After years of disappointments, the Moto 360 looks like a breath of fresh air. Itâ€˜s not that itâ€™s good, per se, but it has the notable distinction of being less bad than the things weâ€™ve seen before.
So while it still has bad battery life, and they canâ€™t manage to render the UI in a real circle, weâ€™ve seen worse. As a result, the Verge gave it an 83, almost the same score as the 85 they gave the state-of-the-art Mac Pro. Ok, noted.
The UI cannot be rendered in a real circle because the display is not a real circle. A product Motorola named Moto 360 — 360 because Motorola wanted the world to know the display is a circle — is in reality only 270 degrees a circle. Motorola gets an F for marketing. I too was oohâ€™ing at the Moto 360, up until I realized the display was only a partial circle.
What if in an alternate world Apple came out with the iWatch 360, and had the same non-circular 270-degree display? It would have been the beginning of the end for Apple.