The Moto 360 device: An Android Wear with good aesthetics, so-so performance

The Moto 360 device

The Moto 360 when it was first released was one of the best in terms of overall look, but a few months later, it’s starting to lose its spotlight as more competitors come in.

The good points

  • Its noticeable; much more than other Android Wear devices. This is mostly because of its striking design: it’s like a futuristic watch that just gets people intrigued.


  • Plastic back plate is comfortable.
  • Metal band has a high-quality feel with sturdy links and a collapsing hidden clasp.




  • Device can be charged using Qi chargers.
  • Display is great despite the lower pixel density.
  • Watch faces can be customized through the Connect app.




The not-so-good points


  • Some have complained that the back plate (which is plastic) tends to crack at the band attachments. The leather is also easily worn-out. Motorola could have / should have used a collapsing clasp to avoid this kind of problem.
  • The band is not easily replaced – most would not fit the Moto 360 because of the small plastic bar that prohibits other straps.
  • Expensive metal band (costs $299!)
  • Weak battery life. The Moto 360 lasts for only 18 to 20 hours with a disabled ambient mode. Turn it on and you’ll have a much shorter battery life (about 14 hours)
  • The “flat tire” design. This is where the ambient light sensor is and the display drivers. It’s referred to as the sacrifice so that Motorola could have a round Android Wear with thin bezels.
  • Lower pixel density than other Android Wear devices. The Moto 360 has a 1.56 inch LCD at 320×290 and 205 ppi.
  • Performance is a bit rough because Moto 360 uses the TI OMAP chip, one of the old stuff.


Despite the numerous not-so-good points, the Moto 360 is still a good enough Android Wear device. However, Motorola certainly has to step up its game to keep up with competition.


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