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While enthusiasts scream "enough already," Motorola is putting the finishing touches on its Android Wear device

The tech community is eagerly awaiting the launch of the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch, which is powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system. You could just feel the excitement during Google I/O whenever the Moto 360 was displayed. Even more telling was when it was announced that Google I/O attendees would receive either an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live for free — there was a slight round of “applause” from the audience.
 
However, when it was announced that the Moto 360 would also be given away for free to attendees, the crowd was definitely more pumped — almost as if they had just received a truckload of loot from “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” When it was announced earlier in the presentation that the Moto 360 wouldn’t be shipping until later this summer, the crowd was ready to pull out their pitchforks.

 
There’s no doubt that style is one of the big reasons why the Moto 360 has captured so much attention from tech enthusiasts and the press. Whereas the G Watch and Gear Live look unimaginative and decidedly “geeky,” the Moto 360 tries its best to look like a traditional timepiece.
 
In a short teaser video, Motorola explains its thought process behind the design of the Moto 360 and why the round design was chosen for its first foray into smartwatches.

 
Motorola’s project lead for the Moto 360, Lior Ron, describes that the round shape is “super comfortable” and allows for “self-expression on a wrist.”
 
By all accounts, the reviews suggest that the G Watch and Gear Live perform as you would expect for products that were seemingly rushed to the market. While Motorola’s decision to take it slow with the development and release of the Moto 360 may annoy the fans that are wiling to drop $250+ for the device, it appears that the company wants to make sure it gets it right the first time and doesn’t release an unfinished product.

Source: Motorola via YouTube



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This thing looks cool but...
By retrospooty on 7/10/2014 9:40:37 AM , Rating: 3
And I really love some of the faces that have been posted on it, but I still cant imagine what most people would do with it. I like the idea of having that tech in a watch, but to me it just seems similar to watching a full length movie on my phone. I mean, I love the idea that I can do that and that I have the tech to do it if I need it... But still, I never do it. If I have 2 hours to spend on a movie, I do it on a larger screen on the comfort of my couch.




RE: This thing looks cool but...
By Labotomizer on 7/10/2014 9:44:46 AM , Rating: 3
If a smart watch appeals as a watch on its own then the extra things it can do are just added features. I think that's the trick to these types of devices. Appeal as the core device and then add functions. Qi wireless charging would be a huge plus too.


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By retrospooty on 7/10/2014 9:52:25 AM , Rating: 5
I guess, but for me, and I am sure alot of people my smartphone replaced my watch over a decade ago.


By Labotomizer on 7/10/2014 10:26:33 AM , Rating: 4
If I'm out and about I feel naked without a watch on. I've got lots of them across a broad price range. Glancing at a watch for time is more convenient than pulling my phone out.

Maybe they aren't as popular as they used to be but the idea a smartphone can replace a watch seems crazy to me. I like the way a good watch feels and looks more than anything else. And I know there are a lot of others out there.

Yes, it's vain. But we all have some level of vanity. And I'm okay with that. Plus, a great looking watch can be a good conversation topic when you're on a plane or at lunch with clients. It never hurts.


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/10/2014 12:41:48 PM , Rating: 2
This is me exactly. I used to wear a watch everyday. Now I have to force myself to wear one -- I usually just end up wearing my watch two or three times a month.

I love the look and idea behind the Moto 360, but I'm not sure it makes any sense to me have one.

I say that now, but I'll probably end up blowing my stash of credit card rewards on the Moto 360 or whatever Apple has in store.


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By retrospooty on 7/10/2014 3:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe at some point later when flexible LCDs are prevalent it will work better with a larger screen that bends around your wrist so you at least have a bigger area to work with. I don't know. Definitely a wait-and-see for me.

The obvious area where they are targeting is the health and fitness crowd for smart watches. Even then I don't know. I guess collecting data on how many steps you take and your heart rate and all that is useful. But no matter how you slice it the hardest part of working out is motivating yourself to do it, and keep doing it. Technology won't help that, you still gotta get off your butt and run. Lol


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By Spuke on 7/13/2014 8:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
I typically don't buy stuff based on looks but this thing is crazy beautiful! I may just get one BECAUSE of the way it looks.


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By hughlle on 7/10/2014 10:18:30 AM , Rating: 3
Until they can last more than a handful of days on a charge it'll be damned difficult to see the appeal as a watch. Even with old fashioned watches at least you could just wind them up. If you need a watch, then you will not buy something that could quite possibly be out of juice when you need it. Until technology evolves to make this a reliable platform in terms of use per charge, then they have to market it on its other merits instead, the ones few actually care about or would use on a regular basis.


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By kattanna on 7/10/2014 10:10:27 AM , Rating: 3
first.. it looks pretty big

but besides time and calendaring functions, i dont see what it can do that my phone cannot. now.. if it could replace my phone that would be different


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By atechfan on 7/10/2014 10:26:38 AM , Rating: 2
The part I would be wary of is that Android Wear seems built around a square screen. The tiles would have corners chopped off. So the round face might make the watch faces look better, it seems that it would be detrimental to displaying the info on tiles properly.


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By techxx on 7/10/2014 4:55:53 PM , Rating: 4
That's a pretty unimaginative and limited view of the potential smart watches have to offer. Consider these:
- View and dismiss notifications on your phone, from your watch
- When using it as GPS when driving or walking around, you can glance at your wrist without fiddling around with your phone
- Safer driving in general... glancing at your wrist to read a text, missed calls, or anything else helps keep attention on the road
- Improved battery for your phone... you would be amazed how much battery you can save by keeping your phone display off more often
- Health tracking, pedometer, etc... FitBit worried I'm sure
- Check your phone notifications in a movie theater from the watch or in a group setting without having to take your phone out
- Super quick voice memos

These are just some of the BASIC things to look forward to. I'm eager to see how this technology will evolve in the near future. With that said, I'm eager to get the Moto 360.


By retrospooty on 7/10/2014 6:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, we all know that can do that stuff. But your entire premise hinges on the shaky point that it's so difficult to take out your phone and look at it. I'm sorry it's just not. What you have is a smartphone OS on your wrist with a tiny screen and not all of the functionality of a smartphone. And we all already have the smartphone in our pocket.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy one. If you want one absolutely buy one. I just don't think most people will see it as a great convenience.


Very nice
By Labotomizer on 7/10/2014 9:42:46 AM , Rating: 2
This is the first time a smart watch has truly appealed to me. It looks very sharp. I wonder if it can be paired with a stainless steel band and how functional it would be without an android smartphone. It looks good enough that I would like it as a watch with data I can sync to my laptop or computer at home and I'd be happy.

Probably won't be worth it without android, which is too bad. It looks fantastic as a watch, which is the first step to a smart watch I'd wear. Give it 20 meter water resistance and useful without pairing to a phone, even if it's less so than when paired, and I'd probably buy one the day it comes out.




Still too big...
By Arkive on 7/10/2014 12:37:32 PM , Rating: 2
That thing would look like a garbage can lid on my average/small wrist.




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