Moto 360 review: Eye catcher

GSMArena team, 08 December 2014.

Introduction

Announced back in March, Motorola's Moto 360 is undoubtedly one of the hottest wearable devices of the year. The Android Wear flagship is the first device of its kind to effectively blur the lines between a smartwatch and a regular mechanical timepiece in terms of design.

We call the Moto 360 an Android Wear flagship for a good reason. The gadget is the first and will probably remain the only smartwatch developed with direct input from the search giant. Motorola only recently changed ownership from Google to Lenovo.

Moto 360 is unique not only because of its appearance, but internals too. Motorola's creation is the only Android Wear device to swap Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 for a Texas Instruments chipset. Check out the device's key features below.

Key features

  • 1.56" LCD display; 320 x 290 pixels; 205ppi; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • TI OMAP 3 chipset; 512MB RAM; 4GB of built-in storage
  • 320mAh battery rated at a full day of mixed use; Qi wireless charging with bundled cradle
  • 46mm in diameter; 11.5mm thick
  • Stainless steel case with IP67 rating
  • Available in different finishes with metal or genuine leather band (off-the-shelf standard 22mm band)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity
  • Dual-microphone setup for voice commands
  • Built-in optical heart rate monitor and pedometer
  • Android Wear OS with Google Now integration
  • Incredibly light at 49 grams with the leather band

Main disadvantages

  • The screen is not fully circular
  • There are competitors with more pixel-dense displays
  • Android Wear tries to do too many things at once
  • Battery life could be better

Motorola Moto 360 lags behind some of its competitors in terms of hardware specs, though this is hardly a surprise. After all, the device is one of the first Android Wear products to hit the market.

The smartwatch appears to make up for its hardware shortcomings with looks and broad appeal. None of its competitors can match the variety of styles that Moto 360 is available in.

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We will kick our Moto 360 review with an unboxing, followed by a look at its design and hardware. Head over to the next page for a closer look at the smartwatch!