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Hands-on: The 2nd-gen Moto 360 is probably the next best Android Wear smartwatch

Florence Ion | Sept. 4, 2015
It's good-looking, has good specs, and you can customize the style to your liking.

I hate to say this, but Motorola just “disrupted” Android Wear. Rather than offer a fixed style of case for its new Moto 360 smartwatch, it announced that you could customize your own.

It was obvious Motorola would go this route. It popularized the idea of customizing your own smartphone with the Moto X, so naturally it’s offering the same for its smartwatch lineup. The result is such a large spectrum of choice that it’s almost too hard just to choose one.

Pretty fitting

When anybody asked me which Android Wear smartwatch to start with, I’d always point them to the first-generation Moto 360. However, after wearing one myself for a few weeks, I couldn’t continue with it on my wrist. The watch was too bulky for me to comfortably wear on a daily basis, and the black leather band it came with was, frankly, kind of ugly.

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Hey! This Moto 360 is small enough to fit my wrists.  Credit: Florence Ion

I imagine I’d feel differently over time with the new Moto 360. It comes in three sizes: A large men’s size at 46mm, a small men’s size at 42mm, and a women’s model also at 42mm, but with smaller lugs. I handled the rose gold women’s watch and was instantly enamored with it. I’ve been waiting for watch manufacturers to take into consideration a woman’s smaller wrist size, and Motorola listened. Not only is the watch itself as stylish and attractive as a watch you can pick up at Nordstrom’s or Macy’s, but the watchbands that Motorola offers seem to be styled after women’s contemporary fashion. Diane Von Furstenberg could totally try to incorporate these into her runway show—better the Moto 360 than the next Google Glass, anyway.

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The Moto 360 offers easy-to-remove watchbands, so you can swap them in and out as you please without a tool. Credit: Florence Ion

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The Moto 360’s heart rate monitor has been whittled down to a peep hole on the back. Credit: Florence Ion

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to wear the Moto 360 to be able to comment on how comfortable it is. Most of the watches I had access to were tethered to security leashes. I do recall how soft the leather band felt on the women’s watch, however, since sweaty wrists are typically an issue with cheaper, thicker leather.

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This “dummy” model of the Moto 360 Sport was not impressive.  Credit: Florence Ion

I was not too keen on the plasticky Moto 360 Sport, though, which Motorola offered a dummy of at the Lenovo event. It felt a bit hokey, though I’m not much of a sport band wearer in the first place.

 

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