Moto 360 review: A worthy successor to last year's model, but not perfectHow does the new Moto 360 stack up? CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a first look.
The new Moto 360 is one of the most personal devices I've ever owned. Other smart watches let you swap bands. And some even come in multiple colors and sizes. But Motorola's Moto Maker software let's you design the watch for you. Want a watch that's two toned? No problem. Maybe one with a textured bezel. Why not? All of this is possible with the new Moto 360. The biggest physical change is the addition of traditional watch lugs. These look great, make it easier to swap out the strap for a new one, and make the watch more flexible, which means it's a lot more comfortable to wear. The crown has also been relocated to the top right. But make no mistake, it's still just a button you use to dim the display and access the app menu. It doesn't spin like the digital crown Apple watch. Many of the changes in the new Moto 360, are the ones you can't see. The processor has received significant boost. Which has improved many of the performance issues users experience in the original model. One thing that hasn't changed is the display. The resolution is a bit better but it's not as high as the Walle watch or second gen LG watch or Bane. It also has that same unsightly black bar at the bottom so it's not a complete circle. This is where the ambient light sensor is located for adjusting brightness automatically and while it's convenient I'm not sure it's worth having the black bar. It's just the one thing I really can't stand. Battery life will last you about a day and a half with the always on screen feature or more than two days with it turned off. For the most part, this is in line with other Android Wear watches and the Apple Watch. On the software side, Motorola added some custom watch faces and a fitness tracking app known as Moto Body. But it's just Android wear which still feels like a work in progress, especially when compared to the OS on the Apple Watch and Samsung's new Gear S2. It also feels like Motorola hasn't done enough to help the 360 stand out. The [UNKNOWN] watch has a high-res display that's protected by sapphire crystal. The customization of the 360 is a nice touch. But aside from the design, the Moto 360 is pretty much the same as every other Android wear device. There's a lot more to be said about the Moto 360. For more information be sure to check out my full review over at CNET. COM. I'm Dan Graziano for CNET. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]