Moto 360 smartwatch promises much, but delivers only a little.
The text on the side of the package of Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch sets high hopes. It promises that “Moto 360 is a modern timepiece that’s comfortable, familiar and crafted with the finest materials” and highlights several features that are not only common on smartwatches nowadays but also specialities, such as speech-recognition, making Moto 360 one of the most versatile smartwatch on the market.
The first moments with the Moto 360 smartwatch are greeted with mixed emotions. Although, arguably a quality watch providing the feeling of familiarity with a modern look, the smartwatch feels a bit uncomfortable from the start. The unpleasant coldness of the metallic wristband is vanished as soon as the smartwatch is charged and, thus, begins to generate heat, but a bit of heaviness of the smartwatch and the occasional pressing feeling of the wristband makes wearing Moto 360 uncomfortable from time to time. Although, these inconveniencies can be ignored, or relieved as there are replaceable wristbands available, there are several other problems occurring that cannot be taken lightly, when we take a look at Moto 360 a bit closer.
But at first, the positives: Moto 360’s interface is easy to use, simple and logical. The features are versatile as promised and they are quickly learned. On top of the standard features, such as pedometer and heart rate monitor, Moto 360 can be customized by the user’s preferences by Apps from Google Play.
The downside is that, unfortunately, the features fail to function properly. For example, I was unable to get the speech recognition working, nor was I able to locate my phone by ringing to it with Moto 360, just to name a few problems that occurred during the test period.
On top of the things mentioned, the touchscreen is considerably slow at times or unresponsive altogether. Also, the swiping is inaccurate sometimes. These things could be acceptable, if they wouldn’t be a constant hinder for the user.
All in all, if the Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch would function perfectly in all its versatility, it would be easily worth every penny. But, in its current status with all its flaws, I would encourage consumers to wait for the smartwatch technology to become more reliable, and for the time being to stick with the lower price range smartwatches, presenting the same flaws, but in a much cheaper package.