The Moto 360 was the first smartwatch to actually look like a watch with its round design. Other manufacturers followed suit, but the Moto 360 proved to be the most popular Android Wear watch over the past year, even with its flat-tire look.
Now Motorola has refined the Moto 360 for 2015 with two sizes and added a Moto 360 Sport for fitness enthusiasts. They are the first smartwatches that you can truly customize through the Moto Maker Design Studio. Customers can choose from additional bezels, colors, materials, even a new double wrap band.
Both the Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport are powered by Android Wear, which means Google Now notifications and thousands of apps from Google Play are available. However, Motorola offers a couple of apps exclusive to the Moto 360: Live Dials and Moto Body. Live Dials makes it easier to find the apps you use the most, while Moto Body lets you know what your heart rate is and how many calories you have burned.
The all new Moto 360
The all new Moto 360 is made of aircraft-grade 316L stainless steel and comes in two sizes: The 46mm version for men has a 1.56-inch LCD display with a resolution of 360 x 330, while the 42mm version for men and women has a 1.37-inch LCD display with a resolution of 360 x 325. Both come in at 11.4mm thick. In contrast, the Apple Watch is offered in 42mm and 38mm sizes and is 10.5mm thick.
The 46mm version will sport a 400mah battery, while the 42mm version comes in at 300mAh. Both are rated at a day and a half of mixed use with the ambient display off or one full day with the ambient display on.
The remaining difference is in the size of the bands. The men’s version takes standard 22mm bands, while the women’s version accepts 16mm.
The rest of the specs include a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, vibration/haptics engine, and optical heart rate monitor (PPG). The IP67 rating means that you never have to worry about dust, and you can safely submerge it in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
Options include silver, black, and gold colors for the men’s 46mm and 42mm versions. Customers can also customize the bezel with either a chamfer or micro knurl finish, as well as a silver, black, or gold for the color. This means you can design a two-toned watch. Watch band choices include silver, black, and gold for metal, or black and cognac for leather.
The women’s 42mm version is available in silver, gold, and rose gold. Bezel treatments include peak and micro etch along with silver, gold, and rose gold for colors. Finally, the band choices are silver, gold, and rose gold for metal or blush and gray for leather. There is also a blush double wrap option.
Moto 360 Sport
The Moto 360 Sport is for fitness enthusiasts and features a strong silicone construction with a special UV coating that resists fading and wicks away moisture. The side ventilation channels will help keep you cool as well.
The built-in GPS tracks your speed, distance, and pace.
Reading the display is always an issue when running in bright sunlight. The Moto 360 Sport includes an AnyLight hybrid display, which combines a traditional backlit transmissive screen with front lit reflective technology. This means that you can read notifications in any condition.
The rest of the specs are identical to the stainless steel Moto 360.
The Moto 360 will be available in various countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Customers can preorder starting today in the U.S. on Motorola.com, the Google Store, and BestBuy.com.
Best Buy, Nordstrom, and Verizon Wireless stores will start offering the watch in late September.
Prices range from $300 to $430 depending on the selected options.
The Moto 360 Sport will launch later this year.
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