It has been almost five full years since we’ve seen a new Moto 360 smartwatch. The previous model, which was released in 2015, was both handsome and capable, but it didn’t sell well enough for Motorola to continue the series. That was a bit of sad news for wearable enthusiasts, because both the first- and second-generation Moto 360 had scored highly among users, specifically in the categories of design and performance. But at long last, the Moto 360 is back, and though its overall features aren’t as revelatory as previous generations, it’s still a great-looking, great-performing smartwatch.
Ahead of the Curve
Ironically enough, the original Moto 360 was considered to be somewhat avant-garde because of its rounded display, which distinguished the 360 from its square-shaped peers, by giving it a more classic look. A round watch? What will they think of next?
But despite what, in retrospect, seems like an obvious design choice, Motorola’s decision to use a rounded touchscreen, in place of a square, was pivotal. Users loved the look of the original Moto 360, so much so that other manufacturers followed suit and implemented the rounded design into their own devices. Because it helped establish the trend, the new Moto 360’s design isn’t quite as groundbreaking as before, but it’s still sharp.