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Moto 360 1st Gen vs Moto 360 2nd Gen Compared

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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 Specs Compared

 Moto 360 1st Gen (Sport))Moto 360 2nd Gen (46mm)
moto 360 sport 1st gen vs 360  2nd gen comparedMotorola moto 360 2nd gen 46mm vs moto 360 1st gen compared


4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
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3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)


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Device nameMotorola Moto 360 Sport (2nd Gen)Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen (46mm)
Device typeSporty/Classic smartwatchClassic smartwatch
Predessesor--Moto 360 Sport (1st Gen)
SuccessorMoto 360 (2nd Gen)--
Released dateSeptember, 2014September, 2015
Ideal forMenWomen, also looks great on men


Display typeIPS LCDIPS LCD
Display size1.56 inches1.56 inches
Screen resolution360 x 250 pixels360 x 330 pixels
Input typeTouchscreen plus 1 buttonTouchscreen plus 1 button


Dimension45 x 45 x 11.4 mm 46 x 46 x 11.4 mm
Casing materialStainless steelStainless steel
Strap/band materialSiliconeStainless steel or Leather
Bezel MaterialStainless steelStainless steel
Band size22 mm22 mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass
Water resistantYes, IP67Yes, IP67
Swim-proofNot recommended Not recommended
Color(s)BlackSilver with silver metal, Gold and black available


Internal storage4GB4GB
Memory card slot----


BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.0 LEBluetooth smart v4.0 LE


SIM slotNoNo


Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Weather forecastYesYes
Facebook notifacationYesYes
Twitter notificationYesYes
Whatsapp notificationYesYes


Sleep tracking----
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Distance coveredYesYes
Steps climbedYes--
Calories burntYesYes


Bluetooth musicYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes (dual)


Accelerometer YesYes
Magnetometer NoNo
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Other sensors----


Operating system (OS)Android Wear OS 1.5Android Wear OS 1.5
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 400Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 AP 8026Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 AP 8026
GPUAdreno 305, 450 MHzAdreno 305, 450 MHz


Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 300mAh400mAh
Battery lifeStandby :2 days + , Mixed usage: 1 dayStandby :2 days + , Mixed usage: 1 day
ChargingWireless chargingWireless charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours


Payment systemNoneNone
Compatibility Android 4.3 or later.
iOS 8.2 or later.
Android 4.3 or later.
iOS 8.2 or later.
Companion appMoto Body AppMoto Body App
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYes
Voice commandYesYes


Moto 360 sport (1st Gen)Moto 360 2nd Gen (46mm)
Wireless charging dockWireless charging dock
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Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen: What is The Difference?

Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen Features compared

  1. Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen: Design
  2. 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 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, a 46mm and 42mm case sizes, with the 46mm version having same screen size as the Moto 360 sport.

  3. Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen: Battery Life
  4. The battery life of these two watches is not the best we have seen, there are other great choice 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.

  5. Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen: Fitness Tracking Features

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 which allows you 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.

  • Moto 360 1st Gen vs 2nd Gen: 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 of recent and has something to cheer about. Unfortunately, the Moto 360 sport won’t be receiving any upgrade, its 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 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 brings 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

    We choose the Moto 360 2nd Gen, it looks more stylish and classy and has a longer battery life. The most deciding factor is the fact that you can upgrade the 2nd Gen to Wear OS 2.1.

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