Since past couple of years, manufacturers are trying really hard to create a need of a smartwatch in the daily life of consumers. To name a few tech consumer goods manufacturer's including Samsung, Apple, Sony, LG, Huawei and more have come up with best of the options in the premium wearable category; however one manufacturer who has been able to stand out from the crowd is Motorola.
Initially, the Illinois-based Motorola has announced the Moto 360 2015 edition in September in New York along with an array of Motorola smartphones. Moreover, Motorola has launched its Moto 360 2015 edition in the Indian market earlier this month.
The new Moto 360 (2nd Gen) comes in five variants out of which three metal variants and two leather ones. For the first time, the company has launched 2 exclusive variants for Women. The Moto 360 (2nd Gen) is available exclusively on Flipkart and Myntra starting at Rs. 19,999.
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Specifications
Moving on to the specifications, the Moto 360 (2nd gen) comes in two variants 1.56-inch and 1.37-inch display with Corning Gorilla glass protection on top. This device comes packed with Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB inbuilt memory, Android Wear OS, Dust and Water Resistant.
How to set up Moto 360 (2nd Gen)?
First is first! Unpack the box and charge it for an hour. After charging, pair it with your Android smartphone with the help of Bluetooth. Before connecting it to the Bluetooth, install the Android Wear app in your smartphone and follow the procedure for pairing. Click here to see the setting up process in detail.
Note: Only one watch can be paired with smartphones at a time. In case you want to pair it with different handset, the user needs to Factory reset the Moto 360 (2nd Gen)
Now, let's have a look at the top 10 things you can do with your Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Smartwatch:
Stay active, Live healthier
Moto Body helps you in tracking your wellness and fitness activity, offering personalized insights and also acts as your personal coach to help you maintain healthy lifestyle.
Further, the Moto Body app in the smartphone provides you the weekly, monthly, and yearly heart activity, steps, and calorie burn data to analyze your fitness. Moreover, the company has included the BPM rating through which heart rate reading can be taken.
Nnotifications on your wrist
Main purpose of the Android Wear is to show the notification on your wrist without taking the smartphones out of your pocket. Moreover, you have varieties of options for managing the notifications including mute, block, limit and many more as well.
Now you can get directions, find local shops, information about the flight, learn your commute and many more. For navigation you can speak to your watch and get turn-by-turn directions to your destination. To do this follow the below steps:
- Make sure your Watch is charged and on
- Say "Ok Google"
- Say the destination place.
Instead of picking up your smartphone from the pocket, you can send text messages in Hangout, Whatsapp via Google speak. All you have to do is "Ok Google" or touch anywhere on the screen to activate the Google Now option.
Never loose your phone!
Can't find your phone? Just go to "Find my phone" app on your watch and tap the button to launch alarm and visual signal on your phone. It works even if your phone is in silent or vibrate mode.
NOTE: This works even if your phone is silent mode
Plan your day without missing events!
With Agenda, the company is bringing you the calendar in your smartwatch. You can use this to create reminder and views to do's along with your event. Moreover, you can quickly create events with smart suggestions for title, people and places.
Internet from your watch
The Android 5.1 Lollipop update supports the Wi-Fi connectivity the smartwatches. You can connect your Moto 360 (2nd Gen) toWi-Fi network without being connected to your smartphones. Still you will receive all the notifications as well. To enable this option, just go to Android Wear App → tap the gear icon → Tap Cloud sync → toggle On the switch.
You can use the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) smartwatch as torch light at times. To enable this option, go to settings and tap the torchlight option.
Keep a tap on your heart!
If you are interested in checking out your heart beat rating, activate "Ok Google" and ask for your heart rate. It will choose the default app and show you the results.
You can access Stock, weather, sports, traffic, flights information by activating the Google Now on your Moto 360 (2nd Gen). In order to see the cards Google Search → Pull down the Google Now cards.
Pro's and Con's
Pro's: Design, Customization, Battery life, Display, Fitness tracker, Android Wear OS.
Con's: Flat tire, Expensive
Price: Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen) retails at a price starting at Rs. 19,999 to 23,999
Verdict: Motorola has succeeded in creating a worthy successor with Moto 360 (2nd Gen). It looks better, feels comfortable in hand, lots of customization options and improved Android Wear OS. Along with this it has lots of little perks including IP67 ratings, Wi-Fi connectivity and many more. On the whole, the Moto 360 remains one of the best Android Smartwatch on the market.