CIR­CU­LAR BEAUTY

Moto 360 (2nd Gen)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - UNLOCKED - Peter Chu

Moto 360, con­sid­er­ing that we were able to briskly swipe through the back­log of un­read no­ti­fi­ca­tions and Google Now cards that have amassed in the back­ground after an en­tire day of ig­nor­ing them.

This is done us­ing the re­spon­sive 1.37-inch dis­play of our 42mm Moto 360, which un­de­ni­ably also looks like a charm, chiefly be­cause it doesn't come with chunky bezels like, say, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 does. But it isn't per­fect though, be­cause oc­cu­py­ing its six o'clock dial is a rather ob­struc­tive black bar that houses an am­bi­ent light sen­sor. But aes­thetic qualms aside, there's really noth­ing else that we can fault with the Moto 360's dis­play – it's sharp, vi­brant, and dis­tinctly leg­i­ble even un­der the glare of the af­ter­noon sun.

If you're go­ing to use the 42mm Moto 360 mostly to tell the time and to read What­sApp no­ti­fi­ca­tions, you should be able to squeeze out one and a half day's worth of bat­tery life from its 300mAh bat­tery be­fore need­ing to prop it back onto its wire­less charger.

Of course, you can also use the Moto 360 for plenty of other things, like mon­i­tor­ing your fit­ness, for ex­am­ple. As a sim­ple test to gauge its ac­cu­racy, we counted how many steps it took us to walk from a nearby park­ing lot to the doorstep of our of­fice, and cross-checked the num­ber with what was pro­vided by the Google Fit app on the Moto 360. We were pretty happy with the re­sults, as the 200 to­tal steps that we counted reg­is­tered as 189 steps on the Moto 360, which really isn't that far off the mark.

But to really make the most out of the Moto 360's fit­ness track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, you'll need to sync it up with its ac­com­pa­ny­ing Moto Body app, which will cor­rob­o­rate all of your ac­tiv­ity met­rics in­clud­ing with the data from its built-in op­ti­cal heart rate mon­i­tor.

If you don't con­sider your­self that much of a fit­ness junkie, you can al­ways use the Moto 360 as your own per­sonal as­sis­tant in­stead. Us­ing your voice, you can get the Moto 360 to shoot out a What­sApp mes­sage, re­mind you about im­por­tant er­rands, or even nav­i­gate you to a spe­cific place of in­ter­est. Its dual mi­cro­phones have no prob­lems pick­ing up and de­ci­pher­ing our com­mands, with­out us need­ing to de­lib­er­ately and con­sciously enun­ci­ate each and ev­ery word we say. by

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