Comparing the Apple Watch With the Moto 360, Side-by-Side

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-09-18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Comparing the Apple Watch With the Moto 360, Side-by-Side

    by Don Reisinger
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    2 - Do We Go Round or Squared-Off?
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    Do We Go Round or Squared-Off?

    The Apple Watch and Motorola's Moto 360 have much different designs. The former comes with a squared-off display, while the Moto 360 comes with a round screen. It's, therefore, up to the consumer to decide whether the round screen offered in the Moto 360 is more or less desirable than the rectangular screen found in the Apple Watch.
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    3 - There's a Software Preference
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    There's a Software Preference

    There's a major software difference when comparing the Moto 360 and Apple Watch. The former comes with Android Wear, Google's open-source wearable operating system. The Apple Watch has a modified version of iOS that works with both touch and a dial on the side to scroll through items. The two couldn't be much different.
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    4 - Apple Offers Model Options
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    Apple Offers Model Options

    While Motorola customers can only choose a single device, Apple has decided to go with three models. The first is the standard Apple Watch. The company is also offering the Apple Watch Sport for those who plan to use it for health-related activities, and the last is the Apple Watch Edition, which is the most stylish model featuring a gold finish.
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    5 - Both Give Buyers Customization Options
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    Both Give Buyers Customization Options

    Both the Apple Watch and Moto 360 offer accessories and options for customizing their smartwatches. The Apple Watch comes with various finishes—aluminum, stainless steel or gold—and a wide range of straps that can be attached to it based on use. For the Moto 360, Motorola is offering a handful of straps, depending on usage. Straps are truly at the center of all smartwatch customizability, if Motorola and Apple are to be our guides.
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    6 - Both Require Other Devices to Access All Features
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    Both Require Other Devices to Access All Features

    Don't just think that you can go around town with a wearable device and not need to have anything else on you to get the full experience. Apple's smartwatch requires an iPhone to be connected to the device in order to handle most features, while the Moto 360 requires an Android-based device running Android 4.3 or higher. It's unfortunate, but the smartwatches are not stand-alone products.
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    7 - Health Is a Focus
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    Health Is a Focus

    No surprise here, but both Apple and Motorola have made their wearables full health devices. They can both track fitness and activity level, and some health care companies are currently testing ways to use the iPhone, in tandem with Apple Watch, to deliver relevant health information to doctors via the company's HealthKit. Health and fitness go hand-in-hand with wearables and smartwatches.
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    8 - They Offer Different Charging Options
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    They Offer Different Charging Options

    The Moto 360 comes with a slightly different charging model than the Apple Watch. Motorola's device allows users to wirelessly place it on a charging station. The Apple Watch, on the other hand, comes with sensors on the rear panel that connect to a wired charger. Both charging methods are designed so users can still use the device and see their screens while charging, but whether either option is really ideal, remains to be seen.
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    9 - Taking Different Approaches to Screen Protection
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    Taking Different Approaches to Screen Protection

    Two different technologies are used in the Apple Watch and Moto 360 to deliver the same result: screen protection. The Moto 360 comes with Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 technology, which is extremely strong. The Apple Watch, however, comes with a sapphire covering for its screen. Apple says that sapphire is superior to glass technology because of its hardness. Either way, it'll be tough to break the screens on either device.
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    10 - Don't Expect More Than a Day of Use
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    Don't Expect More Than a Day of Use

    Although both Motorola and Apple are somewhat coy about their expectations on battery life, consumers shouldn't expect more than a day of use for either watch. Motorola says that its Moto 360 offers an "all-day battery," while Apple says that its Apple Watch will need to be charged each night. That's all code for having your charger on the ready during days of heavy use.
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    11 - How's the Pricing and Availability?
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    How's the Pricing and Availability?

    The Moto 360 was immediately popular, and demand for the device spiked. The smartwatch goes for $250. Customers who want the dark metal case with a black leather band will need to wait a bit to get their hands on one—as whenever they come in, they quickly sell out. The light metal case with a stone leather band is available. Apple is planning to launch its smartwatch early next year for a starting price of $349. The company hasn't yet released full details on its smartwatch's pricing and availability.
 

The smartwatch battle has officially begun. While a number of companies have released smartwatches in the past couple of years, none of them have really been such a hit with buyers to set a standard for design or features. It's time to see if that will change now that Apple has entered the market. But which of the current smartphones on the market does the Apple Watch match up with best? You can take your pick. But the Moto 360 has caught the attention of many consumers who don't like the typical square or rectangular design found in other products. Given the attention both products are receiving, it makes sense to compare the two now to see which one might do better in different feature categories. While Apple won't ship its smartwatch until early 2015, it's still the device that many consumers want to know more about. Motorola Mobility released the Moto 360 in early September, and it's just starting to make its way into the market. So this is as good a time as any to compare them head-to-head. Check out this side-by-side comparison of the Moto 360 and Apple Watch and decide for yourself which device wins out in each category.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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