Motorola has revealed their latest Android Wear Device, the Moto 360, and it has some unique characteristics, unlike other smartphones.
One of those characteristics is a round screen, which is highly unusual for any device (except analog watches). Many people have an aversion to typical smartwatches from Pebble because they find them ‘ugly’. Many people dislike square devices in general, which makes it even harder to sell smartwatch technology, because the vast majority of them is square.
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Motorola put some serious effort into making the Moto 360 appear just like traditional watches, with a Horween Leather band (or a steel band if you wish), a 1.56 inch (3.96 cm) screen which almost fills the entire face, and of course that good old white antique clock face with black hands. However, you can choose other faces by tapping and holding the screen.
There is a little black area at the bottom of the face (the only part that the screen doesn’t fill). I don’t like that style, but to each his own.
Motorola may have put a lot of effort into the Moto 360’s appearance, but it is just as functional as it is beautiful. It can provide navigation assistance, display messages, it supports wireless charging, and more. Navigation assistance is especially helpful because you won’t have to hold your phone in your hand or hitch it somewhere to see the directions.
The Moto 360 And Smartwatch Privacy
Technology is a double-edged sword. Should you go out and buy more mobile devices such as smartwatches, despite the fact that today’s phones and tablets (which are based on the same OS) are still designed without privacy in mind? That depends on how much privacy concerns you.
A convenient feature this watch has is that it can display an excerpt of messages received on your smartphone. This will help you to see whether or not the messages you receive during meetings, movies, or any other events which must not be disturbed are due to an emergency, or if they’re just a casual chat.
Now for the privacy drawback of this technology: People nearby can and will see your watch, and your private conversations will show up for them to see. I would recommend turning on this feature (if it is controllable) only during those meetings I mentioned.
if you feel that the Moto 360 suits you, it should go on sale for $250 today.