It’s time…The Motorola Moto 360 is a strong upgrade on its predecessor. It is a classy smartwatch powered by Android Wear. It streamlines your mobile life by delivering the information that matters to you, directly to your wrist. With a comfortable strap, familiar interface and crafted with the finest materials, Moto 360 keeps you up to date without taking you away from the moment. It’s a great companion for those times when it is inappropriate to just whip out your phone. As you glance at your wrist to see updates or even just speak to get the info you need. It’s time a watch told you more than just the time. And this watch delivers on that in some style!
There are a variety of apps that can be used in tandem with your phone but don’t require you to use your phone, like Shazam, a voice recorder, built-in Weather app from weather.com, MotoBody, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Spotify and Amazon etc…
All the apps install easily and sync quickly with your phone. It is important to mentions at this point that the watch can be used with Android and iPhone. It really depends on your own personal taste as to how your app world is built. The watch has 4GB of memory so you can have songs downloaded to your Google Play Music account sync to the watch and listen to music with Bluetooth headphones; no phone required.
The four main apps we have found are Watchmaker Pro, Vibration Notification, and Heart Rate OS.
Watchmaker Pro allows you to use thousands of different faces. Be warned, some will eat your battery up. Other won’t, it’s trial and error to find the one best suited to your taste (and battery appetite). One good example is a face that shows the time, date, steps, heart rate, weather, watch and phone battery and also has a compass around the edge and uses little to no battery.
Vibration notification is an aid for when you are very busy and wouldn’t notice the vibration on your watch. The app allows you to make the vibration last longer or make a vibration pattern. Making sure you don’t miss a single notification.
Heart Rate OS is an app that will periodically check your heart rate and plot it on a graph. You can set it to check every 5 mins up to once a day. You can use it pretty regularly without it affecting the battery too much.
Facer an app on the Google Play Store allows you to add watch faces created by others (or by yourself), with everything from a Rolex face, Tag Heuer, Breitling, and even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
With Android Wear apps are always being developed and you’ll find there are some apps with keyboards in the making.
Additionally, there is an app that will allow you to browse the internet too called Web Browser For Android Wear. It does the job albeit on a small screen. There are a few basic games you can install and Map navigation works pretty well and accurately.
Motorola claims that you can “Enjoy battery life that lasts all day”.Well after using the watch rigorously the Battery which comes with the Mens’ 42mm and Women’s’ can last up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient mode off. Upwards of a full day of mixed use with Ambient on. So somewhat living up to its promise. To charge just place Moto 360 on its charging dock at night. No wires. No complications. While your watch is charging it displays the time, which makes the dock perfect for bedside tables and desktops.
The core fitness application on the watch is Moto Body
The app tracks heart rate, footsteps and heart rate. Resulting in a nice log of daily activities. It does this all intermittently without compromising battery life.
Moto Body sends you “coaching advice”. Spontaneous notifications throughout the day that keep you up-to-date and inspired. Plus, get a weekly email summarising your progress using the Moto Body phone app.
Another favourite app is ‘FIT’ its great for tracking your steps and workout out your daily averages, which can become a bit obsessive!
Out of the Box
- Motorola Moto 360
- USB Power Adapter
- Wireless Charger