5 questions to help you decide which watch to wear today

it is a problem that men have every day, well at least those who own more than one watch: which watch should I wear today? It is not that easy deciding between a smartwatch, regular ‘sporty’ watch or that beautiful expensive watch that was passed on to you by your father?

These 5 simple questions will help you make that decision.

  1. What do you have planned for today?
  2. Is there a special occasion?
  3. Do I have a lot of meetings today?
  4. Are you planning to work out?
  5. Do you want and/or need to impress someone?

1. What do you have planned for today?

It seems like an obvious question, but it helps to take a moment in the morning when you stand in the shower and stop to think for a minute about what you actually have planned for today.

If you are not planning to do anything exciting and it will be just another boring day at the office, you might surely want to wear your smartwatch so that you have something to play around with during boring meetings.

2. Is there a special occasion?

Are you going on a first date, to a wedding or another special occasion today? You might want to focus your attention on the person you are spending the day with and not fiddle around with your watch all too much.

Of course you can put your phone (you might have a Nexus 6 perhaps?) on silent and only receive the most important messages on your watch, but there is a fine line between paying full attention and being “attentive”. Women notice when you are not fully “there”, trust me on that one.

3. Do you have a lot of meetings today?

Busy day at the office, need to get things done and a lot of running back and forth between different floors / locations? This is the perfect day to wear your smartwatch. The short messages, notifications about your upcoming meetings and directions to your next client will be very helpful.

You don’t want to annoy your business partners by staring at your phone during meetings, but a watch is far more accepted. Days on the road with many meetings are a great occasion to wear your smartwatch.

4. Are you planning to work out?

The Moto 360 is not the best companion when it comes to sports, there are better watches out there that can track your heart rate accurately, have stronger GPS signals build-in and are fully waterproof.

If you are planning to work out, go to the gym, play tennis or go for a swim you will be better off leaving your smartwatch at home today. Try one of the fantastic Suunto watches for example, they are absolutely fabulous.

5. Do you want to impress someone?

Okay, a smartwatch – especially the Moto 360 – surely something nice to look at and not everyone has one just yet. If you feel like impressing someone, it is quite a statement that you wear a great piece of tech on your wrist instead of an “expensive” TAG Heuer Carrera 01 with virtually no functionality but to tell you what time it is.

Normal watches have become nothing more but an accessory and if you feel like impressing someone, be smart and wear your Moto 360. They might confuse it for an Apple Watch, but I am sure that you will get a few cool glances from the person you would like to impress a little.

Which watch did you wear today?

Tell me, which watch did you end up wearing today? Do you have another great use case for your smartwatch or an occasion at which you cannot live without it?

Please do share your thoughts in the comments section below. Looking forward to hearing your opinions.

Battery life on Moto 360 is better than many think

The battery life on smartwatches is a topic that is frequently discussed. Depending on how you use your device, it logically fluctuates as to how long your watch will go on a single charge. That makes sense to me at least. I thought I would give you a few insights into how the Moto 360 holds up in different situations. These are purely my personal observations and there is nothing scientific about them, yet I think this is at the end of the day what every regular user should be looking at. In the end it all depends on how you would like to use your watch and what you would like to do with it.

Charging your Moto 360

Charging the Moto 360 is done with the dock that comes with it (see image at the top). The dock is quite beautiful, and made of a black, hard plastic. The watch does not have to be “plugged-in” to anything, but can simply be laid into the dock for it to start to charge. It is very convenient and quick to charge your watch and it looks a lot nicer on your bedside table.

When your smartwatch is in charging mode, it switches the display to show you the time and the charging percentage is displayed in a blue circle that goes all around the display. When the blue circle is completely round, the phone is fully charged and ready to go. You can stop the charging-process at any time and just take the watch off the dock. At night, the blue is a very pleasant color to have next to your bed and it functions as a little alarm clock.

The Moto 360 battery is nearly 50% bigger than that of the Apple Watch

Whilst charging, the watch tends to get a little bit warm. That is because the induction charging by Qi standard uses more energy than you would “technically” need. About 30-50% of the energy is generally lost through Qi inducted charging, but it is still not a whole lot. Its 320 mAh battery size is larger than that of the Samsung Gear Live that has a battery able to store 300 mAh, but it is still not huge. Compared to the Apple Watch though, the battery is huge as this only has 205 mAh. The software is what makes the biggest difference, and determines how long your watch will last on a single charge – next to the screen quality and type.

There have been rumours about the fact that you should not leave your watch to charge for a too long period of time, because of something called the screen burn-in effect. Some users have reported that the blue lines that are displayed when charging the watch, did not fully disappear anymore after a few days of leaving the watch in the dock. The color seemed to have burned into the screen and cannot be removed anymore. Apparently, if that is the case you can send your watch to Motorola to have it replaced. Within my social network, I do not know anyone who has had issues with that so far and I have not had problems with it either. Just to be on the safe side though, I would not leave my watch in the dock for more than a night. You will probably want to wear it the next day again anyway, right?

Travelling without the dock

I cannot always remember to bring my dock and I also do not want to carry too many chargers around with me. Although this one looks nice, it is not the best format/size to carry around with you. If you travel a lot like me, and especially short business trips, you don’t really have to worry about the dock all too much. With moderate use, meaning receiving a few emails per day from your VIP marked friends, 10 minutes of hangout messages, checking google maps for 10-15 minutes a day, you will probably drain about 40-50% of your battery life.

Okay getting through the second day entirely is not that easy you would need to use it a little less on the second day, but it is possible. The longest it has lasted me so far is about 3,5 days – simply because I did not get a lot of messages I guess and managed not to play around with my smartwatch all too much (which is a challenge – trust me).

How much does the battery drain when you don’t use it: well at night it uses about 7-10% of the battery life that it started with (if you sleep in until 11:00 this will clearly be higher of course). On a regular working day, I generally take off my watch around 22:00 and put it back on at 07:00 in the morning. Last night it used approximately 10% of the battery I had the night before. Non scientific approach of course, but i think that as a rule of thumb that should be ok.

What drains the battery most on the Moto 360?

There are a few functions on the Moto 360 that will drain your watch more quickly than others. If you use your watch more, it will drain more quickly too of course. These are the functions of my smartwatch that I find to drain my battery fastest:

  1. Constant “check-ins” with your phone (GPS)
  2. Google Maps (goes hand-in-hand with point 1.
  3. Hangouts/Whatsapp – sending messages back and forward by using your voice
  4. The screen – leaving the screen on at all times uses a lot of battery

What I do to make sure that the longevity of my battery stays nice and long:

  1. Hangouts/Whatsapp I try to avoid longer sentences than just a few words, the more complex the sentences are and the more you say, your watch will need to communicate quite a bit with your phone and this drains the battery quite a bit. Simple and direct messages such as: “I will be right there”, “see you in a bit” or “meet you there at 12” really help save your battery time
  2. I try not to fiddle with it too much, although it is very tempting… What drains most battery is the screen itself. So if you click on the screen the whole time or leave it on constantly for the whole day, you will surely not make it through 24 hours of usage
  3. I take it off / put it next to me when I am working. I have a desk job anyways and see most of the notifications on my screen. If you twist and turn your wrist the whole time, the watch will start up and turn on the screen – draining your battery far quicker than you actually want it to. My piece of advice would be to take it off from time to time – even if it is just for 30-60 minutes whilst you don’t really need it and you will save quite a bit of battery right there

Will the Moto 360 make it through the day?

YES! Your Moto 360 will definitely make it through a normal day of wearing and using it. That is what it is for – and that is how it was designed. Surely it won’t last you a whole week and maybe not even a busy weekend in which you send a lot of messages to your friends and family to coordinate the Saturday night party you are planning on going to, but it will take you through any normal day. Play around with it, use it, and have fun with it.

At night it serves as a nice little alarm clock and looks pretty on your bedside table, so there is not reason you should not put it in the charging dock in the evening when you go to bed. If you are not a big fan of having electronics in your bedroom, you can disconnect it at night if you would like so that it does not try to search for your phone through its bluetooth connection.

I think the battery life on the Moto 360 is fine. It is surely not great, I would not really feel comfortable leaving the dock charging station at home on a long weekend or business trip, it could be better and I do find myself looking at the battery level ever now and again, but it will last you for a whole solid day of regular usage.

Setting a timer on your Moto 360

One of the features I use a lot on my Moto 360 is the “set timer” function. It is very simple and effective. I use the set timer feature mostly when I am in the kitchen and “trying” to whip me something up to eat. I tend to get distracted quite easily, so this is a neat little trick.

All you need to do is say: “Okay Google”, followed by: “set timer to xx-minutes” (you can basically say as many seconds, minutes or hours as you would like). The countdown starts automatically straight after that and you don’t have to do anything else anymore but wait. The Moto 360 will start to vibrate when the countdown is over. The smartwatch does not have a loudspeaker unfortunately, but since you’ll most probably be wearing the watch when you use this feature – I am sure that you will notice that when it starts to vibrate.

How strong are the vibrations?

How effective is the vibration of the smart watch? Well it is not all that strong, but you will surely notice it when you wear it. Something I have been wanting to try for a while now is to sleep with the watch on. I want to find out if I would actually wake up from the vibrations on my wrist. I have not tried sleeping with the smartwatch on just yet, because I usually have to charge it at night after a long days “work”. I guess I could give it a go though and charge it before going to bed.

The battery would surely last throughout a full nights sleep, as it does not drain all that much when leaving it in idle mode (about 10-15% per night). I think I will give it a go in the coming few days and report back to you guys if it worked well or not.

Do you have any experience with sleeping with your Moto 360 on? Please do share your experiences and leave a comment at the bottom of this post.