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R.A.G.E Review: Moto 360

When Samsung jumped into the smartwatch arena with the lineup of Gear watches, we all knew it was a matter of time before competitors came out with “better” and more unique designs. Motorola jumped into the fray by embracing the Android Wear wearable OS and most importantly departing from the commonly seen square design to give us a smartwatch that was round and looked like a well-crafted timepiece. Did Motorola succeed in creating something you’d want on your wrist or just another toy? Read on and judge for yourself.

Hardware

The first thing that sets the Moto 360 apart from the current smartwatch competitors is its round design which many reviewers compare to a hockey puck. While most feel that the Google Now cards get cut off, I have to say that they are legible and easy to see at a glance. The 1.5 diameter design also functions well in bright and sunny areas, which is a plus when you’re outdoors and want to get directions or use the various Google Now commands at your disposal. The added auto adjust brightness and ambient light sensor are just some of the perks Motorola added to their already solid display. I will say that the auto-adjust at times left the display a bit darker than I would have liked, but it was nothing overly terrible. The Gorilla Glass 3 is quite durable when it comes to inadvertent knocks and exhibits great durability.

The stainless steel construction is nice and truly got a few interested looks and a decent amount of questions. Some may find issue with the overall thickness of the face, but coming from old school Casio watches and the occasional clunky dress watch I find the weight and thickness of the face welcoming. However, the straps could be better and have a bit more separation from the watch face. The strap design takes away a bit of the futuristic streamlined look that Motorola was going for. I am sure the design was a cost measure especially when it’s a no-brainer for Motorola to release different straps. You can get a stainless steel strap now for about $80 which will bring the cost of ownership into the nearly $350 range. Third party straps will definitely become more prevalent as more companies jump into the smartwatch arena.

The small black bezel along the bottom houses the light sensor and while its function is needed, I will admit that it does cut off certain cards but it’s not something that will be annoyance unless you really look for it (much like I did) over the course of this review.

The $250 price tag, while a bit steep, is validated to an extent due to the great craftsmanship Motorola used for this device.


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Rich is the Editor in Chief of R.A.G.E. Works and host of My Take Radio. I created R.A.G.E. Works to contain all of my interests and share my opinions with the masses. I realized that more people were fans of multiple genres and My Take Radio could truly not encompass them all.