Motorola has finally released it’s flagship smartwatch in the UK, with limited supplies of the device now available to buy from the brand’s website.
The device, which is powered by Google’s Android Wear – a version of the firm’s mobile operating system specifically formulated for watches – has been one of the most eagerly-awaited smartwatch launches of the year, as it aims to marry great style with powerful functionality.
Unlike many early efforts at smart watches, which were characterised by fairly ugly chunks of plastic, the Moto 360 is one of the first round gadgets, making it look and feel more like a normal watch. This means it should be a more unobtrusive fashionable accessory.
As well as its all-metal, round design, which has been widely praised as one of the best on the market, features such as an ambient light sensor and wireless charging were also highlighted as small additions that really make a difference when it comes to practicality.
It also promises a long battery life, thanks to a new software update that should allow for several days of use. Given that Apple boss Tim Cook recently admitted his firm’s upcoming Apple Watch is likely to require a recharge every night, this could be a hugely important factor to many buyers.
Delivering its verdict on the Moto 360, TechRadar noted it’s a device that’s sure to turn heads, saying: “It has become an undying source of questions from tech-savvy and fashion-focused admirers alike.”
Meanwhile, Engadget said: “With its stylish good looks, comfortable feel and overall premium build, the Moto 360 is the Android Wear watch to beat.”
Currently, the device is available with a light or dark metal case and a choice of a stone leather or black leather band. However, recent leaks have suggested that there will be more options coming soon, including a champagne gold design with matching steel band.
The Moto 360 is available now at a price of £199.