Motorola Unveils New Moto 360 Smartwatches
Buyers who would like to customize their smartwatches will want to check out the newest batch of wearables from Motorola. The second generation of Moto 360 smartwatches released on Wednesday allows the user to choose size, case color, straps and other design details for a personalized look.
First there’s size. The Moto 360 comes in two sizes for men, 46mm and 42mm, that take 24mm and 20mm straps. The model for ladies is also 42mm but takes a slimmer 16mm strap. The big difference in the Moto 360 and most other smartwatches is that these models can be paired with any properly sized straps rather than only those from Motorola.
The watches for men are available in silver, gold or black while the ladies’ model comes in silver, gold or rose gold. Buyers can also chose from three bezel styles: knurled, chamfered or etched. The watch runs Android Wear.
With all this versatility comes a much higher price tag. While the 2014 Moto 360 starts at $149, prices for the new models begin at $299—double the price of the earlier version.
One important feature that buyers of the new Moto 360 will get for their money is longer battery life. While the previous model could barely make it through one day without a charge, the new 46mm watches can go up to two days on one charge and the 42mm models are good for between a day and a day and a half.
The entire Moto 360 collection can now be viewed at Motorola.com with some models also being sold through Best Buy online and the Google Play store. All three are now taking preorders. The watches will be available at Best Buy, Verizon and select Nordstrom stores later this month. Prices start at $299 and go up to $429.