Don't like that plain leather band that the Moto 360 comes with? Strap on one of these!
The leather wristband that comes with the Moto 360 is a pretty standard accessory. There isn't anything wrong with it, but it may not be the best band for every occasion.
The great thing about wristbands is you can swap them out whenever you want! When you work out in the morning, you can have a sports band; when you are having that meeting at the coffee shop you can have a leather band; and, when you're having cocktails with friends later, you can wear a metal link band. It all comes down to your style preferences.
Important Note: Make sure you know the size of band you will need for your Moto 360! The Moto 360 2nd Gen comes in three different sizes that require three different watch band widths.
Mens 42mm case uses a 20 milimeter band.
Mens 46mm case uses a 22 milimeter band.
Womens 42mm case uses a 16 milimeter band.
With that in mind, we have rounded up some of the best third party wristbands for the Moto 360 that we could find. We divided them up into the material they're made of, so you can focus on the type you really want.
We know that the Moto 360 already comes with a leather band, but that doesn't mean you don't want a different one. Whether you want a different color, a different thickness, or just one that you think looks nicer, leather bands are still worth checking out.
MOTONG genuine leather band
This leather band is a little more defined than the one that ships with the Moto 360. The stitching along the sides of the band and the two-toned wash really makes the band pop a little better when it's on your wrist.
It only comes in the one size (17.5cm) so it could potentially feel too tight or too lose on your wrist. The good thing about leather is it's easy enough to poke an extra hole or two to make sure you get the right fit.
If you want a band that stands out a little more than the stock Moto 360 leather band, Hadley-Roma's band has a really nice look to it. The leather is worked to look slightly worn and the stitching along the band is very contrasted to give the band a defined look.
It also comes treated with a water-resistant coating that is useful to help prevent sweat and light amounts of rain from wrecking the leather.
Typically made out of silicone, sport bands are great for people who are very active. The bands are waterproof and very tear-resistant.
VIMVIP silicone sports watch band
This is a pretty typical sports band that's made out of silicone, so you can rest assured that your sweat won't ruin it, which makes it perfect for working out.
The band itself doesn't look like anything special, but it does have the added bonus of having a texture inside. This means the band doesn't move around as much and can still allow air to move in between your skin and the watch. This means less chance for any skin irritation.
If you want a sports band that is plain and simple, look no further that the sports band from Rerri.
It's a simple silicone band with a metal clasp that has no texture at all, giving you a classic, clean look. The great thing about this band is how easy it is to install. It comes with two spring metal pins and the tool to remove the pins, so it's easy to change it out whenever you like.
Metal bands are super durable and very stylish. A great way to make your Moto 360 look really high-end and polished.
GOOQ stainless steel metal band
A metal watch band doesn't always have to mean links. GOOQ's watch band is made from a stainless steel mesh, which gives it a neat textured look and feel. The great thing about the mesh is arm hair doesn't get pinched inside it, which makes moving the watch around on your wrist much more comfortable.
The clasp is also made of stainless steel which makes this this whole band pretty rust-resistant. The durability of the metal will also help it from showing any wear and tear.
The Fitian's metal band we've featured here is your more classic metal band. It's comprised of stainless steel links and connected by two spring pins that are easy to install. This is your classic metal band that you just can't go wrong with.
MODE bands were just released from Google and they get rid of the hassle of dealing with those tiny pins all the time. They might just be the easiest bands you have ever installed! This neat video on the MODE site, shows you just how simple clipping one of these to you Moto 360 actually is.
To use them all you have to do is replace the original pin that is on your Moto 360 and then add the MODE pin. From there it's just a matter of sliding your MODE band over the pin, and locking it shut!
Hadley Roma is the only company making the MODE bands right now and they start around $50. Don't forget, want size band you will need.
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Wanting to protect your phone from scratches, nicks, and dents without having to dress your phone in medieval battle armor is a reasonable request. After all, you did spend a hefty chunk of change on your phone and you would like to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into its design. There are plenty of good clear cases out there for the Galaxy S7, which will allow you to keep it protected and looking all natural – if you know what we mean.
Pleson Ultra-Thin Crystal Clear Case
This case from Pleson is a single clear shell and one of the thinner clear cases available for the Galaxy S7. Made from a semi-soft plastic, this case is easy to put on and take off the phone at will, all while still feeling like it's protected.
The charging port, headphone jack, and buttons along the side of the phone are all left open with a little extra room, so you don't have to worry about not being able to access your phone's primary functions.
A neat feature of this offer from Pleson is the textured inside of the case. It has tiny bumps that sit along the back of your phone to prevent air bubbles from getting trapped between your phone and your case, allowing the natural beauty of the Galaxy S7 to shine through, unimpeded.
There is a white Pleson logo on the back of the case in the bottom right corner that will contrast pretty heavily with phone, so if you were hoping for a 100% clear case, this may not be the option for you.
This Spigen case consists of two pieces: it has a clear, flexible body with a reinforced harder plastic edging. Sometimes those hard plastic outer edges on cases don't fit the softer silicone properly, but in this... case... it fits quite well.
With the case on the phone it feels solid in your hand and far less slippery than the bare S7. Neither the rim nor the edging prevents the phone from functioning exactly as it should, nor do they prevent access to any of the ports.
One thing that should be mentioned about this case is the potential for the outer edging for loosen over time. Repeatedly taking the case on and off could result in that hard plastic to bend a little, which could cause the outer edge to feel a little less snug.
This is the thinnest case in our round-up. Clocking in at a thickness of about 0.6 mm, it's about as bare as you can get with a case on your Galaxy S7.
The TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) case is very soft and flexible and fits on the S7 like a glove. It almost fits so well you forget it's there. Even though the case only sticks out above the screen just a little bit, it's still protects the screen from getting scratches when face down on a table. And, same goes for the camera on the back of the phone, so your mind can rest easy when your phone is sitting on your coffee table.
This case is 100 percent clear with no logos or graphics to get in the way of the beautiful natural look of the Galaxy S7.
Because this case is so darn flexible it can, at times, feel loose around the edges, so if that makes you nervous, this may not be the right clear case for you.
OBLIQ Premium Naked Shield Series with Metal Kickstand
OBLIQ's case is practically the definition of style meeting functionality.
All of the great features of a clear case are offered in this one. It's a crystal clear see-through, one-piece shell that fits snugly on your phone without impeding any of the phone's functionality. Even with the edges of this case being a bit thicker than the rest of it, which offers more protection, it's still easy to put on and access all of the buttons and ports that the Galaxy S7 has around its body.
Of course, the one part of this case that you can't see through is the metal kickstand. However, that's not a negative with this case at all. It adds a cool added flair of looking different than your average clear case while being an awesome feature that you can totally use to your advantage. Watching videos on landscape mode with the ability to still use both your hands is nothing short of a miracle.
One minor thing to note, with a thickness of 1.5 mm it is one of the thickest cases in our round-up and does make the phone seem a little heavier and bulkier in your hand.
The Supcase Unicorn Beetle hybrid is the perfect case for someone who wants a clear case that is still rugged at the same time.
The most obvious thing to mention about this case is it's not quite clear, but more translucent type, plus, the outer edge is black. If you really want to show off your Galaxy S7 you may want to look elsewhere in our round-up. However, if you want strong protection and still be able to see your phone then this could be the best option for you.
It has shock-absorbent TPU bumpers around the edges and a hard polycarbonate back panel that is actually rather slim for a rugged-style case. The raised lip around the edges also gives the added bonus of protecting the screen and camera while lying down on a flat surface.
All in all, this case single-handedly breaks the perception that all clear cases are flimsy and weak-feeling.
EasyAcc's clear case is as simple as we can get while still talking about a case that offers good protection. Much like the TOZO case, this is an extremely flexible TPU case that feels super grippy. If you like that rubbery grip feel, this would be the perfect case for you.
This case is totally seamless and is tear-resistant, so being too flexible shouldn't be a concern. The edges of EasyAcc's case are raised a little bit, so if you drop your phone on a flat surface everything should be just fine.
If you're looking for something incredibly simple with great grip, this case is the one for you. Just beware of stretching, since it is so flexible. The TPU could also yellow over time as well since it is so light-absorbent.
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Another great replacement band comes from Eagwell. Its leather bands are made from genuine crocodile leather, so if you want a replacement leather band with a little bit more panache, this is the one for you.
The other nice touch about Eagwell's crocodile leather band is that it is hand-stitched together with care and precision.
18mm wide, this watch band will fit wrists between 5.5 inches and 7.1 inches in circumference.
Made of beautiful Italian leather, Motong's replacement band lends a touch of European elegance to your Huawei watch.
This replacement band has strong fold-over clasp that feels comfortable against your wrist and keeps your watch securely fastened to your wrist. You can release it with a single press of a button, too.
Measuring 18 millimeters wide, it is about 6.9 inches long and adjusts to fit most wrist circumferences.
MODE bands get rid of the hassle of dealing with those pesky pins all the time and they might just be the easiest watch bands to install ever! Take a gander at the neat video on the MODE site, you can see just how easy these bands can attach to your Huawei Watch.
All you have to do is replace the original pin that is on your Huawei Watch add the MODE pin. Then it's just a simple matter of sliding your MODE band over the pin, and locking it shut!
The only manufacturer making the MODE bands right now is Hadley Roma and they start around $50. Remember, in order for the MODE bands to work with your Huawei Watch you need to get the the 18 millimeter band, don't make the mistake of getting the wrong size!
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