The Moto 360 Smartwatch Review

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Moto 360 WatchReleased towards the end of 2014, the Moto 360 smartwatch has been the subject of many a critical review. Part of this criticism; which is both valid and constructive, is rooted in the simple fact that smartwatch technology is still rather young. The makers of these smart watches have made impressive strides in a short space of time, however they still have so much to learn about the way in which people do and want to interact with wearable technology.

Here's What the Moto 360 Smartwatch Will Do for You:

Provides relevant and contextual information
Fitness tracking
App notifications
Heart rate monitor

All of this means that you are regularly offered actionable data when you need it and you can obviously customise it to only give you the information you need. Everything from traffic and weather, to travel information and even jellyfish warnings when you’re on the beach.

Moto 360 Smartwatch Specs

Beautiful design with a round race.
Stainless steel.
Comes with a wireless charging cradle.
Runs on the Android Wear platform, combining Google Now and Google Glass technology.
The Moto watch interface is gesture based.
Interface also relies on voice command system.
Replaceable strap.
Dust and moisture resistant.
Lithium ion battery.
Gorilla glass face/screen.
Syncs to your Android phone via Bluetooth.

The Moto 360’s Drawbacks:

The face/screen appears to cut off on the bottom, leaving a black bar which is easily interpreted as a design flaw, however this black bar serves as an ambient light sensor.
The Moto watch battery is not brilliant, it requires charging on a daily basis, but this is really to be expected.
The sync and set up is not especially quick and easy.
The interface has been described by some as confusing.
The screen is known to light up often and at inappropriate moments.

In all honesty, the drawbacks are those which are often easily fixed as the Android Wear software is updated. In October of 2014 there was a significant update, which saw the Moto watch battery life extended by roughly 15%, along with a few other necessary tweaks.

How Does Wearable Technology Fit into Our Lives?

Watching the movie ‘Her’, paints a picture of a world in which people seamlessly interact with technology, as if it is an extension of themselves. This is the exact ideology projected in adverts by the makers of this tech, however this is far from what’s actually happening in our everyday lives. Are we not becoming vacuous, absentees in our own lives? Will we use it to improve our lives? Or will we just spend our time browsing meme sites or shopping from our Moto 360 smartwatches?

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