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Moto 360 – TechnoBuffalo’s Wearable of the Year

by Brandon Russell | December 29, 2014December 29, 2014 10:00 am PST

Smartwatches still need work. We can all agree on that. But if you’re going to purchase one this holiday season, it might as well be the Moto 360. Here’s why.

First, and most obvious, is that the Moto 360 is objectively the prettiest smartwatch currently available; that champagne gold color option is especially beautiful. Other Android Wear devices come close—the ZenWatch is right up there—but nothing can touch the 360’s timeless elegance. It looks like a luxury timepiece, and that’s a very big deal. What most manufacturers failed to see early on in the smartwatch race was that design is equally as important as functionality. Why do you think the LG G Watch R exists?

The Moto 360 is a great addition to any wardrobe, whether you’re attending a wedding or in a meeting. The design is clean, and the perfect complement to geeks and businessmen alike. That doesn’t mean, however, that the design is perfect. The watch is a little bulky, and the display isn’t truly circular since there’s a small slit on the bottom of the screen (it’s there to include display drivers and an ambient light sensor). The screen, meanwhile, isn’t the sharpest at 320 x 290. Overall, though, the design is top notch, and is a perfect demonstration of Motorola’s engineering prowess.

For a first generation device, the Moto 360 excels. It doesn’t have the best battery life, and it’s a bit thick. But most of its limitations really comes down to Android Wear, which is slowly improving by the day; a big update recently hit that makes Google’s wearable experience much more powerful, in turn making the Moto 360 more enjoyable.

Check out the video above to hear more thoughts about the Moto 360, and why we think it’s the smartwatch you should be buying.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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