Apple Watch vs Motorola Moto 360 comparison review
Motorola and Apple made us wait for what felt like forever to unveil their smartwatches, but both were well worth the wait. In our Apple Watch vs Motorola Moto 360 comparison review we put two of 2014's most stylish smartwatches head to head.
Apple Watch vs Motorola Moto 360: UK price and availability
The Apple Watch does not yet have a firm UK release date, with Apple merely quoting "early 2015". When it launches prices will start at $349 and likely go sky-high, given the 18-carat rose- and yellow gold options in the Apple Watch Edition collection. A straight conversion to sterling is £216, but don't expect to be able to buy the Apple Watch so cheaply - we reckon it will cost at least £299 in the UK.
By comparison the Motorola Moto 360 is a far more affordable £199 in the UK, and will be available to buy in early October from O2, Amazon, Tesco and, we presume, Google Play.
Apple Watch vs Motorola Moto 360: Compatibility
Compatibility is a key point in whether you choose the Motorola Moto 360 or Apple Watch. Unless you're planning on also upgrading your smartphone and potentially switching from iOS to Android or vice versa, Android users will be able to use the Motorola Moto 360 or any other Android Wear-powered smartwatch, while iPhone users will have a choice of the Apple Watch or the Apple Watch. To be fair, there are plenty of Apple Watch options to choose from.
That's right: the Apple Watch works only with the iPhone (including the 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus), and the Motorola Moto 360 works only with devices running Android 4.3 or later.
Neither smartwatch works independently of a smartphone, so this is one product type with which you won't get away with dabbling between mobile platforms.
Apple Watch vs Motorola Moto 360: Design
Part of the reason people got so excited by the Motorola Moto 360 is its design. In essence all smartwatches do the same thing, and all can tell the time; the Moto 360 was the first smartwatch you might actually want to wear on your arm. Traditionally over-sized and bulky, with digital- rather than analogue clock faces, smartwatches had previously been more functional- than good-looking.
Available in light- or dark stainless steel, with a grey-, black- or stone Horween leather band, the round-faced Motorola Moto 360 looks more like a traditional wristwatch than the square-faced Apple Watch. The LCD itself isn't entirely round, with the 30-pixel chunk that's missing at the bottom used to house the ambient light sensor (the Moto 360 supports auto brightness adjustment). Six digital watch faces are supported, including both digital- and analogue options. But that's nothing compared to what's on offer from Apple.
The Apple Watch comes in two sizes, for men and women, and in three collections. The Apple Watch collection has a polished silver or black case made from a custom alloy of stainless steel; the Apple Watch Sport collection has a 60 percent stronger anodised aluminium case in silver or space grey, with strengthened Ion-X glass; and the Apple Watch Edition collection uses 18-carat yellow- or rose gold, and features equisitely crafted straps and closures. Then there are six strap options: Link Bracelet, Sport Band, Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle and Milanese Loop.
In terms of watch faces (or 'complications') the Apple Watch has 11, yet Apple claims to offer more than two million ways to tell the time through various customisation options. There's everything from Astronomy and Solar to Modular, Timelapse, Utility, Motion, Photo and even Mickey Mouse.
Both watches feature a crown. Apple uses this 'Digital Crown' to let you interact with the watch without obstructing the screen, and it also operates as the Home button. Touch is also supported on the Apple Watch, although you'll primarily use this crown to navigate the device.
The Motorola Moto 360 will automatically wake when you raise your arm, but for times when this in inconvenient the crown acts as a power button. It can also be used to access the Settings menu.
Both are very good-looking watches, but with the Apple Watch you're far more likely to find a design that suits your taste.
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