A fine timepiece - with extra goodies!
First things first. You have to accept a smart watch for what it is - an accessory to your phone. It is not a primary computing device. This won't replace your phone, tablet, or computer.
What these do is help keep your phone in your pocket, give you quick information at a glance, and act as a fitness tracker while you're at it. So is it still worth buying a 1st generation device like this? Absolutely - unless you have an unlimited budget.
The build quality on the watch itself is fantastic. A very solid metal circle with thick, bevel-cut glass on the front, and an optical heart rate sensor on the back. The leather band is really nice, my only quibble with it is the first loop you tuck the band through after fastening it is set too close. You REALLY have to bend the end of the band to insert it. It gets better as the leather loosens up with wear, but it would be nice if it was just a bit further up. The watch bands are replaceable, with several aftermarket options available. (Pebble Steel bands fit this model.)
Internally, yes, the processor IS old, and slower than the current generation, and most of its competitors. You WILL get lag and stuttering when loading apps, or switching views. But it's not so bad as to be problematic. I guess that falls on your personal tolerance levels, and the Moto 360 here falls well within mine.
Software-wise, there were several Android Wear updates for this watch right out of the gate. Once those were complete, it was running the latest version of Android Wear, 1.4.xxxx - which is Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). So, even as an older device, Motorola is still supporting it with the latest software. A big plus - because the newer versions have brought many feature and battery life improvements.
The battery life the first couple of days was pretty bad. Day one I think I charged it at least 3 times. But that included several operating system updates, as well as configuration and installing Wear apps. Now that I've settled into a usage pattern, I'm finding that I go from 7am to midnight with an average of 20-30% battery left. That's with ambient mode off. The more time you spend with the screen on, tapping and swiping away, the shorter that time will be.
The wireless charger that is included is fantastic. The watch sits in it very nicely, and it's great on your nightstand. The LED on the charger itself is very dim, and doesn't light up your bedroom at night like some LEDs can, and the night stand mode of the Moto 360 while charging is just bright enough to be seen in the dark, without lighting up the room. Another bonus - if you already have Qi wireless charge pads for your phones/tablets, they will also charge your watch! I have a couple around the house already, and have tested it myself.
One thing that's great about Android Wear is the ability to customize the watch face. There are several great apps out there that allow you to download faces others have made, or make your own from scratch. You can truly make it your own.
If you're looking to get your feet wet in the wearables market - or even if you're looking at fitness trackers, of which there are many in this price range - and you're being budget conscious, the 1st gen Moto 360 is STILL a great buy.
Oh, and I've read lots of reviews about the heart rate monitor being questionable. I have to disagree. While I have had a few failed reads, I also had the opportunity to test the sensor alongside the heart rate registered on a blood pressure machine at the doctor's office. On 6 separate readings, this was within 2 beats per minute of the fancy medical equipment. I'm calling it accurate!
- Looks GREAT (and like a regular watch)
- Solid construction
- Android Wear's customization and app selection
- battery life (at least under my normal usage)
- charges with ANY Qi-compatible wireless charging pad
- 'night stand' mode while charging is very nice, and not bright in a dark room