Hands-on with the Moto 360 2015 – Fuelling the Smartwatch Race Like...

Hands-on with the Moto 360 2015 – Fuelling the Smartwatch Race Like Never Before


Smartwatch isn’t the only wearable device in the market today. You can even find wearable sunglasses like Recon Jet, , fitness wrist bands like Fitbit and a lot more. However, smartwatches are the only wearable devices that have been able to give promising results. That can be attributed to the fact that smartwatches simply have a few more features than other wearable devices that generally just tend to cash-in customers through their fitness oriented features.

Despite being a device with a huge potential, not every company is building a smartwatch. Only a handful of big brands have explored this territory and out of them only a few have been able to find a solid ground for themselves. Motorola is one of them. The company released its Moto 360 first-gen smartwatch sometime back and now the U.S. smartphone company is again back with another one.

This new watch will also be called Moto 360, to avoid confusion however, we’ll be referring it as Moto 360 (2015). The watch will be available in two sizes i.e. 42mm and 46mm. Moto has also made it pretty clear that they’ll be releasing a Moto 360 Sport version this year which will basically mimic certain features of fitness bands and work as a watch-cum-fitness tracker. We are able to get our hands-on Moto 360 2015 and its one hell of a watch. Here’s why…

A Great New Design
Women have always felt kind of left out from Android smartwatches since they often find them too clunky for their wrists. However, the new Moto 360 2015 bridges that gap in the best possible way. Its 42mm variant boasts of the perfect size and dimensions when it comes to women. The big screen makes the entire affair still clunky as compared to traditional female watches but it is compact than others.

The other watch, the 46mm Moto 360 2015 is somewhat similar to the first-gen Moto 360 but the company did manage to bring some essential design tweaks which we all so dearly missed in the previous watch. For instance, the crown seems to have moved a little up, the bezels have redefined and now the watch comes with stylish lugs for the body to attach itself to the straps.

It will also be worth mentioning that Motorola has mentioned an updated version of the Moto Maker for customising the new Moto 360. So even if you meet someone wearing the same watch, chances are that his/her Moto 360 would look quite different from that of yours.

A Hoard of New Features
Though one can’t fully mention all the features of this new watch by Moto 360, however, there are some significant changes that are omnipresent all the time. For instance, the new Snapdragon 400 processor that Qualcomm so dearly released specifically for smartwatches seems to be working just fine for this new watch by Moto. This is a big achievement than the previous Moto 360 which often encountered some lags here and there even while doing minimal day-to-day tasks.

Another fabulous improvement includes a bigger battery for both the versions; the Moto 360 and the Moto 360 Sport. As a result, the new Moto 360 can run for two days as compared to the one day battery life of its first-gen Moto 360 and the Apple Watch. Although this claim can’t be proven right now, but if it’s true then it will pit the new Moto 360 directly against the recently launched Samsung Gear S2.

The Moto 360 Sport
The Moto 360 Sport looks entirely different from the other it’s not so sporty brother. This Sport version differs in terms of build-material that is silicone which makes it a little sportier and more resistant to wear and tear than the other. However, the Sport version will lack the facility of interchangeable straps simply because of the way it is designed and build. Moreover, since it comes in tacky sporty colours like white etc; one must be pretty sure about it since you won’t be able to do much in case you don’t like it.

Apart from the looks and the design, the watch’s interface is different too. It is more concentrated on those people who give special importance to fitness. You can calculate the number of steps you’ve taken along with your body statistics like heart rate etc. because of the embedded sensors in it. The watch will have an in-built GPS along with a UV coating on its display and will also have an IP67 water resistant rating.

Summin’ it Up
To sum up, the new Moto 360 2015 seems to be a pretty attractive piece of hardware. Moto has cleverly designed the watch and seems to have taken care of all sort of probable buyers. The 42mm variant will be great for women because of its not so big design and build. The 46mm variant is great for Android wear enthusiasts who wish to explore the power of Android in a watch with a little more to see. The Moto 360 Sport on the other hand will be enticing the fitness freaks who take their watch everywhere their go. However, now instead of taking a glimpse of the time, they’ll be able to do a lot more.

In terms of performance, the watch has encountered a humungous change. The new Snapdragon 400 processor runs blazingly fast and solves all the day to day tasks without any hint of lag. The battery life has been heavily improved too. Apart from that, the new revamped version of the Moto Maker has made it even better to customize the new Moto 360 which makes the watch more personalized than Apple Watch or other high end competitors.

Though as of now, we can’t give you an in-depth review and therefore an advise whether you should wait for the Moto 360 2015 or not but as of now the watch did fulfil most of our expectations and that’s a good sign.

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