Smart watches are all the rage these days, but what happens when you put Moto 360 head to head with Apple Watch?
It’s sometimes easy to think of Apple as a miracle worker – the brand with a Midas touch. There’s nothing the company can’t turn to gold. Apple has the opportunity to define the smartwatch, its first foray into wearables. Apple faces its toughest challenge, something that Samsung, LG and others have largely failed to do.
With its stylish good looks, comfortable feel and overall premium build, the Moto 360 is the Android Wear watch to beat. When it comes to design, at least, it outclasses everything else on the market. Aside from aesthetics, the 360 offers many of the same features as its rivals, including a heart rate sensor and a pedometer, plus some other goodies like wireless charging and an ambient light sensor. The smartwatch landscape is so new and Motorola’s recent success in mobile sales growth and a timely launch, makes it a worthy competitor.
Both these devices faced with the same shortcomings of screen size, battery life and user experience as everyone else – so can one of these work a miracle?
Smartwatches are the most overhyped technology of 2015, thanks to the arrival of the Apple Watch and android based Moto 360. After a continuous usage for a month. Below find the break down of three big takeaways from the extended look at Apple Watch versus Moto 360.
Alright, so first let’s talk about functionality. These smartwatches are primarily about two things: notifications and activity tracking. Both Apple Watch and Android Wear do these well. For activity tracking, Apple has more glanceable visuals while Google has simpler, easier to access data.
As far as notifications go, notifications are Android’s biggest advantage over the iPhone. And on the watch, Google continues to have notifications that are more nuanced and useful. Apple has more kinds of notifications because of all the third party apps, but Android Wear’s core notifications for things like texts, emails, and calendar are more robust.
2. Ease of use
With both of these watches, I was pretty lost for the first 24 hours. I didn’t understand how to navigate either one and so I just kept tapping, swiping, pushing buttons, and trying things. Neither one was very intuitive.
I initially had an easier time with Android Wear because it’s simpler and doesn’t do as much–and a lot of it is powered by Google Now, which works on its own in the background and then simply presents useful data.
Plenty of people claim to be blown away by the design of the Apple Watch, but I’m not one of them. It’s thicker and heavier than I expected. I also don’t like the square shape, which reminds me of the calculator watches of the 1980s.
I generally find the circular design of the Moto 360 more appealing–if it wasn’t so massive. It feels like it should be about two-thirds the size that it is. Of course, style is a very personal and subjective thing, so I see a pretty even split between those who prefer the Apple Watch vs. those who lean toward Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 or the ASUS ZenWatch or the LG Urbane. But, with both the Apple Watch and the various Android Wear watches, it’s definitely a case of substance over style for now.
The productivity question
In terms whether these devices can help you get your work done, their two biggest benefits are:
- Keep you from missing important messages
- Keep your phone out of your hand so that it doesn’t become a distraction when you glance at a notification, decide it’s not important, and keep doing your work.