Global sales of the new Moto 360 watch began last year, but the accessory arrived in EU with a delay. Despite this, I want to cut down the team at the world Moto office; the guys were not afraid of the difficult times and brought not only smartphones, but also watches.
The second generation Moto 360 is available in two sizes, which is sure to please the fair half of users – the smaller version looks natural on a woman’s hand, which is rare for smartwatches. In addition, the display resolution has become higher, the operating time is longer, and in a beautiful round case there is a more powerful processor.
Technical characteristics of Moto 360
- Screen: TFT IPS, 1.37″, 360×325, 263 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
- Processor: 4 cores, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz
- Operating system: Android Wear 1.3.
- RAM: 512 MB.
- Built-in memory: 4 GB
- Memory card support: no
- Wireless interfaces: Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.
- Sensors: light, accelerometer, microgyroscope, optical heart rate monitor, stepper
- Battery: 300 mAh, wireless charging
- Dimensions: 42x42x11.4 mm
Packaging and equipment
The design of the box was pleasantly surprising. A small, cute cylinder in which you put a watch with a set of accessories (mains charger, wireless charging and a short manual) after purchase you can store various little things – you don’t want to throw it away, which rarely happens with packaging.
A watch, like any personal accessory, should be chosen according to personal preferences. The second generation Moto 360 will have two sizes: 42 and 46 mm, and then you need to decide on the design and materials.
Watches in silver and black with different straps are imported into EU. In America, the buyer has the opportunity to create a unique watch for himself using the company’s Moto Maker service: with its help, you can choose the color of the case and bezel (the so-called frame around the screen), material and color strap. By the way, in the second generation of its watches, Motorola made a new fastening for the strap – now it can be adjusted using simple latches.
The watch also comes in a Sport modification: with a black or white case and a silicone strap.
The version for girls stands apart, it has a cream-colored leather strap and a rose-gold metal case. We were sent just such a watch at the presentation.
On the left of the case there is a small microphone connector, on the right at an angle there is a large display button that helps control the watch. It turns on the screen backlight, unlocks the clock, and also returns you from applications to the home screen.
The back surface is covered with plastic, and in the center there is a round sensor – this is a heart rate monitor.
Despite its sophisticated appearance, the watch has an IP67 protection class. In other words, they are not afraid of rain, splashes from the tap or even significant immersion in water. At the same time, it is not recommended to use a device with this protection class in salty sea water – when going to the sea, it is better to remove them by hand.
The test sample with a 42 mm display fits perfectly on the wrist, a small and light watch. The larger 46mm version retains a lightweight feel, the watch weighs lightly and is easy to forget about – it doesn’t cause wearer fatigue, although it removes the need for just recharging from your hands.
Dark scuffs appear on leather strap loops quite quickly, but this is usually the case with light-colored accessories.
The screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 with an oleophobic coating, the indicator noticeably rises above the body. This transition is easy to make by swiping the touch screen or looking at it from the side.
The second generation Moto 360 has an IPS panel with a good brightness margin and different viewing angles. The time and data from applications are always clearly visible on this display, and if you make the usual hand movement to find out the time, the backlight will automatically turn on. In general, the image has become slightly better compared to the first generation Moto 360, but the difference is not critical.
At that time, there was a smaller version with a screen diagonal of 1.37 inches, and the larger model had a 1.56-inch display. The screen resolution of the 42 mm model is 360×325 pixels, while the 46 mm model has a slightly higher resolution: 360×330 pixels. At the same time, the pixel resolution is 263 and 232 ppi, so in the younger version of the watch the image is even clearer and smoother. Yes, you can notice the grain, but to do this you need to look at the screen from a short distance, and in ordinary life no one gets it for hours.
The screen in Moto 360 does not occupy the entire area of the dial; a narrow segment in its lower part occupies the technical area of the light sensor. This “blind” surface is especially noticeable when there is a bright image on the screen – the sensor works accurately and accurately, but because of it we had to sacrifice production. And if the first generation of Moto watches with a letter display was prestigious, and the black stripe was easily forgiven, then the second is already competing with other brands, but there is no such element. Although, to be fair, their dimensions are usually larger – a small segment of the dial, as a result of which the size and weight of the gadget are saved.
The device in operation
The watch’s hardware has been upgraded – compared to the first generation, it has become more powerful. Now the round case houses a Snapdragon 400 processor with a frequency of 1.2 GHz and its own cores, Adreno 350 graphics. The amount of RAM is 512 MB, its own is 4 GB.
Fast action on the watch at an average level, sometimes even earlier than shown, they “think” for a couple of seconds. The same applies to most application launches, but the specificity was not achieved: both programs can be launched with or without brakes.
Many functions of the watch can be used without a smartphone, since it now has a Wi-Fi module installed: the watch is automatically connected to the wireless network after a smartphone connected to the network is paired with it – there is no need to enter the password manually on the display screen. And you can, for example, leave your smartphone in the hallway and take a shower during the hours, receiving all notifications about messages, calls and mail. In addition, if you connect Bluetooth headphones to the watch, you can go for a run, listen to music without using a smartphone, and at the same time keep track of your daily activity.
The watch is convenient to use for navigation. Looking at the map on the table screen while moving is, of course, not very comfortable, but when it’s time to make a turn, the Moto 360 vibrates on your wrist. This is especially useful during tourist walks; you don’t need to constantly hold your smartphone in your hand.
The built-in heart rate monitor is recognized by active users, tracks data and helps you monitor your activity using the Google Fit app. The watch includes a practical stepper function, periodically reminding you to get off the couch and move around. The Moto 360’s usual daily activity tracking can be safely trusted, but for serious training, this watch is inaccurate – the data it provides differs from that produced by more accurate sports gadgets.
What would be worth adding here is a “smart alarm clock” to make it easier to wake up in the morning. But for external software you need to go to app stores.
The watch runs Android Wear. This democratic system is compatible with smartphones, both Android and iOS, and also works with Android tablets, but you can’t connect the watch to iPad tablets using it. However, working with Apple gadgets, apparently, is not a problem at all: the watch became great friends with the Moto X Play, but when paired with the iPhone 6, problems arose: notifications arrive every once in a while, there are very few functions, applications do not turn on.
In conjunction with Android devices, the watch displays notifications from different applications, sending them when necessary to deliver a smartphone or tablet to switch the track in the player, mail, recorded messages or notes in the calendar – now almost everything is programmed using the “watch” platform used and is located to learn about events.
From the curtain that drops down from above, you can go to the settings section and select a sound mode convenient for the current situation. The watch doesn’t have many options; these include automatic or manual mode for adjusting the screen backlight, disabling different modes, changing the dial and font.
Voice message management allows you to search for any data without using a smartphone; you just need to wait a little while the device works with the command. European language recognition works, so you can dictate answers in incoming messages immediately after, without taking out your smartphone. Mistakes happen, but it all depends on his diction and adherence to the regime – there are no problems at home.
The watch is easy to customize by choosing one of twenty dials. If this is not enough, you can download other options from Google Play. In the first watch there were problems with compatibility, now there was no such view – a dozen watch faces worked fine with the second generation Moto 360.
The dials are made to take into account the “cutout” at the bottom of the screen, turning a stylistic flaw into an original feature. Screenshots are not only beautiful, but also useful: in standby mode, you can see data about the weather or steps taken.
The device is charged from the docking station, during charging the picture on the screen rotates 90 degrees, and Moto 360 works like a miniature desk clock.
The manufacturer claims that the watch contains one charge for two days. During active testing, it was really impossible to charge the watch once a day, and it really wasn’t possible to last longer than two days without communication with the docking station – despite all attempts to save battery.
Consumption directly depends on the fact that currently the screen backlight is often used, and if the indicator works constantly, then it is impossible to wait more than a day for the watch to work. In order to save batteries, manually turn on the backlight brightness and turn on Wi-Fi – then, under modest conditions on the system, the two actually declared.
This compactness, small thickness and light weight of the Moto 360 watch, and in the second generation, there remains a technical segment on the dial that can upset those who prefer a light screen design. I would also like to charge the watch less often – charging the accessory every day is not very convenient. Otherwise, it’s hard to find fault with the Moto 360: the quality of the watch is the highest, it looks beautiful, and many modifications turn the process of choosing accessories into an exciting process, despite the fact that the proprietary Moto Maker service does not work in EU. A variety of applications for Android Wear in the daily life of an active smartphone user – the watch provides data and helps you keep abreast of all events. Even with its shortcomings, this is ultimately one of the best Android smartwatches available today.
- VVariable size and design for women’s hands;
- iOS and Android support;
- variety of applications;
- protection from dust and water.
- technical segment at the bottom of the dial;
- average operating time.