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Motorola brings its "A game" to smartwatch design

We just reported earlier today that Google is going full steam ahead with wearable devices thanks to its Android Wear operating system. We’ve already seen LG’s rather bland offering with the G Watch, and now it’s Motorola’s turn.
 
We’re just gonna go ahead and say it — the Moto 360 blows the G Watch out of the water when it comes to esthetics. The smartwatch features a circular LCD that can display traditional analog or digital watch faces. It’s actually the first smartwatch that actually looks like a real watch that regular human beings would want to wear.

Motorola describes the device, stating:

Moto 360 keeps you on time and up to date without taking you out of the moment or distracting you, telling you what you need to know before you know you need it through subtle alerts and notifications. With just a twist of the wrist you can see who’s emailing or calling, what time your next meeting is or a friend’s latest social post...

Most importantly, Moto 360’s iconic design, featuring a round face and premium materials, feels comfortable and familiar on your wrist. It’s everything you need, with a look that you want.

 
Motorola is giving away much when it comes to specs (we do know, however, that it will be available this summer), but you can watch the video above and peruse over the pictures below.
 


Source: Motorola



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As much as it pains me to say it...
By atechfan on 3/18/2014 1:44:43 PM , Rating: 3
this is by far the best looking smartwatch out there. No love whatsoever for Google, but I have to give credit, at least for ascetics.




RE: As much as it pains me to say it...
By CaedenV on 3/18/2014 1:55:41 PM , Rating: 2
Is this Google? or is this part of what got sold to Lenovo?


RE: As much as it pains me to say it...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/18/2014 1:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
AFAIK, Lenovo only bought Motorola's smartphone business.


By Penti on 3/18/2014 10:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's MMI – the part Lenovo bought. Advanced Technologies and Projects is being merged with the Android group and is already threated as separate from MMI. It's being called Google ATAP at the moment though. They are the one doing Project Ara and Tango now not Motorola Mobility Inc, so it's already a separate unit and any project coming out of them is Google-branded. This is MMI/Lenovo. No Google watches here, they just want to do the software.


By atechfan on 3/18/2014 2:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't matter much. This would have been in planning under Google.


RE: As much as it pains me to say it...
By Belegost on 3/18/2014 2:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
Still looks like a big lump on the wrist. A round lump instead of square, but still a lump.


RE: As much as it pains me to say it...
By hughlle on 3/18/2014 2:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. In that dark background photo/render, it looks pretty fantastic, however in the two pictures of people wearing it, it looks like a big ass watch. And personally, that pic where the watch is displaying the text, imo it looks pretty lame.

But yes, looks a lot better than the square ones. I still don't see this kind of thing taking off yet.


By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 11:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And personally, that pic where the watch is displaying the text, imo it looks pretty lame.


Because it's a fake rendering, not an actual photo.

Someone just Photoshopped that stuff onto the watch. Pretty obvious.


RE: As much as it pains me to say it...
By sigmatau on 3/18/2014 2:53:06 PM , Rating: 1
I would love to see one with a stainless steal or titanium wrist band instead of rubber/plastic. I guess you can change it yourself.


By sigmatau on 3/18/2014 2:56:43 PM , Rating: 2
Or, I can just look at the large picture of one with a metal band...

I am glad one manufacturer is listening. Those rubber bands are just terrible. I guess some like them. I have always liked a metal band, but have not worn one in about 5 years. I think I may take a look at this one though.


RE: As much as it pains me to say it...
By Jeffk464 on 3/18/2014 4:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
It does look by far the best. I hope they used gorilla glass 3 because the glass sticks way up above the case.


By CZroe on 3/18/2014 4:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
How about Sapphire like the Sony Ericsson MBW-150? Oh wait... The MBW-seies clearly doesn't exist if the following statement were true:
"It’s actually the first smartwatch that actually looks like a real watch that regular human beings would want to wear."

I'm still hoping someone will make something more like the MBW series (normal analog watch face with an inset monochrome OLED notification display). I don't want a full-fledged app-running Android gizmo on my wrist complete with fragmented storage, compromised specs, and low battery life. Even if I did want all that, it's make more sense as secondary wireless display that uses the storage and SOC in your pocket rather than duplicating it with compromises in performance and battery life.


This guy may have a problem...
By SublimeSimplicity on 3/18/2014 3:42:59 PM , Rating: 4
The guy in the last photo, may have a caffeine addiction problem. Drinking a black coffee with a latte in the on deck circle. All to be consumed before a meeting in 15 minutes.




By Cheesew1z69 on 3/18/2014 4:36:50 PM , Rating: 3
Or, the latte belongs to the person who is obviously sitting to the left of the one with the coffee.


RE: This guy may have a problem...
By CharonPDX on 3/18/2014 5:21:41 PM , Rating: 1
Um, wow... I often have 4-5 12 ounce coffees a morning.

At my previous job (where "foo-foo" coffee drinks were free,) I often had 3-4 double (16 ounce) mochas a day.

Yet I have no problem going caffeine free for multiple weeks. (I do so every few months for 1-2 weeks, just to make sure I still can.) I feel no ill effects while off caffeine. I have in the past gone many months without having more than 1 or 2 caffeinated drinks during that time.

I just like the taste of (some) caffeinated drinks, and drink them because I enjoy them. When my last employer changed their coffee provider, I switched to mochas because I didn't like the black coffee any more. At my current employer, the black coffee is good. (The same as my prior before they switched, ironically!)


RE: This guy may have a problem...
By dice1111 on 3/19/2014 8:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm,

Run on, off topic, overly detailed...

All the markings of a coffee induced rant! heee ;)


By crimson117 on 3/19/2014 1:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I often had 3-4 double (16 ounce) mochas a day.
How much did you weigh at that time?

I can't drink more than 1 mocha a week without seeing visible (negative!) effects ;)


Also a phone?
By drlumen on 3/18/2014 3:26:32 PM , Rating: 2
"you can see who’s emailing or calling".

I wonder if this is just an extension of your cell or does it include a phone? Not sure where the keyboard would be kept. Just curious...




RE: Also a phone?
By retrospooty on 3/18/2014 4:09:44 PM , Rating: 1
It would need a cell phone paired up with it, likely via Bluetooth... Basically, like any smartwatch its an extension of your smartphone for those that are too lazy or just dont have the time to look at their phone to see who’s emailing or calling. ;)


Battery life
By keitaro on 3/18/2014 4:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
Is there any info on what's the battery life for this going to be? My pet peeve for these smartwatches is their short battery life. If I needed something to keep time with, I'd rather be wearing a watch that can last up to a year. Seeing navigation and incoming messages/notifications on your wrist doesn't seem all that practical to me.




Gold please
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 3/19/2014 12:16:52 PM , Rating: 1
If I could get one of these in goldtone or 14k gold, with a red LED time skin, I would buy the melonfarming FUCK out of it.




When Can I Buy One?
By Arsynic on 3/18/14, Rating: -1
RE: When Can I Buy One?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/18/2014 2:17:21 PM , Rating: 2
All Motorola is saying is "summer 2013"


RE: When Can I Buy One?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/18/2014 2:17:38 PM , Rating: 2
err, 2014 :)


RE: When Can I Buy One?
By Arsynic on 3/18/2014 3:09:19 PM , Rating: 1
Guess I got downvoted by the nerd that wants to manage files on his watch.

I just want to avoid this scenario.

"Hey, good sir, do you have the time."

"Pardon me sir, I'll give it to you after my watch finishes rebooting."


RE: When Can I Buy One?
By kamiller422 on 3/18/2014 3:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
This is not an Apple watch, which would require another Apple device to operate. This is an Android based watch by Google.


RE: When Can I Buy One?
By Motoman on 3/18/14, Rating: 0
RE: When Can I Buy One?
By Motoman on 3/20/2014 3:03:52 PM , Rating: 2
Who the hell rated that down? How do you think the smartwatch is going to get any information if it's not paired to your phone?

Or do you honestly think that they're going to put a cellular radio in there and you're going to pay for another cellular contract to get service on it? Dumba$$es.


Concept art
By coburn_c on 3/18/14, Rating: -1
RE: Concept art
By TheDoc9 on 3/18/2014 2:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
I am curious about how the real watch performs. I don't think it's vaporware.


Looks more like a watch...
By GreyMulkin on 3/18/14, Rating: -1
RE: Looks more like a watch...
By Jeffk464 on 3/18/2014 4:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
Like was said before their is pretty good potential for people keeping track of their workouts. Personally for cycling though I would rather have something like google glasses linked to my smartphone. It would be nice to have Heart rate, speed, elapsed time, grade, etc on a Oakley blade style heads up display.


RE: Looks more like a watch...
By Murloc on 3/19/2014 5:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
a fairly good amount of people wear watches, although way less than in the past because many get used to looking at the phone from the get-go.

It begs the question though: if so many young people stopped wanting a watch because they can just take their phone out of the pocket, how will they be compelled to buy a watch to not have to take the phone out of their pocket to read a text?


RE: Looks more like a watch...
By jackpro on 3/19/2014 6:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
It has to have a PR of 50+ & an ability to fit a mini sim would be epic on a shared plan


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