We have a good one for you today – the round Motorola Moto 360 versus the rectangle Samsung Gear Live, both running Android's operating system designed for wearables…Android Wear. Samsung and LG were one of the first Android Wear devices, while Motorola was slow getting to the party. Most smartwatches have adopted the rectangle design – like a small display from a smartphone or tablet transformed into a watch-size that strapped on to your wrist. Motorola decided to design their smartwatch with a round face and make the first smartwatch that actually looks like a fine piece of jewelry…and for the most part, they have accomplished that mission.
Even though companies as different as Samsung and Motorola make these two smartwatches, they do have several things in common. They both have 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory with no room for expansion possible. Even the batteries are close in size – the Moto 360 uses a 320mAh and the Gear Live uses a 300mAh – and both are non-removable. Both smartwatches have Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Gyros, Accelerometers, and Compasses, as well as heart rate sensors, and are IP67 certified water and dust resistant. Both are available in the Google Play Store and on select carriers.
Please look at the detailed specification sheet listed below so you can see exactly what their differences are and then we will take a closer look at each one individually and point out some of their pros and cons to help us determine a winner of this smartwatch comparison.
Motorola Moto 360
The Motorola Moto 360 was one of the most anticipated smartwatches in 2014 – Samsung, LG and Sony all had smartwatches on the market while Motorola took their good old time. People were beginning to wonder if this Moto 360 was ever going to come to fruition, and I think that is why some photos were leaked to keep our interests at a peak. When it finally was released, there were some mixed reviews – nobody questioned its design, beauty or comfort, but there were some concerns about its functionality. Some of the hardware employed caused it to be sluggish at times, the heart rate monitor was also suspect in some reviews…and nobody liked the 'black patch' on the bottom of the display.
The Moto 360 has a 1.56-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 290 pixels and 205 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Motorola chose to go with the Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor rather than the more popular Snapdragon quad-core, as the Gear Live used. The Moto 360 and the Gear Live each share the same 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage and neither has any microSD card slot to add any additional storage. The 320mAh battery is slightly larger than the 300mAh found in the Gear Live, however, our reviews of both reveal that the battery in the Moto 360 does not last as long as the Gear Live or LG G Watch, although it is a breeze to charge with its wireless charging dock. The review for the Moto 360 was also before any updates that Motorola applied which have improved the battery life, so it's closer now than it was during the earlier days of release.
As far as extra features go, they share much of the same functionality because of the Android Wear OS and they both use the Google Now commands and maps, etc. As stated earlier, they both have Bluetooth 4.0 LE, have a built-in Gyro, Accelerometer and Compass…and the Moto 360 throws in a Pedometer. The stainless steel casing is a nice added touch that also adds to its expense, I am sure. The Moto 360 can be purchased in the Play Store, at Best Buy and select carriers and will cost you $249.99.
Samsung Gear Live
The Samsung Gear Live is far from Samsung's first smartwatch offering, although it is their first to run Android Wear rather than their own Tizen operating system that has found its way on to their other smart wearables. The Gear Live is not as pretty as the Moto 360, but that does not mean it is a bad looking watch with its metal casing and swappable wrist straps…on the contrary, it looks very nice.
The Gear Live comes with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution on 320 x 320 pixels and 278 PPI. The display is one of the best out there on an Android Wear smartwatch, especially when you are inside – once you get outside it is certainly functional, although a little harder to see. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and it keeps the Android Wear running fast, smooth and very responsive. Like its counterpart, it comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage with no means of expansion. The 300mAh battery did well in our review, better than the Moto 360 that has a 320mAh battery – not much of a difference to be sure.
As far as extra features go, it really does not have anything extra from what the Moto 360 possesses, but we will point out that it does have a rather awkward charging clip that snaps in place for charging. The Gear Live can also be purchased at the Play Store, Best Buy and from the carriers themselves for $199.99…a full $50 less than the Moto 360.
…And The Winner Is…
This was really a tough decision, and I know I say that a lot, but this one I really have to call a tie – I put the Moto 360 picture, just because it is so nice looking. It boils down to what you are more interested in having…a smartwatch that looks like a real timepiece – then pick the Motorola Moto 360, or a smartwatch that looks like a real smartwatch – then pick the Samsung Gear Live.
The Moto 360 is a sharp looking piece of jewelry that also is a smartwatch, but it has a little bit more lag than the competition on occasion. The Gear Live is also a nice looking device, but nobody will mistake it for a regular watch. It has a great looking display and the Snapdragon processor makes it a real smooth operator.
Both devices use Android Wear and have basically the same functions – the Moto 360 costs $50 more, so you have to ask yourself if it is worth the price for the looks of the Moto 360. If you like the looks of the Gear Live, then save your $50 and enjoy a great smartwatch. Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know which one of these beauties you would spend your hard-earned money on purchasing and WHY…as always, we would love to hear from you.