Motorola Moto 360 (1st gen.) Review Facts
The Motorola Moto 360 is a fitness watch with a built-in accelerometer and heart rate monitor. It has a nice-looking stainless steel body, LED screen and glass display cover with a comfortable leather wrist strap. It comes with a wireless charging dock for easy nighttime charging. The Moto 360 responds to voice and gestures to do things like set reminders, check the weather, or check on flights or sports scores. It can also send drawings, texts, and emojis using the touchscreen. It comes with Moto Body for activity tracking of calories, steps, heart rate, as well as goal setting and coaching advice. It also has a maps app for navigating and looking for new running trails. It can also connect to Android apps for a growing list of app options. It is water resistant and can be used for many activities from running to cycling to playing sports to gym workouts. It can display notifications from apps it is running and push notifications from a nearby smartphone. The Moto 360 also has an ambient mode to save the battery for always-running apps, such as maps and to-do lists, and an ambient light sensor so that the screen is always visible, whether the wearer is outdoors or indoors, during the day or at night. If you are a runner looking to invest in a fitness watch with a heart rate monitor to keep better track of your overall health, read on to see if the Moto 360 is the right fitness watch for you.
The Motorola Moto 360 is designed for all-day use. It can be used while sitting, walking, jogging, running, cycling
, working out at the gym, and more. Users can download apps to their smartphone to track different activities throughout the day and set goals. It water resistant, not waterproof, so it is not able to be used for swimming, and its relatively short battery life means that it needs to be charged at night so it cannot be used to track sleeping.
The built-in pedometer and accelerometer allow the Moto 360 to detect the basic features of steps, pace, and distance. Motorola's Connect app can not only change the watch face, but also let the wearer keep track of steps taken and other stats so they can set fitness goals
and beat their old records.
The Motorola Moto 360 has an IP67 rating, meaning it is certified water resistant up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It has a built-in heart rate monitor for pulse checking throughout the day or during workouts. The built-in activity tracker tracks calories
, steps, and heart rate, and gives coaching advice to help the wearer reach their fitness goals. The maps app allows the wearer to look for directions or find their way back to the main road if they went running on a new trail. The ambient light sensor adjusts the screen's brightness according to the surrounding environment, so it is always visible and not too bight. The Moto 360 also has a photo viewer, MP3 player, can react to voice and dial commands, charges wirelessly, and receives push notifications for the wearer's smartphone.
This fitness watch has a good level of accuracy that is comparable to similar devices. The heart rate monitor does a good job taking the wearer's current pulse and tracking it over time. The pedometer accurately tracks the number of steps taken. The accelerometer correctly detects pace and distance.
The Motorola Moto 360 uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE to connect to the user's smartphone. It does not have a built-in GPS
and cannot make phone calls. When connected to the smartphone, the fitness watch can receive push notifications, send texts and emojis, connect to apps, check the weather, look at maps, and more.
There are several different apps that are very helpful to use with this Android
Wear fitness watch. Motorola's Connect app can change the watch faces and track the user's steps and heart rate. The heart rate app has an activity monitor where users can track Active, Inactive, and Vigorous activity. The Moto Body app tracks heart rate, steps, and calories, and gives the user coaching toward their fitness goals. The maps app helps the user search for directions or find new paths for their daily runs. The to-do list app helps the wearer keep stay on task and get important things done each day. There are also other apps available in the Google Play store that can help the wearer set fitness and nutrition goals. Apps are downloaded to the wearer's smartphone and the Moto 360 uses Bluetooth to send and receive data.
The Motorola Moto 360 is light and comfortable to wear. It weighs only 1.76 ounces, so the wearer can work out and wear it throughout the day without even noticing it. The leather strap that comes with the device and the replacement metal straps are also lightweight and comfortable. It should be worn snug enough for the heart rate monitor to detect the wearer's pulse, but loose enough that the wearer can move around without feeling pinched. The heart rate monitor is built into the back of the watch, which is a more comfortable way to measure one's pulse than having to walk around wearing a chest strap all day.
The Moto 360 has a stainless steel body, a round face, and a Chicago leather strap. The metal comes in either black or stainless steel. The bands come in black, gray or stone. The face can be customized using the Connect app so that the wearer can choose a look that suits their preference. Many people like the style of this fitness watch, especially with its quality materials, while others felt that the face looked too large for their small wrists.
This fitness watch is made of high-quality, durable materials. The watch itself has a stainless steel body, which can be dropped or bumped into things without breaking. The face has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover, which does not scratch easily. There are also screen protectors available for purchase for accident-prone individuals. The leather and metal straps are also very durable, and can be easily replaced if something happens to them. The Motorola Moto 360 can sometimes have trouble running updates, especially since it is now an older model. The battery only lasts for 24 hours, so it needs to be recharged every night. Buyers can also purchase a 2-year accident protection plan in case the fitness watch gets cracked or broken.
The face has a circular shape and is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has an IPS LCD touchscreen that is capable of displaying 16 million different colors. It is 1.56 inches in diameter and has a resolution of 320 x 290 pixels, which is around 205 pixels per inch. The screen nearly covers the entire face. The face can be customized using Motorola's Connect app, which allows users to select styles based on mood or occasion.
The band that comes with the device is a comfortable, lightweight, and durable Chicago leather. They come in black, grey
, or stone. The leather bands should not get wet, but equally comfortable metal and water resistant bands are sold separately. Extra bands are sold separately for $30 and a special segmented stainless steel band costs $300.
The Motorola Moto 360 comes in a single size. It is 1.81 inches in length and width (round) and 0.45 inches thick. The band has holes for adjustability so it can fit any wrist size and can be replaced with a different band in another size, sold separately. The face looks large on smaller wrists and there is not a smaller one available.
Ease of Use
This fitness watch is very easy to use. It responds to the wearer's voice and gestures to send texts, reminders, check the weather
, check on traffic, or check on sports scores. It displays notifications to stay on task as well as push notifications from a connected smartphone. It is always on so that it is ready to go, and ambient mode helps to save the battery so it can make it through the day. It also has an ambient light sensor so that the screen automatically adjusts its brightness according to the environment. Testers noted that apps can sometimes be hard to access, updating can be difficult, and this fitness watch does not make or receive phone calls.
The Moto 360 comes with a non-removable, rechargeable 320 mAh lithium ion battery. It comes with a charging dock and can charge wirelessly. The talk time is only 24 hours, so wearers will need to charge it every night so they can use it during the day. Ambient mode saves some battery by dimming the screen when apps are not running, and the ambient light sensor saves battery by dimming the brightness in dark environments
, but it is not enough to avoid nightly recharges. This also means that users cannot track their sleep, which many people find helpful and is available with newer fitness watches with longer battery lives.
The Motorola Moto 360 was in the high price range at the time of its 2014 release, but that price would now be considered about average, and it is $50 off. Replacement bands are sold separately ranging in price from $30 to $300. It comes with a heart rate monitor and can track the basic fitness watch statistics, but it lacks GPS, cannot make or receive phone calls, does not track sleep, and has a short battery life compared to newer fitness watches.