I have had the Moto 360 for a number of months now as I received it as an early Christmas present. The model I have is the Black version with black steel band, which I think still looks great. The build quality is really impressive and even after nearly 5 months of daily wear I have yet to see any marks or scratches.
Usually I get a full day of use and that involves putting the watch on at around 7am and it’ll usually need a charge by 10-10.30pm each night. I have a charger at home and at work so I can give it a boost whenever, so I don’t really have any frustrations with the battery life.
The screen is clear and bright for most circumstances, and the sensors to a pretty good job most of the time to detect when the screen should light up. An example of when this doesn’t work well is when I have my arms crossed and wrist is up-turned. There are occasions when the dimmed screen just won’t light up when lifting your wrist but this isn’t the norm… you just have to press the button on the side to activate.
The band and watch are light and comfortable to wear all the time, I find the fit is good and I have yet to notice it catch on shirts or anything like that. The depth of the watch itself is substantial and I don’t love that it’s so thick but it’s not really a problem.
Day to day use, Android Wear is reliable and the integration of Apps to the device is pretty light and superficial. I’ve yet to find many situations where having the watch feels like it adds to the functionality of my Phone’s Applications. Android Wear is smooth 90% of the time but it does get a little slow to respond and on screen lag is noticeable; I’m not sure if this is just OS related or if it’s a result of weak hardware but it doesn’t last long.
What I can say is that I expected Android Wear to advance more quickly than it has. From a functionality point of view there have been very few developments, and none of those released to date have been very significant. The Verge posted news of an update coming to Android Wear that will enable wifi connectivity and some other new features arguably to compete with the Apple Watch.
Like most and voice based technology out there today, it works well when it works. I find that voice commands function well around 75% of the time and almost always fail when I try to demonstrate them to somebody. The same challenges exist here as do with all voice based service providers; you really need to be deliberate in what you’re saying or your phone will end up doing things you didn’t want it to. This can lead to funny or even embarrassing situations, sometimes both at the same time.
Having a wide range of options for watch faces is definitely one of the nicer aspects of owning an Android Wear device. I have purchased about 4 or 5 premium watch faces and here are a list of my favourites:
- Pure Watch Face
- Spotlight Watch Face
- Street Art watch face
- Odyssey Premium Watch Face
- ustwo Smart Watch faces
Oh and just a few more
- Pop Watch Face – I like the style of this face, and there are lots of options to customize