No more flat tire
One of the “features” that the Moto 360 is most made fun of is for having a flat tire display. For those of you unable to make the connection, the Moto 360 houses the ambient sensor at the bottom of the screen that just appears black. It gives the watch a similar appearance to a car having a flat tire with the ambient sensor replicating the part of the flat tire that is rolling along the ground.
While I believe that the flat tire design far exceeds anything that was being offered at the time the Moto 360 launched, there have been companies like LG who have found workarounds for this problem with their LG G Watch R and even made fun of the Moto 360 through their advertising campaigns.
For the Moto 360 2, expect a fully 360 screen in which we can take full advantage of. I expect that, just like LG, Motorola/Lenovo will find a way to clean up the design while leaving functionality intact.
Better Battery Life
The Moto 360 can last about a day and 1/2 to 2 days depending on usage. This either aligns or succeeds other Android smartwatches and out right destroys the Apple Watch. I strongly believe that that minimum for smartwatch should be 3 days. One great expectation that I had for smartwatches with all of the high tech sensors was the ability to track sleep patterns or using it as an alarm to silently wake you up without disturbing your partner. Sadly, if your smartwatch only last 1-2 days, it utterly limits the ability to make meaningful strides towards features that are geared to sleeping due to charging cycles.
In order for the Moto 360 2 to have any form of measurable success, it needs to be able to last at least 3 days. That’s what I’m wishing for. What I actually expect is for a battery increase that allows for a 1/2 more of usage; topping at at 2-2.5 days.
This seems to be a play taken right out of Apple’s playbook and that’s OKAY! Watches are about customization to met everyone’s requirements of personalization. There was a lot of talk that the Moto 360 was geared towards the hands of your average man rather than the average hand and caused women to rebuke the watch. Apple found a solution to this by creating two sizes for the Apple Watch with a $50 price difference.
For the Moto 360 2, I expect the same thing. In fact, photos have already leaked that support my claim. However, unlike the Apple Watch, I expect the moto 360 2 to be the same price regardless of what size you need.
The Moto 360 2 will be a great device. I’m sure there will be somethings that Lenovo/Motorola will get wrong but that’s okay as long as the categories we described above are improved well beyond the first generation Moto 360. What features would you like to see added to the 2nd generation Moto 360?