“One of the best smartwatches around for Android users”
The first generation Moto 360 was one of the most popular smartwatches available when it came out. It symbolized the potential of Android Wear and had more than enough going for it to hold its own against the Apple Watch, and then some. It wasn’t a perfect device by any means, with middling battery life and a flat looking display. But, in terms of overall design and functionality, it is almost as good as any recent model.
Its much-anticipated sequel, the Moto 360 2, aims to improve on its predecessor’s shortcomings and is available in three distinct styles: Moto 360, 360 Sport and 360 for Women. Prices start at $299, which is comparable to the Samsung Gear S2 and the Apple Watch, but pricier than the Asus Zenwatch 2 and the Sony Smartwatch 3. If you customize the watch using Moto Maker, the price can go as high as $449.
In this review, we are looking at the 46mm with a leather strap version of the Moti 360 2.
Motorola has continued with the popular circular design and has even added more body finish options. Color options now include gold, rose gold and black as well as silver. The company has changed the position of the lugs and the crown a bit, and as a result, it feels a bit more comfortable to wear.
The new 360 comes in three different size options: a 42 mm case with a 16mm band, a 42 mm case with a 20mm band and a 46 mm case with a 22mm band. This is far better than the single option that was available las time round. There are several band options to choose from as well including Horween leather, metal and mono-link steel. No matter what your preference is, there is probably a design option that suits you.
Pixel density has been cranked up in the 360 2. The 46mm option measures 1.56 inches and has a 360×330 resolution at 233 ppi. The smaller variant has a 1.37 inch screen at 360 x 325 and 263 ppi. The new 360 is crisper and brighter than its predecessor, and this is obvious when shifting between apps and watch faces. However, a bit of pixelation is still present.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display from scratches, and has a thin bezel around it. The company says that the tiny black bar hides multiple sensors and also provides space for the LCD to fold, helping maintain the watch’s compact dimensions.
There were some performance issues with a first Moto 360. But the new one has surpassed all of those problems. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has quad-core 1.2Ghz CPU and a 450MHz Adreno 305 GPU. It has the same 4GB internal storage and 512 MB RAM as its predecessor and an IP67 waterproof rating. This means that it should, theoretically, work even if submerged in one meter of fresh water for up to 30 mins.
Battery life is a bit sketchy. It lasts anywhere between 1-2 days, and there’s no way to say for sure how long a single charge will last. Charging from zero takes about 45 minutes on the Qi stand and it works with the old 360’s wireless charger as well.
The Moto 360 2 is one of the most comfortable and durable smartwatches around. Of course, the durability of the strap depends entirely on the options you choose. A steel strap, coupled with the existing protection of the Gorilla Glass 3 makes the device extremely sturdy. If you go with leather, remember that it will start looking ragged over time. Some people like this weathered look, while others don’t.
Features and Connectivity
The OS is Android Wear and runs 5.1.1 Lollipop. A marshmallow 6.0 update is available too. The UI is just like all the other Android Wear watches with information cards and notifications that pop up from the bottom, along with support for all kinds of gestures. There’s out-of-the-box Wi-Fi connectivity too. Unlike Apple Watch, which lets you accept calls, the 360 2 redirects to your phone.
Most smartwatches have a fitness side to them as well, and the Moto 360 2 is no different. The Moto Body app is detailed and easy to use, but if you prefer Google Fit, it is available as well. Using the app, you can keep track of your fitness goals and see how close you are to them. If you want a more comprehensive fitness tracker, the Sport variant will be up your alley. It has a silicon frame that is sweat proof, additional battery life and built-in GPS.
- Eye-catching design
- Comfortable and durable
- Better performance
- Customization options
- iOS compatibility
- Battery life is sketchy
- Extremely limited iOS compatibility
With its round face, multiple variants and customization options, the Moto 360 2 is one of the best looking Android Wear gadgets out there. While it lacks the personalization and features of the Apple Watch, there is enough there to make it an enticing product. Because of limited iOS compatibility, it is nothing more than a notification machine with iPhones.