Motorola is launching in Brazil the your first smartwatch clock model, the Moto 360. The accessory is also one of the first devices to feature the Android operating system and Wear, because of this, it is compatible with any Android smartphone which is higher than the 4.3 version.
Since it was announced, in September this year, the model caught the attention of the public by your differentiated design and, in the case of the North American market at more affordable price in relation to the first generation of watches launched by other manufacturers. In the first few weeks there, the product sold out on shelves and in online stores.
But is that worth already shell out about of R$ 800 in a clock wise? The smartwatch clock from Motorola fulfills its promises? That’s what we’re going to find out now in this analysis.
Design and Screen
The Bike 360 is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of your devices category. However, that doesn’t mean he’s perfect. The model we tested has a leather strap, black in color. The body of the clock is built in stainless steel and shows a great deal of resistance. IP67 certification ensures that the model is water resistant and dust.
At the bottom of the display there is a kind of cut on the screen, preventing it from being a perfect circle. This is where is located the presence sensor, which turns on and off the display whenever you look at him. This detail is also responsible by cutting out part of what is displayed, being a small product adaptation failure to Android Wear.
Finally, the glass of the display is taller than the body clock, which generates a glass edge uncomfortably on the sidelines, something quite noticeable when the display items with white background. The screen has a low level of reflection and can be used with tranquility in full sunlight, the model also features pedometer to count your steps, and heartbeat sensor.
Particularly, I confess that the device looks more beautiful in the pictures of dissemination than in person. However, this is clearly a matter of taste. Those who use more robust watches with metal straps, for example, may not find it interesting the idea of a model that follows a more “classic”, so to speak.
The duration of battery is the big problem of the Moto 360. And here we’re talking about something that compromises the use on a daily basis in our tests, with the device connected to the phone via Bluetooth and in continuous use, the battery lasted only 8 hours. When we’ve disabled the connection, something that causes the watch to lose some of your purpose, the charging time up to 12 hours. Still, very little.
The Bike has a 360 Wireless charger, but it needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet. You can’t upload it to your PC via USB, for example. This limits the use of the product. In practice you have to load it even more than once a day. It is worth remembering that the Bluetooth connectivity constant also compromises your smartphone battery. At least 20% spends throughout the day will be aimed at this purpose.
There is no doubt: If you expect to stay connected all the time, checking your notifications whenever possible in the wristwatch, prepare for disappointment. Clearly, the battery of the device can’t resist a day of use, albeit sparingly. This is a serious flaw, and which we hope will be corrected in an upcoming model.
In terms of performance we have no complaint of the Bike 360. The accessory rode tranquility all apps we’ve reviewed. However, there is a side effect that we cannot fail to mention. While the device is pairing with the mobile or is running heavier tasks, such as search results on Google Maps, he heats up.
Because it is a clock, there are direct and permanent contact with the wrist and, because of this, you realize the heat with greater clarity than notice on a smartphone, for example. It’s nothing alarming or go burn your arm. Far from it. However, in some moments it’s uncomfortable to have the feeling that a clock is baking in your wrist.
The transition between applications is another strong point. Either via touch screen or by voice commands, the device part of the home State to the application in a matter of seconds, without transparent feel of loading. The smartwatch clock hardware is sufficient and consistent with your proposal and, in this regard, the consumer certainly won’t be disappointed.
Basically there is nothing that you do with a smartwatch clock that you can’t do with your cell phone. Because of this, the Bike 360 can be seen with an accessory cell use facilitator or as a helper tool for users who like to be connected all the time in notifications.
First need to pair the phone with your watch via Bluetooth. The process is simple and will take only a few minutes. Before that, download the Android application Wear in your smartphone. It should work like a real command center to enable or disable new features.
The look of Android Wear resembles the functioning of Google Now. You have access to the same notifications enabled, in addition to the cards that you are used to show in Google Now. Their communication with the clock can be done via touch screen or by voice commands. Just say “Ok, Google” for a command screen is opened.
Then you can add reminders in calendar, plot a route on Google Maps, show your steps count or even send an SMS or email to one of your contacts. The recognition of voice commands is precise. Already the information you told to compose messages are not always properly understood. The notifications received can be read on the clock, but to answer them, you must open the message on your smartphone.
For those who want to use the Bike 360 as a companion for the practice of sports, the results are more interesting. The pedometer and heart rate meter are quite efficient and practical use. The results can be stored in or transferred to the phone.
Finally, you can also download specific applications for Android Wear. Access to the list is done via app on your smartphone. You are directed to Play Store, where there are already hundreds of options on apps compatible with the 360.
Is It Worth It?
Although the first generation 360 Motorcycle show some progress in relation to the first models of smartwatches, hasn’t been this time a smart watch left us thrilled. In practice, the 360 is still less useful than it seems, but basically to play roles that your phone already does.
The duration of battery shows a serious problem for the consumer. If you’re a user who wants to stay connected all the time, surely the burden won’t last all day, you will need to have the charger always around to continue to have access to simple resources, how to tell time.
The Android interface Wear still needs to be better adapted to the screen, but the number of applications keeps growing, in a sign that the platform is promising. For the price of the Bike 360 in Brazil — R$ 799 — he, like any other smartwatch clock, is still expensive for what it offers. If you’re jonesing for notifications or is a search for a good accessory for the practice of sports, it is worth considering the purchase. Otherwise, it might be better to wait for a next generation of the device.
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