A few days with the Moto 360 Toy
The big Apple Watch day has come and gone and they have sold kazillions of them to all the Apple wearable community folks out there. I bought the Moto 360 on sale at Amazon though. Why? Why buy something that has already been outsold after one day of selling of the new apple gear? I can hear the question reverberating across the halls. Well, there are reasons. Like I don’t own no apple gear so what would I sync the watch to? I do own android gear so I can sync to my Nexus 6 pretty easily. Here’s some thoughts about the whole wearable thing from a rank newbie.
- Its pretty cool after learning I had to charge it past 91% to get the Lollipop update on it which made it much nicer all told. Delivering watch faces is fun and you can design your own, find some sites out there are compilations of them, and then use the site with an app like facer from the play store to build, send, share.
- I thought I would not like a big thing on my wrist. I was wrong. Its big and dark and colorful and reminds me of the play music I’m up to when walking, sync’s my endomondo information, does the call and SMS reminder things. It lets me do a bunch of stuff without actually reaching for the Nexus 6. That’s coolness and it means information is more readily available. Probably it also means you have to work harder at going “off the grid”. Used to be a watch was just that. Something you watched. You did not interact and receive anything besides time and alarms and stuff like that. Now you get more of a two-way thing going. That is good and bad depending on whether you want to be connected most of the time. I like the ever-present and omnipotent Google Now except for the times it creepifies me. Even then though, I really respect having maps, walking, music, stuff available to check on.
- There is a battery in these things and the battery can go fast. You may want to remember that. Its meant I believe to be charged every day but the times away from the charger are what counts for me. You don’t need to hump around a charger wherever you go. This is a connected companion device. Just remember what that means and you have to accept the idea of it before plopping down the money. That means the battery and the constant “on-ness” are the the things you want or desire. The beauty about the watch and the battery is that there is “off-ness” too. You can simply remove it and its done with you.
Finally, there is whether the platform is a success by numbers alone. People with android devices most likely will buy android wear or pebble watches. People with apple gear may buy apple watches or pebble gear. What do people with Blackberries do? How about windows phones? Not sure what happens there. I don’t think I would want either of those ecosystems though. There is a common thread though. Pebble watches. They work with both. I actually was a backer of the Pebble Time so I will get one of those as well and get it sync’ing my stuff and enjoying the supposed legendary battery life of a week almost.
Choice is good and I’ve felt since 2009 that Android in the end wins at a few levels because of choice. Apple perhaps maintains a status quo but as more and more people get connected and want cheaper options to stay that way; iPhones do not seem the viable path when compared with cheap android devices. My vision and dream is extending what android phones can do for education, medical support, ranching, farming, and growing. We have barely scratched the surface and I remember feeling that way in Chennai holding my first HTC Magic phone and feeling its tug. We have gained so much with Linux and open source. Its fuels how we do e-business, health, space travel, and perhaps one day even more. In 2009, living in Chennai it was merely a whisper almost so faint as not to be heard; but I prognosticated that the phones running android would persevere mainly because of choice. I think people by nature want open walls and fences and do not like closed gardens where choice is limited. There are those, in the millions that buy the apple watch gear. Good for them. Its what they want and it fits their ecosystem. I like the open nature of the ecosystem on Android more. There is room for us all out there. Like Google says “be together; not the same”.
Yeah baby. Off walking I go with the 360 and my forever learning how it all fits together.