After last week in seeing the launch of the Apple Watch I started to take a look at other competitors to see what they were doing. Just as with the Apple Watch, the Android wearable watches require the use of cell phone or tablet to tether. These to me greatly reduces the value of the watch. For me, devaluing of the watch is to eliminate the need to carry a smart phone or tablet. As someone who exercises, there is value for me in apps that record my heart rate and exercise performance. For example if the Nike Plus App syncs to the phone and uploads data to my Nike account where I keep up with my exercise performance, there may be some value for me. But this is not the case with the Motorola Moto 360. According to the review at The Guardian, the data from the watch cannot be uploaded or synced. Further, the heart rate monitor cannot be turned off. Another problem with the Motorola Moto 360 is the “woeful” battery life. The reviewer could not make it through the day on a single charge. Back to me is another major issue.
It is difficult to say when the wearable watch will become a standalone solution, but until then I do not see the value compared to the price tag. I am wondering from our readers where the value is for them. Or could it be just the latest fashion and technology?
Head down over to the The Guardian for the full review of the Motorola Moto 360 for more information.