The Moto 360 — the highly anticipated, first circular Android Wear timepiece — hits the market today for a cool $249.99.
The smartwatch, which doubles as a pedometer and heart rate monitor, boasts a cool design (it's lighter than the LG G Watch), polished materials (scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass!), and wireless charging. It also comes just days ahead of Apple's possible unveiling of the iWatch on Sept. 9, but if the early reviews are any indication, the Moto 360 could be the watch to convince people to use wearables. That is, if the battery doesn't die too quickly.
Over at The Verge, David Pierce dove into the device's wearability:
I already feel naked without it, but I don't notice my smartphone so much anymore... The Moto 360 is the smartwatch I've been waiting for, the $249 timepiece that promised to be the first Android Wear device I'd actually want to wear. It's designed to prove that smartwatches don't have to be ugly. That they can, and must, be beautiful. That a smartwatch should be a watch, and that being a watch is ultimately the only thing that matters."
Katherine Boehret is also a fan at Re/Code, calling a round face "better than geeky rectangular designs." She also noted the cool factor of interacting with the smartwatch. "My favorite feature of the Moto 360 was dictation," she writes. "Talking into your watch while leaving your phone in your pocket or bag is a freeing experience. It also just looks cool."