On September 5th, the Motorola Mobility team released the Motorola 360. At Google I/O 2014, this was one of the top watches people were looking forward to see. The newest Android Wear device to hit the market is the only one at the moment that is adapting to the round face. With orders finally being submitted by consumers and its $249 price tag, below are my top 5 reasons I am looking forward to the Motorola 360.
The Motorola 360 comes with a stainless steel face and currently with a genuine leather band. Motorola’s Jim Wicks stated that the 360 will come later with a stainless steel bracelet and users would be able to interchange the bands as they please. The only concern with that is if the 360 can fit any band, or will it be like the Pebble Steel and only allow proprietary bands from the manufacture.
Prior to the release of the 360, Motorola ran a design contest called the Design Face-Off. This was a open challenge for anyone to create mock-ups of what they would like to see a Motorola 360 watch face to look like. The contest shows that Motorola truly pays a lot of attention to design principles and is shipping with 6 pre loaded Android Wear faces.
3 – Battery Life
With the specifications released on the 360, we now know that it comes with a 320mAh battery that is said to last a full day with average use. Due to the nature of Android Wear, it is a device that a user should be able to use a full day hence not to lose connection with notifications from our mobile devices.
Unlike the LG G Watch which uses the Pogo Pins, the Motorola 360 uses the same induction technology similar to the Qi charger. This allows the watch to not require any physical port or external pins to charge the device which limits the amount of external ports to break.
Currently the Motorola 360 is the only Android Wear device that has adapted to the round format. As wearables continue to find their spots in the consumer market, having a Wear device that is round will make the Motorola easier to adapt to the average consumer. Lastly for developers this is the first device that we get our hands on to test our Android Wear apps on a physical device; rather than using the round emulator.
The Motorola 360 is truly a game changer in the world of wearables and primarily Android Wear. Besides looking forward to getting my hands on the 360, I am even more excited to see what other devices will come out with the round display.
By: Andrew Pritykin