Motorola India today launched the second generation model of its much acclaimed Moto 360 smartwatch. Much like the original Moto 360, the Moto 360 (2nd gen) oozes premiumness and is a class apart from many other high-end smartwatches in the market. This year's Moto 360 is much more powerful as it brings significant improvements and upgrades, including noticeable changes in design. Motorola ensured to add the features that the first gen model had lacked, to make the new Moto 360 better in every sense.
The most interesting part is that the company this time recognized the need of different sizes for males and females and introduced the new Moto 360 in two size variants, which was much required. In addition to that the company has added some new band options to attract a bigger set of consumers. Despite all the changes and additions, one thing remains the same - the option to customize it for a personalized experience.
We got to check out the Moto 360 2nd gen smartwatch at its launch event in India, and here are our first impressions:
Motorola won our hearts when it launched the first gen Moto 360 because it was the first feature-rich smartwatch that did not look odd on wrist, as it actually looked like a regular wrist watch. The same goes with the new gen Moto 360. It looks slick. The circular dial looks classy and stylish. A few design changes include the change in crown button placement which has been pushed upwards, towards 2 o'clock, the change in placement of lugs, and the option to let you change the watch band. However, Motorola has not yet introduced the Moto Maker service in India.
It is a beautiful watch with intelligence and smart features. Not even once did we felt that we are not wearing an actual watch. The leather versions are nice but the metal version looks even better.
Sized to suit!
The original watch looked a bit odd on smaller and thinner wrists, which was its weak spot. This time, Motorola has launched the Moto 360 in two variants - a smaller one measuring 42mm, targeted mainly at women and 46mm version for those with bigger wrists, mainly men. Moreover, the company has introduced a 42mm variant with thinner strap. The Moto 360 2nd gen in India is available in five variants, including two leather versions, two metal variants and a gold version.
The Moto 360 (2015 Edition) features better display, which is a visual delight with good colours, brightness and vibrancy. The 42mm version has a 1.37-inch round display with 360 x 325 pixels where as the bigger (46mm) version sports a 1.56-inch display with 360 x 330 pixels resolution. The display is topped with Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Well, it is not all roses here as the touch interface is not exactly smooth. The touch interface is better than before, but could have been made even better. Moreover, a slight black space left unused at the bottom of the display looks annoying.
The new Moto 360 brings an updated Android Wear OS, which has better features and is more responsive. The Google Now functioned well, when tested. You can receive vibration alerts for notification on Moto 360 2nd gen which saves you from taking your phone out every now and then. Moreover, for the fitness enthusiasts, the Motorola Moto 360 2nd gen also features the Moto Body app which is its own health and fitness tracker. Additionally, the new Moto watch now features a variety of new custom watchfaces to give it a personalized touch.
Features Heartrate monitor
The rear, flat side of the Moto 360 2nd gen is home to a heart rate monitor which can monitor your heart rating by collecting data every five minutes. It can then analyze your heartbeats for up to 24 hours in one round to give you related information.
A big bonus point of the Moto 360 2nd gen model is that it has an IP67 certification, which makes a perfect companion even while you are travelling or on a vacation, as you need not to care about accidental water spill.
The new Moto 360 also supports Wi-Fi connectivity which surely is a useful addition. This means that you can connect the Moto 360 via Wi-Fi to get notifications and alerts, instead of relying on its connectivity with your phone.
The Moto 360 2nd gen has an improved chipset, which makes it more powerful than its predecessor. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor with Adreno 306 GPU, paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
It is good to know that the new Motorola Moto 360 can be connected to iOS platform as well. This would make it a tough competition against Apple Watch.