A good smartwatch can really make you more productive. And Motorola's new smartwatch packs a variety of features that will definitely benefit business users. The Moto 360 is one of the first smartwatches powered by Google's new Android Wear operating system, a modified version of Android designed specifically for wearable devices. And serious business users will appreciate that the Moto 360 is one of the most stylish smartwatches around. You can't buy the Moto 360 yet; the watch is currently set for a Summer 2014 release in the United States. But before you run out to buy a Pebble Steel or Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch, read on for three features that could make the Moto 360 worth waiting for.
The Moto 360 is powered by Android Wear, which comes packed with productivity-boosting features. You can link an Android Wear smartwatch to your smartphone via Bluetooth to ensure all your notifications are just one glance away.And the platform integrates with Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant that is designed to figure out what you need before you ask for it. The service works by monitoring your activity within the Google ecosystem and pushing relevant news and alerts to you as Google Now detects them. In practice, it can notify you of traffic delays, weather alerts, flight delays and much more.
What good is a smartwatch if it's out of juice? Battery life for modern smartwatches varies widely, depending on the type of display the device has. The Pebble, with its monochrome e-ink display, can last for nearly a week on a single charge. Meanwhile, smartwatches with LCD displays, such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, will only last a day or two. Plugging in your watch to charge it can be a pain, but powering up the Moto 360 could be as easy as setting the device down. Rumors suggest that the watch will feature wireless charging, so you can simply set it on a charging pad overnight for a battery boost. You have to take your watch off before bed anyway, right?
The current crop of smartwatches, many of which pack bulky, square faces, aren't exactly stylish. The Moto 360, in comparison, might be the best looking smartwatch yet. It's the first to sport a circular LCD display, and its stainless steel body can attach to a variety of steel and leather bands. That means you can customize the watch to fit your personal look. More than most competing devices, the Moto 360 is can make a stylish impression in a business meeting.