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I've been interested in a heart rate monitor for a while now, playing with a chest-mounted Bluetooth model (connectivity was spotty, it worked for a week and then quit), a Withings Pulse (nice little pedometer, but no realtime heart rate monitoring, you need to remove the device from the holder and touch your finger to the sensor). I was considering a FitBit as a last-resort (I'd rather not have something on my wrist) but when they dropped the Moto 360 to about the same price I decided it was time for a new toy, even if I only wore it for runs.

I never liked the idea of wearables, at least not watches. I'd much prefer a Google Glass-like head mounted display for real hands-free operation. My philosophy was that my phone was always nearby and I already used a trusted device unlocking mechanism via SkipLock, why would I want some jewelry to tell me what my phone already does.

It turns out I may have been wrong. My phone is always nearby, but often on the nightstand or otherwise out of reach. And when walking around in the city I can't really feel nor hear the notifications well. On my wrist it's much more deterministic that I get the message. We'll have to see how this plays out longer term, but I think I'm actually liking the Moto 360.

The Good Stuff

The Moto 360 looks far better than most of the other watches out there. Square watches are just...not right. The LG watch has a thick bezel. I've got a black finish body which has a gold accent around the button.