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Moto 360 2nd Gen vs Apple Watch: 5 Key Differences



Right around the same time the original Moto 360 was released, Apple announced its own wearable device, the Apple Watch. It didn’t arrive until earlier this year, but has been one of the most popular smartwatches in 2015. However, this week Motorola unveiled a 2nd Gen Moto 360, one that now works with iOS, and here’s how the two compare.

Earlier this week Google finally released Android Wear for iOS, allowing multiple current and upcoming smartwatches that run Android Wear to work with iPhone’s on iOS 8.2 and higher. This is a huge move for Google’s wearable platform, one that may have many potential Apple Watch buyers looking elsewhere. Possibly at a more fashionable and round watch, like Motorola’s new Moto 360.

Read: Moto 360 2015 Release: Everything You Need to Know

Apple’s watch took a completely different approach than almost all Android watches, and stuck to a square calculator-style design, but they added a few neat software features. For one, apps are a big part of the watch, and second, the digital crown allows for total control rather than all on-screen taps. There is a lot that separates these two watches, so read on for more details.


Apple may have had a better lead on the Moto 360 last year with its huge selection of colors, straps, and two sizes of the Apple Watch, but this year Motorola did the same thing and is taking Apple head on.

Both of these stainless steel smartwatches look beautiful, feature wireless charging, and have a lot to offer. Apple’s needs an iPhone, but you can now use the Moto 360 with iOS, this is huge. Before the decision was made for you if you had an iPhone, but not anymore.

With that in mind, many potential Apple Watch buyers have now turned their attention to what’s available from Android Wear, and one of the best is the Moto 360 2nd Gen. It comes in two sizes, tons of customization, and Gold won’t cost an arm and a leg. Of course these are two very different devices due to the software, but in the end it’s all about getting information at-a-glace, without having to constantly pull out a smartphone. Both do it well, but Motorola looks better doing it. Here’s why.

Apple Watch vs Moto 360 2015: Display

Apple Watch vs Moto 360 2015: Display

 The Apple Watch comes in two sizes, something that made it an attractive choice for many. However, the new Moto 360 comes in two sizes, and a third size specifically for women. And while the Apple watch is still bigger, the bigger Moto 360 gives it a run for its money.

The Apple Watch is available with a square 1.5-inch display, or a 1.65-inch screen. The latter being a rather large square attached to your wrist that doesn't look anything like a typical watch.

The Moto 360 2nd Gen though, has a round stylish design, and comes in two sizes. There's a 42mm (1.37-inch) display, and a bigger 1.56-inch watch that's being sold as a 46mm Moto 360. Then there's another 42mm option with smaller straps for Women.

One thing to consider is the screen size ratio. There is a lot of bezel and plastic around the Apple Watch display, making it really big. The biggest Moto 360 looks bigger because it's round, but really isn't much different in terms of size. The image above gives you an idea of what to expect with the screen.



  1. Bobbyc

    09/04/2015 at 1:31 pm

    Because a watch has a round design, it does not make it a better watch or a better choice. It’s simply a personal preference. The flat tire feature is dreadful and it ruins the watch. More emphasis should have been made to better implement this sensor and not make it so distracting.

  2. Tim Davies

    09/06/2015 at 8:09 pm

    I feel like the sapphire screen would have been a big pro to bring up with the Apple Watch. It’s not a option for the Moto 360. It’s worth the extra $200 to many.

  3. Andy

    01/23/2016 at 8:23 pm

    I think apple pay for the writer ^^

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