Moto 360 review: Is the third time a charm?
Moto 360 review: Is the third time a charm?

Moto 360-It is good to see these big improvements in the second version of the Moto 360 Gen 2 smart watch,

which has been admired by many and to talk more about it, we will review in our review the most important specifications of the watch

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Motorola was one of the first to launch a compelling smartwatch in the Moto 360. The original timepiece appeared back in 2014 on Android Wear – as it was known then

and a flat tyre at the bottom of the display but it was a lovely device in its hay-day.

The company followed the original up in 2015 with a second-generation model that ditched the flat tire display, as well as a sportier model in 2016, but following those, Motorola just vanished from the smartwatch category and brands like Fossil, Apple, and Samsung took over.

Fast forward half a decade since that delightful first Moto 360 and you have yourself the third generation of the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. With three years out of the game and an entirely different sector to what Moto left behind, can the third generation Moto 360 compete? 

We’ve been playing with it for the last week but as the one we have isn’t a final model, we won’t be scoring the Moto 360 until we get the retail device in for review.

Design

  • Premium build quality
  • Leather and silicone straps
  • Three colour options

The Motorola Moto 360 (2019) model hasn’t completely forgotten its roots in its new design, but it is certainly bulkier and more substantial than the previous models. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. The Moto 360 third generation has a lovely premium finish with the solid and weighty build quality. Certainly less toy-like than the previous generations.

On the right hand side of the brushed stainless steel model we had in for review are two polished hardware buttons. The top button – which rotates – has the signature “M” branding we saw on previous Moto 360 devices, while the second button is new for the Moto smartwatch. The previous models of the Moto 360 all only offered the one button.POCKET-LINT

There’s a polished ring surrounding the casing at the top, adding to premium finish of this device, and there’s a polished buckle fastening too, also featuring the signature “M” logo. Our Moto 360 smartwatch had a genuine leather strap and while it was comfortable to wear, the leather is a little more plasticky looking than the rest of the device deserves.

On the underside of the third generation Moto 360, there are the charging pins – our model has four but the retail model will have two – along with a heart rate sensor.

The heart rate sensor is almost flat on our model with only a slight bump, though we have been told the final model’s bump will change slightly to improve heart rate quality.

Display

  • Fully round AMOLED
  • Always On Display
  • Adaptive brightness

The Motorola Moto 360 (2019) model has a fully round AMOLED display on top of the solid stainless steel casing. It’s a responsive and crisp touchscreen that performs well based on our experience with it and is much the same as the other latest Wear OS devices.

Hardware and performance

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB storage
  • Fast charging

Under its hood, the Motorola Moto 360 (2019) runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, supported by 1GB of RAM. This is the same as other smartwatches like the Fossil Gen 5 and the Michael Kors Bradshaw 2. It’s the same processor as the Michael Kors MKGO too but double the RAM and this is obvious when in use as the Moto 360 delivers a smoother experience.

Day-to-day use, we didn’t experience any lag from our Moto 360 model and the battery appeared to perform reasonably well too, even if it isn’t up there with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch.POCKET-LINT

As we mentioned, our model wasn’t a final retail model and according to Motorola, there will be battery and charger improvements before the device goes on sale, though we didn’t find any glaring issues with the battery life as it stands. It got us through the day but not into the next, which is pretty much the same story for most smartwatches.

There’s fast charging on board for the days that the Moto 360 runs out of steam before you do, delivering a full battery life in an hour, and there’s 8GB of internal memory on board too – again like the Fossil Gen 5.

Software

Google Wear OS

The Motorola Moto 360 (2019) runs on Google’s Wear OS platform 

It’s a significantly better experience than Android Wear offered back when the Moto 360 smartwatch first appeared and while Apple’s WatchOS is still better in our opinion, Wear OS is good. POCKET-LINT

As with all of the latest Wear OS smartwatches, the third generation Moto 360 has Google Pay, Google Fit, Google Assistant, and Google Play Services on board.

It means you get an identical user experience to the likes of the Michael Kors smartwatches or the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch, with only really the watch faces varying by brand. 

Wear OS smartwatches are all packaged differently in terms of design, but ultimately, they largely deliver the same performance and experience across the board.

A swipe from left to right pulls up Google Assistant but there is no speaker on board the Moto 360 so any results will appear on the screen and phone calls will transfer to your phone. A swipe right to left launches Google Fit,

where you can keep track of your activity, while a swipe from the top offers access to quick settings. Swipe up from the bottom of the display and you’ll find your notifications. 

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If you want more tips and tricks for using Google’s Wear OS platform then head to our Wear OS complete guide feature for the rundown on how to get the most out of this watch.

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