When Motorola first unveiled the Moto 360 earlier this year, many of us were riveted by the idea. A circular watch with an attractive premium design and the power of Google’s new Android Wear platform? It sounded too good to be true. Many months later than expected, the Moto 360 has finally arrived and while many are still looking forward to the watch as evidenced by its quick sell out, others have turned their attention to more recent Android Wear devices and the rumored (and soon-to-be-announced) iWatch.
There’s still a lot to love about the Moto 360, but there’s also some negative aspects such as the fact you don’t get a full circle display (though Moto has a real reason for this) and claims of not-so-great battery life. Turning to the battery life issues, there’s two factors at play here: first, the Texas Instrument OMAP 3 processor isn’t as battery efficient as the Snap 400 found in many other AW devices. Second, the battery isn’t particularly large.
While Motorola advertises the Moto 360 as packing a 320 mAh battery, a recent teardown by iFixit found the battery in the device they took apart is labeled as 300 mAh, a 20 mAh discrepancy.
Not much else can be learned from iFixIt’s teardown, though they rate the watch with a repairability of just 3 out of 10. Can’t say we are surprised, as smartwatches tend to have all components put together in a very tight package in order to keep them as small as possible. For more details on iFixit’s findings, you’ll want to head on over to their website. What do you think of the Moto 360, no longer as excited or do you feel all the recent criticism is (mostly) unfounded?