Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
The Moto 360 started out as the only circular Android Wear smartwatch, but it was never gonna stay that way. In the nine months since its release, it’s been joined by the LG G Watch R and G Watch Urbane, with the Huawei Watch coming soon. Add to that non-Android Wear offerings like the Alcatel OneTouch Watch and Samsung’s rumored Orbis wearable (to say nothing of Apple’s new smartwatch or the variety of non-circular watches out there) and you might think the Moto 360’s time has come and gone.
But despite recurrent rumors of a second-generation “Moto 360 2” sequel just over the horizon, the Moto 360 continues to turn heads far and wide. I’ve been wearing it almost since release, ushering it through two major software updates and countless Qi charging pads while bashing it against more doorjambs than I care to admit. Those eight months have given me a few insights into how the Moto 360 holds up to real-life usage … and how well it fits in to today’s wearable world.
Join me for the latest After The Buzz, our Moto 360 review redux – and if you’re a current, future, or former Moto 360 owner, leave a comment below with your own thoughts!