Change Your Style Statement with the New Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch – Full Review

Change Your Style Statement with the New Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch – Full Review

Motorola 360 was the most hyped smartwatch of 2014. It was the first modern smartwatch to have a round face, which made it look far more attractive than anything that came before it. The first time we saw the Moto 360, it was clear this is not the product that will capture the moment. Well, now Motorola has launched a successor, which was built to right many of the original’s wrongs, while preserving overall looks. Motorola catches the iteration of the tech geek nation with its first android wearable. The Moto 360 2nd Gen is a round faced distinctive smartwatch that looks more like timepiece then a piece of technology. This was the Android Wear smartwatch we wanted to wear.

User are given the choice to customize it to their liking using the company’s Moto Maker website. You can choose the color of the bezel, the bezel treatment, case color and band type. According to Motorola, there are more than 300 options to choose from.

The new Moto 360 packs a number of hardware improvements and a greatly improved battery life. The smartwatch now comes in two sizing options, a 42mm model with 20mm or 16mm strap and a 46mm with a 22mm band. There is also a special “women’s collection” that features a 42mm face and a slim 16mm strap. The price range depends on the the model you pick, it starts at $299 and goes all the way up to $429.

The Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch is the first couple Android wear smartwatch, which comes with round shaped dial which truly stands out the most when it comes to Motorola’s offering. The Android Wear as the operating system is designed to handle with ease. Tough it is nicely designed to look much better but it looks more like a traditional wristwatch.

Lot to do with the Sizing Option

Lot to do with the Sizing Option - Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch

The biggest and the most obvious change from last year’s Moto 360 to this year’s edition is that it’s no longer a one size-fits to all. This time the Motorola Moto 360 comes with different sizes,colors, fits and different designs. You can get the watch in small or large, men’s or women’s, and variety of different bands and straps. You can even choose between the different bezel designs and for matching the rose gold case will cost you an extra $30.

Comparing to the last year’s watch, the new strap mounts are now on the outside of the watch body instead of underneath which makes the watch sits nicely on the wrist and make it much easier to swap out bands. Motorola has even included the the quick release pins on the bands which makes it easier for the user to try a different look every once in a while. Not forgetting the fact that the smartwatch is still a thick watch, which makes it a problem for woman’s as it does not fits as comfortably on their thin wrist, as it fits on man’s.

Great Body Design and Build

Great Body Design and Build - Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch

The first thing anyone would be noticing is, that the smartwatch comes in a women’s edition too. So, if you’re a women who is interested in smartwatches, the 42mm women’s Moto 360 is the wearable watch you have been waiting for.

As for the matter, a man’s wrist. Carry on the new Moto 360 46mm watch next to the first generation Motorola watch and you will notice the difference that really turns the design into a watch rather than last’s years circle on a strap. The crown of the watch has moved up slightly and the stylish lugs on both the sides of the body to attach the straps give the watch a incredible look. Plus, The well crafted bezels on the edge of the round display adds more elegance to the traditional look it already has. To make the build look more good, Motorola has new bands and cases in different royal colors, are Gold, Rose Gold and Silver cases and bands.

Redefined Display – Less Frustrating than Before

Redefined Display - Less Frustrating than Before - Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch

The Moto 360 round display is been know to everyone as it is the first round smartwatch without actually having a fully round display. This time Motorola has opted for an LCD display rather than AMOLED display. The display has slightly more pixels than last year, combined with the smaller face size which looks more sharper. But as it’s still an LCD which does not looks as impressive as the screen on the Apple watch or Huawei watch, still its readable outdoors and isn’t as rough as it was. There’s a flat spot below the display, which consist of a light sensor. It’s worth having a auto brightness setting on a smartwatch which gets enabled by the ambient light sensor embedded in that flat spot.

Talking about the numbers, Motorola Moto 360 42mm model features a 1.37 inch display with a pixel resolution of 360×325, while the display on 46mm model is 1.56 inch and pixels resolution of 360×330. The noticeable fact which even makes the screen more eye-catchy is, the screen is slightly raised up from its steel casing. Overall the display is much enhanced then before and is pretty bright enough to make the screen look good outdoors.

Software and Features

Software and Features - Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch

The Moto 360 is powered by the Google’s Android Wear operating system and the major software bit of note is that you can use it with an iPhone instead of just Android Devices. The predecessor can also now work with an iPhone, as provided with the update to the latest Android wear software. But if you are an iPhone user, the best smartwatch remains for you is Apple Watch. As you get very limited on Android Wear compared to Apple Watch.

The most profound changes come with the new watch faces which Motorola has on board. Plus, you can customize these new watch faces further with the Moto Connect app. What customization includes is – of backgrounds, accents and live dials and of course, there’s now a full fledged selection of stylish Android Wear watch faces to download, many designed for a round display. Aside from the watch faces, Motorola has again included the heart rate monitor which helps you to see the progress for daily and weekly ‘heart minutes’, steps, activity and, once you’ve completed 14 days of tracking, analysis of your averages, at a glance. One last note on the features, with daily dashboards, goals and graphs for calorie burn, steps and heart activity, the weekly progress emails and chirpy motivational alerts to the smartwatch throughout the day.

Battery life

Battery life - Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch

One of the unique features of Moto 360 is it’s ambient light sensor which adjust the display brightness according to how bright is your environment. Including the ambient light sensor was not a bad move by Motorola, it isn’t wasting the battery life. It’s just the idea to maintain the balance between being able to see the display well in any surrounding . Plus, there’s an Ambient Screen option in the settings which you can turn Off or On according to your convenience. Well in other Android Wear watches this setting is set as Always On at default which leads to more consumption of battery.

The Moto 360 46mm model lives on a 400mAh battery which lasts for more than a day and half with the always-on screen feature enabled using the auto brightness setting. The smaller 42mm Moto 360 has a smaller 300mah battery. The Moto 360 comes with a great wireless charging cradle. It uses the Qi wireless charging standards so you can even use any old Qi charging pad you have laying around.

Final Verdict

Motorola Moto 360 is no doubt the a improved and better device then the original model in all most every aspect. The Moto 360 smartwatch is offered with enhanced performance, better look, excellent build quality and a improved battery life. And If there is anything game changing about the Second Gen Moto 360, it’s the level of customization it offers. But not forgetting the fact, Moto 360 is the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch as far now. Like all other watches in this class, you’ll have to get used to charging every night, and occasionally you’ll need to top off during the day. The display resolution isn’t as good as other choices and the Android Wear software itself is still on its initial level.

Well there are many of the round shaped watches now in the market, and a lot of good looking ones, too. But Moto 360 may be watch better than many, So I leave the decision up to you.

Key Specs

  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400
  • Display: 1.56 inches (360 x 330p), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • Camera: (does not includes camera)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v4.0, LE
  • OS: Android Wear OS
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 400 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 46 x 46 x 11.4 mm
  • Weight: 11.4mm thick
  • SIM: NO
  • Colour Variants: Black Leather, Black Metal, Rose Gold/Blush Leather, Silver/Cognac Leather
  • Price: Starting at $299.99

About Naman

Naman Khandelwal is an expert author for the iNewTechnology. He writes about Smartphones, New tech Gadgets, Apps and how to use them.