Show Off Your Moto Maker Creations: Moto X Pure and Moto 360

Pre-orders for the Moto X Pure Edition and the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) both went live yesterday around noon Pacific. We can tell that tons of you took to Motorola’s site to customize at least one of the devices on Moto Maker, because you killed their checkout system for a good hour or two. It’s probably safe to say that Motorola wasn’t expecting that much action.

Since these two devices seem to have more hype surrounding them than anything else at the moment, we thought we would see if you all wanted to share your Moto Maker creations. The Moto 360 has some 400 combinations to choose from and the Moto X Pure probably has even more than that. And even though we ordered ours already, we are always looking for inspiration for next purchases from the DL community.

So, what’d you go with?  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Pick a Smartwatch, Any Smartwatch.

Three round smartwatches stole headlines this week, all of which will be available at some point over the next few weeks. We have the new Moto 360 (2nd gen), Huawei Watch, and Samsung’s Gear S2 and S2 Classic. All look pretty fantastic, but each are different in their own way. Moto wants you to customize the hell out of theirs, while Huawei has given you options, but wants you to think of its watch as a high-end premium device. Samsung, well, it’s positioning itself somewhere in the middle, though it seems to have realized all that was wrong with previous watches and fixed them this time around, making watches that are worth considering.

We spent time with all of them over the last couple of weeks. Tim went hands-on with the Huawei Watch here. I also did my thing with the new Moto 360 here, and the Gear S2s here.

I’d have to say that if I were choosing one today, I’d probably go Huawei Watch. The combination of the premium experience, design, and choice has won me over. But that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited to spend ample time with the new Moto 360 and Gear S2. Decisions will be made here shortly, once our reviews are ready.

What about you? If you were picking a smartwatch today, which way would you go?

Pick a smartwatch, any smartwatch. Which would you buy?

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FYI: New Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Won’t Work With First Gen Chargers

Just a heads-up, but if you are buying the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) and happen to have a bunch of chargers lying around from the original Moto 360, we have been told that those chargers are “not compatible” with the new watch. Same goes for the 2nd gen’s chargers – they are not compatible with the original 360. I couldn’t tell you why because I don’t have either in front of me, but that’s what the review information I have states.  (more…)

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Specs (Official)

By now, you should have read the announcement from Motorola about the new Moto 360 (2nd gen). The follow-up to the most popular Android Wear watch is now official and up for pre-order starting today at $299. Oh, we took it for a spin as well, and compared it to the original Moto 360 in case you were looking for all the info you need in order to consider buying one.

If that wasn’t enough, below we have assembled the full specs for the new watch and all of its variants. You will see the differences in sizes, battery capacities depending on those sizes, the newer processor used this time around, and more.

Questions?  (more…)

Motorola Announces New Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Collection With Sport Model, Pre-Orders Open Today

Enough with the leaks, already – it’s now official. Motorola has announced the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) collection, which includes both men’s and women’s lines, along with a new Moto 360 Sport model that is coming later on down the road.

What’s new this time around? Well, you get two sizes of watches to choose from with the regular non-Sport Moto 360. There are 46mm and 42mm options for men, with the women’s collection also carrying that 42mm size. The new Moto 360s have more battery life (up to 2 days), design tweaks (lugs added), quick-release watch bands, a more powerful health experience, and something like 400 combinations of options through Moto Maker. (Full specs) (more…)