Leaked Motorola Moto 360 gets hands-on and first impression

As we inch towards the end of summer in the United States, we also get a bit closer to the release of possibly one of the most anticipated Android Wear devices of the year, the Motorola Moto 360.  Although it was announced in March and teased at Google I/O, we have heard very little information about the Moto 360 since that time. Interestingly, it looks like tech blogger, Luca Viscardi aka Mister Gadget, has gotten his hands on the device and has given his first impressions.

Although his words are translated, it seems like Viscardi is fairly impressed with the Moto 360, stating that it is better than the LG and Samsung Android Wear devices. He states that the watch is light and that it also fits well on the wrist. The watch has good readability in sunlight, but also has a display that produces excellent colors compared to its competitors. We also get a first glimpse of the wireless charging dock, which puts the Moto 360 in an upright position. Although he does not discuss it, there is an indication from one of the images, that there might be an optical heart rate sensor on the back of the device. 

Lastly, Viscardi discusses the battery life stating that it lasts two and a half times longer than the LG G Watch. Although an exact time is not given, this could be a good indication that the Moto 360 could last more than a day without needing to be recharged.

The Motorola Moto 360 is slated for a summer release. We have yet to get word on an official release date or pricing.

Source: Luca Viscardi | Image via Luca Viscardi

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neonspark said,
looks like a kid's toy.

Yeah it doesn't look like what I had seen before... either way it just looks too toyish.

Plastic ruined the look for me. It just looks like a toy now. Before with the silver metal edges, looked nice, classy, and something I would wear to a formal event or on a date. I will stick with my classic watches for when I wear them, which is onces or twice a year.

It says Optical Heart Rate Sensor - in the picture :) as well as IP67 Water Resistant, Pedometer and Wireless Charging :)

That coupled with the most likely Snapdragon 400 processor - light sensor - and other information we already know...

It seems to be a nifty little thing....

SO WHEN CAN I BUY ONE? :)

I think the point of that dock is to have it sit up so you can use it like a clock or whatever when docked. It is my understanding it supports the Qi wireless charging standard so if you just want to throw it on the "table" and don't care if it is sitting upright it should work just fine with any Qi wireless charging pad.

These smart watches so far are failing miserably to present themselves as a substitute to Swiss made beauties. Im quite far from replacing my taghuer with this geeky looking piece of crap.

Liaqat_ali said,
These smart watches so far are failing miserably to present themselves as a substitute to Swiss made beauties. Im quite far from replacing my taghuer with this geeky looking piece of crap.

Cool, you prefer form over function. Good for you.

Well I don't think there's any chance that a smartwatch is going to be replacing a high end watch (e.g. Tag, Breitling, Rolex, etc). The money you spend on a smartwatch is going into the electronics rather than the precision craftmanship.

I'd expect a high end smartwatch to cost a couple hundred notes IN ADDITION to the cost of an equivalent high end timepiece.

That said, while still not on the level of an expensive wristwatch, I think the Pebble Steel (https://getpebble.com/steel) is quite a nice looking Smartwatch, especially with the metal strap. You can expect around a week between charges too.

M4x1mus said,

Cool, you prefer form over function. Good for you.

not nescessarily, his current watch gives him the time so he has both form and function. I am sure he owns a smartphone that gives him many of these other features.

Liaqat_ali said,
These smart watches so far are failing miserably to present themselves as a substitute to Swiss made beauties. Im quite far from replacing my taghuer with this geeky looking piece of crap.

"F*ck that toaster, I prefer my TV" ?! Different usage...

Circaflex said,

not nescessarily, his current watch gives him the time so he has both form and function. I am sure he owns a smartphone that gives him many of these other features.

Right... so his current watch gives him the time and looks nice but a smartwatch would give him the time, plus all the features of a smartwatch but looks geeky so he wouldn't get one. That means he's more interested in how it looks than what it does.

Majesticmerc said,
The money you spend on a smartwatch is going into the electronics rather than the precision craftmanship.

With a "high end timepiece" you are paying for the brand and the way it looks. Any precision craftmanship they do doesn't result in better accuracy than a smartwatch or any quartz watch so why would you pay more for that?

Actually everyone with Snapdragon 800 based phone have pedometer built in. How successful these watches will become? Time will tell. I myself try to keep minimal electronics on me and in my bag.

WAR-DOG said,
I just can't imagine mysleft chargin my wrist watch everyday...

Does that mean you leave your watch on when you sleep? Wouldn't want to sniff your wrist...

Ilys said,

Does that mean you leave your watch on when you sleep? Wouldn't want to sniff your wrist...

I rarely wear my watch, sometimes I don't even know where it is. Since I have my phone with me I kinda lost interest of wearing it. Nowadays it's just a fashion accessory.