Motorola announced not two not three but four new Moto 360 Android Wear Smartwatchs today. The new Moto 360 Collection will feature three Moto 360 2nd Gen devices which include a 46mm and two smaller 42mm designs as well as a Moto 360 Sports, confused yet? Let us explain.
Moto 360 2nd Gen
The Moto 360 2nd gen will be released in two sizes a 46mm (22mm band) and a 42mm. Within the 42mm size model, there will be two different band size options, 20mm and 16mm. Rightly or wrongly the two larger band variants – 22m and 20mm – are being listed as ‘mens’ devices whilst the smaller 42mm watch with the 16mm bands is being listed as a ‘womens’ watch. We’ll let the internet make of that what they will.
Overall the new Moto 360 maintains a strong familiar resemblance to its predecessor with a few key design changes. The button has been moved to the 2 o’clock position – which many argue make it easier to use, and less prone to accidental touches – and the band attachment lugs have been externalised which should eliminate the issues that the original 360 had with cracked backs and make swapping bands a simpler procedure. The polarising issue of the ‘flat tire’ at the base of the display design returns, with the black area at the bottom of the watch face housing the ambient light sensor and allows Motorola to reduce the size of their bezels. Overall the design of the Moto 360 2nd Gen looks fantastic, and in my opinion make it look more like a regular watch than the original.
|Moto 360 46mm||Moto 360 42mm – Mens||Moto 360 42mm – Womens|
46mm D x 11.4mm H
|42mm D x 11.4mm H|
|Screen size||1.56″ (40mm)|
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Resolution||360 x 330 233 ppi|
|360 x 325 263 ppi|
|Band size||22 mm||20 mm||16 mm|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026)|
|Memory||4GB internal and 512 MB RAM|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 LE|
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
|Fitness||Heart rate monitor|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine|
|Weather intrusion||IP67 dust and water resistant|
|Charging||Wireless – dock included|
The new Moto 360 comes in a range of Case, Bezel and Band colours and options.
Case and Bezel:
- Black – Mens 42 & 46mmm only
- Rose – women’s 42mm only
- Leather (various)
- Metal (to match case colours)
The elusive – at least in Australia – Motomaker has continued support for the Moto 360 2nd Gen with the new inclusion of being able to mix and match both the bezel and case colours as well as the choice of two styles of bezel, polished and “micro cut”.
The options on Motomaker have certainly been increased, we were able to configure watches from anywhere between $299.99 – $499.99 USD. Unfortunately, unless something has changed since the Australian launch of the Moto X 2015 line, Motomaker will not be making its way to Australian shores officially. However, for those wanting make the perfect Moto 360 for themselves there are ways to get the devices. Head on over to Motomaker and have a look at the options.
Moto 360 Sport
The last device is the previously rumored Moto 360 Sports. Not a lot of details have been announced for the 360 Sport as yet. The Sport will include:
- Silicon bands
- Built in GPS
- Hybrid “AnyLight display”
The Motorola AnyLight display seems to be using a mix of a backlit LCD display for indoors/ low light viewing and a reflective layer that will reflect ‘natural’ light for improved viewability in direct light conditions. No specifics is yet available, but it sounds like a “one way mirror” style set up that allow the backlight through be reflected natural light where it’s available. We will be asking Moto if they have anything to share when Dan and Jason meet up with them at IFA 2015 in Berlin.
Being an Android Wear device the main software experience is controlled by Google. However even in the more rigid Android Wear ecosystem OEMs have found minor ways to differentiate themselves with apps and watch faces. While the new Moto 360 doesn’t seem to include more apps than its predecessor – which is a good thing considering the state of software blot on other devices – they have developed a new “Live dials” watch face that takes advantage of the recently introduced interactive watch faces API. There has been no announcement if the Live dials will come to existing Moto 360 devices, but as of 0900 today it wasn’t available via the Moto connect app. Moto provided a brief video demoing the new watch face.
Motorola have only announced availability for “various countries across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia”. Australia and or the Pacific region are defiantly missing from that list. We have reached out to Motorola Australia and will let you know if we hear anything.
How have Motorola done with their 2nd generation Moto 360? Have they done enough to make the Moto 360 something you are going to purchase? Let us know in the comments