Since the launch of the Moto 360 and a barrage of reviews, everyone has been up in arms about its battery life. The cries have grown louder and I could not pass up the opportunity to say something about it. Different persons have reported different levels of battery life, from charging twice daily to getting 24 hours of use; and it all lends itself to your user patterns and how you view your device. Below are a list of things that you can do to increase battery life or, at the very least, not make you think of your watch dying as the end of world.
Moto 360 As A Teller-Of-Time
The 360, like all other Android Wear devices, is a watch. It tells the time; great. It also has the ability to give notifications and directions like it should, and this is all well and good, but these services can also be supplied by your phone. If your primary use case is the ability to see the time quickly without having to reach for your phone, then use it as such. Bear in mind that if this is your sole purpose for buying the watch, you might as well save some money and get something cheaper.
A lot of tech people I’ve seen on the internet and in real life have said that they don’t wear watches because they have a smartphone. The watch offers the time just like your phone does. If your Moto 360 dies before the end of the day, you still have your phone to keep you time conscious. Problem solved.
Moto 360 As A Notifier
Your 360 will be able to give you notifications. Please bear in mind that you can decide which notifications you want to receive, or you can ignore them all by going to a ‘do not disturb mode’ so to speak. Also note that reducing the amount of notifications that are pushed to your watch will increase the battery life.
If you’re nearing the end of the day and your watch’s battery is running low, disable the notifications or be very picky about which ones are sent. It will last longer. Lastly, even if your watch dies on you, guess where else you can receive notifications. That’s right, on your phone.
Moto 360 Is A Watch, Not A Tablet
The device is small. Way smaller than your phone and or tablet. Its battery is extremely small as well but the device offers many capabilities. Within the first few days, you will play with it a lot, and that’s normal for any new toy, but please don’t treat your watch like your phone or tablet; living on it all day playing games, doing puzzles and trying to write articles (joke). It was not designed for such. It’s expected to be used for quick, glance-able bits of information and was built with that in mind. The minute you start spending all day on it, playing with it instead of working, it’s going to die, just like your phone would.
Turn Off The Screen
There are various modes for screen usage, but the one best suited for long battery life will see the screen cut off when not in use. We all know that the screen draws an enormous amount of power from any device. The longer it’s kept off, the longer your watch will last. We just hope that the Wear update will include an option to keep the display off unless tapped or activated by the 360’s power button.
Moto 360 As A Fashion Piece
The reason we all anxiously awaited this watch is because of its stunning looks. Simply wearing the Moto 360 as a time piece will turn many heads and, in my opinion, makes it well worth it’s price. The length of it’s battery does little to change its reputation as a beautiful and well put together device, although I was disheartened to learn that it’s sub par performance was due to Motorola’s decision to use a TI Omap processor, instead of the usual S400 Qualcomm processors of the other Wear devices. I believe that many would have preferred to pay $299 and have the S400 powering the device, but alas, it seems like there was some cost to be cut, and this is where it happened.
This is not your average watch. The Pebble may last several days, but falls short on functionality. Your Kenneth Cole (my Kenneth Cole) may last years, but it does not give weather, notifications, directions or the ability to change its face. With all these functions and good looks, I will gladly charge this watch nightly, as it’s a habit we have developed with our phones as well. The question still remains; is the battery life and apparent sub par performance a deal breaker, or does its wearable nature make its aesthetics the deciding factor? Only you can answer this question.
A Glimmer Of Hope
Android L is around the corner and it promises to bring improvements to Android Wear. We already know that L has proven to be more battery efficient on phones, and I expect to see similar gains on the watches as well. At worst, the Moto 360’s battery life and performance could be sub par, but this is Android and very soon, there will be additional watches to choose from. Herein lies the beauty of Android.[socialpoll id=”2220128″]