moto 360 sport 1st gen vs moto 360 2nd gen 46mm compared

Compare Moto 360 1st Gen vs Moto 360 2nd Gen (46mm)

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Motorola released the Moto 360 1st Gen in September, 2014 then another Moto 360 2nd Gen a year later, both smartwatches look almost similar in appearance, similarities also spans to features and functions. However, there are some minute differences between these two and thats exactly what we will find out in this comparison between Moto 360 1st Gen (sport) vs 2nd Gen.

Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen – Specifications

 Moto 360 1st Gen (Sport)Moto 360 2nd Gen (46mm)
Moto 360 1st Gen specsMoto 360 2nd Gen specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Average:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Design:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Battery:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameMoto 360 Sport
(1st Gen)
Moto 360 2nd Gen (46mm)
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchClassic/Fitness smartwatch
Predessesor--Moto 360 1st Gen (Sport)
SuccessorMoto 360 2nd GenMoto 360 3rd Gen.
Released dateSeptember, 2014September, 2015
Ideal forUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeIPS LCDIPS LCD
Display size1.56 inches1.56 inches
Display resolution360 x 250 pixels360 x 330 pixels
Pixel density205 ppi233 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen
1 Physical button
Touchscreen
1 Physical button
Always-on_Yes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension45 x 45 x 11.5 mm46 x 46 x 11.4 mm
Weight49g_
Casing materialStainless steelStainless steel
Strap/band materialSiliconeStainless steel
or Leather
Bezel MaterialCeramicsCeramics
Strap size22mm22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP67Yes, IP67
Swim-proofNot recommendedNot recommended
Color(s)BlackSilver
Black

MEMORY

RAM0.5GB0.5GB
Internal storage4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LE
Bluetooth callingNoNo
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCNoNo
GPSYesYes

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep tracking__
StepsYesYes
Floors climbed__
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
Stress__
VO2 Max.__
Blood oxygenNoNo
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNo
Swim trackingNoNo
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoNo
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon mode__
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety tracking__

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterNoNo
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
Compass__
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse Ox.NoNo
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Other sensors----

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Wear OSWear OS
ChipsetTI OMAP 3Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU_Quad-core 1.2GHz
GPU--Adreno 305

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 320 mAh400mAh
Battery lifeStandby: 2 days+
Mixed usage: ~ 1 day
Standby: 2 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Charging typeWireless chargerWireless charger
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeNoNo
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control camera__
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text response__

MISC

Payment systemNoNo
Compatibility Android 4.3+
iOS 8.2+
Android 4.3+
iOS 8.2+
Companion appMoto Body AppMoto Body App
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Moto 360 Sport
(1st Gen)
Moto 360 2nd Gen (46mm)
StrapsStraps
Wireless chargerWireless charger
Manual GuideManual Guide
NOTE: We can't guarantee that all the information on this table are 100% correct. Read full disclaimer. Please, report an error.
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Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen: What is The Difference?

  • Design
  • The major difference in the design of these two watches is that the Moto 360 sport comes with silicone straps while the 2nd Gen has a stainless steel or leather straps. The Moto 360 1st Gen looks almost similar to the 2nd Gen in appearance, both watches look stylish, elegant, sleek and classy. Although the 2nd Gen comes in two versions, 46mm and 42mm case sizes, with the 46mm version having the same screen size as the Moto 360 sport.

  • Battery Life
  • The battery life of these two watches is not the best we have seen, there are other great choices with far more impressive battery life. Although you should get a minimum of a day on regular usage from any of these two. The 2nd Gen had a battery upgrade to 400mAh which should last over a day on mixed usage while Moto 360 sport has 300mAh battery capacity which lasts up to a day on regular use. So with the 2nd Gen, you will get a slight longer battery life.

  • Fitness Tracking

  • None of these two watches qualifies as a superb choice for tracking your active life. Although you can track distance and heart rate with any of these two. The Moto 360 sport has an inbuilt GPS that allows you to conveniently track distances, routes, and locations. The inbuilt GPS and silicone straps that come with the Moto 360 sport makes it a preferred choice for tracking your active life.

  • Operating System

The Moto 360 sport and the 2nd Gen both run on Android Wear OS 1.5 which is not so great considering that Android wear now Wear OS has undergone lots of changes over the last 3 years. The good news though is that Moto 360 2nd Gen can be upgraded to Wear 2.1 which got redesigned recently and has something to cheer about. Unfortunately, the Moto 360 sport won’t be receiving any upgrade, it’s stuck with Android Wear.

A video on how to upgrade the Moto 360 2nd Gen to Wear OS 2.1

Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen: Which is Better?

No doubt the Moto 360 sport is a fantastic choice, the idea was to make a smartwatch that tracks your active life which saw it come with inbuilt GPS. However, that doesn’t make it better than the 2nd Gen which lacks inbuilt GPS.

The Moto 360 2nd Gen is a better choice among these two. It has a more stylish design and comes in two versions which allow you to choose the size that suits you better. Another advantage is the slightly longer battery life plus the fact that you can upgrade the 2nd Gen to Wear OS 2.1. These bring it to par with most of the most recent top class smartwatches.

Here is a summary;

Moto 360 2nd Gen Gives the best value for money, has a better classy design and is upgradable to Wear OS 2.1.
Moto 360 Sport (1st Gen) No doubt a great choice.
Our Pick

I go with the Moto 360 2nd Gen, it looks more stylish and classy and has a longer battery life. Especially the fact that you can upgrade the 2nd Gen to Wear OS 2.1

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