The Moto 360 has finally been made available to consumers, barely making the promised summer release deadline, and as expected, the response was overwhelming.
As mentioned during the event, all Google I/O attendees this year would be receiving the Moto 360 after its launch, and I was lucky enough to find it at my doorstep upon my return from IFA 2014 in Berlin, where we did get a closer look at the smartwatch. This highly-anticipated device will, of course, be receiving the full review treatment, but before we dive into it, today, we’ll be taking a look at the unboxing and the initial setup of the Motorola Moto 360!
Driving home the point of the Moto 360 being the first round-faced smartwatch to be announced, the box the device comes in is also cylindrical. Opening the box showcases the watch in all its glory, and below are the wireless charging dock and the owner’s manual. Very impressive is the included wireless charging dock, that makes it much easier to charge compared to other smartwatches out there. While in the charging dock, the screen rotates and becomes a clock, making it useful even when it’s not on your wrist.
During the initial setup and later, you are able to use the Motorola Connect application to customize certain parts of the Moto 360, such as the Wellness centre, where you can monitor your heart rate and count your steps. You also have the ability to personalize watch faces, to different watch hand and background colours, choose time zones in dials, and more, to truly make the experience you’re own.
My initial impression, from the first time we got a look at the Moto 360 at Google I/O, remains the same. It is definitely a large watch, that allows for easy to read notifications, with the graphic watch faces making the most of the round face. Despite its size, it does a great job of blending in with its neutral design elements, and the ability to switch straps to something more to your liking certainly helps.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a post about the Moto 360 if there isn’t a mention of the black bar at the bottom of the display, which, for the most part, is just a small blemish on an otherwise well-designed product. If you feel like the black bar is make or break for you, it’s important to remember that if you do choose to look past that, the core functionality is still great and works wonderfully, and the overall design of the smartwatch is still fantastic.
So there you have it – a quick look at the Moto 360! We’re certainly excited about this device, and can’t wait to put it through its paces. Stay tuned with Android Authority as we bring you the comprehensive review of the Moto 360, and lots of other great coverage from the world of Android!