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Motorola Moto 360 (Gen 1) Review

The Motorola Moto 360 (Gen 1) is the wearable tech that looks smart when you wear it. What else should you know about this sleek timepiece? We know a thing or two.

The Motorola Moto 360 (Gen 1) was released late in 2014 and is one of the more attractive Android wearable devices on the market.

With its sleek round body and fashionable band, it doesn’t stand out as wearable gear, yet up close it has the functions of a smartwatch.

Motorola Moto 360 (Gen 1) features

When launched on 31 October, 2014 in Australia, the Motorola Moto 360 (Gen 1) was the first smartwatch to feature a round face. This attractive appearance does a good job in hiding the fact that you are sporting a small version of your mobile phone on your wrist.

Using Android Wear, which is the Google operating system designed for wearable smart devices, the Moto 360 (Gen 1) is compatible only with Android 4.3 or later and will sync with yours using Bluetooth. It features a microphone that allows you to voice-command the device through various apps rather than scrolling through the small screen with your fingers.

Using the voice command you are able to do a Google search, make appointments, browse the internet and write notes, but you have trouble figuring out if the watch is understanding your commands. Without a speaker you can’t use it to make calls or leave voice messages. It also updates you with notifications from your phone, and with those same Google Now updates you randomly get on the web such as weather alerts. These can be swiped away, but don’t be surprised if they mysteriously reappear after a few minutes.

There are plenty of Android apps available for the Motorola Moto 360 (Gen 1), but once installed you may find it hard to locate them on the watch and even harder to figure out how each works. Tech-wise, Android wear still needs to improve its functionality, but for basic mobile connection from a watch, the Moto 360 (Gen 1) gets the job done in style.

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The Moto 360 (Gen 1) battery life

The rechargeable battery which comes with the Moto 360 (Gen 1) doesn’t make it through a full day but with a recent firmware update you may be able to stretch the charge to 20 hours. A nice feature to make you not mind night-charging is that the charger cradle turns the watch into a bedside clock. From completely lifeless, it takes approximately two hours to fully recharge the battery.

Motorola 360 (Gen 1) watch features

Originally priced at $329 when it was first released in Australia, you can now find the Motorola Moto 360 (Gen 1) smartwatch for sale for close to $300. The watch is sold in black or stainless steel with a black, gray or stone coloured leather strap. The watch body is a bit large for the strap, but it’s still lightweight and looks sleek with the round face design.

The touchscreen display is protected under a layer of Gorilla Glass, and is lit up using an LCD screen. The only flaw you’ll find in the look is the small black bar on the very bottom of the watch face. This is necessary to light up the face of the watch, but does distract from what could have been a clean look. The face itself can be customised with any one of the seven that are included, or by downloading one from Google Play. The choices are fantastic, hiding the fact that it is a wearable tech device.

At the time of its release, the Moto 360 (Gen 1) was by far the best looking smartwatch available, but it also lacked some technical details. Now that the hurdle of creating a smartwatch that looks great has been made, the creators can focus their efforts on improving the technology behind it.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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