Last year, for some crazy reason, Motorola decided to use Texas Instruments' obsolete OMAP 3 chip to suck its ht battery dry. The new Moto 360 2015 has a Snapdragon 400 quad core, which drags Motorola kicking and screaming into the late 2014 smartwatch era. No one else uses anything better, so the Snapdragon 400 should do for now.
Motorola has two versions of the watch – a smaller 42mm and a bigger 46 mm “tire” designed watch. But both watches still miss a part of the screen. You won’t see this problem with the LG G watch round or LG Watch Urbane as they have a perfect circle design. Motorola should have used the completely round watch screen with a white watch face, as anything less bothers our sense of aesthetics too much.
We cannot imagine how this part went trough the QA as it really bothered us. It has ruined an otherwise great looking smartwatch.
The smaller 42mm version of the watch has a 1.37-inch 360 x 325 display, while the bigger 46mm model has a 1.56-inch display with a resolution of 360 x 330.
The Women's 42mm case requires a 16mm band. Men's model 42mm case requires 20mm band while the 46mm men's case requires a 22mm band. Motorola promises up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off with Men's 42mm and Women's 300mAh battery. With Ambient on you should expect a full day of use.
All of the models are IP67 dust and water resistant and support an optical heart rate monitor (PPG). Motorola is introducing its first Ambient light sensor, something that most available Android wear watches are missing.
The price is the main issue of this device. Lenovo-owned Motorola wants $299 for a standard watch. If you run it via Maker it will get to $349.99 for women's model or $399.99 for men's model. This price includes free shipping, free returns and a lifetime tech support.
If you order one of the stock models you can expect Motorola to deliver it on September 24. Moto maker will ship five days later September 29 and since it comes with a metal strap it will cost $50 more.