PROS / The Moto 360 is one of the most fashionable smartwatches money can buy.
CONS / At the bottom of the watch's screen is a gap that houses the ambient light sensor, so the screen isn't a true circle.
VERDICT / The Moto 360 is the best smartwatch that runs Android Wear. It is customizable, comfortable, and is outfitted with a large battery, heart rate sensor, and has a bright screen.
The Moto 360 was arguably the first smartwatch that took a fashion-forward approach to design. Motorola's sophomore smartwatch, the Moto 360 2nd Gen, continues this philosophy. Sporting a stainless steel case that is less than a half-inch thick and a circular face, the Moto 360 looks like a regular watch, not a smartwatch. This is how it should be. Even better, it comes in different sizes appealing to those who have smaller-sized wrists or those wanting a larger display. Compared to the company's first watch, this new Moto 360 is more comfortable, customizable and functional and it's definitely worthy of your consideration.
There are 300 possible combinations for customizing the Moto 360. You can choose from three models that vary in size, band type and case color. Motorola makes a men's variant of the Moto 360 with a 42 mm case that uses a 20 mm-sized band, and a larger, more expensive 46 mm case with a 22 mm band. For women, the company offers a 42 mm case which utilizes a thinner 16 mm band. We tested the smaller women's model.
For the men's models, you can select from a brown or black leather band, while the women's comes with a gray or cream-colored leather band. You can pay $50 extra with both editions to get a stainless steel band which has silver, gold or black links, depending on your preference. The women's model also has the option for a double-wrap leather strap, which resembles luxury goods manufacturer Hermes' Double Tour watch.
Whether you want to admit it or not, anything you wear on your body makes a statement. By providing you with several customization options, Motorola helps make its smartwatch more personal, something we appreciate greatly. It's apparent that most manufacturers are going for a one-size-fits-all approach, and claim their watches are unisex, when in reality they don't fit well and appear overly masculine.
A female editor at Top Ten Reviews also wore this smartwatch for a week and said the watch was stylish and a good fit for her smaller wrists. She also remarked on the 360's customizable faces and how she liked matching them with her outfits each morning. By default, you can choose from about 20 faces, one of which has live dials that refresh as the day goes on to show the weather, your step count or your battery percentage.
Featuring a stainless steel body, Gorilla Glass screen and weighing just over 3 ounces, this smartwatch feels durable, but we wish it were thinner. It only has a single button where the 2 would be on a clock, to lock and unlock the display. The IPS LCD screen is bright and has a 360 by 325 pixel resolution, but it's not as sharp as the screens found on the Huawei smartwatch or LG Watch Urbane. It did not have as much glare as other smartwatches when using it outside.
We also liked that the Moto 360 has an ambient light sensor for automatically adjusting brightness; this comes with a tradeoff though. At the bottom of the watch's screen is a gap, which houses the sensor and prevents the screen from forming a perfect pixel-filled circle.
This smartwatch is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the same processor used in several smartphones. It has 512MB of RAM, which is standard when comparing it to other smartwatches. Also under the hood is 4GB of internal storage for music and apps, also average for smartwatches. The only lag we experienced was after opening Google Maps and waiting for our location to refresh. Other than that, the watch was prompt.
Most importantly – battery life. The smaller model is outfitted with a 300-mAh battery, while the larger is equipped with a 400-mAh battery. You will get one day of use with the former and about a day and a half with the larger variant.
We recommend charging your smartwatch before bed. The Moto 360 has a convenient wireless charging dock that you rest your watch on horizontally. While charging, it dimly displays the time and the current battery percentage. Few smartwatch manufacturers provide a cradle for charging; we're glad Motorola does, since they don't slide on nightstands and are easier to use than regular cables.
The watch runs Android Wear, most smartwatches do, and is effective for managing notifications as they come in. You can easily reply to text messages, using either canned responses like "Yes," "No," "I don't know" or "Maybe." Or you have the option to select from a series of emojis, or you can use the watch's onboard microphone to dictate a response. Voice control also comes in handy frequently. Just raise your wrist, the watch's onboard gyroscope will illuminate the display, then say "OK, Google" to ask a question, send a message or set a reminder. The voice functionality isn't perfect, and we found ourselves repeating ourselves on occasion. Since the watch doesn't have a speaker, you won't be able to take any phone calls with the watch, but you probably wouldn't want to anyway.
You can use the watch for fitness tracking – i.e., counting steps, measuring calories burned and recording your heart rate with the built-in heart rate sensor. It is water and sweat resistant, but you shouldn't submerge the watch by any means. So don't go swimming or shower with it.
Help & Support
With its stainless steel construction and touch leather band, we doubt you will need to file a warranty claim, but you can have some peace of mind knowing that Motorola offers a one-year warranty. Should you have a question or problem, you can reach customer support via telephone or email. Motorola also offers support through a live online chat.
The Moto 360 is hands down the best Android Wear smartwatch money can buy. It's luxurious, customizable and comfortable. It features solid, stainless steel construction and has a bright, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen. Not to mention, it provides you with decent battery life and has plenty of features like basic fitness tracking.