Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Review

The original Moto 360 was the best smartwatch released in 2014. It had the looks of a modern yet traditional timepiece, along with the feature set of the current vision of a smartwatch, all at a price that wasn’t insulting to consumers understanding that it was a first gen product. Sure, it had its faults, but in the end, when you are talking about a fashion accessory that also has smarts, it’s all about aesthetics – and the Moto 360 was king by a mile.

With the release of the Moto 360 (2nd gen), Motorola had a lot to live up to, but they also had a chance to improve upon last year’s best watch. We all know that this year’s watch needed a major bump in processor to help in performance, so Moto took care of that. They also introduced size options, because not everyone wants to lug around a tank on their wrist. They even tweaked the design a bit, making it more classic looking than ever, while offering even more custom options through their Moto Maker software. Overall, the new 360 is upgraded in all of the right places.

So is it still king? Let’s find out in our Moto 360 (2nd gen) review.  (more…)

A Few Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Pre-Orders Delayed, “Technical Difficulties” to Blame

For a few folks who pre-ordered the Moto 360 (2nd Gen), you may have received an email directly from Motorola, stating that your order has been delayed. A personal email from Motorola’s Bjorn Kilburn, VP of E-Commerce, reads that technical difficulties with the company’s ordering and shipping system has led Motorola to be late in delivering customized Moto 360 devices.  (more…)

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…)