Moto 360 (2015)

7.6/10 AVG.
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  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)
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  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 (2015)

If you loved the first Moto 360, you'll love the new model's major design improvements along with some new, minor added features.

- Lily Prasuethsut , TechRadar 


The hardware and battery are better; the design is more thoughtful; and there are a host of customization options to meet your personal style.

- Nathan Ingraham , Engadget 

Specs / Features


Specification

Brand Motorola
Warranty 12 months
Weight 49 grams (1.73 ounces)

Reviews summary

7.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 33 reviews

What's good

  • Extremely customizable
  • Great screen to bezel ratio
  • Different watch sizes for more comfort
  • Sharp screen
  • New design makes it appear more like a traditional watch

What's bad

  • No GPS support
  • Flat-tire screen design takes away from circular screen design
  • Automatic brightness adjustment slow

A year after their first attempt at a smartwatch, Motorola releases its second attempt at Android Wear with the second generation Moto 360. As with other products the company makes, consumers can easily customize the smartwatch by choosing from a slew of watch case colors, bezels and watch bands. It even offers different sizes – 1.56 or 1.37 inches – for those that prefer a smaller watch face. It still sports the round screen, but the strap mounts are now placed on the outside of the watch instead of beneath it. This small change made it much more comfortable for experts and much more attractive to them as well.

Although it markets itself as a round screen, the display is not completely circular. Like the 2014 version, this Moto 360 has a black bar on the bottom, which houses the ambient light sensor. Although Motorola claims most people do not notice the bar, some reviewers disagree with CNET stating, "I notice it when the circular watch face I have installed is cut off at the bottom, and I notice it with any background that isn't black." Others have no issue with the so-called "flat tire" appearance. They add that while it did occasionally make some options look "silly" this also allowed for the high screen to bezel ratio making it well worth the screen space. The LCD display offers a resolution of 360 x 330 pixels for a pixel density of 233ppi for the 1.56 inch model or 263ppi for the 1.37 inch one. For the most part experts found it to be fairly sharp though difficult to read in bright light situations as the automatic light adjustment often took up some time to reach the proper brightness.

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Housed inside the watch is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 512GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Whereas experts describe the first 360 as sluggish, the second generation blew them away with its increased speed. They had no issues with lag or delays when navigating the screen or opening apps. It also comes equipped with WiFi so consumers can use it even if they leave their phone behind. The battery has also increased to 400mAh, giving critics around 30 hours of moderate to high use. Unlike other Android Wear devices, the Moto 360 works with Qi wireless charging technology and comes with a charging cradle though it can work with other Qi charging pads. For the fitness enthusiast, experts suggest looking to other watches. Not only does it lack GPS, they also found the heart rate sensor to be inaccurate when actually on the move despite the new diffuser ring. It does, however, come with a water-resistant rating if IP67, which means it can survive a shower but not a dunk in the pool.

Some reviewers seem to love the Moto 360 while others are a bit more ambivalent. They all agree, however, that the watch itself is very attractive. Slash Gear states, "Motorola doe smartwatches right again…The company has created what's sure to be one of the most sough-after models of Android Wear watch on the market." Gizmodo adds, "…I'm convinced that once you get a Moto 360, you'll probably love it. But right now, it feels like Motorola is on to something – but isn't quite there yet." On the other hand, Stuff.TV was less impressed than others arguing, "The new Moto 360 delivers on a surface level, but it's found wanting once you begin to live with it."

Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Android Community

A compromised fitness smartwatch

from Android Community

The Moto 360 Sport is, at it's core, a second-generation Moto 360, but with a few alterations. It's got a body wrapped in a silicone strap, a GPS chip stuffed inside for smartphone-free exercising, and a new display that promises easy visibility in the sun. But while Motorola slapped the name "sp...More

The Moto 360 Sport is, at it's core, a second-generation Moto 360, but with a few alterations. It's got a body wrapped in a silicone strap, a GPS chip stuffed inside for smartphone-free exercising, and a new display that promises easy visibility in the sun. But while Motorola slapped the name "sport" on this watch, it's really more a running watch than anything. Mediocre battery life and a design that screams fitness band compromise the Moto 360 Sport's potential.

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PC Magazine

Solid smartwatch for runners, but cyclists and swimmers will be better served by a dedicated activity tracker

from PC Magazine

The Moto 360 Sport is one of the better Android Wear options available, thanks to its GPS and heart rate sensor. Some Android Wear watches have one or the other, but the Moto 360 Sport is the only one with both. If you're not a runner, though, this is clearly not the smartwatch for you. Cyclists,...More

The Moto 360 Sport is one of the better Android Wear options available, thanks to its GPS and heart rate sensor. Some Android Wear watches have one or the other, but the Moto 360 Sport is the only one with both. If you're not a runner, though, this is clearly not the smartwatch for you. Cyclists, swimmers, and other athletes will want to sacrifice most of the smartwatch abilities for a more robust fitness tracker like the Fitbit Charge HR or the GPS-enabled Fitbit Surge.

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NDTV

Improved performance but a bit expensive

from NDTV

The original Moto 360 was a success story for the Android Wear platform. Although it looked fantastic, it had some shortcomings and was comprehensively outperformed by other Android Wear devices such as the Sony Smartwatch 3. Motorola has fixed a lot of the problems with its previous device, and has improved just enough to make the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) relevant and worthwhile...

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The original Moto 360 was a success story for the Android Wear platform. Although it looked fantastic, it had some shortcomings and was comprehensively outperformed by other Android Wear devices such as the Sony Smartwatch 3. Motorola has fixed a lot of the problems with its previous device, and has improved just enough to make the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) relevant and worthwhile.

Apart from a huge improvement in performance, the screen is a bit sharper and swapping out watch straps is a lot easier now. There is also the option of a smaller size, which might appeal to some people who prefer smaller watch dials. Unfortunately, the 'flat tire' bar has not been eliminated, and battery life, while slightly improved, is still somewhat poor for a smartwatch. Even considering all of that, the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) is the best Android Wear device you can buy right now. 

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BGR

The best Android Wear smartwatch gets better

from BGR

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. If style statement is not something important, then there are many cheaper Android Wear smartwatches out there.

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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 the only one that I would recommend. If style statement is not something important, then there are many cheaper Android Wear smartwatches out there.

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Notebookcheck

Stylish, customizable, but also with minor imperfections

from Notebookcheck

The second generation of the Moto 360 provides the customer with a nice smartwatch that can be configured and customized like no other. Unfortunately, Motorola has not reworked crucial aspects. The brightness sensor disrupts the circular display, which ruins the looks. Furthermore, the sensors do not yet function as accurately as in other competing products...

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The second generation of the Moto 360 provides the customer with a nice smartwatch that can be configured and customized like no other. Unfortunately, Motorola has not reworked crucial aspects. The brightness sensor disrupts the circular display, which ruins the looks. Furthermore, the sensors do not yet function as accurately as in other competing products.

 The smartwatch is quite convincing, but also has a comparatively high price. It can get expensive especially when the gadget is customized by the buyer. Motorola should also improve the battery life.

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Wired

Improved features make it a more compelling buy than the original

from Wired

The Moto 360 is slick—it’s very, very pretty, especially if you spring for one of the metal versions and the fancy bezel options. I got more compliments on the watch from people who had no idea it was a smartwatch than I’ve gotten for any piece of jewelry ever. The notifications...More

The Moto 360 is slick—it’s very, very pretty, especially if you spring for one of the metal versions and the fancy bezel options. I got more compliments on the watch from people who had no idea it was a smartwatch than I’ve gotten for any piece of jewelry ever. 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. A quick glance at the wrist is much nicer. It’s situationally useful, of course—in meetings or when I’m being social, it’s nice not to be totally cut off so I still know if something urgent is going on. Really, it’s just cool to come back from these moments and not have 100 notifications that I didn’t even know about. Battery life is pretty good, as well! I was able to get through the day by charging it overnight. The web-based Moto Maker customization tool is really fun to use, and there were a handful of options I toyed with. (Black leather with the Micro Knurl bezel? Mmmm, pretty.)

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AndroidPIT

The one to watch

from AndroidPIT

In 2014, the expectation of waiting for the Moto 360 (2015) made me feel great frustration until I’d actually tested the device. But a year on and the experience is different. This is because Android Wear is now a more complete operating system. Also, the chance to customize my own model has made the customer experience even better....

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In 2014, the expectation of waiting for the Moto 360 (2015) made me feel great frustration until I’d actually tested the device. But a year on and the experience is different. This is because Android Wear is now a more complete operating system. Also, the chance to customize my own model has made the customer experience even better.

Motorola clearly invests in an exclusive offering for both its smartphones and smartwatches. Having the chance to charge the device quickly and without much fussing makes slotting the Moto 360 (2015) into your daily routine pretty easy.

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Mobile Syrup

It’s all in the lugs

from Mobile Syrup

The new Moto 360 is best at its smaller size, in either black steel on black leather, or silver steel brown leather. I think the latter combination is one of the best I’ve seen on a smartwatch to date, and is something I’d be happy to wear as timepiece or a mini computer. You decide.

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The new Moto 360 is best at its smaller size, in either black steel on black leather, or silver steel brown leather. I think the latter combination is one of the best I’ve seen on a smartwatch to date, and is something I’d be happy to wear as timepiece or a mini computer. You decide.

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The Guardian

What the original should have been

from The Guardian

The second time is the charm for the Moto 360 – this is what the original should have been last year. Its comfortable, lasts a day and has extensive customisable options.

But it’s no more capable than almost any other Android Wear watch, the low resolution ambient display is ugly and the black bar at the bottom of the display will annoy some...

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The second time is the charm for the Moto 360 – this is what the original should have been last year. Its comfortable, lasts a day and has extensive customisable options.

But it’s no more capable than almost any other Android Wear watch, the low resolution ambient display is ugly and the black bar at the bottom of the display will annoy some.

It’s a solid smartwatch, just not head and shoulders above the rest.

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Alphr

An improvement all-round

from Alphr

Still, there isn’t much that Motorola can do about that, and what it has done with the Moto 360’s hardware is to be applauded. The Moto 360 2 is a much more attractive, refined and practical smartwatch than last year's model, with different sizes and strap widths that mean it will appeal to a far broader spectrum of buyers, and a better battery life....

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Still, there isn’t much that Motorola can do about that, and what it has done with the Moto 360’s hardware is to be applauded. The Moto 360 2 is a much more attractive, refined and practical smartwatch than last year's model, with different sizes and strap widths that mean it will appeal to a far broader spectrum of buyers, and a better battery life.

It’s a shame Motorola hasn’t seen fit to specify an AMOLED display this time around – that might have pushed the Motorola Moto 360 2 up above the LG G Watch R and Watch Urbane at the top of the Android Wear tree – but all in all this is a very fine effort from Motorola.

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