The relationship Americans have with their smartphones is both intense and really quite intimate. The modern smartphone is a portal into a limitless world of information, images, creativity, and connectivity. Once touted as a way to make life easier by integrating the interconnectivity of everything experienced on desktop and laptop computers into a small handy device that could also make phone calls. This has resulted in a culture that tries to balance the obsessive urge to be connected with the ever-present aspiration to just be left alone.
Enter the smartwatch. The newly launched Motorola Moto 360, to be exact. The Moto 360 was always meant to be complementary to whatever phone it happened to be connected, and with this latest edition, even more so.
The Moto 360 started off as the only smartwatch designed to look like a traditional watch, and thankfully, that design aesthetic is unchanged in this latest edition. However, it now has competition from every other designer from Armani to Hugo Boss Orange watches, which could prove a problem. On the outside, the case has changed from purely round and now features extended lugs for an improved fit and ease of changing the strap. The Moto 360 is available in two case sizes for men: 46 or 42mm. The case is made from aircraft-grade 316L stainless steel which means it can take as much abuse as its rather robust predecessor. As an aside, the Moto 360 currently on my wrist has made serious contact with just about every wall and object in my life with nary a ding or scratch suffered. The Moto 360 is simply as tough as it is good looking.
– Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– Backlit LCD
– Mens: 46mm diameter by 11.4mm high/42mm diameter by 11.4mm high
– Womens: 42mm diameter by 11.4mm high
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 w/1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
– Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU
– Wireless charging with charging dock included
– 4GB internal storage + 512MB RAM
– Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy
– Battery life: Mens 42mm and Womens: 300mAh – Up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off, up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on – Mens 46mm: 400mAh – Up to 2 days of mixed use with Ambient off, up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on.
Improving on something already considered really, really good is no small feat. The original started off good and full of promise, and it turned out to be great with many of its promises coming to fruition. This second edition already looks to be great by comparison, however, only time will tell which means you’ll have to check back for the upcoming review of the latest Motorola Moto 360.