Review: Moto 360
Rejoice—more smartwatches! The Moto 360 is a very pretty option, and guess what? It’s round. This is the second generation of the Motorola Android Wear device, and there are fancy new bands and customization options. Some improved features also make it a more compelling buy than the original. But it’s still a spendy product, and far less useful if you have an iPhone.
The Moto 360 is slick—it’s very, very pretty, especially if you spring for one of the metal versions and the fancy bezel options. I got more compliments on the watch from people who had no idea it was a smartwatch than I’ve gotten for any piece of jewelry ever. The notifications aren’t overly disruptive and it’s nice getting that buzz on my wrist. True to function, I looked at my phone way less. A quick glance at the wrist is much nicer. It’s situationally useful, of course—in meetings or when I’m being social, it’s nice not to be totally cut off so I still know if something urgent is going on. Really, it’s just cool to come back from these moments and not have 100 notifications that I didn’t even know about. Battery life is pretty good, as well! I was able to get through the day by charging it overnight. The web-based Moto Maker customization tool is really fun to use, and there were a handful of options I toyed with. (Black leather with the Micro Knurl bezel? Mmmm, pretty.)
I don’t think I’ll ever entirely get over the ledge—that tiny, quarter-Moon shape sitting at the bottom of the display is just unpleasant to look at. Every once in a while, the touchscreen isn’t as responsive as it should be and I try to press harder and harder to swipe a notification away or scroll up the list of them. Also, being an iPhone user, the Moto 360 is just less useful—even with the Android Wear app for iPhone, getting notifications you can do absolutely nothing with just makes the whole experience half-hearted. And all of this would feel like an OK trade-off if it weren’t quite so expensive—$350-$400 is a lot; too much, really, if you have an iPhone and can only get a fraction of its usefulness.
7/10 Very good, but not quite great
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