The Moto 360 smart­watch, which once took the mar­ket by storm, has received an update. Now the mod­el is equipped with pow­er­ful hard­ware and runs on Wear OS 2.17 from Google. The gad­get is both sim­i­lar and dif­fer­ent from its pre­de­ces­sors. We’ll tell you exact­ly what in the review.

Appearance

Look­ing at the Moto 360, you imme­di­ate­ly under­stand that this is a high-qual­i­ty prod­uct, cre­at­ed with­out creak­ing plas­tic. Only steel, only tita­ni­um screws, only hard­core. The watch we test­ed was made of steel, but there are also black and rose gold ver­sions. Adding to the pre­mi­um feel is the brown leather strap, which also comes with a sil­i­cone strap.

Moto 360

The cir­cu­lar dis­play is 1.2 inch­es slight­ly small­er than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. The screen is made using AMOLED tech­nol­o­gy and is cov­ered with pro­tec­tive glass Goril­la Glass 3. Its bright­ness is above aver­age, so on a sun­ny day the data can be read nor­mal­ly. The touch lay­er responds to touch­es with light­ning speed. The watch case is medi­um thick and may look a lit­tle bulky on thin wrists. If we talk about weight, then the new prod­uct is felt on the hand, but does not pull, it is com­fort­able to wear. The size range of the third gen­er­a­tion Moto 360 is lim­it­ed to 42 mm.

The mod­el is equipped with two but­tons. Those who have used pre­vi­ous Moto 360 mod­els will remem­ber that they only had one phys­i­cal con­trol. Now the but­tons bal­ance the body. The top one is marked with the Moto logo and rotates around its axis, mak­ing it con­ve­nient to scroll through the inter­face, while the bezel is sta­t­ic. As you can see, man­u­fac­tur­ers have not aban­doned the idea of ​​con­trol­ling the inter­face using a rotat­ing ele­ment, because this method is quite log­i­cal and instant­ly becomes a habit.

Moto 360

Ergonomics

Google Wear OS 2.17 is easy to use: swip­ing left to right takes you back a screen, and press­ing the top but­ton takes you back from any menu to the home screen. By press­ing the bot­tom but­ton, you can assign the open­ing of any appli­ca­tion — for exam­ple, call­ing up Spo­ti­fy and then con­trol­ling music play­back.

The log­ic of the inter­face is famil­iar to Android users: mov­ing to the left of the main screen turns on the ana­logue of the Google pan­el on smart­phones. Here you can see data about the weath­er, upcom­ing events on the cal­en­dar, you can acti­vate a search, read pop­u­lar news and quotes from famous peo­ple. To the right of the main screen there is a pan­el with so-called maps. By default, these are Google Fit, cal­en­dar and weath­er — the user can cus­tomize their order and add new ones. Swip­ing up from the bot­tom pulls up the noti­fi­ca­tion pan­el, which isn’t exact­ly typ­i­cal on Android, but the excep­tion is easy to remem­ber.

Moto 360

If you swipe from top to bot­tom or turn the already men­tioned but­ton down, the quick set­tings pan­el slides out: “In the cin­e­ma” (the screen goes dark), “On a flight” and “Do not dis­turb” modes. You can also adjust the bright­ness, acti­vate ener­gy sav­ing and con­tact­less pay­ment using Google Pay. It is very con­ve­nient that for such oper­a­tions you do not need to take out your smart­phone. Unlock the watch screen, bring it to the ter­mi­nal and you’re done. Pay­ment works regard­less of the paired smart­phone. In gen­er­al, Moto 360 is not tied to any ecosys­tem or OS, which only brings ben­e­fits to the user.

Moto 360 comes pre­loaded with alarm, timer, stop­watch, hand­wash­ing timer (dai­ly and impor­tant), reminders, con­tacts, weath­er, Google Trans­late, flash­light, Google Fit, phone find­er and Play Store. The list of appli­ca­tions is called up by press­ing the top but­ton. To change the watch face, you need to hold your fin­ger on the main screen or use the Wear OS appli­ca­tion on your smart­phone. In it you can set up cards, noti­fi­ca­tions, update soft­ware and mon­i­tor the bat­tery charge lev­el of your watch.

Moto 360

Powerful filling — not in vain

Hav­ing the Play Mar­ket means you can install any pop­u­lar app such as Spo­ti­fy, Telegram, Google Maps, Stra­va or Shaz­am. The Moto 360 is also com­pat­i­ble with Google Assis­tant, which works seam­less­ly on the watch. In total, more than half a mil­lion pro­grams are avail­able for the plat­form, but 5.5 GB of mem­o­ry lim­its the amount of data.

The gad­get’s per­for­mance is dri­ven by the Qual­comm Snap­drag­on Wear 3100 proces­sor — the chip is not the newest, but it has enough per­for­mance and there are no lags in the inter­face. The same Google Maps lays out routes with­out delays. Mes­sen­ger lovers will appre­ci­ate the quick way to respond to mes­sages by voice. We tried this func­tion dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion in Telegram — there were prac­ti­cal­ly no spelling errors or inac­cu­ra­cies. You can send reg­u­lar voice mes­sages and also use the built-in key­board, but it’s small and takes much longer to enter this way.

Moto 360

The sports mode in smart­watch­es deserves spe­cial atten­tion. In Moto 360, the Google Fit appli­ca­tion is respon­si­ble for this, togeth­er with arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, which inde­pen­dent­ly deter­mines the type of pow­er load, grad­u­al­ly gain­ing “knowl­edge” about the user and his activ­i­ty. No one is stop­ping you from set­ting the regime your­self, because more than 30 types of work­outs are avail­able in the appli­ca­tion. You can also safe­ly swim with the gad­get on your hand — 3ATM water pro­tec­tion is declared, which is equiv­a­lent to div­ing to a depth of 30 meters.

Autonomy

Wear OS devices don’t usu­al­ly have great bat­tery life, and the Moto 360 is no excep­tion. If you syn­chro­nize them with your smart­phone, man­age Spo­ti­fy and com­mu­ni­cate on Telegram, the charge lasts for a day. Add GPS and the bat­tery lasts about 5 hours. Although, if you turn off Spo­ti­fy and use only noti­fi­ca­tions, you can real­is­ti­cal­ly get two days of use. And in the nor­mal clock mode you can walk for 7–9 days with­out replen­ish­ing ener­gy.

The sit­u­a­tion is part­ly bright­ened up by sup­port for fast charg­ing, which is recharged to 100% in an hour. This is done using a com­plete con­tact pad with mag­net­ic fas­ten­ers; the con­nec­tion is reli­able. From the wish­es: it would be desir­able to switch to a more ener­gy-effi­cient ver­sion of Blue­tooth.

Moto 360

Specifications

COMPATIBILITY
Android 6.0 and above, iOS 10.0 and above, Wear OS app
CASE MATERIALS
Glass, SUS316 stain­less steel, tita­ni­um screws, scratch-resis­tant coat­ing — PVD in gray and pink, DLC in black.
STRAP MATERIALS
Silicone/leather, strap width 20 mm.
WEIGHT
52 g (with­out strap)
DISPLAY
AMOLED col­or touch screen, 1.2 inch­es, 390×390, HD, 327 ppi, Corn­ing Glass 3
Mem­o­ry
1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM.
DIFFICULT
Blue­tooth 4.2 (BLE, BR, EDR), Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/Beidou, NFC (Google Pay)
BATTERY
355 mAh
PECULIARITIES
Wear OS, fast charg­ing, pres­sure resis­tance up to 3ATM, Always On Dis­play, AI detec­tion and auto­mat­ic track­ing of strength train­ing, trained AI, inter­change­able watch faces.

Results

The Moto 360 is fea­ture-rich and is exact­ly the smart­watch Google makes it out to be. But not every­one likes this, because there are more and more alter­na­tive OSes on the mar­ket. Nev­er­the­less, the impres­sions from the gad­get are pos­i­tive — thanks to the large num­ber of avail­able appli­ca­tions, it is con­ve­nient to main­tain a high pace of work and life with­out leav­ing impor­tant chats. The man­u­fac­tur­er reg­u­lar­ly updates devices, and in the fall an update to Android 11 will be avail­able for Moto 360.

The new prod­uct is suit­able for active peo­ple of any age who are not afraid of the need to fre­quent­ly charge the device. The design of the mod­el is calm and ver­sa­tile, and giv­en the two straps includ­ed, it can be com­bined with any cloth­ing and sit­u­a­tion. The only peo­ple who risk being dis­sat­is­fied are peo­ple who are used to charg­ing gad­gets once a month, and fans of a par­tic­u­lar ecosys­tem or OS.

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