Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

DWYM Score
7.4

Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 190 expert reviews, the Motorola Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch placed 15th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Smartwatch for a detailed review of all the top smartwatches.

Expert Summarized Score
7.2
26 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
1,417 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Moto 360's circular display is attractive, and it outclasses every other smartwatch with more than just that thanks to its premium build.
- Tech Radar
November 15, 2017 | Full review
Comfortable and lightweight
- Engadget
This is still a really nice device which is more than capable of impressing. This is largely due to the fact that its screen, a 1.56-inch 205 ppi unit, has very impressive black levels.
- Digital Spy
March 10, 2014 | Full review
Yes, the Moto 360 is distinctive. It has great watch faces, a good wrist strap and better microphones to understand your voice commands
- CNET
October 2, 2014 | Full review
Finally, thanks to a coating on the aircraft-grade 316L stainless steel casing of the Moto 360, the Moto 360 offers IP67 water resistance, so it’s be safe from small splashes. Motorola still cautions against swimming with it on, though.
- Digital Trends
From afar, the Moto 360 could be the best-looking smartwatch on the market. Between its round design, metal trim, leather strap and crown-like button on the side, the Moto 360 approximates the look of an actual watch.
- PC World
September 17, 2014 | Full review
Moto Maker allows you to design a wearable that you might actually want to wear
- Tech Spot
The Moto 360 sits securely in a charging cradle, making it one of the most reliable charging methods of the entire group and almost never accidentally disconnected. This model is water resistant, complying with the IP67 standard.
- Tech Gear Lab
Moto 360 is unlike most smart watches. It’s compatible with Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 phones and tablets which utilize battery-sipping Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
- Wear Action
Motorola's Moto 360 is a big step in the right direction. It's not only more aesthetically pleasing than alternatives from Samsung and Pebble, but its more traditional design has the potential to attract those who currently use fashionable analog watches.
- IGN
November 10, 2014 | Full review
The dock itself is stylish and looks great with the Moto 360 saddled up on your desk. While charging, the device displays the battery percentage, the time and, if any come in, your notifications. It's the best looking charger we've ever seen for a smartwatch. As a bonus, it has a nice long cord.
- Techno Buffalo
September 18, 2014 | Full review
Moto 360 is a great example of the continuing development in smartwatches, both in terms of design and capabilities. It is suitable for users with a fast-paced lifestyle, for sports enthusiasts, and for those who just want to keep up with the latest trends in technology.
- Laptop Media
January 29, 2015 | Full review
The absence of a charging port means Motorola can make the Moto 360 water-resistant, meeting IP67 ratings for splashes and brief periods of immersion (up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes).
- Slash Gear
September 13, 2014 | Full review
Excellent voice search that works well
- Good Housekeeping
July 11, 2020 | Full review
The Moto 360 comes with a small inductive charging dock for over night charges. It will also charge on any Qi wireless charger, including the Google Nexus charging pad and others.
- The Guardian
The final piece of the puzzle is the Moto 360’s much discussed display. For the most part it is excellent. It is easy to read in sunlight, the 320 x 290 native resolution isn’t as pin sharp at the latest smartphones but colours are still vivid and touch input is responsive.
- Forbes
September 15, 2014 | Full review
The watch body is a bit large for the strap, but it’s still lightweight and looks sleek with the round face design.
- Finder
September 18, 2017 | Full review
Moto 360 supports all the major apps available on Google Play Store’s ‘Android Wear’ section and it has also more apps installed with it as compared to Samsung Galaxy Gear and LG G watch.
- Mobile Siri
October 16, 2014 | Full review
Most users will love the ability to change destinations on the fly while driving — and not even touching their smartphone. While the most useful feature, touchless navigation just doesn’t justify its price-tag by itself.
- Make Use Of
A first of its kind, the Moto 360 is the first watch powered by Android Wear to feature a round display. Specifically, it’s a 1.56-inch 320 x 290 (205 ppi) LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 that we’re presented with – and boy does it impress and astound!
- Phone Arena
September 9, 2014 | Full review
The Moto 360 is the minimalist’s smartwatch. While the screen panel may not be perfectly round, the watch housing is. At a glance the whole thing is just a circle, a watch band and a crown.
- Whistle Out
December 18, 2020 | Full review
Out of all the Android Wear devices, the Moto 360’s display is definitely the brightest, acting as a small flash light if for some reason you aren’t using the auto adjusting brightness setting.
- Phandroid
September 16, 2014 | Full review
The only design feature that has blighted both Moto 360 models is the black bar at the bottom of the screen. It’s not exactly massive or intrusive, but it does break up the circular presentation.
- Recombu
September 3, 2015 | Full review
The reason the Moto 360 was highly anticipated was because it was the first AndroidWear watch that would have a round face.
- Tech We Like
The Moto 360 is the only smartwatch that is currently available that not only looks good while wearing jeans and a t-shirt at your local diner, but also looks good with your suit (or dress) at a formal event.
- Talk Android
September 17, 2014 | Full review
The software is well-integrated with the hardware and the heart rate sensor and step counter are accurate.
- Android Pit
February 12, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It's clear that the later-than-expected Moto 360 release date wasn't enough time to perfect the first circular Android Wear smartwatch.
- Tech Radar
November 15, 2017 | Full review
Charging cradle doesn't come with a USB cable
- Engadget
The problem is that if you use the device to its fullest, you won't get through a day on a single charge. This is a big problem, especially given any other standard watch will last years before it needs a new battery.
- Digital Spy
March 10, 2014 | Full review
Its battery life is not good enough for a watch. Its Android Wear software is awkward and not entirely useful, its fitness features are lacking, and its round display has a weird black bar at the bottom.
- CNET
October 2, 2014 | Full review
The first Moto 360 suffered from lag and poor battery life.
- Digital Trends
The Moto 360, available now for $250, could have been far and away the best Android Wear watch of the year, but it’s dragged down by terrible battery life, weak performance and hair-pulling glitches.
- PC World
September 17, 2014 | Full review
Google's ecosystem still doesn't support Android Wear very well. Nest commands don't work, and Android's voice commands are more capable
- Tech Spot
This model lacks a crown or bezel scroll, limiting you to using the touchscreen as your only interface.
- Tech Gear Lab
Moto 360 does not have charging contacts. Neither does it have a micro USB port.
- Wear Action
There's also the problem of a limited number of useful apps, which is natural for such a young platform. Aside from fitness-related options, there are things like calculators, calendars, and various methods to control your phone
- IGN
November 10, 2014 | Full review
Jon found that his Moto 360 had really poor battery life during his first week with the smartwatch, while I noticed the same issue for about two days.
- Techno Buffalo
September 18, 2014 | Full review
Only compatible with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and up
- Laptop Media
January 29, 2015 | Full review
On the downside, its battery life underwhelms, the one-size-fits all may not actually fit you right, and some of the fitness features like the heart rate monitor pale in comparison to dedicated health wearables.
- Slash Gear
September 13, 2014 | Full review
The standard metal strap features a chunky design that won't suit petite wrists
- Good Housekeeping
July 11, 2020 | Full review
The Moto 360 looks great, works well and is comfortable to wear but its battery life is poor.
- The Guardian
In fact if there is a problem, it isn’t the watch but the straps. The Moto 360 has a choice of leather or steel straps and while both look good and the watch fits standard 22mm wide watch straps (though no thicker than 4mm), changing them is fiddly and you won’t want to do it often.
- Forbes
September 15, 2014 | Full review
The only flaw you’ll find in the look is the small black bar on the very bottom of the watch face.
- Finder
September 18, 2017 | Full review
Battery life of Moto 360 is not good like other Android Wear competitors.
- Mobile Siri
October 16, 2014 | Full review
Unfortunately, the Moto 360 barely squeezes in a full 24-hours of battery time. During testing, I hit full charge around 4:22 PM and the battery began to fail at around 5:30 PM the following day.
- Make Use Of
Of course, the Moto 360’s size can become a nuisance to those with smaller hands. Most men will find its size to be ample, but for females, it proves too much of a distraction.
- Phone Arena
September 9, 2014 | Full review
Colors are less vibrant on an LCD and viewing angles are shorter. Basically, the display is just worse on a Moto 360.
- Whistle Out
December 18, 2020 | Full review
Because the Moto 360 is a first generation device, of course there are going to be some things Motorola left out whether to add for its inevitable sequel, or because they simply aren’t supported.
- Phandroid
September 16, 2014 | Full review
Battery life is unfortunately as poor as most other smartwatches, offering more or less a day of use between charges, even if you only use it to tell the time and check notifications.
- Recombu
September 3, 2015 | Full review
Early reviewers killed the Moto 360 for lack of battery life.
- Talk Android
September 17, 2014 | Full review
Touchscreen sensitivity was not always great during my testing. This was frustrating at times, especially when I was in a hurry and trying to launch an application quickly.
- Android Pit
February 12, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Moto 360 is a modern timepiece powered by Android Wear. Comfortable, familiar, and crafted with the finest materials, Moto 360 keeps you up to date without taking you away from the moment. Glance at your wrist to see updates or just speak to get the info you need. Because it's time a watch told you more than just the time. What's Included: Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch for Android Devices 4.3 or Higher. Wireless charging dock. Wall charger. Quick-start guide.

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An Overview On Smartwatches

Watches have gone well beyond merely telling the time. You can read incoming texts and emails, monitor your health stats and even make and receive phone calls, all from the device on your wrist. But there’s more than one smartwatch player in town, and the choices can be overwhelming.

Chances are, one of the top deciding factors when choosing a smartwatch is the type of smartphone you own. If you have an iPhone, you’ll find the best compatibility in an Apple Watch. If, on the other hand, you own an Android-based smartphone, an Android-based watch like the Samsung S3 may be a better choice. While most watches can pair with other operating systems, you’ll get the most out of one with the same operating system as your phone.

Then there’s the Fitbit line of fitness trackers. Once merely designed to measure the steps you take each day, these wearables have gotten much more sophisticated over time. Models like the Fitbit Versa have a few of the same features as the iOS- and Android-based watches, offering functions like texting and contactless payment.

Your choice of smartwatch will probably be driven by your needs. If you just need health tracking, for instance, you may not get enough out of the other features to make it worth the extra expense. However, the price variations are minimal — especially if you’re open to an older model, like the Apple Watch Series 3, rather than needing to have the latest and greatest.

With smartwatches, many features are driven by the available apps. You can play games on both Apple and Samsung watches, for instance, but you’re limited by the apps that have been created for those versions. The Apple Watch is by far the top choice in this arena since third-party developers are lining up to make apps that work with the technology. Before you buy, make sure the apps you want are available for whichever watch you’re considering.

After searching the app store, you’ll also want to consider the look and feel of each of the watches. The Samsung Gear S3 has a more traditional watch look, but you may find more bands you like in the Apple Watch. Since the faces of both types of watches are customizable, you’re sure to find a look that works with your own unique tastes.

DWYM Fun Fact

Like other wearables, smartwatches are expected to continue to expand their functionality in the coming years. The field of medicine has especially been interested in the technology, wanting to move beyond heart rate and step tracking to keep patients healthy. Wearables can already help wearers track their menstrual cycles to know when they’re ovulating, as well as tracking moods to help with stress. But medical professionals hope to eventually refine the technology to monitor glucose levels and warn wearers when there might be a heart-related health issue. Smartwatches can also be built to sense when you’re driving and reduce notifications. Apple is reportedly also looking at ways that users could use hand gestures to control their watches, which will effectively reduce the current reliance on voice commands.

The Smartwatch Buying Guide

  • You’ll be wearing your watch every day, so appearance is important. Taste plays a big part in this, but Apple Watches have a very basic look. The Samsung Gear S3 looks the most like a traditional watch. With Apple’s watches and the Samsung Gear S3, though, you can change out the digital watch face to suit your mood — or to match your outfit.
  • The Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S3 and the Fitbit Versa all build in advanced fitness tracking, although this is one area where Fitbit outdoes all others. You’ll get accuracy and more information with a dedicated fitness band. Samsung’s tracking is the least accurate of the three watch groups.
  • If you choose a watch with cellular built-in, you’ll be able to accept and make calls and texts even when you’re away from your phone. You’ll have to pay an additional monthly fee for that, though, in addition to paying more for the watch. Only the Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 and the Samsung Gear S3 have this feature. To use this phone capability, you’ll need to have a device that’s compatible with the watch you choose, which means a phone with iOS for the Apple Watch or an Android-based one for the Samsung watch.
  • In addition to phone functionality, you’ll also need the right smartphone to take full advantage of the Apple or Samsung watch’s features. The Fitbit can sync with either iOS or Android, allowing you to accept texts and connect to the Fitbit app.
  • When you put your smartwatch on, you want it to run on battery power for at least the entire workday. The Apple Watch Series 3 or 4 will run for up to 18 hours on a charge. Both the Samsung Gear S3 and the Fitbit Versa promise battery life of up to four days, but this will vary depending on use.
  • If you own a smartphone, you’re probably already aware of the apps that are available for your operating system. The same situation will apply to your smartwatch. Apple has far more apps than Samsung, although both manufacturers suffer from a shortage of apps specific to smartwatches. Fitbit’s bands are even more limited, with these bands primarily used to track health data.
  • Since you’re wearing it on your wrist every day, it’s important to find a band that won’t weigh you down. Apple’s smartwatches are the lightest, with the Series 3 weighing 1.12 ounces and the Series 4 weighing 1.69 ounces. Samsung’s Gear S3 weighs slightly more, at 2.24 ounces, while the Fitbit Versa weighs 5.1 ounces.
  • In addition to weight, it’s also important to consider how much real estate the watch will take up on your wrist. The Apple Watch is available in two sizes, 40 mm and 44 mm, so you can choose the size that works best with your wrist. The display area of the Gear S3 is smaller, totaling only 33 mm, or 1.3 inches.
  • One popular feature of today’s smartwatches is the ability to pay at the register without taking out your wallet. All of the watches have payment built-in. You’ll just need to add your credit card before you start shopping. There are benefits to Samsung Pay, though, including wider acceptance and the ability to earn points through shopping. With Fitbit Pay, you’ll have a tough time finding a place that accepts it, so it might be best to go with the other watches if that’s important to you.
  • With limited screen space, voice control is essential in a smartwatch. Apple Watch builds in Siri, while Android watches use the Google Assistant. One plus in Apple Watch’s favor is that you can activate Siri through Raise to Speak, as long as you set it up in settings. The Fitbit does not have voice control.
  • Previously, active smartwatch wearers were disappointed that they couldn’t track their activity while swimming. Newer watch models correct that, but you’ll need to keep an eye on their limits. The Gear S3 is designed to be submerged in up to 1.5 meters for only 30 minutes or less. The Fitbit Versa and Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 are limited to up to 50 meters with no time constraint mentioned.
  • No matter which band you choose, you’ll still have to charge it at least every few days. Apple watches use a magnetic charging cable that’s easy to connect. The Gear S3 and Fitbit Versa use a charging dock that you rest your watch on when you’re ready to charge.
  • Sleep tracking can provide valuable information, and the Fitbit Versa excels in this area. The Apple Watch still can’t track this without an additional app, but you can download apps to help with that. The Samsung Gear S3 provides better sleep tracking, but you’ll still only see how long you slept, not how many hours you spent in light, deep and REM sleep.
  • When you’re tracking your heart rate and sleep, you likely don’t want to be without your watch for long. The Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa take up to two hours to charge to 100 percent, while the Samsung Gear S3 is just over that, at 127 minutes.
  • The band is an important part of the look and feel of your watch. The bad news is, each smartwatch comes with a similar-looking plain black band. But the good news is that there’s no shortage of bands available for purchase for each watch type, both from the manufacturer and third-party resellers. Look around at your options before you make a decision.
  • If you plan to stream music from your watch, Apple or Samsung watches will be the best option, since the Fitbit Versa requires you to manually transfer music in a multistep process.
  • Though smartwatches can range widely in price, you’re sure to find a model that fits your specific needs and your budget.