8 Hours: Game Over

The Moto 360 was released this last week.  It is the first Android wearable that is slick enough to wear as something other than utilitarian.  It looks good, it's sexy, it looks quality.  I would be excited to wear this thing!

Unfortunately, it would appear that I can't.  From the tweets I've read, you need to take this thing off every 8 hours to charge it.

According to Ars, it has a 2010 OMAP 3!  From Ars:

The 2010-era processor is old, slow, inefficient, and power hungry. Couple that with a 320mAh battery and we get around half the runtime of other Android Wear devices.

This, unfortunately, is a show-stopper.

Day-to-day, I wear a Pebble.  One of the originals.  It has become integral to how I work and use my phone.  Simply put, it is difficult for me to be without it.

It allows me many freedoms.  I don't have to have notifications on my computer anymore and I can feel free to completely mute my phone.  It's silent alarm means I can set it for 0'dark-thirty for a trip cross-country without waking up my wife.  It is, plain and simple, an intimate, personal device in a way that a phone can never be.

It may not be beautiful and there are certainly times it drives me crazy (someone favorited all of my Instagram photos the other day... My watch vibrated for 30 minutes straight) but to even be useful it needs to be on my wrist.

If it's not useful, I'm not wearing it.

Do you know what's not useful?  Something you have to charge every 8 to 9 hours.  Which is really, really sad.  I was looking forward to this device.  It's beautiful and I would love a color screen.  But if I have to take it off all the time, it's game over.

Battery tech has long been acknowledged as mobile's achilles heel, but phones are large enough to put a multi-thousand mAH battery in.  Not so, wearables, they can only have tiny batteries.

So, in the end, unless someone gets crazy (I read someone recommending putting the battery in a watch's band) wearables are going to need to use the most power-efficient components possible.

Oh, and what's acceptable for a watch? 2 to 3 days of battery life, minimum.  24 hours doesn't cut it, since it's too risky that you're going to run out of juice when you're counting on it to wake you up.