The Moto 360 is now available in all its round smartwatch glory, sitting alongside the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live to complete the trio of Android Wear debut devices.
On paper, the Moto 360 doesn’t differ much from its rectangular companions, and sports a 1.5-inch Gorilla Glass LCD display with 320 x 290 resolution. An asymmetrical display resolution reveals that the Moto 360 watch face is technically not completely round, as display drivers and an ambient light sensor occupy a small corner. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, recalling that one chief complaint of the Gear Live was the lack of a light sensor and the issues that presented with glare.
The Moto 360 also distinguishes itself with an always-active heart rate sensor. The LG G Watch doesn’t have any sensor, while the Gear Live required user activation. How reliable this make the Moto 360’s hear rate measurements is an open question, given our poor experience with the Gear Live.
Other specs include a TI OMAP 3 processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage. The Moto 360 is also IP67 rated for water resistant, making it shower and rain proof, but no good for even a quick dip in the pool. It runs Android Wear, which requires a Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection to an Android smartphone running Android 4.3 or later. Like the Gear Live, the face can detach and connect to other watch bands.
Battery life also remains an open question. A bright LCD display can suck down juice, and it took some doing to squeeze a full day out of the Gear Live in our testing. The Moto 360 charges via induction in a small cradle.
The Moto 360 is now available for $250, making it the most expensive of the three. It’s soon to be joined by another round Android Wear smartwatch from LG (the only truly round smartwatch, according to its makers), in addition to smartwatches from Asus, Samsung and Sony. So users might consider waiting a bit before picking one up.