I haven’t worn a watch since my casio – with a very tiny numbers keyboard. I guess my fingers were smaller then (nah!) and my eyes sure were better. The main reason is simply that phones easily double as a timepiece. So, in the 21st century a watch had better do more than just tell time. I can honestly say the Moto 360 Sport does A LOT. It’s quite spectacular.
Once connected between the watch and your smartphone you can add whatever additional apps and features you wish.
Like Dick Tracy I can talk into the phone, asking it things like: “What time is it in Brussels?”. It will type out my question and immediately pop up the answer. As you can with any smartphone, you are using Google to get answers to questions, and I found it to work very nicely. Of course, I suggest finding a quiet place to speak or Google will mishear you.
It’s so easy to pick a clock face. tap and the new face is Immediately changed in the watch.
Plus, it’s easy to get more online. I think there’s a million clock face apps out there.
Here’s an example of an unusual clock face from Google Play. It’s impossible to get bored. Ever. Every Time you install a new watch face it is added to the list on the app. On the watch you scroll through the list until you find the one you want to use now.
I see this screen on the watch. I tap this on the watch and, yes it opens the photo on the phone. very cool indeed! It’s easy to scroll UP on all my Notifications, I can ignore some and check out others by going to the phone.
For a number of years I’ve been able to monitor my activities as long as I carry my phone – generally that is counting my walking steps. Now I just have to remember to put the watch on my wrist. There’s many apps one can use to collect data on your activities.
And every week or so MotoBody sends me an email with a summary of how I did:
If I wish to walk (or run) for a specific amount of time I can Start the timer on the watch and if necessary, I can pause the watch. Very useful if one has a particular workout scheduled but sometimes life intervenes and one must stop working out for a while.
I know some people who speak various languages so it’s fun getting them to try this out. Yes, you just speak into the watch – as directly as possible – and it does well translating to any language you choose.
Just make sure the watch is connected to phone or it won’t translate. I tried doing this while the phone was in another room and it really was too far for the Bluetooth to reach. So, keep the phone close by because it’s the software on the phone that does the actual translating.
Just change the language to be translated to by tapping on the language icon – a menu list appears. Pick another from that list.
There’s all sorts of things I can do from Calling someone in my contact list, starting a Hangout, writing a note – using Google Keep app – listening to music using Google Play, checking out Amazon (“What are you searching for..”), setting alarms, Timers, Stopwatch function, and so on. When you wish to send someone a text or an email, be sure to speak in a quiet area or the watch will mishear you. I suggest only testing this with a close friend because you never know what mistake the watch may make. Making a call is straightforward. After tapping on the person and indicating which phone number it opens all that on your phone. All you have to do is tap on the phone icon to make the call.
One feature I love is starting the Maps app on the watch! Which is really neat because you can zoom in and tap on restaurants (or other landmarks). The address comes up. If you are walking or driving you tap the blue arrow and now you get spoken directions (from your phone) to the location. Very cool indeed.
You can also use wrist gestures but that can use up more battery and unless you are going to be using the watch a lot, it’s a bit annoying when it turns on everytime you just move to do something else. Gestures are great when you need them and you can turn them on from the settings. Otherwise I’d keep them off.
I also found that the battery lasted most of the day. You can do certain things to conserve battery life like not keeping the Gestures on, only allowing Priority Notifications through rather than all, and not having the watch face always ON. Then at night I would drop the watch into it’s charging dock. It doesn’t take long to charge but this routine means the watch was always ready to go when I woke up.