I recently had the pleasure of trying out the Moto360 smartwatch courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Â Since I have been Team Fitbit for a while I wasn’t quite sure how much I would like this smartwatch. Â But it does have features and a look that reminds me of the Fitbit Blaze (which I’ve also had the pleasure of trying out…you can check out that review here). Â This is a very simple review without all the super techie terminology. Â So hopefully, if you’re in the market for a new wearable fitness tracker you will find this review helpful.
What I Liked
The Moto 360 is an Android Wear product (Android Wear is an operating system for smartwatches and other wearable technology). Â So good for those who are #teamdroid like me 🙂 Â I also like the cool, modern look of the watch and that I was able to dress up (nice outfit with heels) or down (cute joggers with sneakers) without having to switch to one of my other watches. Â I also liked that I could sometimes use the Moto 360 as a temporary replacement for my smartphone to do things such as send and receive text messages and even check email and my other smartphone apps. Â One night while out, my phone actually died and I had to use the Moto 360 for text messaging, which is done via speech to text. Â I will say, though, that it worked better for sending short text messages (longer text messages often resulted in misspelled words or goofy messages that didn’t make sense).
What I Did Not Like
So I own a Fitbit Flex (I know…very basic but it works well for me) and I’ve tried out the Fitbit Blaze. Â The battery life in both of these definitely surpasses that of the Moto 360. Â I had to charge the Moto 360 every single night and while that may not be a big deal for some that was just a bit too much for me….enough to deter me from buying one. Â Also, out of the box it wasn’t immediately obvious to me how to charge the Moto 360. Â And the instructions that came in the package weren’t all that helpful, either. Â So I had to look up the website to finally figure this out (maybe most people don’t have this issue but I did so thought I’d mention it anyway in case someone else encounters this). Â Also, the Android Wear app for the Moto 360 is OK. Â I only used it for the basics such as counting steps and running but didn’t find it as intuitive for tracking other workouts such as some of the 30 minute cardio workouts I do. Â And lastly, doesn’t appear that the band on it can easily be changed out (or at least the version I tried out). Â This is one of the reasons I like my little Fitbit Flex 🙂
The Moto 360 is a nice, modern looking watch that can be worn just as well during a night out on the town as it can be during aÂ casual outing of running errands. Â But the battery life of this smartwatch would be a huge deterrent of me actually wanting to purchase one. Â And although not a bad price for the features it offers ($199 at Verizon Wireless for the version I tried out), I think I’ll stick to my simple Fitbit Flex for now….at least I can easily change out the band on it and can go a few days without having to charge it.