Moto 360 (2015): Smarter, Sleeker And More Compelling Than Ever

Moto 360 (2015): Smarter, Sleeker And More Compelling Than Ever

You wanted more Moto 360, and Motorola definitely listened. Instead of releasing a single update to the iconic, round Android Wear smartwatch, Moto has released three, and they’re all amazing.

The new Moto 360 comes in 46mm and 42mm, a separate women’s collection (pictured above), and the Moto Sport collection (which we’ve already heard so much about.)

It features a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 300mAh battery. The screen is a 1.37-inch LCD with a resolution of 360×325. It’s pretty slim at just 11.4mm, and features everything from wireless charging through to a Gyroscope, accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, haptics engine, and ambient light sensor. The whole thing is also IP67 water- and dust-resistant.

The Sport model is a little different. It features a GPS tracking capabilities and has a screen configured for outdoor readability.

Unfortunately for some, the 360 still comes with the so-called “flat tyre”: a flat panel of glass at the bottom of the bezel which many took objection to with the last model.

The watches come in mens and womens sizes: men get two sizes of Moto 360 to choose from, between the 42mm and 46mm cases with a choice between 20mm and 22mm bands respectively. Women, however, only get the one choice of watch with a 42mm case and 16mm band. For what it’s worth, that 46mm mens case is $US50 more expensive than the standard 42mm sizing. The 46mm also comes with a 400mAh batter as opposed to the 300mAh.

Motorola is pushing the new 360 smartwatch as a heavily customisable affair, which of course is dependent on the Moto Maker suite. Moto Maker is a product picker that allows you to change everything from the band, through to the case size you want, right down to whether or not you want chamfered edges on your bezel.

The real kicker here is that the new Moto 360 isn’t just for Android users anymore. Thanks to an announcement by Google earlier on this week, iPhone users will be able to take advantage of what is now a cross-platform Android smartwatch. Look out, Apple Watch.

Moto 360 (2015): Smarter, Sleeker And More Compelling Than Ever

Moto Maker isn’t available in Australia yet, but we’re told (pretty consistently) that it’s coming Down Under eventually.

The new Moto 360 starts at $US299.99. We’ll keep you posted with Australian prices and release dates.