Moto 360 2nd Generation Review
Smart Watch with GPS – Moto 360 2nd Generation
The Moto 360 when first introduced came in with a host of issues including horrid battery life, performance stutters and software glitches, but the Moto 360 second generation addresses these issues quite well, making it one of the best Android smartwatches in its segment. For starters, the new Moto 360 leaves behind the TI processor and upgrades to a snappier Snapdragon 400.
But the most noteworthy worthy change in the Moto 360 second gen is the long lasting battery life of an astounding 15 days with the 3000 mAh powerhouse and up to 2 days with the 400 mAh battery. On that note, the Moto 360 2nd generation can be ordered in two sizes for men namely 42mm and 46mm and 42mm for women. Another area that has been considerably improved is heart monitoring and now renders much more accurate readings.
What’s in the Box?
- Moto 360 2nd Generation smartwatch
- User guide
- MicroUSB cable
- Wireless charging dock
Highlights of the Moto 360 Second Gen
- Water resistant
- Onsite heart rate sensor
- Long battery life
- Works with both Android and iPhone
- Available in different sizes
- Includes wireless charging dock
Moto 360 2nd Generation Design
As mentioned before, the Moto 360 can be ordered in two sizes for men and one for women, and good news for the latter is that the 42mm Moto 360 2nd gen is a perfect match regardless of your wrist size. The crown of the Moto 360 next generation smartwatch has been bumped up, and now boasts a more refined aesthetic appeal. The device in its new iteration looks more like a watch rather than a tech gadget.
The Moto 360 2nd generation smartwatch can ordered in a choice of several different colors and straps types such as silver, gold, rose, gold and leather and metal straps. The Moto360 still features the round flat tire cutout display, but bumps the pixel count to 360 x 330 and 360 x 325 for the 46mm and 42mm model respectively. That said, the display is quite bright and is complimented with a backlight for a clear view in low light conditions.
Regardless of the Moto 360 2nd generation version you choose, they are all powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and bring onboard 5GB of storage and 512MB RAM. In addition, both sizes are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, making it even more robust. Even the lugs of the new Moto 360 are redesigned, making it extremely easy to switch between watch straps.
Moto 360 2nd Generation Features and Fitness
The new Moto 360 also brings in a plethora of classy first party watch faces that offer more granular customization of accents, backgrounds and live dials. If that’s not enough, there’s a great selection of stylish Android wear watch faces to download, many of which are designed to suit a round display. The new watch faces aren’t the only thing making the Moto 360 2nd generation worth a second look, but the device just like its predecessor still sports a optical heart rate monitor nicely tucked away inside the smartwatch body.
Apart from the different watch sizes, the Moto 360 2nd generation also comes in a Sport version, which just like the name suggests is geared towards fitness enthusiasts. The 360 2nd gen sport features a UV coated display and onsite GPS so if you’re serious about fitness and would like to track a myriad of other health related metrics, the Sport version is definitely worth exploring. The heart rate monitor of the Moto 360 second generation is extremely accurate, and allows you to take on the spot BPM (Beats per Minute) readings and view them in the Moto Body Wear app.
The display of the Moto 360 second generation does indicate your daily and weekly progress for heart rate minutes, activity and steps and once you’ve completed 2 weeks of tracking. Furthermore, it even gives you an analysis of your average so you are aware on what areas to improve upon. The beautiful UI details continue on your smartphone with a few somewhat design cues borrowed from the circular Apple workout apps.
The setup process of the Moto 360 2nd generation is fairly easy, but might take a bit longer to sync apps from the phone to the watch. Once setup pairing, the smartwatch alerts you throughout the day with chirpy motivational alerts, and can even be connected with Google Fit to allow you to input your daily activity into Google’s health and fitness platform and switch to a GPS tracker for workouts or a running watch.
Apart from Motorola’s own efforts, the Moto 360 2nd generation features the latest Android Wear, which is probably the same as in some of the latest smartwatches, only looks prettier on the new 360 package. The smartphone notifications and controls are much easier to manage, and offer new functionality such as the “Undo” button. The menus are filled with apps, actions and contacts along with all new brightness boost and cinema modes.
The most significant update to Android Wear is its compatibility with iOS devices, but take note that third party app support and voice commands are limited to Google’s native apps. The included wireless battery charging dock is one of the key features of the 360 2nd generations as it eliminates the need to plug in daunting cables each time the battery needs replenishment. Adding to this, you can also choose the color of the charging display when set in Doc Mode via the Moto Connect app.
Pros of the Moto 360 2nd Generation
- Offers Wi-Fi connectivity saving battery life since you don’t have to use Bluetooth around the clock
- Light, classy, customizable design
- Improved Android Wear performance
- Bright sharp display
- Excellent battery life
- Snappy performance
Cons of the Moto 360 2nd Generation
- Flat tire round design remains unchanged from the first generation
- Similar features as other Android Wear devices
With a few different sizes to choose from, the Moto 360 second generation has received a year of tweaks, which definitely makes it one of the best smartwatches in its segment. It offers superb battery life, several customization options and even comes in designs for men and women. If you’re looking for an Android Wear watch that’s backed by the latest generation of smartwatch technology and can be had in several different color choice, the Moto 360 second generation is well worth the investment.