MOTO 360: Motorola Smartwatch

Smart watches are the current technical trend and a fashion statement. The tool to organize you, keep you updated, apart from being an extension to a smartphone it is also convenient and saves you a lot of battery power. Although the first speculation about these devices were crude, like the limited interface it provides for carrying out the functionality and limited battery power, they proved out be quite otherwise. Currently the smart watches have taken the gadget- market by a storm completely revolutionizing extension gadgets. Many major companies have come up with their own models and prototypes with the latest being the Apple Inc.’s iWatch. In such a scenario no one could have expected Motorola to stay behind in this venture and not be called a company who had nothing to offer. In answer to this, Motorola presents the MOTO 360.

After the much highlighted split of Motorola company in the year 2011, many tech- experts had assumed that it might need some time to stabilize before walking into the arena. But undoubtedly Motorola has made everyone wonder as to not expect so little of it with the release of its latest MOTO X and MOTO 360. The Moto 360 is an Android Wear-based smartwatch announced by Motorola in 2014. It was announced on March 18, 2014 and was released on September 5, 2014 in the United States along with new models of Moto X and Moto G. The Moto 360 is the first smart watch launch to draw a significant crowd. Within just a few hours, the wearable device had already sold out on Motorola’s website, forcing anyone who wasn’t quick on the draw to wait for it to become available at third-party retailers. In contrast to the iWatch which was greatly shadowed by the release of the much awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Most of the conventional smart watches came out with replaceable colorful straps to go with the dress you wear, while MOTO 360 has taken a different route with stainless steel body and straps.

The Moto 360 holds the distinction of being the first circular Android Wear timepiece and is available in the US starting September 5 for $250. It will be available from early October in the UK for £199 and will come to other parts of the world, including Australia, later this year with local pricing as yet to be determined. It has a look that definitely feels premium: everything about the Moto 360 looks clean and well-made: polished steel, a thin watchband that tucks underneath, and a beautiful set of specially-designed software watch faces. The Moto 360 has a few hardware features that could set it apart besides design: it has inductive charging, which works without any dongle. Yes, you still need the included charging dock to drop the watch into, which still saddles you with an accessory. Still, it’s a lot nicer than most clip-on charging accessories. There’s also an optical heart rate monitor on the watch’s backside. The Moto 360 leans heavily on voice commands, like all Android Wear watches, but Motorola promises an extra dash of natural language processing and noise-cancelling microphone excellence on the Moto 360.