The Two Hottest Smart Watches

Samsung’s Gear S2 vs. Motorola’s Moto 360


The Motorola Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear S2 are the smart watches getting the biggest response at the IFA show in Berlin this week. Both companies are clearly pushing hard for greater success in the smart watch category, but how do they compare?

Screen size and resolution:

All three Samsung models have:

  • 2-inch screen with 360 x 360-pixel resolution.

The Motorola smart watches have either:

  • 56 mm screen with 360 x 330-pixel resolution.


  • 37 mm screen with 360 x 325-pixel resolution.

Various models:

Samsung will be offering:

  • Wi-Fi version of the Gear S2
  • Wi-Fi version of the Gear S2 Classic
  • 3G version of the Gear S2

Motorola’s lineup is slightly longer, including two different sizes:

  • Regular Moto 360
  • Sport version with onboard GPS


Although Samsung’s Gear S2 looks gorgeous, the options are limited. Customization comes down to a choice of a dark grey case and band, or a silver case with a white band.

Motorola, however, is offering the “Moto Maker tool”, giving you free range at different sizes, cases, bezels, and bands.



  • Unnamed dual-core 1GHz processor.
  • 4GB of storage.
  • 512MB of RAM.


  • 2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (from Qualcomm).
  • 4GB of storage.
  • 512MB of RAM.

Battery life:

It seems both companies have done a pretty good job improving battery life. Samsung promises battery life for up to three days, and Motorola says the large Moto 360 has a battery life of up two days.


Samsung hasn’t yet revealed what they will be charging for their new line of smart watches.

The Moto 360s, though, will be anywhere from $300 to about $430. However,

  • upgrading to the bigger version costs $50
  • choosing a metal band is an additional $50
  • the choice of gold or rose gold version will run an extra $30
  • double leather wrap costs $10

When you can get one:

Again, Samsung has yet to reveal this sort of information just yet. Motorola is ahead of the game, stating that almost all the new Moto 360 models will start shipping this month and are now available for pre-order in the U.S. (with the exception of the Sport models). They also promise that the smart watches will be available in more countries soon.

Both companies have come up with solutions to many issues that revolve around the smart watch and cause disappointment, including longer battery life, more choice and customization, as well as overall improved appearance. Although some information is still missing from Samsung, the companies have both created good fixes, and it’s easy to see why they are the hottest smart watches at IFA this week.

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