Moto 360 Smartwatch by Motorola
Traditionally, watches are meant to do only a few things, namely:
- Tell time.
- Be worn as jewelry or a symbol of status.
I really wouldn’t expect much else from a watch. Enter, the smartwatch. Now with smartwatches we have the capability to expand our reach and our capabilities at the mere glance at the wrist. Translate languages, schedule appointments, set reminders, or tracking your fitness are just a couple of things that can now be done at the wrist. However, the problem with smartwatches is they are so unsightly, bulky, or just plain ugly. The Apple watch is rectangular, but it’s trying to stand out and serve as a symbol of luxury. It tries to be ostentatious. when people see the Apple watch, they instantly know what it is. Other smartwatches are reminiscent of the old Casio calculator watch, which is an immediate status sign that indicates nerd or other social pariah.
The Moto 360 was the first watch that I saw to have a round face and touchscreen. This watch has all the smartphone capabilities without being overtly ostentatious. I thought this was the perfect subtle solution for checking for urgent notifications during a meeting, in a dark movie theater where pulling my phone out would disturb others, or getting turn by turn navigation while driving without looking away from the road. Of course, I would never advocate unsafe utilization of a smart device while driving. When having a discussion or conversation with someone it is pretty rude to look at your phone. That’s a quick way to show that you have complete disinterest in what that person has to say. My first recommendation, if you want to have more meaningful relationships with those your care about, actively listen, pay genuine attention, and be authentically interested in the person across from you. It takes effort, which is more than many are willing to give these days. If that is too much to ask, the next best thing is to disguise your disinterest by being able to subtly get your notifications from your smartwatch.
The Moto 360 does everything and more I could expect from a smartwatch. Given, I don’t expect too much from a smartwatch. This thing tells time, not only where I’m currently located 12 or 24 hour format, can also be set up to tell you time from multiple time zones. While I’m traveling for work, I can quickly check to see what time it is back home before I make a phone call and wake someone in the wee hours of the morning. The watch face is a screen powered by Android wear, which means there are an endless amount of watch faces available with infinitely customize-able data. When I am at home and I don’t really care about different time zones, I can change it so it displays other information like the date, how many notifications I need to address, or how many steps I’ve taken today.
The watch works as a great fitness tracker if you’re the Fitbit or fitness tracking type. I don’t care for it unfortunately, because I already know I take a large amount of steps and I enjoy going for runs more than I do trying to beat my step goals. There is also a fun app that can be used to track your run. With the optical heart rate monitor on the back side of the watch, the watch can capture and record your biometric data. To be entirely honest though, if you’re really interested in metrics like your heart rate variability or resting heart rate, there are more accurate heart rate monitors on the wrist or strapped to your chest.
The watch straps are some of the first to feature a quick change system utilizing quick realize tabs. I have a brown leather, black leather, and a black silicone band, I regularly like to switch between. Metal linked and third party bands are also available.
Unfortunately, I don’t have many occasions to dress up and I don’t particularly look like the most fashionable guy, so I don’t typically venture beyond form over fashion. I enjoy an active lifestyle and the great outdoors. This smartwatch has held up very well, but as far as weathering the elements, nothing will ever beat my G-Shock with a little wrist compass. If the only thing you need your watch to do is reliably keep time in austere environments. The G-Shock is an affordable solution.
I slip one of these little wrist compass things on the band and yes it looks incredibly dumb, but works pretty well when I need general cardinal directions on a hike. This combo is a rugged, affordable, and maintenance free solution, but definitely draws unwanted attention in public.
For the rest of us, that are more civilized, a smartwatch is really the way to go. The Moto 360 is a simple elegant solution that allowed me to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues while in my work environment, where my phone typically stays out of sight. The Fossil Q and the Michael Kors smartwatches soon followed suit. They both look like the same exact technology as the Moto 360 just a different price tags. As smartwatches are becoming more prevalent, new options with different styles make having the smartwatch capabilities a more tailored experience.
Some people that are afraid of millenials, think that the more technology we have, the more disconnected from each other we become. I don’t believe that this is true. I think that this technology makes our lives faster, busier, and definitely more complicated but ultimately better. I encourage you to look into getting one if it fits your lifestyle.