• Moto 360
  • Moto 360
  • Moto 360
  • Moto 360
  • Moto 360

The Moto 360 is the most attractive Android Wear device you can buy right now, with a design that's more reminiscent of a regular watch.

- Nicole Lee , Engadget 

Moto 360 is beautiful, smart and provides an excellent user interface. We just wish it wasn’t so finicky — and lasted longer.

- Lance Ulanoff , Mashable 

Specs / Features


Quality craftsmanship - Finely crafted with stainless steel, genuine Horween leather and scratch-resistant glass. | Timely updates at a glance - Get both the time, and what that moment means to you | Responds to your Voice - Just speak to get the info you need | Tracks Health and Fitness - Moto Body tracks your steps, distance and calories burned along with your heart rate | Works with your AndroidTM phone - Pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher

Quality craftsmanship - Finely crafted with stainless steel, genuine Horween leather and scratch-resistant glass. | Timely updates at a glance - Get both the time, and what that moment means to you | Responds to your Voice - Just speak to get the info you need | Tracks Health and Fitness - Moto Body tracks your steps, distance and calories burned along with your heart rate | Works with your AndroidTM phone - Pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher

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Specification

Brand Motorola
Model Moto 360
Release date 5-September-2014
Size 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 in)
Weight 2 grams (0.07 ounces)

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 48 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful and stylish design
  • Ambient light sensor adjusts brightness automatically
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear

What's bad  

  • Large size makes it a bit awkward for people with smaller wrists and hands
  • Display not a perfect circle due to black area holding driver and ambient light sensor
  • Poor battery life
  • Low resolution

Like other companies, Motorola has embraced the smartwatch market with the release of the Moto 360. As the 360 in the name suggests it sports a round display and is, in fact, the first of its kind in the Android Wear department. Instead of looking like a miniaturized smartwatch, Motorola took design cues from stylish designer watches not only with the circular design but the materials they used to make it. Rather than plastic, the Moto 360 uses leather straps, which reviewers found to be far more flexible and comfortable. Gorilla Glass 3 and brushed stainless-steel house the 1.56-inch LCD display. Not only do they provide a stylish aesthetic, they also protected critics' review copies from scratches and general wear. Still, CNET found the display slightly too large and the body itself a bit thick when compared to its straps though they add, "…the clean design and lightweight feel give it a Movado-like minimalism."

With an oddball resolution of 320x290 the Moto 360 doesn't have the sharpest display. In fact, with a pixel density of only 205ppi reviewers noticed some fuzziness though it wasn't a deal-breaker. They add that the lower resolution also means larger text so it could not display as much information and the round design occasionally led to text getting cut off. And if you're looking for a completely round display, you might want to look elsewhere. The Moto 360 screen is not perfectly circular. In order to maximize the screen size and avoid a thick circular bezel to store the ambient light sensor and display driver, Motorola opted to cut off a slice of the circle at the bottom. The result is a black bar at the bottom. While not horrible, critics still found it distracting especially against white watch faces. Besides this, they were quite happy with the screen as it had good contrast, viewing angles and color reproduction.

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Besides being the first round Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360 is also the first Android Wear watch to have an ambient light sensor. This sensor is completely separate from the "ambient screen" watch setting. Basically, the light sensor allows the watch to adjust to the different light conditions by increasing or decreasing its brightness. Ambient screen, on the other hand, will dim the screen when the watch goes idle instead of going to black. Of course, it will go black eventually if it is taken off and left somewhere even with this setting enabled. In order to bring up the menu settings, Motorola has included a handy shortcut – simply press and hold a small protruding crown on the right hand side.

Beneath the display is fairly rudimentary hardware: 4GB of onboard storage, 512MB of RAM and a very basic processor. While these specs are hardly revolutionary, critics didn't experience much lag when swiping through the menu though they did experience some sluggishness when receiving notifications. It also comes with a small 300mAh battery. Critics barely eked out half a day's worth battery life under heavy use though they were able to get around 2 days with ambient mode off. Still, they found themselves charging it every night. Speaking of charging, the Moto 360 takes advantage of Qi wireless charging and experts timed full recharge in little under an hour.

While the Moto 360 does have its flaws reviewers are still impressed with its forward-thinking design and features. Engadget calls it "…the Android Watch wear to beat." GSM Arena states, "Moto 360…is a safe pick for an Android Wear device."

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


Digit

Good display,good performance, easy to replace the straps

from Digit
The utility of a smartwatch has a lot of potential to grow. The Moto 360 second gen brings with it a 24-hours battery life, which is acceptable and is a good device for the early adopters. It has improved a lot over its predecessor and it now has an attractive design too... Full review
AndroidPIT

The one to watch

from AndroidPIT

The experience of using the 2015 Moto 360 is completely different to using the 2014 Moto 360. This is because Android Wear is now a much more complete operating system. The chance to customize your own model has also made the customer experience better, and being able to charge the device quickly and without fuss makes slotting the Moto 360 (2015) into your daily routine pretty easy.

Despite the evolution of Android Wear, the operating system still needs further development. The Apple Watch and the Samsung Gear S2 are Motorola's major competitors in the wearables market, and they... Full review

PCWorld

The Android Wear watch to beat

from PCWorld
When it comes to Android Wear watches, you’re not going to find one much better than this for awhile. It’s not that the new Moto 360 has any one standout feature that is wholly unique, it’s that it does everything well. The display quality, performance, battery life, design, customizable options...it’s all there. This is about as well-honed as this generation of technology is likely to get... Full review
Android Police

The most watch-like Android Wear device yet

from Android Police

The second generation Moto 360 is what I wish the first one would have been. It looks more like a real watch than any other Android Wear device, even the Huawei Watch. It's thin and light enough that it doesn't stand out in a bad way, but it looks stylish even in its default form. Smart watches are more of a fashion accessory than a phone is, but I'll say that I personally love the design of the Moto 360. It has a clean lines with a few nice touches like the beefy lugs and optional knurl pattern that I absolutely dig.

From a comfort standpoint, it's the best smart watch I've ever wo... Full review

Wareable

Goes big on customisation but doesn't change the game

from Wareable

If anything is game-changing about the second gen Moto 360 it’s the level of customisation on offer. Women in particular should get on very well with this smartwatch design. That said, Motorola’s rivals, particularly Apple, are fast catching up and everyone from fashion brands to modular smartwatch startups have realised that personal style is key for wearables. The Moto 360 2 improves on some key problems with the first Moto watch - performance and battery - but there's nothing that really moves smartwatches on. If you’re sold on Android Wear and are willing to accept its... Full review

PC Magazine

Beautiful design, premium materials, large display, snappy performance

from PC Magazine

The new Moto 360 is an improvement upon its predecessor, but just barely. At this point, the Apple Watch, the Pebble Time, or the original, inexpensive Pebble are your best options for getting into the world of smartwatches. The original Pebble gets you get a suite of useful apps, instantaneous notifications, and it works on both Android and iOS. The Pebble Time adds a color screen, better battery life, and impressive voice-to-text functionality that actually works. If you prefer a traditional round form factor, then keep an eye out for the Pebble Time Round, which starts shipping in Novemb... Full review

AndroidPIT

The smartwatch that couldn't live up to its hype

from AndroidPIT
The Moto 360 was advertised as an "iconic" gadget and an "amazing piece of technology". The dream of seeing the first smartwatch in the classic format has ended with the delivery of unimpressive hardware and software that is still in the development stage. The fact that Motorola has innovated in terms of smartwatch design, with its circular watch face and wireless charging, is not enough to put the Moto 360 above what already exists on the market today... Full review
Beta News

A smartwatch is hampered from doing what it's supposed—mainly because of battery life

from Beta News
As long as a smartwatch is hampered from doing what it's supposed—mainly because of battery life—it's not the choice of the masses. But the benefits are life-changing, and they can frustrate for their muted potential. I wouldn't go back to a dumb watch. My cell phone is huge, and Moto 360 is more practical means of contextually consuming what matters in the moment. That is until the battery dies... Full review
Notebookcheck

High-quality impression at first glance

from Notebookcheck

It does look rather stylish, the Moto 360 with which Motorola enters the smartwatch market. The materials are noble, and the circular display is a nice change to the otherwise sooner square smartwatches. The user should definitely update to Android Wear 5.0.1 because it considerably improves use. The Companion apps from either Motorola or Google also make it easier to configure the smartwatch. Wireless charging, and water and dust resistance are further high-end features.

What we did not like was the rather thick casing that actually makes the smartwatch useless for delicate wris... Full review

Know Your Mobile

The Moto 360 doesn’t offer much functionality

from Know Your Mobile

Motorola’s first attempt at a smartwatch has taken on board criticisms of all the other manufacturers attempts at smart wrist wear and tried to improve upon each. In some areas it has been a success, especially in the design department. The Moto 360 has got a lot of things right. The design is better than anything else available and it’s sure to improve yet again with the next iteration.

The battery since the update is also incredibly impressive. When you have a device that is primarily designed for checking the time, you need a strong battery and Motorola has managed to... Full review


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