As painful as it might be to acknowledge, it’s crystal clear – Motorola and LG don’t have the necessary marketing muscle to oppose the almighty Cupertino giant in a (very) slowly evolving wearable scene. Hence, all the Moto 360 and LG Watch Urbane can really hope for is a not-so-distant second spot on the podium.
That is, if Pebble allows them to grow and we refer squarely to complex smartwatches, not “rudimentary” activity trackers as well. But there’s also Samsung to consider, which is obviously the only company capable of Apple Watch-type propaganda.
Though already market veterans, the architects of numerous Gears failed to get their wearable family truly off the ground, mostly due to uninspired designs. The looming Gear A should change that, and board the round-faced bandwagon at last, with standalone 3G connectivity another key selling point.
Meanwhile, Motorola Lenovo carefully concocts its counter-attack, even if there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the second-gen Moto 360… on paper. Based on covert information divulged by various tipsters of late, plus fresh intel harvested by Slashgear, the 360 2 (720?) essentially rocks identical specs to the Watch Urbane.
Namely, a slightly larger 1.56-inch LCD screen with very similar 360 x 360 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 450 MHz Adreno 450 GPU, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, 400 mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer.
Compared to Gear A’s rumored features, the Moto 360 2 is eclipsed in the memory department, but packs a significantly beefier cell. Still, all in all, this is definitely no revolutionary upgrade over the OG 360. An evolutionary one, at best.
Disappointed? Don’t be. Motorola made the original work with a crappy TI OMAP chip inside, they’ll likely hit it out the park again, especially if they can pull off the “perfect circle” construction.