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Moto 360 (Second Generation) – Unboxing & Setup

Thanks for the Christmas present Lenovo! I was seeded with the Moto 360 (Second Generation). I chose the Large 46mm with Cognac Leather which retails for S$549 in Singapore.

The Moto 360 (Second Generation) started selling in Singapore on the 15th December 2015 [1] and there are three models available:

This is my second time playing with an Android wear device. The first was the LG G Watch [2]. I will be splitting the review into two parts, the first part (this post) will be the unboxing and setup and the second part (another post) will be about my experience.

Despite having a Nexus 6P [3], I will be reviewing the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) using an iPhone instead. My experience will mostly be a comparison with my Apple Watch [4].

Android Wear on iOS is somewhat a new thing. It came to iOS in August 2015 [5]. Before that you can only use Android Wear on an Android device.

Specifications

Unboxing
The box of the Moto 360 (Second Generation) looks like a cylinder. The cylindrical packaging echos the design of the round clock-face of the watch. Though technically the watch doesn’t have a fully round face due to the “flat tire [6]” design.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Box Front [7]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Box Front

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Box Back [8]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Box Back

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Box Side [9]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Box Side

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Box [10]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Box

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Box Open [11]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Box Open

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Box Open [12]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Box Open

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Watch Holder [13]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Watch Holder

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Watch Holder [14]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Watch Holder

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Box Contents [15]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Box Contents

The default packaging is simple and no frills. The unboxing feeling is similar to that of the unboxing of Apple Watch Sport. It doesn’t give you the wow or premium feeling.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Instructions [16]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Instructions

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Instructions [17]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Instructions

Besides the usual warranty and instructions booklets, there is also the Micro-USB charger that outputs 550mAh and a charging dock.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Micro-USB Charger [18]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Micro-USB Charger

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Micro-USB Charger [19]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Micro-USB Charger

I am hoping Lenovo will bring in accessories to the watch soon, especially the charger. It is very difficult to get a spare charger for the Moto 360 (Second Generation) in Singapore as I know some people will have two chargers, one in the office and one at home.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Dock [20]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Dock

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Dock Back [21]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Dock Back

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Dock Bottom [22]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Dock Bottom

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Dock Micro-USB Port [23]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Dock Micro-USB Port

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Front [24]Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Back [25]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Front / Back

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Close-Up Front [26]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Close-Up Front

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Close-Up Back [27]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Close-Up Back

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Right [28]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Right

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Metal Latch [29]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Metal Latch

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Buckle [30]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Buckle

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - On Dock [31]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – On Dock

Setup – Watch
Despite charging it to a full 100% the night before, the watch needs to be connected to a charger in order to initiate the setting up process.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Setup #1 [32]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Setup #1

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Setup #2 [33]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Setup #2

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Setup #3 [34]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Setup #3

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Setup #4 [35]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Setup #4

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Setup #5 [36]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Setup #5

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Setup Done [37]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Setup Done

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) - Setup Done [38]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) – Setup Done

Setup – iOS
Before you start, you need to download the Android Wear iOS from the App Store [39] which weighs about 40MB.

Android Wear iOS - App Store [40]Android Wear iOS - Welcome [41]
Android Wear iOS – App Store / Welcome

Android Wear iOS - In Sync [42]Android Wear iOS - Bluetooth Sharing [43]
Android Wear iOS – In Sync / Bluetooth Sharing

Android Wear iOS - Start Pairing [44]Android Wear iOS - Bluetooth Pairing [45]
Android Wear iOS – Start Pairing / Bluetooth Pairing

Android Wear iOS - Paired [46]Android Wear iOS - Tutorial [47]
Android Wear iOS – Paired / Tutorial

Android Wear iOS - Finish Setting Up [48]Android Wear iOS - Choose Google Account>
Android Wear iOS – Finish Setting Up / Choose Google Account

The whole setup process took about 5 minutes and once you are done, you should probably go into the options to play around with the settings.

Android Wear iOS - Home [49]Android Wear iOS - Settings [50]
Android Wear iOS – Home / Settings

Three settings that are worth checking out immediately are the Calendar cards, Email cards and Blocked app notifications.

Android Wear iOS - Calendar Cards [51]Android Wear iOS - Email Cards [52]
Android Wear iOS – Calendar Cards / Email Cards

Under Calendar Cards, I chose to use Google calendar events card instead of Apple because my primary calendar is still Google Calendar and I have installed the Google Calendar iOS app [53] on my iPhone.

I am using the Gmail iOS app [54] on my iPhone instead of the default Mail app and hence Android Wear will be able to support the rich Gmail cards which allows you to archive or reply emails using the watch.

For Blocked app notifications, the first thing I do was to removed all the default block apps like Apple Calendar. I prefer to receive all notifications and if there are duplicates, I will block it accordingly.

Android Wear iOS - Block Apps [55]Android Wear iOS - Google Now [56]
Android Wear iOS – Block Apps / Google Now

Once you are done with the above three settings. You can check out the Google Now setting. I think this is very subjective and differs from person to person. For me, I like to receive everything and hence my Google Now notifications are turned on for everything.

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) [57]
Moto 360 (2nd Gen)

Stay tuned for the next post about my experience with the Moto 360 (Second Generation)!