Review – Moto 360 3rd Gen. #Moto360 #Moto3603rdGen #Tech

The 3rd Gen Moto 360 is the latest on offer and vastly improved over the well received first model that came out some years ago and in short for me it takes me away from my phone more now which is not a bad thing and effectively acts as a detox tool for me with rich notifications. Having a companion device is handy for most if you can find one that is affordable as there is many out there today that are not cheap and you could say this falls into that category as is and it was missing one big feature which would make the sale easier and that is it is missing a speaker to take calls on and would probably detach me from my phone even more. It is now on sale for 219 euro which is good but at the full price of 299 it is harder to swallow but do check the pricing as it does vary.

 

The build quality is excellent here and a watch I have yet managed not to scratch the screen on  due to the corning gorrila glass 3 and stainless steel build which makes it a more robust watch compared to the plastic version 1 which I still have and it is more beefy looking with two buttons on the right and one being a dialler that turns to navigate through the menu set up which is cool but you can also do the same by touch on the screen,it is akin to apples digital crown if you will.

Spec wise it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 with 1GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory,Bluetooth 4.2 and quick charge which is really good at 0-100% in 60 minutes with a 355mAh battery. The display is a 1.2″ Circular AMOLED (390×390) Full color always on display but has a bezel inside which takes up some screen estate which would have suited it better if not there I have seen smaller bezels on phones. You have GPS, NFC for google pay heart rate 3ATM water resistance.

On a whole the watch does deliver minus the usual Android wear bugs and for me has worked quite well and you can customise the watch as before with faces built in or like in my case I have used Facer but went back to the original watch face as I did with the first model, You can add information (tiles) to the screen to get the most use out of the watch too which again takes you away from your mobile phone and set what notifications you want this will impede on battery life too which is moderate but again this is down to the watch face you use and how much information is being sent to the phone and I went max out here because I want to spend less time on my phone and the fact you can directly respond to notifications on the watch makes it even better given there is limitations and a tiny keyboard you do have some predefined messages there that are brief but it does the job for me.

Yes you can screenshot your watch face by using the app which is handy for information or whatever the case might be for using it and a nice option to have at your disposal and you can see an array of images taken above of the OS and so on.

For me this is a great watch and the pricing depending on where and when you buy it and to compare it to others out there it has alot going for it but no stand out feature to buck the current trend and they missed out here by not having a speaker either, there is no wireless charging either and the design of the charging puck is rather odd with how the cable underneath was placed when it could of been easily just a plug in from the side and again proprietary charging which needs to go and that applies to most smartwatch makers and just make them USB/C.

This product was sent to us by Motorola with no compensation paid nor influence on my thoughts they are seeing the review the same time as you..

BUY 

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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