Why I haven’t bought the Moto 360 – yet
When Android Wear was announced, I had a difficult decision to make: stick with Pebble or take a chance on a smartwatch that I’d only seen in pictures. I was one of the gazillions who backed the Pebble Kickstarter project, putting money down on a product that hadn’t even been created yet, let alone made it to display-room floors. Jumping into the Android Wear ecosystem wasn’t much different.
When the first watches powered by Android Wear were announced, only the two with square faces were available. The “round one” by Motorola wasn’t available – and wouldn’t be for months. Honestly, that’s the one that I wanted.
I was (and still am) happy with my LG-made Nexus 5. My Bluetooth headset is made by LG. I’ve got two Nexus 4‘s in the house, both made by LG, as well as two LG-made Qi chargers. It only made sense that I’d pick up the LG G Watch.
Since I bought it I’ve added an aftermarket watch band (the same one I had on my Pebble), OEM unlocked it, and even threw a custom ROM on there (which I absolutely love). I can go the entire day and still have 65% battery life left. It’s a great watch.
But that was before the Moto 360 was released. I was lucky enough to get a media sample before it was available to the general public, and it blew me away. I only got to wear it for a day and a half, but I was very, very impressed. But why didn’t I buy my own Moto 360 as soon as it became available?
To begin with, I’ve already been on the cutting edge with three smartwatches now. One from Sony, Pebble, and the G Watch. I really didn’t want to be a guinea pig again. I know it sounds selfish, but I’ve got something that works really, really well for me right now.
Jumping to the Moto 360 right away would mean I’d have to re-invest all that time in updates to fix bugs, watch faces being updated for a round screen rather than a rectangular one, and a whole slew of other stuff. In short, it just wasn’t worth my time, or my money to jump to the Moto 360.
“But Joe, you work for Pocketnow, don’t you get all this stuff for free?”
You’d be surprised how many times I get asked that question. Yes, I do get a lot of hardware for free, but only to review, and only for a short amount of time. I can’t speak for the whole team, but I try and make sure that the hardware that I use as my daily drivers are purchased with my own money. This, I feel, allows me to be more honest with my opinions of a product since I have some skin in the game – I’ve sunk my own money into it.
That’s reason number two: if you’ve already got a smartwatch you’re happy with, be it one in the Gear family, a Pebble, or another watch powered by Android Wear, there really isn’t enough added value to warrant spending another few hundred dollars on another smartwatch that essentially does the same thing yours currently does.
That’s not to say the “sexy” factor hasn’t tempted me. I’ve gone to the Play Store many times checking on the availability of the silver and gray Moto 360, only to be told it’s out of stock. I even found myself at my local Best Buy looking at their smartwatches – where it’s also out of stock.
If either location had had the Moto 360 in stock at those moments in time, I probably would have bought one right there, on the spot. But neither have, so I was saved from a tempting impulse buy.
We know that the operating system that’s running on the current generation of watches powered by Android Wear is based on Android 4.4 Kit Kat. We also know that Android L is going to be unlocking some very cool features on smartphones and tablets for those of us using smart watches.
Reading between the lines, we suspect that our watches are going to get an update to Android L around the same time our larger devices get the update. Since that time is is coming up in about three weeks (or so we think), I’ve pretty much decided that there’s no rush to get a Moto 360 right now.
New devices may come out between now and then that might be more enticing. Given the current pace of updates we’ve seen thus far, the software will undoubtedly mature between now and then. And, hopefully, there will be some stock available by then.
There you have it: the reasons I haven’t bought a Moto 360, not yet anyway. Are they what you expected? Does my logic line up with your thoughts? Head down to the comments and let me know why you already sprang for the Moto 360, or why you’re like me and are waiting just a little longer until you get one!