When the Moto 360 (2014) landed more than five years ago, it was one of the first smart watches to feature a circular body. It was followed in 2015 by the second generation. Moto 360, which builds on many features of the original.

Four years after the second-generation smartwatch, Motorola has launched a third device, the new Moto 360 announcing its return to the clothing market in 2019.

What's this new mobile phone invited? Well we're not quite sure, but that's an intriguing decision, given the density of the smartwatch landscape, with Garmin, Samsung, Apple and many others with impressive devices.

It is clear that Motorola could not 'Do not just recall its latest device if it wants to remain competitive in the new world of smartwatches. So what's up here? And does the Moto 360 see Motorola return to the apparel market ??

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Price and availability of Moto 360

The price of the Moto 360 is $ 349 / £ 339, so it's not the most affordable smart watch. It's a little cheaper than the Apple Watch 5, which starts at $ 399 / £ 399 / AU $ 649, but if you're looking for a 'traditional' circular smartwatch on Samsung Galaxy Watch, which is currently at the top of our list of best smartwatches, launched for a more affordable price of $ 329 / £ 279 / AU $ 499, and costs even less now.

Regarding the release date of Moto 360, all we know for the moment is that it will be available end of December 2019, just in time for Christmas. Pre-orders will open from mid-November 2019 to moto360.com.

Design

The Moto 360 includes a circular body and a replaceable strap. Our review unit featured a silver-plated stainless steel body and a leather strap, but Motorola confirmed that the body would also be available in black and rose gold and that a silicone bracelet would also be available.

In terms of circular, 'traditional looking' watches, the Moto 360 metal design looks rather minimalist. There's a low bezel around the edge, but it's also another black ring bezel between this and the screen, so the body of the watch is a bit bigger than the display.

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The screen itself is a 1.2-inch screen, and there's no "puncture" effect at the bottom, as on previous Moto 360 versions, as Motorola has opted for a fully circular display right here. The dimensions of the watch itself are 42.8 x 42.8 x 11.68 mm, so it's pretty thick.

There are two controls on the right edge of the watch. One is a rotating crown that you can rotate with your finger to scroll through the menus, while the other is a button that can be associated with a variety of functions.

The body is light enough, so it's not a domineering wrist, and it's also very comfortable, partly because the lower body is plastic, so you do not have cold metal against your skin.

As mentioned, the Moto 360 comes with options of leather and silicone straps. There are no alternative straps for sale at the time of writing, but Motorola will probably be offering a selection of straps online in the future.

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The strap has many perforations. So, whether you have a delicate wrist or thick, it should be easy to get a comfortable fit. The buckle and lugs are safe, so you do not have to worry about the Moto 360 escaping your wrists when you run or work.

The Moto 360 is a bit thick compared to similar devices, and has more bezel than feels strictly necessary, but it's also lightweight and feels safe, and its relative size helps it feel robust. We're followers of the minimalist look too, although it's a matter of personal taste.

Display

The new Moto 360 comes with an AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels.

The display quality is excellent for a smart watch, whether you're looking at a photo or not having been sent or using the different apps, you've never left struggling to make any details.

During our short period of use of the watch, we thought that the colors on the display could be better, because some seem a little muted – it is not a problem for a device of this type, but if you choose a colorful watch dial it's more noticeable.

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One of the main features of the new Moto 360 is its permanent display. This means that without having to wake up the watch, you can see a naked version of the watch's face, displaying your active minutes and, of course, the date and time ..

It's a useful feature, which allows you to view this information at a glance, without having to lift the watch wisely to wake it up, even if we sometimes find that the screen was a bit too dark to distinguish clearly.

There is also, of course, a ripple effect in terms of battery life, but its deactivation has not helped to solve the more general problems of battery life, which will be coming soon. ' d recommend that you keep the permanent display on.

Fitness Tracking

Since the Moto 360 runs on Google's Wear OS, it is associated with Google Fit to track your daily activities and your workouts.

Well, it should, but we had a problem in that our review unit did not follow our steps, your heart rate or our fitness points. we're assuming this was a problem with our specific model, but that meant we were not able to test the accuracy of the step counter or 'active minutes' tracker.

We're sure to check that this is resolved before testing the Moto 360 for our full review.

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The usual selection of regular workouts is available through the preloaded Fit Workout app, such as walking, running, biking and weight training, but it also contains some fairly specialized activities such as paragliding, polo and sand racing (and serious niche activity, at least in terms of fitness, flossing); so if you like to work, the Moto 360 has sorted you.

We have briefly tested some of these modes, but we will make sure to do so more thoroughly for our comprehensive review.

In addition to Google Fit and Fit Workout, there's Breathe Fit, a breathing exercise that is as much an awareness tool as the meditation app's similar to other smartwatches and fitness tracker apps.

While the Moto 360 presents a wide range of fitness tracking tools, the thickness of the device we''t choose to use for some sports, such as block or boxing, but your mileage can vary.

Characteristics and performances

Qualcomm is the motor of the Moto 360's Wear the chipset 3100. The main advantages of this chip are the optimization of the battery life and more fluid dynamic wrist complications. We're not sure about the usefulness of the chipset for improving battery life, but this bonus is useful for some faces that display notifications, etc.

The Moto 360 is easy to handle and easy to navigate. It's probably thanks to the chipset, because it's the most premium offer from Qualcomm right now, as well as the built-in 1GB RAM. It's associated with 8GB of storage space, which allows you to load the Moto 360 with apps without it transpiring ..

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The operating system used is Google Wear OS, as we've already mentioned, but it's hard to exaggerate how useful this is if you've already invested in Google's Android ecosystem. Features like Google Pay for NFC, Google Fit Fitness Tracking, Google Maps from your wrist, etc., make Moto 360 an extension of your smartphone rather than a separate device.

One of the main features of a smart watch is the management of notifications. Wear OS stores them in a menu that you can easily access by swiping the main dial of the watch. Notifications are imported and viewed from your paired smartphone, and you can respond via Google's recommended suggestions, although you are usually limited to 'Yes', 'No' or 'Agree'.

It's only for some apps, like email apps, and it's often easier to answer on your phone if you have a longer answer in mind.

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Battery life

One of our problems with the two Moto 360 original smartwatches was that their battery life was a bit short, and that's still a problem with the new Moto 360.

Generally, you'll have about a day of use after a full charge. Therefore, if you expect to reload the watch every night, everything will be fine; however, the nighttime loading does not suit everyone's schedules or lifestyles well, and there's no way you'll spend two days here, so you risk carrying your loader with you.

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There is a Battery Saver mode that reduces the Moto 360 to its simple time reading function. We do not know how much this prolongs the battery life, but the function is triggered automatically when the battery level is critical. Motorola suggests that the watch can last three days in this mode.

The charge is via a dock that you plug into a USB port and the Moto 360 clips beautifully on the dock.'S easy to use. There's no wireless charge here, unlike the old Moto 360 devices, which is a strange omission for a new "rebooted" device.

We found that charging was quite lively; Motorola suggests that the watch goes from completely flat in an hour, which seems accurate, although if you're hooking up the watch in the night speed has won no matter for you.

Early verdict

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The Moto 360 is a useful smartwatch, like many Wear OS devices, with a plethora of fitness activities and access to the broader ecosystem of Google apps. It's responsive and easy to use, it looks as much like a smartphone mounted on the wrist as a smartwatch.

We're fans of the minimalist design of the Moto 360, although some people prefer the look of other smartwatches. The thick body and the wide bezel leave a little to be desired too.

Our main problem with the Moto 360 is that it does not do enough to justify the restart of the line. Some features were missing on previous Moto 360 watches, such as wireless charging, and not enough innovation to explain why Motorola resurrected the device.

Saying that, a lot of don't need a lot of innovation in their smartwatch – and if you are one of those people, the Moto 360 might suit you.