Motorola kicks off watchface contest, hints at $250 price tag for Moto 360

by: Andrew GrushMay 21, 2014


There’s been a lot of excitement around Motorola’s upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360. Armed with the power of Google’s Android Wear platform, the watch’s most intriguing aspect is its unique rounded design.

This leaves us wondering, when exactly can we get our hands on it, and how much will it cost? While we know that the watch is due out sometime this summer, the pricing continues to allude us — at least until today. Motorola has kicked off a special contest asking folks to send in possible watch face designs for a chance to win several prizes such as a $50 Google Play card. One lucky winner will also get their hands on a Moto 360. Curiously enough, Motorola lists the approximate retail value of the grand prize as $250, likely citing the price for legal reasons.

For a watch with a very unique design, $250 seems like a very reasonable asking price in our humble opinion, and isn’t that surprising considering Motorola’s expertise at delivering big experiences in relatively low-cost packages. Now keep in mind that just because the ARV is set at $250, doesn’t mean Motorola will sell it for that price. For all we know, the actual retail price could end up slightly higher or even lower. That said, it does give us a pretty good idea of what to expect.

What do you think, interested in the Moto 360 if it is in fact priced around $250? For those interested in learning more about the contest, you’ll want to head here.

  • MasterMuffin

    That’s really much, but that’s what you have to pay for the best smartwatch around :)

    “One lucky winner will also get there hands on a Moto 360.” (°v°)/

    • Mur

      Really? I personally consider $250 to be dirt cheap for such a beauty. I was expecting something like 300-350.

      • MasterMuffin

        Now that I think about it, regular watches can cost way more and won’t still have these features. Agreed

        • Corbin Crutch

          I still think it’s a bit much. Let’s look at the Gear Two Neo?

          • MasterMuffin

            We must remember that we’re talking about a device that hasn’t been released yet. It could be awesome and worth the price (hopefully!) or it could me mediocre at best. We’ll see

          • Corbin Crutch

            True…. True… We shall see

          • Luka Mlinar

            Gear is not half the watch this is.

          • Corbin Crutch

            Design wise? God no, not even close. Productivity wise? Remains to be seen. I really like the idea of a heart rate sensor and the IR Blaster is a cool addition if the phone doesn’t have one.

          • Jayfeather787

            Not just design wise, but all together. Moto 360 is just a better watch period. Excited for Android Wear!

          • Corbin Crutch

            But see, they’ve got two very different uses. That’s comparing apples and oranges. They’re both spheres yes, but taste very different. It comes down to taste.

  • Luis Vazquez

    What to except? You mean expect.

  • Anonymousfella

    If they can deliver a good battery life and an easy charging solution, 250 bucks isn’t too high of an asking price.

  • Luka Mlinar

    250$ seams like a fair price to me. Not cheap yet not expensive.

    • Jayfeather787

      Agreed. Well worth the price for an excellent device.

  • daftchemist

    The hands on the watch are also set to 2:50pm….

    • Jonathan TAM

      Good spot ;D

  • Milind

    At $250, I’m perfectly willing to dig my phone out of my pocket. It’s waaaaaay too expensive for what it can actually do. Show time and supplement your phone. Until these watches did something my phone can’t do or until the price drops to $50 – $100, these devices are going to stay niche. I expect them to really start to sell when the Chinese firms get into the market. It will need somebody like One Plus or Huawei or Xiomi to create a big market.

  • Adude

    It’s about the only one that stands out but even so I will wait at least a month or two after launch to buy one to see if there are any major problems with it, I learnt years ago that early adopters can be big losers

  • Jake Wrigley

    TBH I don’t like the moto 360, sure it will be good for business people to look more professional and call me a geek but I want people to realise my smart watch is unique… not like a normal watch… I’ll stick with my gear 2 neo :)

  • dutchwatchmaker

    Me and Wes have made the ultimate watch face for moto 360. With animations and complex gear movements. Check our design out here: