Moto 360 2nd gen
Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Generation) - in Oct 2019?
When it was released in 2014, the original Motorola Moto 360 made a big impression in the smartwatch market. Using the Android Wear operating system, the first generation of the Moto 360 was a serious competitor to the Apple Watch. But for those who prefer to wait for the second edition of any new tech to make sure the kinks have been worked out came the second generation of the Motorola Moto 360 just a year later.
Now running on the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch operating system, the Moto 360 2nd Gen is also compatible with iPhones and has improved upon a number of features since the 1st gen. With a higher pixel density in its screen, which results in a sharper image, and a far smoother performance since its 1st gen, the second generation of the Moto 360 also comes in two sizes–labeled Men and Women, which refer to style but both come in both larger and (slightly) smaller designs–for those who like to have a choice over the size of their smartwatch.
With a number of updates to the hardware from the first generation, including a faster processor, 4GB of internal storage space, and with IP67 waterproof rating, which allows for this smartwatch to be submerged up to one meter submergence for to 30 minutes, the Moto 360 Gen 2 is a more powerful and stable smartwatch that’s greatly improved upon the (sometimes buggy) first generation.
Working in conjunction with a number of Android apps, including the Moto Body app, for tracking training and running stats, and with an intuitive touch screen menu system that brings the user to their desired screen in just a few swipes, the 2nd Gen Motorola Moto 360 is a solid update from an already strong smartwatch and fitness tracker.
Vast improvement in performance from the first generation
Excellent display provides sharp and clear graphics
Comes in two sizes and in designs for both men and women
Variety of replacement straps available that come in various materials and colors
Moto Body app provides solid support for its fitness tracking capabilities
- Default band tends to wear quickly
- While water-resistant, it is not waterproof
- Improved performance from the 1st Gen has ironed out glitches and buggy softwareThe Moto 360 2nd Gen is a solid improvement from the first edition, that’s for sure: the Android Wear 2.0 software has largely fixed the at-times glitchy software problems the initial Moto 360 had, while an improved design allows for the user to switch out bands for extra comfort. Although one would label the Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen as a smartwatch first and a fitness tracker second, its accurate recording of steps taken, calories burned, and bpm--in conjunction with the Moto Body app--also provides the user with a well-defined snapshot of their daily and weekly exercise performance. This may not be the first choice for runners, but for those looking for a smartwatch that will also work as a fitness tracker, the Moto 360 2nd Gen is a versatile choice.
Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) review
With Motorola kicking off the round Android Wear smartwatch trend last year with the original Moto 360, there was a palpable anticipation as to what its follow-up would bring. Its successor, however, enters a smartwatch market that has seen rapid growth in the number of premium, round-faced, smartwatches, with various OEMs throwing their hats in the ring.
In the face of this increased competition, does the latest smartwatch iteration from Motorola manage to stand out? We find out, in this comprehensive Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) review!
As far as the design is concerned, Motorola tries to inject much of their smartphone buying experience into the second generation Moto 360, introducing the customization capabilities available with Moto Maker for their latest smartwatch. Granted, the level of customization on offer isn’t as robust as what is available with their flagship smartphones, but you do get to choose between different sizes, the design on the bezel, the color of the metallic case, and various watchstraps. This is a pretty important part of the Moto 360 experience now, with the user having a lot of control over how the watch looks.
Apart from the availability of Moto Maker, the new Moto 360 has changed quite a bit from the design language of its predecessor, with positive effect. A metallic body can now be finished in a few different colors, and the aluminum bezel can also be given a patterned design, called Micro Knurl, although that will set you back an additional $20. The crown-like button has now moved to the 2 o’ clock position, and has a very solid click to it. Motorola certainly isn’t trying to hide the button either, with it being quite large and obvious, with a lining around it, and the Motorola logo on it.
The main design additions are the nubs on the top and bottom, which are a much-appreciated departure from the watchstrap location found with the original Moto 360, and makes it very to easy to switch out the watch straps, especially with the inclusion of the quick release pins. There are also a couple of options available as far as the size is concerned. Seen in this review is the 46 mm version, which can be very big for those with smaller wrists, but a 42 mm iteration is available as well.
The way the nubs are designed actually add to the overall aesthetic, with their rigid angles fitting in nicely with the large body, which is just over 11 mm thick. This thickness isn’t unsurprising when considering other smartwatches on the market, but Motorola does seem to acknowledge the rather large size, especially of this 46 mm iteration, better than others. Motorola knows that their smartwatch is bulky, and makes every design element reflect that. Industrial might be the best way to describe each and every part, with straight lines everywhere, instead of more curves that others have added for a perception of luxury.
Motorola was the first to bring the round watch face form factor to the Android Wear game, but the company did receive a lot of flak for the inclusion of the infamous “flat tire,” a small portion on the bottom that houses the ambient light sensor. In terms of utility, its presence isn’t as big of an offense as some believe, and now that it returns with the Moto 360 (2nd Gen.), seems to be more like a defining design trait. Motorola continues to justify its existence as the location for the sensor, which provides the benefit of smaller bezels.
As far as the display itself is concerned, the IPS LCD screen features a 360 x 330 resolution, and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel. The 46 mm iteration comes with a 1.56-inch display, while the smaller version features a 1.37-inch screen.
The display performs as well as it should. Daylight viewing is pretty good at the highest brightness settings, and the ambient light sensor means that the user will not have to micromanage the screen. As is the case with any mobile device, the screen can still be a nuisance in dark situations, like in movie theaters, and some input will be required on the user’s part to enable Theater Mode. With it featuring just a slightly higher resolution and resulting pixel density when compared to its predecessor, the display experience isn’t all that different this time around, and for viewing and controlling Android Wear, it continues to get the job done.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 512 MB of RAM, and given the fact that this is the de facto processing package for Android Wear, the new Moto 360 won’t let you down as far as performance is concerned. As such, swiping among all of the different notifications and cards were smooth and snappy, and extra input methods are available via companion applications and voice input.
We did have a few issues with getting the watch to recognize our voices with the “OK Google” prompt, which is certainly odd, with the device coming from a company that has been famously good at sound and voice recognition. Granted, these issues are common with other smartwatches when using them in really loud environments, like when driving a car, but we felt that these issues were even more common with the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) than most of its competition. For fitness tracking, Google Fit and Moto Body do try and provide some insight on your step count and lost calories, but these numbers tend to be pretty arbitrary. Then again, with a metallic body and leather or metal strap, this smartwatch might not be an obvious fitness companion anyway.
In hardware, we start with the typical heart rate monitor that is available with almost every Android Wear smartwatch out there. In this case, it works well enough for the user that is curious about their current heart rate, and it can be used during workouts to get a little more fitness insight. The Moto 360 (2nd Gen) does come with IP67 certification for resistance against dust and water, but if you decide to go with a leather strap, having one makes this a watch that you will probably be removing before getting into any water-based situations anyway.
As already mentioned, the performance of the microphone is a little uneven in its performance. It failed to register the voice prompt a noticeable number of times, even when not in a particularly loud environment. It felt like consciously speaking into the microphone hole in the bottom left corner was required, and that little bit of necessary awareness was something that should ideally not be needed.
In battery, Motorola brings back their wireless charging dock, that makes the watch a kind of landscape bedside clock while charging, and remains one of the better smartwatch charging implementations out there. The battery gets a small bump to 400 mAh, and the battery life available with the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) is pretty standard. About a full day of use is possible, but it generally won’t go much beyond that. With charging times of around an hour and a half to get to 100 percent, placing the watch on the charger at opportune moments can keep it going easily throughout the day however.
Finally, on the software side of things is Android Wear, which hasn’t changed a whole lot since the original Moto 360. Aside from being a notification machine, with the cards and Google Now suggestions, functionality stays pretty standard across the board. You are essentially just swiping all over the place, and occasionally using your voice to trigger a few functions.
Companion applications can be used when applicable, but as nice as some of them are, it is a small fraction of the overall Android Wear experience. The ability to respond to messages via voice input is always nice to have, but you do have to be wary of outside noise and that might make things difficult. Motorola adds in a number of functions through the companion smartphone app, and also includes customizable watchfaces, but going through the Google Play Store to find even better ways of customizing the experience is certainly the recommended way to go here.
The price of the base model of the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) is higher that it was with its predecessor, at $299, not including additions like the patterned bezel for $20, the gold body for $30, and metal bands for $50. While the hike in the price point is a bit of a bummer, changes in the overall design of the smartwatch, and the addition of the Moto Maker experience, keep the watch from feeling like a forced acceptance, because you are responsible for how it turns out.
So, there you have it, for this in-depth look at the Moto 360 (2nd Gen)! Overall, the latest smartwatch offering from Motorola is a worthy update to the original, that benefits from the company’s customization system. Its big size may be a concern for some, but a slightly smaller iteration is available for those who want it, and all said and done, this kind of size has become pretty commonplace with smartwatches. Android Wear continues to be as standard as ever, and even with Motorola trying to add some extras, the shell of the device itself feels more important than what it is ultimately presenting. Thankfully, you get more control over that than with most other devices out there, and we think that is the main selling point of the Moto 360 (2nd Gen).
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Specs (Official)
By now, you should have read the announcement from Motorola about the new Moto 360 (2nd gen). The follow-up to the most popular Android Wear watch is now official and up for pre-order starting today at $299. Oh, we took it for a spin as well, and compared it to the original Moto 360 in case you were looking for all the info you need in order to consider buying one.
If that wasn’t enough, below we have assembled the full specs for the new watch and all of its variants. You will see the differences in sizes, battery capacities depending on those sizes, the newer processor used this time around, and more.
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Specs
|COMPATIBILITY||Works with Android and iPhone* |
* Requires a phone running Android 4.3+ or iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.2+. Features may vary between Android and iOS platforms. (check compatibility at g.co/WearCheck)
|DISPLAY||Backlit LCD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Mens 42mm and Womens: 1.37” (35mm), 263ppi (360 X 325) |
Mens 46mm: 1.56” (40mm), 233ppi (360 X 330)
|WATCH CASE DIMENSIONS||Mens: 46mm diameter by 11.4mm high 42mm diameter by 11.4mm high Womens: |
42mm diameter by 11.4mm high
|BATTERY||Men’s 42mm and Women’s: 300mAh - Up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off. Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on. Men’s 46mm: 400mAh - Up to 2 days of mixed use with Ambient off. Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on. |
Wireless charging with charging dock included
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026) Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU|
|MEMORY||4GB internal storage + 512MB RAM|
|CONNECTIVITY||Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g|
|SENSORS||Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine|
|HEART RATE||Optical heart rate monitor (PPG)|
|WATER RESISTANCE||IP67 dust and water resistant* - Not waterproof4|
|MICROPHONE||Dual digital mics|
|BANDS||Womens: Requires a 16mm band|
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) first look
The very popular Moto 360 finally gets an update that Motorola introduced at an event at IFA 2015 in Berlin. Here is our first look, as we go hands on with the Moto 360 (2nd Gen).
For starters, the second generation of the Moto 360 will be available in a few different iterations, two of which can be seen in action in the video above, with only preview units of the Moto 360 Sport being showcased for now. The Moto 360 (2nd Gen) will now feature two different size options, 46 mm and 42 mm, that will also feature different options in the finishes and the bands.
The 46 mm version comes with a 400 mAh battery under the hood, and a 1.56-inch LCD display with 360 x 330 resolution. On the other hand, the more compact 42 mm variant comes with a 1.37-inch LCD display, with a 360 x 325 resolution. The displays of both variants are protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel.
Looking at the back of both is where you will once again find the heart rate monitor, which will be useful with Moto Body, which is the app and ecosystem used by Motorola to help cover the fitness needs of users. The actual design of the body has some noticeable aesthetic changes as well, with the power button now being moved to the 2 o’clock position, giving it a more distinguishable look when compared to its predecessor.
What is even more distinct are the lugs at the top and bottom, which makes it far easier to swap out the watch bands to any other standard watch band available, which addresses one of the big issues with the first generation smartwatch. The lugs also give the device the look of a more conventional watch, and more akin to other smartwatches we’ve seen from the competition.
The Moto 360 (2nd Gen) is now also a part of the Moto Maker family, so you will now be able to customize the smartwatch to better suit your tastes, by choosing between various watch bands, and even changing the colors and finishes on the actual body itself.
So there you have it for this first look at the Moto 360 (2nd Gen)! The non-sport variants of the latest Moto 360 smartwatch are already available for pre-order from the Google Store, Motorola.com, and even Best Buy. The price point falls in the range of $299 and $429, depending on what customizations you end up going for using Moto Maker, and will be available to users by the end of September. We are really excited to get this device in our hands, or rather, on our wrists, and see whether the second generation Moto 360 lives up to what the original started in the round smartwatch revolution.
Stay tuned with Android Authority for more from Motorola, and all the other great coverage from IFA 2015!
Motorola Moto 360 46mm (2nd gen)
|Technology||No cellular connectivity|
|Status||Available. Released 2015, September|
|Dimensions||46 x 46 x 11.4 mm (1.81 x 1.81 x 0.45 in)|
|IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins) Compatible with standard 22mm straps|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1.56 inches, 14.1 cm2 (~66.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||360 x 330 pixels (~233 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|OS||Android Wear, upgradable to 2.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 (28 nm)|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7|
|Internal||4GB 512MB RAM|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g|
|Bluetooth||4.0, LE, aptX|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate|
|MP3 player Photo viewer|
|Non-removable Li-Ion 400 mAh battery|
|Charging||Qi wireless charging|
|Stand-by||Up to 48 h (mixed usage)|
|Colors||Black Leather, Black Metal, Rose Gold/Blush Leather, Silver/Cognac Leather|
|Price||About 300 EUR|
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Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Review
The original Moto 360 was the best smartwatch released in 2014. It had the looks of a modern yet traditional timepiece, along with the feature set of the current vision of a smartwatch, all at a price that wasn’t insulting to consumers understanding that it was a first gen product. Sure, it had its faults, but in the end, when you are talking about a fashion accessory that also has smarts, it’s all about aesthetics – and the Moto 360 was king by a mile.
With the release of the Moto 360 (2nd gen), Motorola had a lot to live up to, but they also had a chance to improve upon last year’s best watch. We all know that this year’s watch needed a major bump in processor to help in performance, so Moto took care of that. They also introduced size options, because not everyone wants to lug around a tank on their wrist. They even tweaked the design a bit, making it more classic looking than ever, while offering even more custom options through their Moto Maker software. Overall, the new 360 is upgraded in all of the right places.
So is it still king? Let’s find out in our Moto 360 (2nd gen) review.
DesignLast year, the Moto 360 was the best looking smartwatch month after month, even as new watches were introduced with round displays from other manufacturers. Other watch makers just couldn’t get it right. They all put together bulky, obnoxious round watches, that were supposedly premium and more watch-like than anything before them. The problem was, they didn’t realize that creating a case that is shaped like a traditional timepiece doesn’t make for a good looking timepiece if it’s enormous, cheap-looking, and unwearable.
This year, the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) actually has some design competition in the form of the Huawei Watch and Samsung Gear S2 line. These watches are slim, modern yet classic, round, and right around the same price point, while offering better specs and features in some areas. This year isn’t going to be a cake walk for Motorola.
What improvements did they make, you ask? Motorola kept the same round shape with minimal bezel and stainless steel, but this time added traditional watch lugs, moved the crown position, and is offering two case options. You can now buy the 360 in 42mm or 46mm sizes, which is great news for those of us with smaller wrists. You can also easily swap watch bands, thanks to those lugs making band pins more accessible. And finally, the crown has been moved to 2-o’clock, to help out in the comfort department.
This watch lays nicely on your wrist, even at 46mm, partly because of the lugs gently wrapping. The body is fairly thin, has a decent amount of weight to it, letting you know that it isn’t just cheap plastic, and generally looks like a real watch, not a piece of technology. And that’s a big deal to me. I like watches as a fashion item, so the fact that this watch looks first like a classic watch, then doubles as a smart device, is very important.
Let’s also keep in mind that Motorola is offering up more customization choices through Moto Maker than I can keep track of, various colors, bezel textures, and watch bands. I’ll get deeper into that in a minute, but the fact that you can customize a watch is pretty damn cool.
In the end, the Moto 360 is still right there in terms of the best looking smartwatch. I’m still undecided between this and the Huawei Watch for the king of looks, but that’s good news for you. Should you choose either, you will end up with a beautiful timepiece that doubles as a smartwatch.
CustomizationMotorola is bringing it all this year with Moto Maker and the new Moto 360. There are dozens of combinations when ordering one, which means there is a pretty good chance that you will have a watch that no one else you know has. There are two case sizes (42mm or 46mm), four bezel colors (silver, gold, black, and rose gold) with optional knurling or micro cut, four case colors, and eight band choices. Some of the options are specific to the watch case, but overall, we’re talking almost endless possibilities.
And keep in mind that Motorola is even offering a women’s 42mm model with specially made and designed options, like rose gold and various bands.
Our review unit is a 46mm with a gold bezel (knurling too), gold case, and a cognac Horween leather strap. It’s a sharp looking watch, if not a bit over the top. I’d personally choose the 42mm version if I were buying one, but that’s part of the beauty here – you get to choose what you want in a watch.
With the Huawei Watch or Gear S2, you get what Huawei and Samsung have decided you want to have. With the Moto 360, you get to choose the watch that fits your style on another level.
Battery LifeEnough on the looks, let’s talk battery life for a minute. As many of you know, the original Moto 360 was about the worst in terms of battery life. After some tweaks, Motorola was able to squeak out about a day’s worth of battery life, but it certainly never came close to being one of the best in this category. With the new Moto 360 (2nd gen), that has changed dramatically.
Thanks to the addition of lugs, Motorola was able to up the battery size in the 46mm case to 400mAh and almost match last year’s battery size (320mAh) in the smaller 42mm case at 300mAh. Not only that, but with the introduction of a proper and modern Snapdragon 400 processor, battery life is quite good.
In my first few days of testing, I was actively tracking battery life, but eventually stopped because it just wasn’t an issue. Initially, I was using “always-on” mode, since that’s the most aesthetically pleasing and preferred mode, as it lets your watch screen remain on to help it keep that traditional watch look. In the first three days with “always-on” mode on, I never once came close to killing the watch in a single day. Well, day 2 I did drop to 22% at 8PM, but that because I had to factory reset the watch mid-way through the day to connect to a new phone. If you have ever factory reset an Android Wear device, you know how much battery that can eat up, since the process takes up to 30 minutes to complete and sync to a phone. Otherwise, with “always-on” mode enabled, I saw numbers of 51% and 36% remaining in the early AM hours the following day.
After testing “always-on” mode, I then switched it off for a few to see how much longer the battery would last. In the first couple of days, I was going to bed at night with 70% still on the watch. That’s kind of nuts. Motorola says it should last up to two days and I actually believe that it will, depending on your usage level.
I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t battery concerns at all with the new Moto 360. In fact, it may be one of (if not) the best in the business now.
PerformanceAlong with poor battery life in last year’s Moto 360, there is no denying that it was also about the worst performing Android Wear watch. Motorola used an ancient TI OMAP processor in the watch which was evident from day 1. The watch often struggling with simple swipes as it aged, and never really provided that smooth experience we saw on other watches powered by Qualcomm’s chipsets. This year, Motorola gave in and is using the Snapdragon 400 found in most other Android Wear devices.
Because of that move, the watch flies around the operating system, responds quickly to touches, shows improved battery life, and overall, is a pleasant experience all-around. There aren’t hiccups or stutters or lag anymore, Moto 360 fans.
SpecsBecause I haven’t mentioned them all yet, let’s do that now. The specs for the Moto 360 (2nd gen) are quite good. You are looking at 1.56-inch (46mm) and 1.37-inch (42mm) LCD displays, 400mAh (46mm) and 300mAh (42mm) batteries, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, wireless charging (dock included), Bluetooth 4.0, IP67 dust and water resistance, heart rate monitor, dual mics, and a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor.
The specs here aren’t exactly brand new or pushing the envelope, but they are good enough to power a wearable on your wrist. You will see other smartwatch makers toss in things like LTE, more RAM, insane resolutions on displays, and giant batteries over the next year. I’m not sure anyone needs any of that, unless they don’t mind wearing tanks on their wrists.
SoftwareAndroid Wear as a wearable platform has really grown over the last year. At one time, it was a notification pusher and not much else. nNw, it can quickly load apps, direct you to your favorite contacts, let you interact with watch faces, is quicker with voice actions, has ambient modes in apps, can connect to WiFi (so you can leave your phone behind), has theater modes and more notification settings, and is a much better health tracker than ever before.
We have taken you on tours of the latest Android Wear updates a handful of times, so to catch up, be sure to watch this video.
I think the takeaway is that Android Wear has become a polished watch OS that is slowly evolving as Google figures out scenarios where it can do more. It’s not overwhelming like Apple’s watch OS, because Google wants it to be simple. A watch OS isn’t supposed to be distracting or confusing or dominate your time – it’s supposed to make your life simpler. I don’t know that Android Wear has fully figured that all out yet, but it’s getting there faster than everyone else.
As for specifics to the new 360, Motorola is really pushing their Moto Body experience, which is their take on a fitness platform. The Moto Body suite is like Google Fit or Jawbone’s platform or what you would get with Samsung’s S Health. It’s decent, but far from the best. Motorola seems committed to it, though, so expect it to get better over time.
Availability, Price, and ValueThe Moto 360 (2nd gen) is available now should you decide you want to buy one. It’s available at Motorola’s site with Moto Maker customizations and at places like Best Buy. Customizing through Moto Maker will take a bit to finish, so you won’t have your watch for at least a couple of weeks if you go that route. If you decide you want one today, most Best Buy’s have them available.
If we look at price and value, the Moto 360 is probably the easiest and best choice. Competitors like the Huawei Watch have choices, like silver, black, or gold models, but as you choose anything but the base silver model, the price goes up dramatically and quickly. With Motorola, you can get an all-gold 46mm watch with a gold band for $450. If you went with the all-gold Huawei Watch (which isn’t even available yet), you are looking at an $800 price tag.
So the bottom line is that the new Moto 360 offers you customization that no one else can at a pretty reasonable price. It’s easily the best value.
vs. Moto 360 (1st gen)
Final ThoughtsI’m still trying to figure out if I need a smartwatch in my life, but there is no question that the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) would be in strong consideration as the watch for me. Not only can I customize it to my liking, but it looks fantastic. This smartwatch looks like a watch. Sure, it’s smart and does that whole Android Wear thing as well, which is great. But it looks fantastic first, and that’s important when you are talking about a fashion accessory.
Should you consider the Moto 360 (2nd gen)? If you are looking into buying a smartwatch, then absolutely. This and the Huawei Watch should both be put on your wrist before making that decision, though. Watches fit each person differently, but if this one fits nicely, go for it. You won’t be disappointed.