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The second generation Moto 360 a beautiful, compact design without much new tech


The 2nd Generation Moto 360. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Without a "Nexus" smartwatch on the market, the Moto 360 has always felt like the flagship device for Android Wear. It was the first watch announced, the first with a (mostly) round display, and it was the best looking of the Android Wear watches for a long time.

But while on the outside it was the best Android Wear device, on the inside it was the worst one thanks to the seriously dated Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor. The result was a good-looking, slow smartwatch that would often be dead before the end of the day.

For the second generation Moto 360, Motorola set out to right the wrongs of the past version. The crusty OMAP has been swapped out for a modern Snapdragon 400, which not only greatly improves the speed, but it bumps up the battery life, too. Motorola has also elevated the device's market-leading design; the 360 is now part of Moto Maker, meaning it has tons of customization options. Even size can vary, as the second generation brings a more compact 42mm version and even a smaller version marketed specifically toward women.

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