That day is also my 214th day with the Moto 360 smartwatch. Developed by Motorola, the watch runs Google's Android Wear operating system.
Wearable devices is the new battlefield between the two tech giants. Google has a considerable head start, but Apple was not the first to create the smartphone or tablet and it is hoping to strike gold once again as The Watch is officially released into the wild.
Here are my thoughts and impressions on one of the first wearable devices that garnered attention with its round watch face and modern design:
The watch comes with a convenient dock which holds the watch overnight to charge. The watch face changes to a nifty display which shows the time and the battery charge level.
While Apple is usually not to be outdone when it comes to product design, the Apple Watch appears to not have such an intuitive way to charge and store itself. Most smartwatch designers have been unable to avoid the cables that keep us tied down with our smartphones and tablets.
Once placed on the stand, I have had zero problems with fast and consistent charging, and use of this feature may make wireless charging a necessity in my next smartphone.
Despite the nice and sturdy materials of the watch, I never have to take it off when going through courthouse security.
You can customize your watch face and band at the Motorola Moto Maker website. My watch came with the Stone Leather band, which I replaced with the Cognac leather band, before going to my current stainless steel band. New bands will set you back $29 to $79 apiece.
Ever changing features
The release of the Apple Watch has pressured Google into further developments of the Android Wear software.
One feature that has been around since the introduction of Google Lollipop (the latest version of the Android operating system) is Smart Lock. As lawyers, we need to have security features such as pin codes or fingerprint scanners to secure the data on our mobile devices.
With Smart Lock, my phone knows it can safely open when my smartwatch is in close proximity. (Please, no questions about what happens if someone is able to swipe my phone AND the watch off my wrist consecutively). If I wasn't already engrained in the Google ecosystem after using Google Apps and an Android phone for years, this watch may have sealed the deal due to convenient features like this that allow your watch and phone to work together.
The most important new feature may be Wifi support. Previously, my Moto 360 required a direct connection to the phone via Bluetooth, which does not work over long distances. So if my phone was left at the office while I head to court, I basically was left sporting an expensive watch with a digital display. Now, with Wifi support, the watch will work even if I leave my phone at home or the office. Text messages and incoming call notifications will continue as long as the watch can connect to a network.
Also new are hands-free gestures. The Apple Watch uses the digital crown on the side of the device as one way to scroll through apps and information on the watch's screen. Now, on Android Wear devices, simply flicking your wrist will scroll through notifications or cards of information without having to fingerprint your screen constantly.
A Necessity or a Nice Idea?
Tech gadgets are my vice, so there was never really any hope that funds in my household were safe from this type of device. But has it been useful in my day to day practice?
My smartphone does get less use. While walking back to the office from court, or getting in the car from a hearing, it is convenient to be able to swipe through text messages, click Reply, and speak a short response before it's sent. (The Moto 360 seems to have an intelligent microphone but does not have a speaker, so you cannot use it as a full replacement for your phone.)
Google Keep integration is also a recent development, which allows you to quickly take notes and make checklists on the go.
The health features of the device also may offer some encouragement about how much daily walking you get in walking downtown from court to client meetings. You can use Google's or Motorola's software solutions to track fitness over time.
Ironically, there is still a part of me that reaches for my phone even when I want to check the time. Perhaps that speaks to my generation's lack of reliance on a timepiece worn on the wrist. (Interested in how the circular Moto 360 may work as a pocket timepiece - check this out.)
In my experience, Apple has some major work to do in making this product category as indispensable as they made smartphones and, to a lesser extent, tablets.
But if you are in the market for a smartwatch, the Moto 360 is a good bet. (Note: If you are about to make the plunge, be aware that the Moto 360 has recently dropped in price as rumors of version 2 are swirling.)