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= The Good Stuff =
 
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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.
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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. I replaced the leather band with a [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PQBQIWC/ black metal band] which I like much better.
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Qi wireless charging means no port to get dirty or wet, and standard chargers. Of course, the metal band does limit your a bit on that since you can't lay the body down on a charger, but at least I have hope that the stock 360 charger will work with next gen watches since it's not a snap-on accessory.
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= The So-So Stuff =
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The flat tire. It's a bit of an annoyance with certain watch faces, a clever platform for others. I'd rather have it than a big bezel/smaller screen, but it would be nice to get rid of it as well.
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The battery life is OK, but barely a day.
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Better notification control would be useful. You can block notifications by app, but having certain apps (like Now, for example) show notifications if you scroll through instead of taking up screen space would be nice. This way I can glance at my watch and see that I've got a new email, but I don't see that a particular stock is down 2%.
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= The Bad Stuff =
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The watch really needs to redraw the screen '''before''' powering it on. Often there's a fraction of a second where the watch face is in the previous state before it redraws with the current time.
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I can't seem to change the dock watch face, I'm stuck with a simple digital clock. Even worse, you can't easily shut it off.
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= The Stuff That Would Make Me Upgrade =
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I don't need all of these, but I need more than one to convince me the 360 R2 is worth the upgrade.
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WiFi. Google Glass was excellent in that it used low-power Bluetooth to connect to my phone (and then the Internet) when my phone was in range, but switched to WiFi when out of range. When I go to the kitchen from my home office I drop connection until I get back to my desk, WiFi would let my watch continue to work.
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Battery life - who doesn't want better battery life?
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Thinner, the watch is a bit thick and barely fits under a long-sleeved shirt.
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= Tips and Tricks =
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To shut off the screen when docked, use the phone app to switch to ambient mode, wait for the screen to dim, then switch away from ambient mode.

Revision as of 13:27, 20 April 2015

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. I replaced the leather band with a black metal band which I like much better.

Qi wireless charging means no port to get dirty or wet, and standard chargers. Of course, the metal band does limit your a bit on that since you can't lay the body down on a charger, but at least I have hope that the stock 360 charger will work with next gen watches since it's not a snap-on accessory.

The So-So Stuff

The flat tire. It's a bit of an annoyance with certain watch faces, a clever platform for others. I'd rather have it than a big bezel/smaller screen, but it would be nice to get rid of it as well.

The battery life is OK, but barely a day.

Better notification control would be useful. You can block notifications by app, but having certain apps (like Now, for example) show notifications if you scroll through instead of taking up screen space would be nice. This way I can glance at my watch and see that I've got a new email, but I don't see that a particular stock is down 2%.

The Bad Stuff

The watch really needs to redraw the screen before powering it on. Often there's a fraction of a second where the watch face is in the previous state before it redraws with the current time.

I can't seem to change the dock watch face, I'm stuck with a simple digital clock. Even worse, you can't easily shut it off.

The Stuff That Would Make Me Upgrade

I don't need all of these, but I need more than one to convince me the 360 R2 is worth the upgrade.

WiFi. Google Glass was excellent in that it used low-power Bluetooth to connect to my phone (and then the Internet) when my phone was in range, but switched to WiFi when out of range. When I go to the kitchen from my home office I drop connection until I get back to my desk, WiFi would let my watch continue to work.

Battery life - who doesn't want better battery life?

Thinner, the watch is a bit thick and barely fits under a long-sleeved shirt.

Tips and Tricks

To shut off the screen when docked, use the phone app to switch to ambient mode, wait for the screen to dim, then switch away from ambient mode.