Moto 360 SmartWatch : Review

The smartwatch the world was waiting for, will the promised updates come?

No smartwatch has captured our imagination as the Moto 360. It has been the most anticipated device in many parts of the world. The new smartwatch has been sold online since the very first day it was launched.

Although the Apple watch came on the market with the expectation and advertising campaign of no other brand, its mystery was its main attraction. The Moto 360, its circular display immediately became a success for Android Wear devices – Google’s smartwatch operating system.

Now that the Moto 360 is among us, will its distribution be its success? The model looks beautiful and captivating as in the photos but can you cope with the frenzy of our entire day? Continue reading our review to find out.

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Design, Construction, Display

The first impressions count, and for Motorola, the road is still long. By writing this review we found out that the Moto 360 is much more than we hoped for, with a depth of about 1 centimeter on the wrist. At first, this aspect may turn out to be slightly annoying, but after some use the feeling is fucked.

This is a symptom that tells us that the Moto 360 suffers from the same problems as its competitors: this is a first-generation technology and there is still a lot to do. But after this initial hesitation, we can begin to appreciate the Moto 360 for that which is. Of course, it is more often than we hoped for, but we immediately realize that it is actually a very elegant clock. This is the key word – Elegant – Other Android watches have managed to become acceptable devices after recent upgrades, but the Moto 360 can be defined as a real clock.

There are two choices available with regard to construction materials: Stainless steel – which we have tried and preferred – or black, which looks extremely lucid and mysterious. The steel case is well-machined, and its one-piece construction is devoid of anti-aesthetic lines. Even the button on the right side is a nice tribute to traditional wrist watches, although it does not have a real useful purpose except to illuminate The screen, which can still be illuminated by touching it. The Moto 360 captures admired looks thanks to fine lines and fine bevel.

The Moto 360 comes with a leather strap, available in gray off or black. Horween is made of leather, a very soft skin type, recommended for those who cannot stand a classic watch. Luckily, the strap is replaceable for anyone with a minimum of skill, so you can always choose something different.

The circular display of the Moto 360 is a kind of avant-garde in the era of smartwatches, and if it had not been for the LG G Watch R joint to try to put Moto 360 in the corner, we could have forgiven some of its weaknesses, including If there are few. There is no bezel on the 360 ​​dial which really helps in the improvement of appearance and in the completeness of the design.

It maximizes space and helps to place the Moto 360 ​​in the watches rather than in the simple wearable wrist. The lack of an AMOLED display could bring the most demanding look to other models such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear R. The Moto 360, In spite of its excellent premises, it actually uses only one LCD screen. The result is a display that is considerably wider than Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch R.

For the rest, the screen is full of average smartwatches and has good readability. Despite the choice of using an LCD display, this wearer has a bright and crisp screen so that a casual observer could actually swap it for a real watch.

The black strip at the bottom of the display deflating the screen may not please some, tasteless issues. What we have just quoted is the most useful environmental light sensor, a unique feature of Moto 360, which attenuates or increases the brightness of the screen based on the level of light around you. The ambient light sensor is a feature that we find in a few smartwatches currently, despite this very useful functionality, both battery saving and eye health.


Features and OS

To save the battery, the Moto 360 display stays off for most of the time and automatically switches itself up with arm movement, revealing the clock dial as soon as we look at the screen – or at least that would be the idea. Being sure to always get a quick and timely response without a forced movement is impossible. The lighting function should be energized with determined movements. The screen lights in any case with a simple touch, in addition to the above-mentioned movement.

By activating the ambient light sensor, we get the result of keeping the display on, saving battery thanks to the automatic brightness adjustment.

The Moto 360 wants to be, first of all, a real-time clock, but its hardware will not stop it; indeed, the Moto finds itself in its very good construction components. Motorola now needs to improve motion detection to improve user experience and hope that this can be addressed through the firmware already in the upcoming update.

There are a number of features integrated into the Moto 360, many of which concern health. Google Fit keeps track of your heart rate and heart rate. Heart Activity sets you a 30-minute moderate day-to-day target for the day and keeps track of your progress, and Google Keep allows you to take notes using your voice. Simple not?

Voice recognition is generally good, even in noisy situations. We do not have the possibility to re-check the voice messages sent, just like in a smartphone.

Moto 360 runs on Android Wear, compatible with any Android 4.3 or higher device. The Moto 360 software makes it possible to interact with the wrist gadget by using gestures and voice, and one of the highlights of the device is that it allows users to perform certain actions through intelligent voice commands.


Hardware and Materials

Update: Motorola has confirmed that its 360 will soon get Wi-Fi support with an update for Android Wear. This for workmen is a big step forward as the Moto 360 currently uses a Texas Instruments processor that is potentially lower than the latest Snapdragon 400 processor found in the most other Android Wear SmartWatchs such as the LG G Watch R.

Motorola has recently published in a post on its official blog that the Moto 360 will now have Wi-Fi support, along with new controls on wrist movements, handheld emoji support, and especially better application optimization They will drain less battery.

Unlike most smartphones, the specifications under the smartwatches hood no longer matter. There is no need for many computing power, and overall, the Moto 360 appears sharp, lively, and responsive. That being said, the Moto 360 hardware is slightly above the average, with midway specifications in each compartment compared with its competitors.

The 1.5-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 320 x 320 to 205 pixels per inch (PPI), and is certainly not the clearest screen, but still a good screen. This result is overshadowed by the frightening specs of the Samsung Gear that reaches more than 300PPI.

To give the computing power to this circular design smartwatch is a Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor that is a return to the past, being successfully installed for smartphones for the first time more than four years ago. Certainly, the processor will not be at the same height as Qualcomm Snapdragon, but in any case manages to do its job properly. Who needs a Snapdragon on a smartwatch? We did not notice any slowdown or delay even if Motorola had opted for a more up-to-date processor, it could have allowed better battery life.

There are also 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of memory both more than satisfactory for the use we are going to do with this smartwatch. There are also two sensors: a pedometer that continually monitors your activity and compares it to the predetermined targets and an optical heart-rate monitor placed on the back of the watch. Tracking the steps seems pretty accurate, like the heart-rate monitor that, after a claustrophobic start, went back to big.


The Battery Life

Battery life is the most important thing in the world of wearable devices, and everyone has different opinions about how long their sports companion should last. Everyone likes to see their smartwatches last a week like the Pebble, but when it comes to color LCD displays and OLED, this is not really achievable at this time, rightly so!

The compromise, we might say, is that our devices should last comfortably all day, and the Moto 360 is able to do it extensively, maybe even two. Generally, we’d like to go back home after a long day in town with about 40% of our remaining battery and including one hour of tracking. This is not impossible for Motorola’s smartwatch.

The Moto 360 uses the wireless charging feature to charge the device, which is a convenient and functional charging method, for a weekend away from home is not the ultimate in transport but in any case congratulations to Motorola.


Conclusion

PROS :

  • Compact design
  • Battery
  • Integrated WiFi
  • Strap

CONS : 

  • Additional features
  • Charging cable
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