There is absolutely no denying that Motorola’s Moto 360 is one of this years most wanted devices. Since its initial outing at Google’s I/O event back in June the hype, attention and excitement surrounding the device has grown and grown. To add to this when the device was finally let loose by Motorola into the market last Friday at Motorola’s ‘Moto Launch Experience’ the device sold out in literally a matter of hours. For those who still don’t know about the Moto 360 this is Motorola’s first attempt at a smartwatch and so far seems they have done well. The device actually looks good, it’s stylish and most importantly it’s round. Although this might not seem like a massive prerequisite, the first generation of smartwatches, namely Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and LG’s G watches were not so round. This subtle difference has sparked what can only be described as a round revolution with both Samsung and LG announcing they too will be releasing round watches in the near future. Not to mention ASUS, Sony and Huawei also announcing their attention in launching a rounded watch.
It has not all been plain sailing for the Moto 360 though. Almost immediately after its launch we started hearing reports that the device is not as good as expected. In particular the battery life seems to be very problematic for users with the device incapable of maintaining a sufficient charge for single day usage. This is partly due to the ‘Ambient Display’ feature (auto-adjust light setting) but also partly due to the minimal 320mAh battery. In contrast the upcoming ASUS ZenWatch is expected to launch with a 370mAh battery and the new LG G Watch R (round) watch is expected to contain a massive 400mAh battery. Both of these offerings will certainly learn from the criticism the Moto 360 is attracting making sure their devices last a day…at least.
Anyway, if the battery life has not put you off and you simply cannot wait to be part of the smartwatch crowd then it is worth noting the Moto 360 (black watch strap version) is available to purchase on the Google Play Store now (Source link below). Before you get too excited it is also worth noting that it is actually not in stock with the shipping date listed as September 22nd, so roughly a two week wait. However, it is likely Google will also sell-out soon so if you do want one, pre-order now. The demand for this device is high, so be prepared to miss out if you don’t pre-order. If you simply cannot wait even the two weeks then Best Buy has also announced they will have stock (in store) by September 14th. So only one week to wait.
Update: It appears that the Play Store has already ran out of inventory, so if you were hoping to get in on this you’ll have to wait until Google has restocked.