Moto 360 (2015) review: loveable, but still flawed

by Ahmed Kaludi November 25, 2015 at 12:03 am
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Review Rating

Overall 10 7.75
  • Design 8
  • Performance 5
  • Features 9
  • Battery Life 9

Good

  • Best design
  • Great specs
  • Customisation options

Bad

  • Black bar is back
  • Screen is worse than rivals
  • Battery life so-so

Despite having rather significant flaws, the original Moto 360 was the most popular Android Wear smartwatch. Has Motorola learnt from their previous mistakes, or is the second generation just as flawed as the first?

I’ve been wearing the 2015 Moto 360 for several weeks now, here’s the verdict.

Design, Screen and Battery

We loved the design of the original Moto 360, it was sleek, stylish, futuristic, and of course, round.

The 2015 version follows on in the same vain. Although the design is very similar, there are some slight improvements.

Motorola Moto 360

The home button has been moved around the bezel to a more ergonomic location, the strap attaches to extended lugs (so they can be changed easily), and it now comes in black, silver, and gold.

The watch also now comes in two sizes, a 46mm watch face (the same as the original, but 0.1mm thinner, at 11.4mm) and a new, smaller 42mm watch face (again, measuring 11.4mm thick).

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I’ve tried both on and much preferred the smaller version. It feels like a more natural size for a watch, and doesn’t hamper usability. There’s also a new ‘for Women’ version, which features a slimmer strap, and more blingy bezel.

The Moto 360 is very comfortable to wear, the size is fine for men’s wrists, and just about passes for women. It’s also reasonably lightweight, so you won’t suffer from watch fatigue.

In terms of design, it’s probably one of the best looking smartwatches around.

 

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