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Moto 360 Smartwatch vs. Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 – Specifications and Pricing Compared


The last 12 months has witnessed an astonishing boom in the smartwatch segment.

Samsung were one of the first entrants into the market with the Galaxy Gear, but this product appears extremely primitive compared with the products that were launched in the last few months. The Galaxy Gear 2 is a device that is years ahead of its predecessor in every aspect, like specifications and battery life. The Moto 360, though, has become extremely popular by just featuring a timeless design.


The Galaxy Gear 2 is clearly more functional than the Moto 360. This is evident from the square display that is used compared to the circular dial of the Moto 360. Almost every smartwatch features a square display and this makes the Galaxy Gear 2 boring in the opinion of some. Design wise, there is not much to separate this product from the earlier versions of the smartwatch of the company. The Moto 360 may lose some of the real estate on the screen, as a result of going for the circular design, but it easily feels the best looking smartwatch.


The loss on screen real estate is just around the 0.1 inches, as the Moto 360 features a 1.56 inch display compared to the 1.63 inch display on the Galaxy Gear 2. The pixel density provided by the display is fairly average by smartphone standards, but it is significantly good when smartwatches are considered. More importantly, the Moto 360 weighs only 1.7 ounces compared to the 2.4 ounce weight of the Galaxy Gear 2.

Operating System

The first Galaxy Gear ran on the Android operating system and it was famously blamed for the poor battery life of the device. Samsung switched to its in-house Tizen operating system. It remains to be seen if the OS has had a direct effect on the battery life, but it has significantly improved on the Galaxy Gear 2. While the first generation of the device could only last around a day, which made it highly impractical as a watch, the company claims that the Galaxy Gear 2 will be able to go for around three days even with moderate usage. Moto 360 does not have such luxurious battery life, as it runs out in a day just like many other smartwatches. This comes as a huge disappointment and disadvantage for the Motorola product.


One of the aspects that make these watches smart is the ability to interact with a smartphone and also monitor the daily activities of the user. The Moto 360 comes equipped with a variety of sensors like pedometer, heart rate monitor, and Bluetooth. It even offers internal storage of 4 GB, which is similar as that offered by the Galaxy Gear 2. The Galaxy Gear 2 also has a variety of sensors like the Moto 360. The Samsung product is run by a dual core 1 GHz processor while the TI OMAP 3 processor is behind the Moto 360, which costs $250 while the Galaxy Gear 2 is priced at around $220.