Moto 360 (2nd generation)
|Release date||September 14, 2015|
|Operating system||Android Wear|
|System-on-chip used||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400|
|CPU||@ 1.2 GHz Cortex A7|
|Display||Always-on 1.37-inch circular backlit IPS display, 360 x 325p resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (42mm)|
1.56-inch circular backlit IPS display, 360 x 330p resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (46mm)
Pedometer (9-axis sensor)
PPG heart rate monitor
Ambient light sensor
|Connectivity||Bluetooth Low Energy|
WiFi 802.11 b/g
|Power||400 mAh (46mm)|
300 mAh (42mm)
All day (mixed use)
wireless Qi charging
|Online services||Google Play, Google Now|
|Dimensions||42 x 42 x 11.4 mm (42mm)|
46 x 46 x 11.4 mm (46mm)
|Predecessor||Moto 360 (1st generation)|
Design and hardware
The Moto 360 (2nd generation) has a circular design, similar to the Huawei Watch and LG Watch Urbane, with 42mm and 46mm diameter options. The case is stainless steel and available in several different finishes. Removable wrist bands are available in metal and Horween leather, and more readily removable than those of the previous generation.
The device has an 'all-day' battery which Motorola claims to last longer than that of the previous generation Moto 360. Like the previous watch, the 2nd generation Moto 360 charges wirelessly by being placed on an included cradle. It has dual microphones for voice recognition and noise rejection and a vibration motor allowing tactile feedback. An ambient light sensor optimizes screen brightness and allows gesture controls such as dimming the screen by placing one's hand over it. Bluetooth 4.0 LE is included for connectivity and wireless accessories.
Like the previous generation, its ambient light sensor is located below the main display. A PPG and 9-axis accelerometer enable health and activity monitoring. It has IP67 certification for dust resistance and fresh water resistance rated at 30-minutes at 1 meter (4 feet) depth.
As of early 2017, the Moto 360 runs Android Wear 1.5, Google's Android-based platform specifically designed for wearable devices and Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and pairs with any phone running Android 4.3 or higher. Also compatible with iPhone iOS v9+ when paired with Android Wear app for iOS . Its software displays notifications from paired phones. It uses paired phones to enable interactive features such as Google Now cards, search, navigation, playing music, and integration with apps such as Google Fit, Evernote, and others.
Starting price is US$300.
Impressions of the Moto 360 have been generally positive, especially in comparison to its predecessor, however the limitations of Android Wear have concerned some critics. In contrasting the industrial design with the software, Dan Seifert of The Verge noted "if you buy the Moto 360 smartwatch, you’re paying more for the watch than you are for the smart". The Guardian gave the device four out of five stars, concluding that "it’s no more capable than almost any other Android Wear watch" despite having "fluid performance" and being more comfortable than the first generation.
- "Android Wear". Android.com/wear. Google. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
- "Moto 360 review (2015)". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
- Gibbs, Samuel (2015-10-30). "Motorola Moto 360 (2015) review: what the original should have been". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
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