Head to Head: Moto 360 vs Moto 360 2nd gen
A year ago, Motorola launched one of the most popular smartwatches on the market, a device that sparked a lot of attention due to its design, which aimed at resembling as best as it could to a regular timepiece. Yes, I’m talking about the Moto 360, a smartwatch that boosted a round face, which was a rarity at that time, hence the attention it received.
But one year passed and the guys from Motorola, which have been busy little bees during this time, released the second generation of the Moto 360, a refurbished model that comes with some significant improvements on board. If you’re familiar with the first model or if you actually own one, you might be wondering about how are they compared to each other and if the upgrade is actually something worth purchasing.
First of all, let’s cover their design. The original Moto 360 came in only one size, having a diameter of 46mm and an 11.5 mm width; the Moto 360 2nd Gen comes in two sizes, a 46mm which is designed for men and a smaller 42mm for both men and women. Both versions are only a little bit thinner, standing at 11.4mm.
Like the first model, the new Moto 360 is also made from stainless steel and is sold with leather or stainless steel bands. The difference between the models is that the new one’s bands feature a quick release switch, thus attaching them is easier.
When it comes to bezel colours, the 2nd gen comes in black, silver and gold for men and black, silver, gold and rose gold for women. The new version can be customized by choosing a bezel color different from the case one.
Also worth noting is that the new Moto 360 will also have a Sport version, which is not yet released and will probably come by the end of the year.
Moto 360 vs Moto 360 2nd gen Inside Out
The Moto 360 2 holds a better display. The first model has a 1.56-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 320 x 290 and a pixel density of 205 ppi.
Being improved, the new one features an LCD with a 360 x 330 resolution and a 233 ppi for the bigger version (1.56-inch) and a 360 x 325 resolution and 263 ppi pixel density for the smaller one, which measures 1.37 inches. The screen stays on all the time in the ambient mode, this time, while the original’s didn’t. You can disable the mode if you like.
The new Moto 360 comes better prepared in terms of hardware, being powered by a Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor instead of the TI OMAP 3 single core 1 GHz processor found on the first device.
Both models have 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage, but the 2nd gen is a considerably better performer and will surely keep up with future updates and the like.
Things stay the same at the software department; both smartwatches have support for Android Wear 1.3.
Moto 360 vs Moto 360 2nd gen : Autonomy and Charging Options
The battery performance is another difference between the old and the new Moto 360. The latter features a 400 mAh battery for the 46mm version and a 300 mAh one for the 42mm one, which may not seem much when compared to the predecessor, which holds a 320 mAh battery, but the advantage is offered by the 2nd gen’s processor, which consumes a lot less energy than the old one.
Motorola states that both their new models will last for at least a day with the ambient mode on and up to two days (for the bigger device) with ambient mode off; the smaller Moto 360 will last for about a day and a half with the display turned off, nota bene.
As for some other important features that might interest you, both models (2014 & 2015) feature wireless charging, a heart rate sensor, Bluetooth LE and are IP67 certified for being dust and water resistant (they keep working submerged under 1 m of water for 30 minutes).
But How About the Price?!
Last – but not least – the price. The old Moto 360 holds a clear advantage here, being available for $150 now on [Amazon], $100 less than its initial starting price. The Moto 360 2nd Gen has a $300 starting price and can go up to $430, depending on the customizations you apply.
Find the Original Moto 360 on Amazon- $148 w/ Prime!
If you already have a Moto 360 and you’re completely satisfied, you probably shouldn’t hurry up for an upgrade. Otherwise, the improvements brought by the new one are pretty neat and will surely offer a proper user experience, significantly better than what the first Moto 360 had delivered.