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Hands on: Getting to know the new Moto 360

New Moto 360 Hands On

A first look at Motorola's new second-gen smartwatch and how it compares to the original.

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Whew -- what a week! As I'm in the midst of using and reviewing the new Moto X Pure Edition, what shows up at my door but the shiny new second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch. 

The original Moto 360 captured many of our hearts with its circular shape and futuristic design back when Android Wear first launched last summer. Wear itself has come a long way since then -- and now, the 360's hardware has also evolved.

I'll be sharing some detailed thoughts about the second-gen Moto 360 once I've had a chance to wear it for a while in the real world, but for now, I wanted to show you some photos of the updated device and how it looks next to the original model.

This is the smaller 42mm men's version of the watch, with a silver body and case and a black leather band. (Yup, lots more options for style and size this go-round. You can still get one in the same size as last year's, if you want.) This version of the watch would set you back $300. Depending on what size and style you select, that price could climb as high as $430.

So without further ado, I give you the new Moto 360:

New Moto 360 Box

The obligatory box shot. (Please save all "oohs" and "ahhs" for the end of the ride.)

New Moto 360 Smartwatch

The new Moto 360, as seen on the world's palest sexiest wrist model. Note how the strap now attaches to the watch via lugs (those metal posts coming off of the main body) instead of disappearing into the face's underside, as it did on the first-gen model. It's a more traditional watch-like look, to be sure, and it'll make it much easier to swap out the band as well.

New Moto 360 vs Original: Wearing

The new Moto 360 (right) being worn alongside the original Moto 360 (left) -- because anyone who wears two smartwatches at once is clearly very important. You can see how much of a difference the smaller option makes in this shot, particularly for us slender-wristed sorts.

New Moto 360 vs Original:

A closer look at the new Moto 360 (right) next to the original (left). Keep in mind that the original version has had a year's worth of wear.

New Moto 360 vs Original: Top

The top view (new Moto 360 on left; original on right). See those newly added lugs we were talking about?

New Moto 360 vs Original: Back

Some backside action (new Moto 360 on left; original on right). Oh, baby.

New Moto 360 vs Original: Full Face

The new Moto 360 (left) and the original (right) with their faces fully illuminated. Yup -- love it, hate it, or, uh, indifferent it, that infamous "flat tire" area at the bottom of the screen is still present. That's what lets Motorola include an ambient light sensor and still keep the bezels so small. (My first-gen 360 has been powered down and disconnected as of late, so please pardon its inaccurate time and date info.)

New Moto 360 vs Original: Ambient Mode

The new Moto 360 (left) and the original (right) in their dimmed ambient modes. Unlike the original, this year's model actually does have the option to keep that on all the time -- huzzah!

Aaaand, that's all for now, folks. I've got the new watch strapped on and will be wearing it for the next several days. More thoughts and impressions -- including how much of a difference all those under-the-hood changes actually make in day-to-day use -- on the way soon.

UPDATE: But wait -- there's more! Check out this very relevant follow-up: 

Hands on: Getting to know the Huawei Watch (with new Moto 360 comparisons)

UPDATE 2: And here's the final review:

Huawei Watch vs. the new Moto 360: A detailed real-world comparison

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