Motorola’s creating a lot of waves recently with their competitively prices handsets and also with their announcement of the moto360 not too long ago when Google launched Android Wear, the optimised version of their popular mobile platform for wearables like a smartwatch. The moto360 has been really successful in grabbing the attention of developers and also consumers everywhere; primarily because of its unique and design and rather premium feel. The biggest selling factor is, again, customizability via Motorola’s motoMaker platform. Motorola is also putting a lot of marketing and backing into the device with Hangouts and other promotional events.
The latest in the slew of events is a contest in which participants are to design a watchface for the much anticipated smartwatch. The contest prizes include the company’s own moto360 to be given to one very lucky winner worth around US$250 (RM 800). The estimated value of the moto360 stated in the contest could be just that, an estimation or it could be the actual price of the moto360. However, given Motorola’s recent trend of giving the best bang for your buck with their devices, this just may not be case and the moto360 may retail at a price lower than the estimated and Motorola is just looking to stay safe legally with the contest’s rule and terms.
The price of US$250 (RM800) may sound a bit steep for a watch, but given Samsung’s latest foray into the wearables category with the Galaxy Gear (RM999), Gear 2 (RM899) and Gear Fit (RM 599), the price still remains extremely competitive. The moto360 is set to launch sometime in the next few months in the U.S. but no indication has been given for a worldwide release as of yet. Given the features of Android Wear, the moto360 will be a device to watch out for.
Don’t go running to join the contest just yet, it’s only open to the U.S. Hopefully it arrives on this side of the world sooner rather than later.