IFA 2015 | Motorola unveils new Moto 360 smartwatch
The Moto 360 is one of the most acclaimed Android Wear smartwatches available, and Motorola has just introduced the next iteration for the line of wearables. The first interesting change is that there is now a women's collection. The collection for women features customization and a more feminine design, yet the watch face sizes remain at 42mm and 46mm, which some feel look too bulky on smaller wrists. The watches can be customized with Moto Maker as well, allowing customers to choose from different band and materials.
One of the most controversial aspects of the original Moto 360 is how the display did not fill the face of the round watch, and instead had what some call the 'flat-tire' look. Motorola calls this a shelf, and it is still a part of the design for the latest 360 smartwatches. Though the company hopes to remove this look in the future, it could not do so for this version without making the bezel significantly larger.
The last large change is the introduction of a sport edition for the Moto 360. The sport version of the watch comes with a silicone band to resist moisture and add durability, and also features a GPS for better fitness data collection. Unfortunately, the watch bands of the sport Moto 360 are not able to be switched with other colors or materials.
All of the new Moto 360 wearables will run Android Wear, make use of the Snapdragon 400 SoC processor, and are said to last a day and a half and two days without recharging for the 42mm and 46mm respectively. The battery capacity is not yet known, but hopefully the claims are accurate. Priced at $299, the watches seem like a nice upgrade, but Motorola will have to work hard to find its sustainable advantage if it wants to pull ahead in the smartwatch sector.