Thursday, September 18, 2014

Overview Moto 360: the first round clock on the Android Wear – Mail.Ru




Smart watches should remain for hours. This simple truth overlooked by many companies that are in the pursuit of manufacturability sacrifice convenience and design. But Motorola is not one of them. That’s why its novelty attention. This is the first round clock on the Android Wear and also very stylish gadget. We look forward to Moto 360, and now finally we can share with you their impressions. Looking ahead, we note that the official in Russia they are not supplied in the USA and a huge deficit.



Motorola has long lost its position. But once she was one of the key players in the market of phones on par with Nokia. For 10 years everything has changed dramatically. Legendary producer RAZR V3 and other hits left the majority of countries and focused on native American market. Sales dropped, and products that are comparable in a cult that was before, is no more. Will Moto 360 long-awaited return Motorola? Will there be enough just to design the model to become a cult? And all of yourself are the most beautiful today smart watches?




Many people call Moto 360 most beautiful smart clock. And they’re right.



According to the chief designer Motorola Jim Wicks (Jim Wicks), to create the appearance of Moto 360 took one and a half years. During this time, the sketches were revised many times, changing the size and thickness. But the basic idea was always the same – to make the gadget and minimalistic as possible like a classic watch. In this way there was a lot of compromises, especially in the struggle for the work. As a result, the exterior was very successful, especially compared to other Android Wear hours the first wave. Many called Moto 360 most beautiful smart clock. In this case, here are kept full capabilities of this platform is still there and a large touch screen color display, which looked so cool branded dials Motorola. And if you want you can even install the browser and surf the network, including support multi-touch. In general, Moto 360 – a great combination of classic design and new technologies, the clock to catch the eye.




Clock – this is the category in which the experiments are still possible with the design. In smartphones after the iPhone and rampant fashion on touchscreens such almost gone, too many restrictions. But it does not reveal the Moto 360 and the tenth part of the creative potential of Motorola, which has the company. Suffice it to recall MOTOAURA, to understand that Americans are able to create a very beautiful and unusual things. The model is assembled from more than 700 individual items, the bearings of the rotary mechanism 130 is used balls bearings themselves are made of tungsten (one of the hardest metals) coated with carbon. I will not go into all the technical features MOTOAURA, but I hope that we will see future developments in the hours Motorola. In the meantime, consider the fact that there is now.


Features, pricing


  • Compatibility: Smartphone with Android 4.3 and higher

  • Operating System: Android Wear

  • Processor: TI OMAP3630, 1,2 GHz

  • Memory: 4 GB, 512 MB RAM, no expansion slots

  • Display: LCD-display (IPS), 1,56 “, 320 x 290

  • Battery: replaceable, 300-320 mAh

  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0

  • Ports and Connectors: dock with Qi charging

  • Dimensions / Weight: 46 x 46 x 11,5 mm / 49 g

  • Price: $ 249 in the United States, the price in Russia


Design, ergonomics


It seems that the manufacturers of smart hours guided not by hours, and smartphones. As a result, we obtain a rectangular screens, large size, and other absurdities. Motorola has come from the other side. Moto 360 design simple and stylish. There are no unnecessary elements, all very succinctly. Looks cool big screen with minimal framework. He colored, bright, immediately attracts attention. A branded Motorola dials beyond praise, thanks largely to their active Moto 360 looks expensive and effectively.




Branded Motorola dials beyond praise. And thanks to Android Wear you can download a third-party, and even create your own.





You have two choices Corps Moto 360: steel and black, and for an additional $ 50 you can get a steel strap. Standard leather strap made in Chicago (by the way, there is also the headquarters of Motorola). In my opinion, it is more practical than the tires on Korean competitors. The watch case is made of stainless steel. In this case, it weighs 49 g (LG G Watch – 63, Samsung Gear Live – 59). There is a full moisture and dust protection according to IP67. Watches have been successfully tested water treatments.





There is a complete moisture and dust protection according to IP67.



Strap Moto 360 has a standard 22 mm mounting, however, change it yourself is not so easy (but possible). He is a very comfortable and pleasant, the number of holes enough for most. Of control there is only one mechanical button on the right, which enables and disables the screen, long press to configure. LCD touch screen, supports multi-stitch. A single tap on the screen includes a clock, dual dialogue is voice recognition. Hold the clock will allow to change the dial, and swipe from the top brings up a menu of charge and operation. As you can see, management standard and quite comfortable.




Moto 360 have a light sensor. It is located at the bottom of the screen. Because of this, the image circle is slightly cropped. But energy is saved that for Moto 360 is very critical (but more on that later). The back side is the optical sensor of the heart (green LED). Immediately wireless charging.



Filling, hours, screen


If external clock Moto 360 exhibit excellent industrial design, inside their outdated processor TI OMAP3630, built on 45 nm. Battery capacity for less than the competition – 320 mAh (as shown by autopsy in the first batches of the component is mounted on a 300 mAh). Finally, the screen is not the most energy efficient. In the end, all this translates into a very mediocre work time. With an average load hours working up to 12 hours, ie. E. Not the fact that they will last you for a full day. For comparison, LG G Watch employs about one and a half to two times more.



Moto 360 charge can act as beautiful and technologically advanced desktop clock




Hours Moto 360 – up to 12 hours. The clock is less than many modern smartphones.



Another point with regards to food – charge. Moto 360 supports wireless charging Qi, the set includes the docking station, well, or you can use any compatible with this standard, for example, from Nokia. This is convenient, but, unfortunately, fast charging wire is not provided, but without wires 300 mAh internal battery charged nearly 2 hours (1:50 in our tests). I hope this time will take into account in future versions.



Moto 360 and wireless charging Nokia


Moto 360 has 512 MB of RAM, which is standard for hours, but the low-power processor makes itself felt. Most of the slowdown in the manufacturer removed the update 4.4W.1, but rare moment of suspension stayed, some action has to be repeated. In contrast to the working time is not critical, but still would like to have a smoother operation.



Moto 360 is only compatible with smartphones on Android 4.3 and above.



The connection with your smartphone (only supported in Android) occurs in Bluetooth 4.0 LE, in the range of about 20-30 meters indoors, which is enough. There are many applications to find your smartphone, which is convenient. As usual in the Android Wear, is rigid adherence to a smartphone, most of the action is not possible without it. Answer the call, too, does not work, only to reject or accept your smartphone. Platform functionality is very limited, but that we’ll talk further. By the way, the clock built 4 GB of memory (similar to the LG G Watch), but they are used for official purposes, the user is again available. Expansion slot, or even the possibility of storing data (eg, multimedia) is not. All watches on Android Wear – this companion, and not independent gadgets here and all the compromises. If you need something else, it is better to pay attention to competing systems, such as, Tizen.



We should also mention the display Moto 360. Used LCD matrix with a diagonal of 1.56 “and a resolution of 320 x 290, the screen is protected by glass Gorilla Glass 3. element bright, contrast, with excellent viewing angles, but not without serious drawbacks. Firstly, it is not AMOLED, and hence worse behavior in the sun, more power consumption and a deep black color. Secondly, the resolution is low, it is 205 ppi, which by today’s standards is not enough, and grain visible to the naked eye.


Android Wear, software


In contrast to Android, in Android Wear is no special modifications like the original shell, but there are a few dials and application to keep track of heart activity. The latter is interesting because it makes good use of all the display format. Motorola dials have some of the best. In addition, Android Wear allows you to download third-party (eg, a stylized Apple Watch) and create your own. You can do yourself is such a watch, what exactly you like and what will not be nobody else.





In general, before us a standard Android Wear both the interface and functionality. Learn more about this OS, I already wrote here. Over the past two and a half months there were over six hundred applications, but most of them are useless. Small sales (for the first half of 2014 in Europe, sold all 255 thousand. Smart hours) and resource constraints reduce the overall development of the bar under the Android Wear.



In the first half of 2014 in Europe, sold all 255 thousand. Smart hours.



Usage Scenarios hours on Android Wear quite specific and mostly limited to notifications, ie. E. Still forced to climb over a smartphone. For example, you can see the caller when you are in a movie, on a bike or just busy hands. You can dictate a reply (Russian recognized but of punctuation do not dream). Also available are the standard voice commands: set an alarm, send an email, activate the timer, and so on. D. But for a more or less complex tasks again need a smartphone. For example, when navigating on the clock, you will see only the directional arrows and voice prompts and maps will not (it’s all on the smartphone). Similarly implemented other scenarios: watches are companion for your smartphone with the most basic functions. For example, you can control your music from your smartphone (good for jogging).



In fairness it should be noted that among the above six hundred applications, there are some quite distinct, for example, a full web browser with support for multi-stitch, but again there is no clock in the network (or Wi-Fi, no 3G), all Smartphone. So here the conditional independence. There is also a simple game like shooters from the tower at the landing parachutists, but I imagine the situation is bad, when you play on the clock, and not on a smartphone, and where better graphics and more choice, and the screen size is much more comfortable. It turns out that the functional Android Wear remains highly questionable in terms of real benefits platform. Let’s see if the developers to implement something in the future.


Opinion Hi – Tech. Mail. Ru


Moto 360 – good beautiful toy. Watches look great feature stylish dials and the ability to set new ones. And thanks to its light weight and comfortable ergonomics at the height of the strap. Have not gone away standard features Android Wear, including voice control. But functionally, it’s still nothing more than a companion for your smartphone, also with a mediocre time work (less than some smartphones).


The closest competitor – it’s LG G Watch R, the model will go on sale in October. The choice between them is likely to be reduced to the design, in this regard, the model significantly different (in my opinion, each its own merits, so the choice rests on personal preference). Of objective advantages LG longer work and have a wired charging a higher quality screen. Motorola interesting dials (the LG they are easier) and have more screen size. Software, and here and there Android Wear.



LG G Watch R (right)


As a result of testing Moto 360 receives from the Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru award for best design.






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