I had the original Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3, and LG G Watch R, but found them all lacking in usefulness. After a break from smartwatches I decided to try them again. After looking a many reviews I narrowed this generation down to two watches, the Moto 360 second gen and the Huewii Watch. Both had pros and cons but while reading the reviews one theme emerged. The Moto 360 was the pick for most people. The Huewii watch was an beautiful watch but could look out of place unless you were dressed appropriately while the Moto 360 could be worn in formal and casual settings.
I’ve had the Moto 360 for around one week and so far I like it. That’s right I don’t love it. It’s a nice accessory that does some of the things that I want in a smart watch. The first is track my steps and physical activity. The second is as a way to get notifications when I don’t have my phone with me. And the final thing is respond to text messages with my voice. This is only used in rare circumstances, usually at home when I am in another room from my phone. These are the three things that smart watches are good at and everything else is just extra functionality that you also receive from your phone. Most apps have more capabilities on your phone so trying to use smart watch apps that do the same thing really isn’t that helpful.
The first two things the Moto 360 is really good at doing. It provides steps, total calories burned, and even how many from just physical activity. The vibration from receiving notifications is not too loud and is just enough to let me know that something is happening on my phone that wants my attention. The one area that the Moto 360 suffers is with trying to respond to texts. It only worked for me maybe 50% of the time. It would either not respond, get hung up and not open, or transcribe the wrong thing. It has become enough of a problem that I rarely use it.
So ultimately the Moto 360 is something that I use for tracking my physical activity and as a notification center. Both of these things could be done with other devices like the Fitbit. My biggest problem with that device is that it looks terrible. The Moto 360 on the other hand it a really nice looks device that I’m not ashamed to wear in any occasion. This is why it will continue to have a place on my wrist.