Motorola was one of the first to launch a compelling smartwatch in the Moto 360 in 2014. The company followed the original up in 2015 with a second generation model, as well as a sportier model in 2016. But following those, Motorola just vanished from the smartwatch category. Fast forward half a decade since that first Moto 360 and we now have the new release of the third generation Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch.
This new release smartwatch is available with steel grey, rose gold or a black stainless steel case. The black leather strap and grey stainless steel case combo does create the look of a dressy watch. All Motorola 360 WearOS Touchscreen Smartwatches from Buydig.com measure in with 42mm watch cases. These smartwatches include 1.2-inch, 390 x 390 AMOLED responsive and crisp touchscreen displays with a 327ppi pixel density. An AMOLED display means that you do get vibrant colors. You also get true blacks, and it’s no mistake that most of the backgrounds in Wear OS, or any smartwatch platform, are black. With AMOLED, it’s hard to see where the screen ends and the bezels begin on the touchscreen. It sort of provides an illusion of a narrower bezel than what you actually have. You also get two physical buttons that are placed along the now curved sides instead of just one, like the old Moto watches. The top button has the signature “M” branding, while the second button is new for the Moto smartwatch. Accessing apps is achieved with a push of the top action button on the Moto smartwatch, while the bottom button essentially functions as a shortcut for your most frequently used app like the Google Fit Workouts.
The new Moto 360 smartwatch from Buydig.com runs on Google’s Wear OS operating system. So, it has dedicated watch faces for Google Fit and the new Tiles (widgets) that are designed to make it easier to glance at the information you care about most. This new release smartwatch has NFC onboard to enable Google Pay for contactless payments. The onboard microphone means you can chat to the 360 smartphone to use Google’s Assistant and to respond to messages. The Moto 360 smartphone runs on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 3100, while RAM has been beefed up to 1GB with 8GB of storage. Swiping through screens on this new release has a nice zip with no lag in performance.
You have a nice array of features on this Moto new release if you want to work out with the 360. There’s an optical heart rate monitor, built-in GPS along with satellite support for GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo systems to give you plenty of outdoor mapping coverage. The accelerometer handles indoor tracking and you also get a waterproof design that has been tested for 10,000 swim strokes.
The Moto 360 smartphone is the most attractive Wear OS device you can buy, with a design that’s more reminiscent of a regular watch. The Moto 360 smartwatch model is pretty much everything you would expect it to be. It offers a solid build quality, a premium finish, good display and great performance. Overall it’s a nice smartwatch to wear and use. It’s far superior and more substantial than the four-year old Moto smartwatch model it replaces.