Over the past few days, the tech blogosphere has exploded about the price of the Moto 360. After launching the Moto 360 Design Face-Off competition on Google+, some very astute folks dug into the contest rules and saw this little tidbit about the grand prize:
PRIZES: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a Moto 360 (ARV $249).
Naturally, everyone jumped on that $249 figure given for the approximate retail value, but no one is talking about the very next sentence in the contest rules:
Actual suggested retail price at launch may be substantially different.
Additionally, after everyone got all excited about this, Motorola went on record saying that the quoted price was for “tax purposes only and should not be interpreted as the suggested retail price.” Not to mention the upcoming LG G Watch – which most people view as a cheaper, geekier alternative to the Moto 360, designed mostly for developers – is rumored to cost between $250-300 itself.
Granted, maybe the Moto 360 will actually cost $249, and all of these legal warnings are just to throw us off track. Maybe the LG G Watch will be much less than $250. Who knows?
At this point, though, it’s irresponsible to report that the Moto 360 will definitely, indeed, beyond a shadow of any doubt cost $249. Let’s get real.[Google+ | Motorola | AndroidSPIN]