Moto 360 (2015)by Motorola

  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
77%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The 2nd generation Moto 360 is available in two sizes and features a sophisticated and customizable design.
  • The watch has been updated with a new processor and design tweaks that allow for faster performance and longer battery life.
  • It includes a heart rate monitor and Motorola's excellent Moto Body app.

CONS

  • The display still features the "flat tire" at the bottom, which means it's not truly round.
  • The Moto 360 is expensive and gets more so the more you customize its look.
  • The Android Wear software is in need of some work.
Motorola’s Moto 360 was the first round smartwatch when it hit the market in 2014. It wowed people with its looks but suffered a bit in functionality. The 2nd generation Moto 360 tackles some of those problems head on, while improving the elegant design. The new Moto 360 offers the same good looks, but it is now available in two sizes and with more customization options. Users can select colors and designs on Motorola’s site, building what is essentially a personalized watch. Under the hood, Motorola has improved the processor and battery life of this Android Wear device.
NameMoto 360 (2015)Apple WatchMoto 360LG Watch UrbaneHuawei Watch
ManufacturerMotorolaAppleMotorolaLGHuawei
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Its longer battery life, more powerful hardware and slightly sharper screen are all welcome additions to this new Moto 360, but none of them…

Its longer battery life, more powerful hardware and slightly sharper screen are all welcome additions to this new Moto 360, but none of them are dramatic improvements. Instead it’s the new 42mm screen size and great variety of styling options that are the real boon here.

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Dumping the old TI processor for a Snapdragon 400, the 2nd gen Moto 360 is certainly snappier. Swipes and scrolls are fast, and animations a…

Dumping the old TI processor for a Snapdragon 400, the 2nd gen Moto 360 is certainly snappier. Swipes and scrolls are fast, and animations are smooth. Best of all, the battery lasts much longer.

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80%

Daylight viewing is pretty good at the highest brightness settings, and the ambient light sensor means that the user will not have to microm…

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.

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If you want to use a circular design as your clock face, you'll find that the bottom of it is cut off in an ugly and truly frustrating fashi…

If you want to use a circular design as your clock face, you'll find that the bottom of it is cut off in an ugly and truly frustrating fashion. It might seem like a small thing but it makes a really big difference.

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80%

The 2nd Gen model is a much more capable performer, free of the lag and iffy performance that plagued its predecessor.

The 2nd Gen model is a much more capable performer, free of the lag and iffy performance that plagued its predecessor.

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79%

Perhaps the smartest design change Motorola made was to offer the new Moto 360 in two different sizes: There's a smaller 42mm option as well…

Perhaps the smartest design change Motorola made was to offer the new Moto 360 in two different sizes: There's a smaller 42mm option as well as the same 46mm case that last year's model was based on.

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70%

The notifications aren’t overly disruptive and it’s nice getting that buzz on my wrist. True to function, I looked at my phone way less.

The notifications aren’t overly disruptive and it’s nice getting that buzz on my wrist. True to function, I looked at my phone way less.

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70%

The new Moto 360 is better than the original model in almost every way possible. It looks nicer, performs better, is more comfortable to wea…

The new Moto 360 is better than the original model in almost every way possible. It looks nicer, performs better, is more comfortable to wear, and has longer battery life. But it's also more expensive, and the smartwatch market has changed since the original 360 debuted in September of 2014.

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The new size options are a big deal — the Moto 360 finally has an option that’s reasonable for people with smaller wrists.

The new size options are a big deal — the Moto 360 finally has an option that’s reasonable for people with smaller wrists.

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One aspect of the hardware performance that can't be overstated is that you can pair the Moto 360 (2015) with Bluetooth devices other than y…

One aspect of the hardware performance that can't be overstated is that you can pair the Moto 360 (2015) with Bluetooth devices other than your smartphone. If you want to go for a jog or pick up some groceries, you can leave your cell phone at home.

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First up, if you're a woman who's interested in smartwatches, the 42mm Womens Moto 360 is the wearable you've been waiting for. Not the Appl…

First up, if you're a woman who's interested in smartwatches, the 42mm Womens Moto 360 is the wearable you've been waiting for. Not the Apple Watch, not the Huawei Watch.

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What's most disappointing about this upgrade is that the most unattractive aspect of the design remain untouched. I'm of course talking abou…

What's most disappointing about this upgrade is that the most unattractive aspect of the design remain untouched. I'm of course talking about that ugly flat-tyre effect at the bottom of the screen. You can have a gorgeous metal watch case and watch band, but it can't disguise just how ugly that flat spot on the screen is.

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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 impo…

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.

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As it stands now, the 2nd-gen Moto 360 is still much more of a men's watch (in "regular" and "large" options) than it is a unisex watch (for…

As it stands now, the 2nd-gen Moto 360 is still much more of a men's watch (in "regular" and "large" options) than it is a unisex watch (for many women's wrists, the two sizes are more like "big" and "obscenely huge").

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One of my first impressions after strapping on the 42mm Moto 360 is that it actually fits. The new 360 is one of the most compact Android We…

One of my first impressions after strapping on the 42mm Moto 360 is that it actually fits. The new 360 is one of the most compact Android Wear devices available, and on a smaller wrist like mine that makes a big difference.

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If you are in the market for a premium Android Wear smartwatch that lasts for more than a day on a single charge, the Moto 360 is perhaps th…

If you are in the market for a premium Android Wear smartwatch that lasts for more than a day on a single charge, the Moto 360 is perhaps the only one that I would recommend.

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