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After over 1300 Face-Off contest submissions, Motorola has chosen its 10 favorites Moto 360 face designs to go on to final voting. You can cast your vote(s) now for the design you want to see as an option on the Moto 360 when it comes out later this year. The images run the gamut from clean and simple, to rather complex for a smart watch.

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There are a few I'd definitely be down with having on my wrist, but I have to wonder why Moto would pick some of them. The 360's screen isn't going to be huge, and some of the finalists seem far too cluttered to be easily readable.

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You can cast your votes by plussing the design or designs you like best. Yes, you could technically vote for all of them, but that doesn't do you any good, does it? Voting will run through June 24th, at which time we'll have our winner based on the design with the most +1s.

[Motorola 360 Face-Off]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Defenestratus

    Hrm I feel most of these are pretty conservative as far as what is possible with a dynamic device.

    Very nice as a watch face , but could have been so much more... I'm sure we'll see more faces being released...

    • ins0mn1a

      apparently people don't like change, so in order for them to consider a smartwatch, it needs to look like a regular watch. if we are to be honest, the only reason we all find the round design pretty is because that's what people have been using to keep time ever since the sundial (even i find it pretty, and i don't even like wrist watches). it's safe and familiar. just like we still refer to a pocket computer as a phone. i don't think a "wrist notifier" would sell very well ;).

  • bigray327

    Why can't it come with all of them, and let me choose?

    • neolid

      Nobody said it wouldn't.

      • bigray327

        Then why vote? Gimme all ten, pronto.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          So someone can WIN a Moto 360. This has nothing to do with how the product will ship.

          • Andrei

            Why did you have to bring logic into this discussion?

          • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

            why not?

    • master94

      They probably will. One of the terms was moto had the right to use any design submitted.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Who said it will come with ANY of them, really? This is a contest to give someone a free Moto 360. Odds are this watchface, among many others, will be available for download and not even shipped with the watch.

      • rogue3

        I don't see anywhere on the contest page or this article that says they're giving one away. It's just for voting on the "winning" design.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Then you missed a bunch of previous articles. This was pretty big news, particularly as the announcement of this contest is what clued us in to the possible price of $249.

      • Savage Alien

        In the above article, second sentence say, "You can cast your vote(s) now for the design you want to see as an option on the Moto 360 when it comes out later this year." That pretty much implies that one of these designs will at least be shipped as an option with the device.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Does it? Options don't have to be built into the device in 2014. They'll have a thriving marketplace.

          • Savage Alien

            True, it's all in the wording. The article doesn't include much information, so from a newcomer's perspective, that sentence I quoted and the fact that this is a manufacturer contest adds to the tone of the article to have the reader assume that's it *could* ship with it as an included option.

            There's no mention that this is a giveaway here. The linked Motorola G+ article just simply encourages people to vote, with no immediate indication as to what the winning entry gets. In fact, there's several posts on that G+ profile about the contest, without linking to more information. You have to dig a lot deeper to find out what the contest is all about. It's very frustrating.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I wonder if they're attempting to distance themselves from the contest after the details have away pricing clues.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            They didn't give away anything, if you read that article properly you'd see that they included some phrasing in there to make clear that the price is purely an estimate and the final price may be radically different.

            Also the whole point of the competition is to have your design offered as an option on the device, you don't need to delve deep into their wording to figure out this means it will be included on the device as a standard option. A little bit of logic would go a long way here rather than obsessing over the wording.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I'm well aware of their later rebuttal on the price. But the legality still requires them to place as accurate an estimate as possible. It's not irrelevant information.

            And no, the wording definitely does NOT make that clear at all. You're far closer to reading between the lines than I am here. In fact, that wording comes FROM Android Police, not even from Motorola. In fact, the official rules state "Both the grand prize winner and runner-up winners entries may be used by Motorola in its sole discretion as a watch face for the Moto 360 and in any marketing, advertising and any other promotional activities by Motorola." That's not one of the prizes, it's merely a vague possibility. The winner simply wins a watch. Period.

    • Uh…

      Because Moto only want to give one free Moto 360 ._.

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  • akellar

    I think knowing what the device is capable of is more important

  • campusten

    This is actually a pretty smart way to market the device. Get people focused on how it can act as a completely customizable watch face, then treat all the Android goodness as frosting on the cake. I think if you try to sell it primarily as a kind of lame way to do a fraction of the things you can do with the phone that's sitting in your pocket, it's not going to catch on.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Was that comment aimed at any gigantic phone manufacturers who jumped onto this bandwagon without understanding it at all in particular? ;)

      • campusten

        Haha, not to name names...

  • madmaglio

    I want all of them.

  • joser116

    I like the one from the Moto website better

    • joser116

      I like how the clock arms and the two small world clocks have a sense of depth to them. They should really go with this one for the default one.

      • Dennis Ulijn

        the sense of depth works because you're looking at it from exactly the right angle. An angle that you would never look at your smart watch in real life ever.

        • joser116

          That's not what I mean. They added shadows around the clock arms, which make the arms "pop out". This technique is already in use. You can go to the Motorola website and see different angles. Also, they made the 2 small round clocks look like they are depressions. This would work from many angles.

          • Crispin Swickard

            I would imagine the thing has an accelerometer, so they could shift the perspective depending on how the watch is tilted, but they could only assume the angle its being viewed from.

      • tdurden64111

        Honestly, I want the different time zones so that when people see it I seem important.

    • Badouken

      This ^^^^ x1000 , this better be the default clock or included!

      • joser116

        The high resolution version looks a lot more stunning.

  • Chris Cromwell

    having the display cut off at the bottom is a turn off for me.

    • rogue3

      Apparently that has something to do with the interface and was a requirement from Motorola. I saw a few designers who took this into consideration and incorporated it into their design.

    • ins0mn1a

      yeah, i don't know why they went to all the trouble to design a round screen and everything that goes with it, and then they break the symmetry like that. i am thinking there had to be a technical reason. i mean, if they just put a flat part there in order to put a logo on it, that would have to be the stupidest design decision in history.

      • MeCampbell30

        There is a light and proximity sensor there. It's been shown in other photos.

        • TheFirstUniverseKing

          Honestly, I'd rather not have those features on my smartwatch than such a jarring break in symmetry. But maybe I'm just fickle and it doesn't look that bad in person.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      Ugh, now I can't unsee it. Makes me not like this watch as much as I used to.

    • Andrew

      Chris

      Noticed a comment on that elsewhere. Wonder why the screen cuts off at bottom - it spoils the overall look

  • Cesar
  • Sky

    i like #3 and #9 the best imo.. love the blue accent and little google app icons. (notifications?)
    ..the others are awesome too..but that Blue compliments the watches darker colors perfectly.

  • Jeremy Martin

    Whats up with all the 5's in the picture? Is this some subtle hint its coming out with Android 5?

    • Badouken

      Google has been know to do that (I know this is motorola but still). Android 5.0 and Half Life 3 confirmed?

  • akellar

    Anybody found out the reason for the weird chunk missing out of the bottom of the face?

  • Neto Cavalcanti

    Mine is the best and is not even in the top 10 =(
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NetoCavalcanti/posts/4NTMSEkLq9t

    • Risket

      It has my vote. It has literally everything I've always wanted in a watch with a few bonus features very elegantly thrown in.

    • Piotr Rogulski

      Well, it has very minimalistic design and simplicity. Voted up.

    • Paul_Werner

      I honestly think that if this was a choice the internet would choose it just to mess with Moto

    • q

      Better than anything Rolex ever made.

    • Wolverine

      Freddy Flintstone's watch!!!

  • Tom Harman

    sadly only one of those designs don't suck and that's the middle bottom one above.

  • leDerp

    Throwing currency at my display.

  • TylerChappell

    If I had a moto360, I would love using the minimalistictext design as my clock face. "ten twenty-four" etc.

  • Dirty Dave

    Man if that's from a contest, Devs are going to go absolutely crazy with designs when it comes out
    *sets alerts somehow that'll tell me when pre orders are available*

  • joeljfischer

    I'm curious what happens on the one with the gigantic 5 (top left on this page) when it reaches say... 5:50...

    • E

      Was thinking the same. Pretty poor design.

    • David Spivey

      My same question. It would be cool if it would fade partially or something, but I don't see that happening via the example.

    • On2Vegas

      I had the same question, but if you click and launch the larger, higher res version, you can see the number is indeed faded below, Probably too subtly though, at least in the render.

  • tekfr33kn

    This one

  • tekfr33kn

    This one (trying to attach the pic)

    • Bruno

      Really cool but i don't know how to read hour with this design

  • Vladimir

    I would really like to know the watch screen resolution. Low PPI count will result in a not so good apperience of some of the watch faces.

  • JD

    Wow those all look awesome.

  • abobobilly

    AHHHHH. Steady Orgasms

    [img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uMdJdRYPT4k/T0H-oMZ3FRI/AAAAAAAAFJg/QLxz4CRv1F4/s1600/crying_meme2.jpg[/img]

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  • theddain

    I see a contradiction when people want to see analogue clock at a digital one.

    Some of them are even unpractical and hard to read. Only the second one is decent.

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