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Getting constant crashes using Watchmaker Premium 3.9.9 (on both the phone and the watch, an Asus Zenwatch 2). Several times per day I get a message on the watch saying Watchmaker has stopped and the watch just goes blank. I have to select a non-Watchmaker face to tell time. Anyone else having this problem? Crashes only using Watchmaker. 
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White on black analog watch with many information fields: 1. Next item on your calendar 2. Pedometer 3. Day-Date 4. Stopwatch with start and reset deliberately offset 5. Watch battery pct remaining 6. London (GMT) time 7. Phone wifi connected, Y or N 8. Phone wifi strength, as decimal 9. Watch wifi strength icon 10. Weather condition icon 11. Present outdoors temperature I designed it on Watchmaker for Asus Zenwatch. Dim and bright m...
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Well  I returned my 360 Gen 2 yesterday to Best Buy for a refund. Did not replace it. Hence this will be my last post on this forum except I might occasionally post another watch face for fun or ask a question. I am not giving up on smartwatches; I just concluded that right now the 360 was not making the grade for me.

The bottom line was, for me, well, the bottom line. I loved the 360 in many ways. I had silver with cognac leather band and thought it was really nice looking. I already miss its (42mm) watch face which made it easy for my aging eyes to read, and no time more so than in dim light or darkness.

Ah, but there's the rub: I found it nearly impossible to read outside with almost any watch face, especially in ambient mode. I do a lot of business-related driving. With sunlight coming through the windshield and windows, the watch's daytime dimness was a real disadvantage in seeing notifications. 

That's when I also discovered why the touch screen was a bad idea. A couple of swipes across the screen, and the finger film obscured the notifications even more in most lighting conditions when I drove, worsened by the angle of the watch with my hand on the wheel. I thought that when diving I'd get the most utility from the 360, but in fact I wound up hauling my phone out just as often. 

In other use, the phone sometimes responded to "OK Google" but just as often did not. It often mangled text messages or operating commands. It's not my voice because my phone (a Droid Turbo 64GB) didn't. 

In short, it wound up being pretty much just a wristwatch for me that I couldn't read under some lighting conditions and that was wonderful under others. But I don't need to spend $300 for that. 

I am not really sure at what price point under $300 I'd re-buy because the things I want it to do it just doesn't and even at $50 it would be just as aggravating. 

So to Motorola, some customer feedback:

1. The size and appearance are great. Very comfortable to wear. 

2. Get rid of the touch screen and go to bezel sliding, like the Galaxy Gear S2, to keep finger residue from interfering with readability.

3. You must dramatically improve daytime, outside readability. Must.

3. The ambient light sensor worked great and was very quick. If you have to keep the "flat tire" to keep this functionality, do so. 

4. Voice control is too spotty and error-ridden. Yet the main advantage of a smartwatch is hands-free control. Please get this right.

5. I want to read the entire text message on my watch, not just a tease. Make it so I can scroll up  to read the whole message.

Do all that and I'll buy it again, even if it costs more. Right now the 360-2 has a lot of potential, but that's what my football coach said to explain why I was still sitting on the bench: "I can't play potential." 

And here is a Cognac watch face I made. It looks good with the cognac leather band.
Made this for the bright mode face to match the Moto 360 cognac leather band. Has day of the week with month and date under the 12, watch battery percent by the 9, phone battery percent by the 3 and AM/PM at the 6. "Moto Cognac" centered just above the hands.
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Huawei and first gen moto owner here. I haven't a single complaint about this Huawei watch. It's started a bit rocky but everything is about 10 times better than the moto. Almost hard to believe lol. I'm on my 2nd day of use without a charge and will probably make it to bed with it still working. Sunlight viewing isn't bad on the Huawei. Although it may be the sapphire screen that helps. Sorry u had such bad luck with your moto2
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Went to see "The Martian" over the weekend. This is not a movie review, but a watch face posting I made as a result. I discovered that the watch faces I had were still very bright, even on "dim," in the darkness of the theater. So after I got home I made this and tested it in my closet with the light off and door closed. It won't glare in the dark and bother you or other movie-goers.
I designed this specifically for the darkness of a movie theater. There is no real difference between bright and dim. It features low-light emitting from the watch face and is very minimal - no date, meters or any kind of widget. Moto 360 (my watch) has a so-called "theater mode" that you activate by pressing the side button twice rapidly. As far as I can tell, it simply turns the screen off. I use it, in fact, in the charging stand but I...
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Thanks. I also made the same face but with Green hands and markers. It's a little more traditional glow-in-the-dark look. I don't want to have to stop eating my popcorn in order to press a button on the watch!
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Finished these yesterday.
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Round Watch Faces  - 
 
I received my Moto 360 Gen 2 only two days ago, my first smartwatch. So I am a rank amateur when it comes to making watch faces. But I like WatchMaker a lot. Here are two faces I made. I am retired US Army field artillery officer. One is with the field artillery logo, the other is the crest of the 3d Field Artillery Regiment, which was (and still is) my regiment. 

If someone knows how to change the background of the watch to plain white, I'd sure like to know. In WatchMaker it always defaults to black. 
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Just do all editing with the free download of Photoshop Mobile. Not carried by Google play but it's a godsend for editing custom images and hands. I could always build you a watch. Seeing I'm in an ADA unit now. Kinda partial
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Not really thrilled with the charging cord for the Zenwatch 2. USB connection is fine, but last night I connected the watch, placed in on my desk and stayed there to do some work. This morning the watch was dead because it had not charged. Apparently while I was working at the desk I did something that jostled the cord or watch enough to lose the connection. 
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I noticed, too, while charging mine up right when I got it that sometimes the cord connector will "roll" a little bit... feels like it's still connected, but isn't charging. 
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White on black analog watch with many information fields: 1. Next item on your calendar 2. Pedometer 3. Day-Date 4. Stopwatch with start and reset deliberately offset 5. Watch battery pct remaining 6. London (GMT) time 7. Phone wifi connected, Y or N 8. Phone wifi strength, as decimal 9. Watch wifi strength icon 10. Weather condition icon 11. Present outdoors temperature I designed it on Watchmaker for Asus Zenwatch. Dim and bright m...
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Watch Face Designs  - 
 
I went to see "The Martian" over the weekend. This is not a movie review, but a posting of a watch face I made as a result. I discovered that even on "dim," the watch faces I had were still very bright in the darkness of the theater. So after I got home I made this face and tested it in my closet with the light off and door closed. It won't glare in the dark and bother you or other movie-goers. I'll upload a green theme version soon.
I designed this specifically for the darkness of a movie theater. There is no real difference between bright and dim. It features low-light emitting from the watch face and is very minimal - no date, meters or any kind of widget. Moto 360 (my watch) has a so-called "theater mode" that you activate by pressing the side button twice rapidly. As far as I can tell, it simply turns the screen off. I use it, in fact, in the charging stand but I...
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I have had my Moto 360 Gen now for one week. It is the first smartwatch I have had. I bought it from Best Buy and still have eight days to go to return it for a full refund.

I cannot really say I'll keep it. I have had fun designing some watch faces. It's been convenient to get texts and other notifications on my wrist while driving. It's easier - but not really by much - to send texts with the watch using "OK Google." And it does tell time supremely accurately, of course.

But is all this really worth $300? Right now I cannot say yes. So far it seems to be a neat toy more than anything else. And I can think of better toys to spend $300 on.

Am I an outlier here?
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Over the years I have had a few other watches, of course. Some of them have cost more, many less. In each case I knew I was just buying a watch that offered mostly just that functionality. In this case, my watch gives me a few interactive features that I would typically have to pull out my cell phone to use otherwise.

Value is perception.
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Finished these yesterday. Still working on black background for the FA logo faces. 
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Watch Face Designs  - 
 
I received my Moto 360 Gen 2 only two days ago, my first smartwatch. So I am a rank amateur when it comes to making watch faces. But I like WatchMaker a lot. Here are two faces I made.

I am retired US Army field artillery officer. One face is with the field artillery logo, the other is the crest of the 3d Field Artillery Regiment, which was (and still is) my regiment. 

If someone knows how to change the background of the watch to plain white, I'd sure like to know. In WatchMaker it always defaults to black. 
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