After two rounds of designs, prototypes, and tepid internal reactions, Motorola went back to the basics. Rather than reinvent wristwear or build a blocky rectangle like the Galaxy Gear or the Pebble Steel, Motorola decided to mimic what it hoped to replace: the elegant watches we’ve had on our wrists for decades. “We came to the realization that if we’re going to do this, we need to really embrace what this space is all about,” he says. So Motorola turned the Moto 360 into a beautiful, circular stainless-steel wearable that looks more like a Timex than a Moto X. Wicks (ed: Motorola Design Chief Jim Wicks) says it got the same reaction from all the industry experts he showed it to: “Yep, that’s a watch.”
Couldn't agree more that the Moto 360's circular face helps to sell the watch-i-ness of it, but it's important to note, emphasize, and underline that the 360 is still vaporware with unknown specifications, capabilities, and price tag. The much promoted images of the 360 do sport some rather lovely renders, but who knows what sort of resolution that screen will actually have, how well Google Now will handle voice commands, how effective Google's Android Wear UI will be on a small and round device, and finally what the build quality of the production device will be like.