So yesterday I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me when I finally got home, an insanely huge box on the kitchen counter. Not expecting anything til next week I almost ignored it til curiosity overcame me and upon looking at the shipping label realized it was addressed to me. Given the size of the box and the fact that it said Motorola on it I instantly became filled with excitement. "It's my phone and 360!" Sadly, that was not the case, it was only the Moto 360. As if that's sad news. Ha!
Instead I'm going to focus on the design of the Moto 360, the feel of it overall and the features inherently unique to the device that it does not share with any of its Android Wear siblings.
First off, the box the watch came in looks great. It's not a drab, tiny square thing. If I had to say so, I'd compare it almost to a work of art. Motorola knows all about presentation and looks and they certainly didn't overlook the packaging in which to put the watch.
It's round and significantly larger than the boxes of both the LG G Watch and Samsung Galaxy Gear Live.
As for the watch itself, wow. That's really all I feel like I have been saying since yesterday afternoon to my friends. Wow.
First off, previously leaked pictures and video and all of those things do not do it justice. This is something you have to see and feel in person to just truly appreciate the craftsmanship that went into putting it together and getting it onto your wrist.
I have never in my life been a watch person. I'm definitely a person who is always on time and gets antsy when I'm running late, but never a watch person. This watch has pretty much changed that, I am definitely a watch person now.
As I mentioned, leaks leading up to the release of the device had a number of people, myself included, thinking this thing was going to be huge on our wrist. That is not the case. I don't have big wrists and it looks great strapped onto me, despite being round and somewhat bigger width wise than my LG G Watch it actually looks smaller on my wrist than my G Watch. (Naturally my mom now wants one. "That looks freaking sweet! How much was it? Also, you now have a spare watch. Can I have it?" Those were her exact words in that order when she saw me with it earlier. She's enjoying her G Watch now and tripping out with it in a good way. "You get text messages on it! That's so cool!" Lol. I love my mom! I swear, sometimes she talks and acts like she's younger than I am.)
As I was saying though, it looks great on my wrist. The feel though, that's what I noticed immediately yesterday afternoon and am enjoying today. The leather band. Magnificent! Where as with my G Watch which made me feel like a dog trying to shake off a collar due to its whatever material it's made out of, this watch is anything but bringing that same feeling out. It feels amazing on my wrist. That is entirely cause of the leather and something all other OEMs need to take serious note of and dare I say even rip off completely. Use leather bands/straps on your watches! It feels great and looks even better!
The strap feels so great that I honestly put this on when I actually felt I needed to get out of bed and do some stuff around the house and go run some errands here in a bit. This is unlike with the G Watch, which I'd only put on before heading out the door for work and take off the minute I hopped in to my car after punching out. I can easily see myself wearing this all the time minus when I'm sleeping.
There's also a button on the side of the device to wake the display manually, rather than requiring you to activate it with your voice or by tapping on the screen itself.
UPDATE! One thing I didn't mention in the original posting of this which I noticed after a day or so of use is the display. It looks great and sharper than that of my G Watch. I've never been one who cares too much about pixel counts and all that, but there's something about this display that just looks better to my (optically aided through the use of glasses) eyes. I'd love to say it's just the screen, I honestly think though it's the general package that makes this noticeable. Combing the round display, the screen itself and the wristband that is having me notice little things like this. It could be that the display is no better than that found on other Android Wear devices.
Also worth noting is that the display itself isn't completely inside the body of the watch. It sits just a bit outside it and curves slightly inward. That's not necessarily important or something I'd normally mention, but I feel I have to because inevitably you'll have people complaining and saying "the display is distorted!" It is slightly, but only on the outer edge and in no way interferes with the use of the device and it's something that is really just nitpicking and looking for a reason to be upset. Honestly, if they made the watch as perfect as people wanted it to be it would be bigger and uglier and cost more and then people would bitch about that. (It's basically common knowledge that people genuinely go out of their way to be upset about things and bitch extremely vocally about them after the fact. You really can't please most people.)
Also, I threw a teeny tiny little screen protector on the display. I am big on screen protectors, the one I have on my Moto X (which is thicker than the average screen protector) has saved my screen's life more times than I'd like to think about. As such, I will not use a device for more than a day or two without one. You can see the one on my watch in the pic below, also yay! Probably the first time I've ever put one on perfectly on the first go.
Speaking of presentation and looks though, the charger is incredibly simple and almost subtle in appearance. It's when you throw the watch on it where the magic happens.
First off, it uses QI charging. So there' no plugging anything in to the watch itself for you to do. Secondly, when you throw the watch on the display changes and it basically becomes a regular clock found on any nightstand. Also, it might be my overly dark room but man is it bright. I definitely need to find a new place to put it at night where it's not staring at my face. Even without my glasses I can still easily spot it in the dark.
Battery life I can't comment on personally just yet, but I've gone from 100% to 86% in an hour. Keep in mind that I've got Ambient Screen on (which means you can always see the watch face) and Adjust Brightness set to auto. The latter of which is beyond perfect! In my room it is lit enough to easily see but not enough to blind me (since my room is normally beyond dark) and when I step out into the rest of the house and outside it changes quickly to adapt to the light around me so I can easily see it as well. That's a feature you wouldn't think you need or want til you see it in action. Trust me, you want it. Also, that rather significant hit to battery life is likely from me just playing with the device. I keep changing the watch faces, sending text messages (to test just how good it is at transcribing what I say correctly) and all those other little things that you do when you get a new device. Basically, I'm just playing with it like you wouldn't believe.
It's my understanding though that with the update that was released last week that battery life has gotten significantly better than what was previously (and in my opinion not remotely accurately) reported. If you really think you don't have to charge any device overnight you're deluded, it's good form in general and there's very few reasons and occasions where you would be unable to do so.
I likely won't update the post to reflect my battery life, mostly since my usage tends to always be on the heavy side with all my devices. I'm a power/heavy user, what I see in "bad" battery life you all likely won't see. Regardless, reports are you can easily get through a traditional work day and then some (with Ambient Screen on and Adjust Brightness set to auto). Translation? You will easily get 13 hours of battery life out of your device under the "worst" of settings and conditions. Turn off Ambient Screen and you should get through a 24 hour day easily enough. Again though, you are gonna have to charge the device overnight (like I did with my G Watch anyway). I mean, wtf. Are people using their watches in their sleep that they think they shouldn't have to charge them almost ever? I have only one reply to that.
As for customization, Motorola really shines here. Thanks to their Connect app, when paired with your device you're able to make minor changes to the handful of watch faces included with the watch. Mostly by changing the color of little things to really make it your own. I feel that's just another tip of the hat from Motorola to people buying their products in the same style of the Moto Maker part of their website, make this device unique and your own.
Here's one where you can see the accent changed from the default to green.
Being that I plan on using this in conjunction with my current (and hopefully soon to be received new) Moto X, I'll update the post to reflect what things pop up between the use of the two Motorola devices. It's my understanding that since they all use some amazing and nifty voice operated features there are some things that were updated under the hood so to speak on numerous apps exclusive to Motorola phones that make the use of the two a bit better and keep them from messing with one another. (Likely related to the "OK Google" hot words.)
UPDATE: So I kind of forgot to include a few things the other day, I wrote this running on no sleep originally and, in my defense, I was still relatively intoxicated from the long night before. Yes, I know. Bad bangishotyou! Bad! [swats self on nose with newspaper] I'm a 29 year old man who enjoys tying one on so to speak and basically not sleeping after or because of, I also suffer from insomnia so it's not like I'd sleep much anyway. Might as well enjoy myself on the weekends since I'm gonna be up anyway.
Anyway, this watch has a heart rate monitor/capability and within a day of actual use noticed it. It was something I was aware of already but just sort of slipped my mind. That's not quite a customization feature, but it's something this device has that no one else has on the market at the moment. (I know, I know. Samsung's offering has that too, but in usual Samsung fashion it's gimmicky more than usable and most reviews note that it is rarely if ever accurate. As such, there's no point saying anyone else has this, this one actually works fine on the Moto 360.)
You can check your heart rate at any given moment with the watch. Additionally, it gives you alerts and notifications mentioning your "heart rate activity" for the day. This is something I really like and think most people would find useful. As lazy as I am apparently I'm pretty freaking active. I guess the "holy shit, fuck you and your metabolism" thing I got going on just isn't a faster than normal metabolism after all and the reason why I'm as skinny as I am. I walk faster than most people, but being taller than everyone around me and having a longer gait that's kind of expected. Regardless, my normal walk is still fast enough to register as good towards being actively healthy and all that. Huzzah!
Also, I noticed something else when I went into the Fit app (which is a "stock" Android Wear" app. On a device that can measure your heart rate you'll see the option to do so in said app. (This was previously not something I saw on my G Watch.)
Beyond that, there's not much to add that I haven't covered in my previous Android Wear related posts.
This watch though is leaps and bounds better than the competition and definitely worth the $249.99 asking price. It is both fashionable and feels better when worn. If you have even been considering getting an Android Wear device and you have to have one now, get this one. You won't regret. Also, Motorola still has them in stock on their site. Black and stone leather, with the black having a black body around the display and stone leather having a silver body around the display.
On that note, I leave you all with a little diddly about a woman who "won't be true no no".
I meanwhile am gonna go find some trouble to get into this fine Saturday and enjoy playing with my watch throughout the day.