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Moto 360 Smartwatch | Review

Ad | Gifted | Contains affiliate links  The Moto 360 is a third-gen smartwatch featuring a stainless-steel case in three stunning fini...

Moto 360 Smartwatch
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The Moto 360 is a third-gen smartwatch featuring a stainless-steel case in three stunning finishes. It boasts of better performance (than previous versions), double the storage and over 1,000 different apps to choose from. Let's take a closer look at it!

What’s in the box

  • Moto 360 generation 3 stainless steel case
  • 1 leather watch strap
  • 1 Silicone watch strap
  • USB charging cradle
  • A quick start guide

Moto 360 Smartwatch

Moto 360 Smartwatch

Moto 360 Smartwatch

Technical Specifications of the Moto 360 Smartwatch

  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 3100
  • Operating System: Wear OS by Google™
  • Battery: Quick charge 355mAh
  • Memory: 1GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, GPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, HRM, Ambient Light
  • Water Resistance: 3ATM, tested for 10,000 swim strokes
  • Compatibility: Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition) or higher / iOS 10.0 or higher

Moto 360 Smartwatch Design

The Moto 360 smartwatch has a smart and sleek design. The materials used and the build are high quality adding to the smartwatch's premium look. The watch case is made with SUS316 stainless steel (offering increased corrosion resistance) and is available in three colours - Steel Grey, Rose Gold and Phantom Black. The former two have a PVD coating while the latter has a DLC coating.

Moto 360 Smartwatch

The dimensions of the watch are 42.8 x 42.8 x 11.68mm and it weighs 52g without the strap. The 1.2" circular AMOLED display has a 390x390px resolution (good clarity) and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection which offers enhanced scratch resistance. The watch face is flat and the bezel is not raised, so the swipe gestures are always easy and comfortable.

Featured in this post is the Rose Gold version which comes with a white silicone and a brown premium leather strap. The 20mm bands feature quick-release lug pins that are designed for easy removal and installation so you can swap the straps easily as and when needed.

2 sets of watch straps with the Moto 360

In terms of design, the Moto 360 is a stunning timepiece.

Charging the Moto 360

The smartwatch comes with a Motorola Charging Dock. You need to snap your watch into the dock, lining the watch buttons with the top of the Motorola logo on the charging dock (it sort of magnetically does that once in position) and then plug the dock into a computer or USB power adapter. The watch charges from zero to 100% battery in an hour's time which is good.

Charging the Moto 360 3rd Gen Smartwatch

I wish they had allowed for wireless charging as well.

Pairing the Moto 360 

Pairing the Moto 360 with your phone is very simple and straightforward. You will have to download the Wear OS by Google app on your phone and initiate the setup. You can enable information sharing between the watch and the phone and once paired you can sign in with your Google account and sync existing contacts, calendars and more.

Customising the Moto 360

You can easily and quickly change the watch face of the Moto 360 whenever you want. There are a number of different styles (classic, sporty, sleek, abstract) and you can select different colour options as well.

Changing the watch face of Moto 360

The watch face features (typically three) widgets called 'complications'. These widgets provide useful information like date, daily steps, appointments, weather etc. You can customise these 'complications' as well.

The watch also has something called as 'tiles' which are basically screens that allow you to view important information at a glance. You can change these tiles or add new ones.

Google Assistant and Google Fit

There are a number of tasks that you can perform directly from the watch using Google Assistant, for e.g. you can control alarms/timers, sync calendars, translate text, send messages to contacts, launch installed apps, get directions, read updates aloud etc.

Moto 360 Smartwatch - Google Fit
The default fitness app on the Moto 360 smartwatch is Google Fit and it lets you keep track of two vital health metrics - Move Minutes and Heart Points.

For users who need the basics, this is a good option. The smartwatch tracks your steps and can also be be set up to regularly track your heart rate. There is in-built tracking for most activities and you can check your progress by monitoring key metrics during/after the activity.

The 3rd Gen Moto 360 comes with a built-in GPS and barometric altimeter, so you can track all your activities without having to carry your phone.

Key Features of the Moto 360 Smartwatch

  • Always-on display - The OLED display of the 3rd gen Moto 360 remains dimly illuminated even when not in use. This means you can get updates and run apps while conserving battery life. The 'always-on' feature can be disabled when low on battery.
  • Quick charging - The smartwatch can be fully charged from zero to 100% in only an hour when used with the included Charging Dock.
  • Hands-free scrolling - In addition to the touch screen and rotating crown feature, you can also use the hands-free scrolling feature that recognises  wrist gestures to help the wearer navigate the Moto single-handedly. With the hands-free scrolling, you can flip through the notifications with a flick of the wrist.
  • Action button - The action button or the quick launch button is the crown button that is located on the bottom right side of the watch case. This can be customised to launch any app of your choice with a single click. It is a nice feature which allows for quick and better access to your favourite app.
  • Paying with the smartwatch - The 3rd gen Moto 360 comes equipped with near-field communication (NFC) which allows users to make payments (both online & offline) after registering for and installing a mobile payment service such as gPay.

Moto 360 Smartwatch - Checking the weather

Mr.H has been using the Moto 360(paired with his Android phone) for a few weeks now and he quite likes it. It seems to be a perfect everyday smartwatch and is great for those who like simplicity. He has installed just a few useful apps (no gimmicky extras) and it works well to his needs. The battery lasts for the entire day and the charging is quick (an hour to full charge), so that is good as well. Ignoring the fact that there is no way to take calls with the smartwatch, Mr.H still likes the Moto 360. The smartwatch is well-made, has a good design and plenty of useful features.

Overall, the 3rd Gen Moto 360 is a lovely smartwatch. It is priced at £299.99 but for a limited time only, the Moto 360 is available at a special price of £199.99 from