Disclaimer: I am trying out this product thanks to Verizon in exchange for a review. I am returning it once I am done testing it out! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Verizon reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying any products. I have been so curious with the smart watches that I asked if I could try the Moto 360 Gen 2 and the Google Pixel XL phone with it. This post will talk about my thoughts on the Moto 360.
This watch caught my eye because it seemed much better looking than other smart watches out there. I liked the round face and that it seemed like it wouldn’t look like a huge calculator on my wrist. And when I got the watch–I saw that I was right. It did look pretty and the first week I wore it to work–I got compliments left and right about how the watch was really pretty and they were curious what it was.
I didn’t know what to expect from a smart watch. I have a few friends who have the Apple watch first gen and mentioned the watch only lasting a day. The Moto 360 gen 2 lasted about 2 days for me so I was happy.
Being a very active person, I really would like my watch to have a built in heart rate monitor. I don’t do anything extreme with this data but I am silly and want to have it just in case that I want to! This watch has a built in heart rate monitor and isn’t super bulky because of that.
If I’m really honest I didn’t really use the apps much. I did like seeing some alerts but didn’t have any apps that were must have on the watch. I liked how it did have a “find my phone” feature because I often find myself misplacing my phone! I also like that if I log a workout with Strava that it links with the app and it counts my steps from my workout to my daily steps. Some other watches and tracker apps don’t.
I could turn on/off music through my phone which is helpful. One note is that you can’t connect to listen to music on apps like Spotify if you don’t have your phone. So if you are heading out on a run without your phone you may find this an issue. I always bring my phone for safety reasons so this wouldn’t be an issue for me! (Read more about the music features here).
I ask many of my friends who own smart watches what they think of their watch (not specifically the Moto 360–any smart watch). They usually say that they like having it but it’s not a must have. For $329.99 I tend to agree the same is with the Moto 360 gen 2 for me. I think it’s very beautiful and like the alerts that I can get. It’s a good way to have a general idea of your steps and activity level. As a runner–I don’t think I’ll ever depend on a smart watch for running (I’m a Garmin loyalist and geek out at the stats it provides), but I am always keeping my eyes open for my perfect fitness watch that is also just beautiful.