Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen or new Moto 360, is now available, including through its Moto Maker personalization store. There are two versions of the Android Wear watch for men, and a model for women. This is the device we had on our wrist for a few days: here is our opinion.
A little more than a year after the first Moto 360, unveiled at a Google I / O 2014 where it had made its small effect, alongside an LG G Watch not frankly design here comes a second-generation Moto 360 commercial. One, or rather three, since the watch now comes in two versions for men – one with a 46 mm case, the other measuring 42 mm – and a model for women, this time with a 42 mm case . What changes between these “small” models 42 mm, depending on whether they are for men or women is mainly the proposed colors, but also the size of compatible bracelets. Thus, when men’s bracelets measure 22 or 20 mm wide depending on whether one chooses a large or a small box, the women’s bracelet measures 16 mm.
Design and ergonomics
In 2015, Motorola was evolving very slowly. The new Moto 360 offers some improvements in design and ergonomics compared to the old model, but the company has not singularly upset its habits. The Moto 360 “2” therefore incorporates most codes of his earliest, until small defects that already handicapped the latter.
As for the construction, rather than hide the hooks in the case as on its first model, Motorola has opted this year for a watch with “horns” in which attach the bracelets. The latter is therefore very easily changed by a simple pump mechanism. The leather strap delivered by default is also not the most excellent quality, but it nevertheless gives a rather distinguished style to the whole. We also note the push button still present, but slightly higher than the old model, falling more naturally under the index. With 55g on the scale, the watch is comfortable to wear, and its thickness of 11.5 mm allows it to remain relatively discreet wrist.
Where the rub is on the internal construction of the device. A component under the screen presses on the slab as soon as you press lightly on the back of the watch, this is especially noticeable when you lift the wrist while wearing the device. A detail that worries a little bit about the durability of the object.
On the display side, the watch adopts the same round screen close to the codes of traditional watchmaking but is still afflicted by the short black band on the bottom of the dial that houses the ambient light sensor. If a year ago the technical constraint could serve as an excuse for this slight visual nuisance, it is more difficult to excuse Motorola today while a manufacturer like Samsung manages to marry brightness sensor and perfectly circular screen on his Gear S2.
The other slightly annoying detail is the beveled edges that contribute to a slight distortion of the image and a “rainbow” effect when the screen displays a white background.
In addition to these slight visual disturbances, the screen of the Moto 360 still offers a pleasant experience. The definition makes all texts readable without problems on a screen of this size and the brightness measured at 587 cd / m² allows you to enjoy your watch in just about any light conditions. On the reactivity side nothing wrong, the watch obeys the finger and the eye to most actions.
Features of Moto 360 2nd Gen
Here are the features of the Moto 360 2, compared to its competitors of the moment, including the Huawei Watch. It should be noted that both watches that of the Chinese brand and the women’s version of the Moto 360 2 that we tested have a 42 mm case. Their overall dimensions are also very similar, to a tenth of thickness, which proves that the Motorola watch is not quite the finest.
|Model||Huawei Watch||Motorola Moto 360 (2015)||Asus ZenWatch||LG Watch Urbane|
|Screen size||1.4 inches||1.37 or 1.56 inches||1.63 inches||1.3 inches|
|Screen technology||Full AMOLED
|Screen definition||400 x 400 pixels
|360 x 325 pixels
360 x 330 pixels
|320 x 320 pixels||320 x 320 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2GHz|
|RAM memory||512 MB||512 MB||512 MB||512 MB|
|Dimensions||42 x 42 x 11.3 mm||42 x 42 x 11.4 mm
46 x 46 x 11.4 mm
|50.6 x 39.8 x 9.4 mm||45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9 mm|
|Weight (case)||50 grams|
|Drums||300mAh||300 or 400 mAh||369 mAh||410 mAh|
|Reloading||Micro USB module||Wireless induction||Micro USB module||MicroUSB module|
|Water resistance||IP 67||IP 67||IP 55||IP67|
|Price||449 euros (mesh model)||Starting from 299 euros||199 euros||349 euros|
What do women want?
The real challenge of Motorola is to convince the female audience, often left out by the manufacturers of devices designed for technophiles traditionally imagined as men, even if this distinction is no longer relevant to our time. Still, if the features can appeal to women, it is still necessary that the design suits them, and that the format of the devices in question is adapted to the finest wrists.
Let’s go back to the basics: with its 42mm diameter and 11.4mm thick case, the latest-generation Moto 360 is naturally smaller than the first 360 and displays dimensions similar to the Huawei Watch, it also has a diameter of 42 mm but for a thickness of 11.3 mm. Where Motorola stands out, it is by the attachment system of his bracelet, attached to a small bar as on the classic watches. Not only do we save a few millimeters on both sides of the case, but we can hope to very quickly change the bracelet in question – a small pusher can remove a few seconds. It is also possible to change the base bracelet by a standard watch strap. A good idea for both women and men which suggests real possibilities of customization, not to mention that the possibility of changing a watchband can increase its life. Also, note, and it is not negligible, that the screen border does not go over the slab, unlike the Huawei Watch: this accentuates its appearance “real watch.”