So close, and yet so far. Today was supposed to be the official Australian launch date for what’s seen as the current king of the Android Wear range, the Motorola Moto 360. Unfortunately, there’s been a snag, as many of you have reported to us, there has been nary a Moto 360 to be seen at Australian retailers. We’ve been in contact with Motorola and found out a little bit more information.
The bad news: there is definitely a delay on the Moto 360, but the good news is that it will be a brief one, according to Motorola.
The delay on shipping the watch to retailers has been caused due to an issue with the global warranty included with the Moto 360. Australian Consumer Law requires certain wording and provisions, so Motorola has attempted to resolve all the issues that were brought up. Stock will begin hitting Australian retailers starting early next week.
There is another downside to the launch, due to the immense global popularity of the Moto 360, there is going to be limited stock arriving at stores. All this means is you’d better talk to your local retailers about reserving one when they arrive in-store.
At this stage, Motorola hasn’t supplied a list of retailers who will be stocking the watch, but based on based on their history of stocking current gen Motorola phones we believe JB Hifi, The GoodGuys, Harvey Norman, Officeworks and Dick Smith Electronics should be stocking the watch.
So you should be able to get your hands on a Moto 360 next week if there’s stock available, and you can expect to pay around the RRP of $329 for the Stainless Steel Black with Black leather band, or the Stainless Steel Silver with Stone leather band, or you can wait till next year for a steel band version which will sell for $359. Or of course, wait for the upcoming – as yet unannounced – versions which leaked on Amazon yesterday. The choice is yours. But most of all, good luck.