I received a Moto 360 to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
I’ve never had good luck when it comes to watches. I’ve owned dozens of them, but I just couldn’t seem to keep them in working order or from getting lost. So many times I’d take my watch off and lay it down somewhere and lose it for days on end. Or I’d catch it on a door or scrape it along the wall, which destroyed the crystal. Then there were the times when I would I forget I was wearing my watch while doing the dishes and I’d plunge it into the soapy water, or I’d wear it into the shower. Ah, so many watches, so many mishaps, but they weren’t made to resist water or take a beating. For me, wearing a watch was an expensive way to know what time it was.
Then smartphones came along and watches went the way of 8-track tapes. But a smartphone in your pocket isn’t a lot of help when your arms are full, so watches were created that married the functionality of a watch with basic features of the smartphone. While these are great, if I’m going to wear something on my wrist, I want it to do more.
Motorola Moto 360 Android Smartwatch
I recently received a Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch from AT&T to add to my wearable tech arsenal. This new device oozes quality craftsmanship with its stainless steel design, genuine leather band, and scratch resistant face. It syncs with compatible smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0 to extend your smartphone’s functionality.
While it has an enormously broad face, it’s necessary because it’s able to relay quite a lot of information from your smartphone. Beyond the basics of giving me the time at a glance, it responds to my voice, lets me connect to Google, tracks my health and fitness level and goals by collecting my steps, calories, distance and even checks my heartrate with its optical heart-rate monitor.
The Moto 360 also lets me know when I have messages, alerts, and emails plus news, weather, and more. There are quite a few apps that work along with the Moto 360 to automate your life. But with all this functionality comes the one problem I had with the Moto 360; the battery life. Many days I was forced to charge my Moto mid-day. The only way to prevent this was to turn off some of the features and alerts or dim the screen. Since I prefer the full features and personalized screen with my lovely Pomeranian on it, recharging it was the better answer. Plus since recharging is as simple as placing it on the charger (no cables to connect) it’s simple.
I’m sure that future versions of this popular wearable tech will take care of some of the battery drainage issues, but until then, the charging station will be seeing a lot of my Moto 360.
Moto 360 Water- and Scratch-Resistant
But the best feature of the Moto 360 is that it’s water resistant, so I don’t have to worry about a little rain or sweat and if I make the mistake of wearing it in the shower or dunking it in the sink, it should be okay for up to 30 minutes. Granted, the rain, sweat, and water can affect the leather watch band, but that’s a much less expensive replacement than the smartwatch’s brain. And the face? It’s made from Gorilla Glass 3 which has already survived a few scrapes and scratches that left not a mark behind.
Interested in purchasing one of these nifty watches for yourself or a loved one? They’re available for purchase at AT&T locations nationwide!
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