Why You Should & Shouldn’t Get The $165 Moto 360

Why You Should & Shouldn’t Get The $165 Moto 360

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Soon after the Apple Watch started hitting stores and reviews landed we saw the Motorola Moto 360 get some price cuts. First its price on Amazon.com dropped from $249.99 to $179.99 – a $70 price cut that wasn’t just a one time thing. Best Buy’s got the same price too, and if you buy an Android handset they’ll slash another $100 off the Moto 360 – bringing the price down to just $79.99. And finally the Play Store’s cut the Moto 360’s price too, it’s now $165! Those prices are fantastic, and you should totally get one. But you also totally shouldn’t, and here’s why.

Reason to get it #1: Those Looks

The Moto 360, simply put (and in my honest opinion), is the best looking smartwatch out there. It’s got this timeless look to it, it’s bezel is minimal and the watchface is so gorgeously round. It looks like a thicker Xetum watch and it works with just about anything. It looks good on your wrist if you’re wearing a tshirt and flip flops at the beach, and it looks good if you’re dressed in your finest suit giving a presentation to shareholders on why the company’s profits are so high (or low).

The Moto 360’s design isn’t perfect, but it’s really close. Motorola only got those slim bezels because it had to fit display drivers in that black bar at the bottom, giving the watch a ‘flat tyre’ look. Regardless, it’s still gorgeous.

Reason to get it #2: That price

$165 is an insanely good deal, but if you can get it for $79.99 at Best Buy it’s nearly a no brainer. You’re getting a gorgeous (refer to Reason #1), well made smartwatch running the latest and greatest version of Android Wear straight from Google. The only comparable smartwatch at that price range is the original Pebble, and while I think Pebble’s watches are the best on the market they aren’t for everyone.

Reason not to get it #1: Ancient Specs

The Moto 360, as much as it pains me to say this, is gorgeous on the outside but rotten on the inside, and that’s what you shouldn’t get one. The chipset that keeps ticking things along? It’s a Texas Instruments chip – which is notable for 2 reasons:

  1. The TI OMAP 3 chipset dates back 3 generations. The last time I saw this in a phone was in the Galaxy Nexus, and that wasn’t exactly a speed freak. Why go for that here?
  2. Texas Instruments doesn’t make mobile chips any more, in fact they pulled out of the market soon after the Galaxy Nexus was released. I’m surprised Motorola’s been able to support it (or even develop for it in the first place), and I won’t bet on Motorola supporting it a couple of generations down the line.

The result is that the Moto 360 is both slow and has bad battery life. LG’s G Watch R doesn’t look as good, but is both faster and lasts twice as long.

Reason not to get it #2: The next one is just round the corner

They say never look a gift horse in the mouth, but why? The Moto 360 is a gorgeous watch and at any of this prices it’s nearly a no-brainer – nearly.

On the one hand such discounts puts Motorola back on the front page of every tech blog out there, so that’s a good marketing boost. On the other hand though, what better way to burn through stock quickly? It’s not really an HP TouchPad firesale, but it’s close.

Nothings been confirmed so far, but the leaks are coming out slowly but surely. With Google IO just around the corner, and it’s been more than a year since the first Moto 360 was announced.

UPDATE: Best Buy apparently no longer offers the $100 off with a new phone promotion. Bugger.

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