our shootout, the LG G Watch R, the Moto 360’s round screen is around 39 per­cent big­ger, with much thin­ner bezels, which seems like it would be the bet­ter cir­cu­lar dis­play, ex­cept for the fact that the Moto 360’s dis­play isn’t ac­tu­ally a cir­cle. In Mo­torola’s quest for a round screen with the thinnest outer bezel pos­si­ble, it ended up adding a lit­tle black bar at the bot­tom of the screen that cuts the cir­cle off. That black bar houses an am­bi­ent light sen­sor for auto-ad­just­ing screen bright­ness. It’s not a to­tal deal-killer, but for a watch with a beau­ti­ful, clean look ev­ery­where else, this per­fec­tion-ru­in­ing flaw cer­tainly stands out. As a re­sult of the bar, white watch faces all end up look­ing like they have a lit­tle slice cut out of them, or even worse, a whole sec­tion of dead pix­els.

Like the G Watch R, on the side of the Moto 360, there’s a lit­tle home but­ton that looks like a watch crown that can be used to ac­ti­vate the watch or quickly bring up the set­tings menu. On the back of the watch, you’ll find an op­ti­cal green LED heart-rate mon­i­tor and in­side, the 360 also has a pe­dome­ter for ac­tiv­ity track­ing. We found both the heart rate mon­i­tor and step counter to be rea­son­ably ac­cu­rate, with fairly con­sis­tent re­sults over­all.

Like the G Watch R and ZenWatch, the Moto 360 runs on An­droid Wear, but un­like the Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 pro­ces­sors found in the LG and ASUS watches, the Moto 360 uses a con­sid­er­ably less pow­er­ful Texas In­stru­ments OMAP 3 pro­ces­sor. As a re­sult, tran­si­tions and an­i­ma­tions are just a lit­tle bit slower on the Moto 360.

When the Moto 360 was first re­leased, it was plagued with bad bat­tery life. A re­cent firmware up­date has im­proved things but you’ll still only get about 16 hours of life on a sin­gle charge, which is the worst in our shootout. The Moto 360 uses a sim­ple in­duc­tive charg­ing cra­dle to recharge, no mag­nets or con­nec­tors re­quired. While it’s a neat and sim­ple de­sign, it also has its draw­backs. You need a flat sur­face to set the charger down on, so if you try to recharge the 360 in your bag or on in an air­line seat pocket you’ll find that it won’t stay in place.

Beau­ti­ful glass. Steel con­struc­tion.

Large dis­play. Un­der­pow­ered pro­ces­sor. Weak

bat­tery life.

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