I have the Moto 360, the new Google watch. Now, I am not exactly anybody you would consider to be fashionable. But I get compliments on this watch all the time!
The Moto 360 is an attractive smartwatch. It is Google’s answer to the new Apple Watch, whenever that comes out. But this is cheaper at $249.
The Moto 360 is basically a computer on your wrist
With the voice commands, I can say, “OK Google, I want to go to Costco,” and the watch will come back and give me a choice of nearby Costcos. When I select one, it will take me step by step on my watch to that Costco. Not that I need to know where the nearest Costco is!
With the wellness functions, it will keep track of your steps and your heart rate with a built-in pedometer and heart rate monitor.
Like most traditional watches, it also has a stopwatch and alarms. But the Moto 360 can help with all kinds of other inquiries too. For example, I was booking a hotel for an anniversary trip and I needed to know the conversion of British pounds to U.S. dollars. Bam! Right there, I had it on my wrist!
So who in the world needs a watch to do those things when I already have my Android phone? That is a very valid question. I have a phablet, so my phone is ginormous. It’s so much easier to leave my phone in my pocket and if somebody calls, I can look at my watch and see who is calling. Or I can look at the watch and read my emails. It is a very good companion to my phone.
But note this well: It is still a little buggy. I tried before the Pebble and the Pebble Steel before the Moto 360. This one so far is easier to use than the Pebbles, but the Pebbles had much better battery life.
As I said when I reviewed the Pebbles, don’t be an early adopter like me. Smart watches are going to be good to have, but give them some time before you jump in.