Moto 360 first look: big but beautiful

by: Andrew GrushJune 25, 2014

At today’s Google I/O keynote we learned that while Samsung and LG will be kicking off the Android Wear party nearly immediately with the arrival of the Gear Live and G Watch to the Google Play store, the Moto 360 will debut a little later this summer. Just because you have to wait a bit longer for the device to commercially arrive doesn’t mean you can’t get a little sneak peak now. At Google I/O 2014 Josh Vergara was able to get his hands on a demo unit of the Moto 360.

As you can imagine, the demo mode doesn’t quite give you a look at the full experience but at least gives us a better idea of how the UI will look on the the gorgeous circular display.

So here’s the big question: should you wait for the Moto 360, or pick up LG or Samsung’s offering? Honestly it comes down to how much you want that rounded display, as the core functionality should be relatively similar beyond this.

  • Dave

    Please find out more about the release date! :D

  • Jesus

    Looks meh in real life!

  • MasterMuffin

    Renders looked better, looks slightly cheaper. I think brushed aluminium sides would have looked great

  • Eric Clark

    “Big but beautiful” – um – can you give us a case dimension to clarify what “Big” means?

    • Marc Perrusquia

      Relative to other smart watches.

  • Jayfeather787

    Still love it!! I really don’t have a preference between this or the G watch. I just want one of them. Which one I don’t really care.

    • Luka Mlinar

      Really? This looks miles in front of anything else in terms of design.

      • Jayfeather787

        Don’t really care that much about looks. I think both of them look great, but I am more concerned about functionality over form. Whichever one performs the best is my pick, and that still has to be determined.

        • Luka Mlinar

          That’s gonna take some time. For me it’s important how it looks. Not the same leaving the house in a pair of shorts and a hand crafted Ralph Lauren suits. I might not be able to afford the latter but I’ll take the watch :)

        • sluflyer06

          Would think you’d care about the look somewhat…its gonna be strapped to your wrist all day every day. If all you care about is functionality then you would just strap a phablet to your arm like a pipboy since thats is going to be more functional than any smartwatch.

          • Jayfeather787

            Yeah but that would hurt a little.

        • T.J.

          Would you wear a calculator watch over a regular watch? The former offers more function but the latter offers better looks.

  • Luka Mlinar

    So it’s not 360, it’s more like Moto 290. Still no word on the black bar at the bottom?

    • insanezz

      The display drivers are placed in the black bar at the bottom that’s why it’s there

      • Skander

        Cunts! They advertised it without the bar!

    • Bradley Uffner

      That black bar totally ruins the look for me. Very disapointed.

    • Anonymousfella

      Moto executives were saying its due to the device drivers being placed there. The chose that small black bar to give it an otherwise edge to edge display. In the most common usage scene(checking the time) it wont be that obvious if you have a black and minimalist timeface. Not that big of a detractor imo…

  • Konrad Fraczek

    Is it waterproof?

    • Lorenzo Faccini


    • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

      All Android Wear devices are water resistant.

  • Kenny Woodard

    That thing is quite thick.

    • Zeta Torres

      That’s what she said
      Now seriously, I think the size’s alright, a little too tall maybe. The hardware itself seems to be quite flexible as well, you can change straps to adapt it to your clothes, which is somenthing neither LG nor Samsumg offers.

      • Jesus

        You can do that with the LG. Any standard strap (look up on Google Play Devices Store)

      • messi33

        Since the 2nd generation Gear watch, Samsung Gear (which include the new Gear Live) let you change the straps. Now, do we have the new blind Moto sheep species?

        • Anonymousfella

          People are too busy hating Samsung to even know what all the Gear 2 offers.

  • Karman N.

    I don’t think that this is the final release of the moto 360. It may not even be the 360 but a demo unit to showcase android wear in its circular form.

    • Jayfeather787

      Possibly. Even if it is just a demo unit, I think it looks great.

  • Gary W

    It’s ugly. Probable flop.

  • thomas sim

    It wasn’t as big as I imagine, I’m currently wearing pebble and it’s tall. One thing that’s worry me was the weight, and from video it seems to be fairly light weight.
    All in all, I had decided to buy this the first time it leaked.

  • wat

    Google were practically begging devs to support circle faced watches at i/o. I don’t see why devs should make so much effort when every single other smartwatch out there is gonna be square.

    • Anonymousfella

      To stand out? Honestly the only smat watch that stood out was the Moto 360. Lg and samsung looked rather generic

      • wat

        Samsung WILL sell the most though. Sad fact.

        • _X_

          Well the Samsung is priced lower than the Lg, thus it is more bang for your buck, so I hope Samsung sell more than the rest because the other manufactures should offer the same value for the same pricce!

          • wat

            Even if they were all the same price Samsung would sell the most.

  • h2oferko

    Too bad, that most of the video was showing the blurry UI. Maybe autofocus next time?

  • It’s really not that big… I mean did everyone forget that big faced watches have been in style for awhile now? Breitling, Accutron, Rolex, all have pretty big faces.

  • Christian B.

    Round design is maybe nice as a concept but I think square is more practical and better/more techy looking. That being said, I don’t think I will use smartwatch any time soon as is not nearly as practical as a smartphone. Maybe because I don’t wear watches in general, I can check time and everything else on a phone. It would just feel like too much work to use small watch-size screen and it would feel crippling when you can just use a phone instead. Maybe OK for reading a text message or answer a call instead of regular bluetooth but for everything else it’s simply too small. Regardless, I think square/rectangular shape is better looking.

    • sluflyer06

      Erm..the whole point of round is not too look so techy IMO. Watches are normally round and if you want to capture the normal watch wearer market or convince them to try a smartwatch it probably better look somewhat like a watch and not a pip boy.

      • Christian B.

        I’m sure some will prefer round but IMO round is classic, “old” design and it’s made for telling time as regular round clocks but like miniature version :-). For touchscreen and viewing content however, round looks like wrong shape, imagine round books, tv’s, tablets, phones. Odd shape for usage other than displaying time as a watch. And if you’re gonna “talk to the hand” (OK google) you can’t hide the techy side no matter how it looks like :-).

        • sluflyer06

          I am not on-board with talking to phones/devices. It is goofy as hell and to be honest all the times that non touch interaction would be most helpful there is too much background noise for the functionality to work anyway.

          • Christian B.

            Yeah me neither. I’m just thinking that people will be replying to text messages via voice instead of trying to pinpoint letters on touchscreen that small. And for touch input, both hands are used (one to hold steady, another to touch) so using smartphone with one hand is actually more practical.

  • Prox

    Doesn’t look any bigger than my Swiss eta 7750 chronograph movements.

  • Ruz

    Where is the metallic round watch which they had showed on their website? We are not interested in such penny straps

  • The Doom Master

    But why Leather ?!?!?

  • Yuga Max

    It is just as big as my Casio, otherwise, MOTO 360 is thinner than it

  • Paulo Lobão

    I have a Gear2 and a Note3! Much more usefull that I would thought it would be! Coupled with a BT Plantronics headphones I make and receive calls easely! With the right apps I do not need to touch my note for start my bike exercice since I can start gps and the main Runtastic app from my Gear2! And I can start my music player in Note 3 from Gear2 and ear the music via BT.
    It is just fun and practical, really!
    Paulo from portugal

    • Flip Jumpman

      I have the same… The Gear 2 has actually been more useful than I originally thought. Since owning it, it’s saved me more than 500+ times not having to look at my phone just on emails alone.

      Btw: 500 is the maximum limit to view emails until it deletes the oldest email (from watch only). I have 3 active emails and it’s good that you can get a ‘combined’ view of all accounts at the same time or individually…

      Any truth about the price for the Moto 360? I’ve read it will be around $400-$450 range…

      Still want “OK Google” though…

  • iamajimm

    Now this is what I’m talking about! Not only functional but gorgeous!

  • oldcampos

    I’m throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening!