Moto 360 specs

Motorola looks different on the outside, but it's specs are similar to other Android Wear smartwatches behind that stunning-looking circular screen.

There's a Texas Instruments OMAP 3 chip powering the timepiece, likely not too different from the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 found in the Gear Live and LG G Watch.

Likewise, it has the same 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It weighs a little less than the competition, but really, it's just that 1.56-inch LCD that's so different and good-looking.

Moto 360 messages
Any which way: Moto 360 works on the right and left hand

Whether the Moto 360 is on your right or left wrist, it's equally susceptible to everyday dings and scratches. Scuffing a wrist-worn wearable is just as common as dropping a smartphone.

Moto 360 is ready for a workout with an optical heart rate sensor and its beautiful watch face stands a better chance of staying in pristine condition if it's protected Gorilla Glass 3.

That's not the previously rumored sapphire glass, which has a hardness level said to be four times greater than the Gorilla Glass that protects many of today's smartphones.

However, at least it's the latest Gorilla Glass and not going to be its most expensive component. That's an issue Apple may be dealing with in its sapphire glass-tipped iPhone 6 and iWatch.

Moto 360 battery charging

You won't find charging contacts or a micro USB port on the Moto 360 because this Google watch has a innovative charging method. It's the device's "secret sauce" teased Motorola earlier this year.

Sure enough, the company recently confirmed that its smartwatch charges wirelessly via magnetic Qi induction. It can be seen in a handful of photos in which it sits in a charging cradle.

Moto 360 wireless charging
This would work well on a nightstand beside the bed (credit: Mister Gadget)

We called this early on. Inspecting the handful of Moto 360 photos, we discovered that the rear of the watch featured a strange purple backing. This is the hallmark of the popular Qi charging method.

Google's Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones and its newer Nexus 7 tablet take full advantage of a magnetic Qi charger, and Motorola was a Google-owned company up until recently.

Very naturally, the Moto 360 ditches traditional wires in favor of the magnetic Qi wireless charger, which could easily sit on a nightstand before you go to bed.

Moto 360 wireless charging
Its purple back points to Qi wireless charging

There's only one problem with this micro USB-free future. Charging Moto 360 would require bringing the wireless charging with you on trips longer than a day if that's the average battery length.

It's a concern, but still better than the proprietary solutions that LG and Samsung have come up with.

Compatibility

Motorola has confirmed that that unlike the Samsung Gear 2, Geo 2 Neo and Gear Fit, its smartwatch will work with more than just its own hardware. It won't be limited to the Moto X and Moto G.

In fact, the Moto 360 is compatible with all Android 4.3, Android 4.4 and Android L phones and tablets that take advantage of battery-sipping Bluetooth 4.0 technology.

That rules out the possibility that Apple devices like the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air will be able to tether to the Moto 360. Both have Bluetooth 4.0, but for now this is an Android-only device.

Moto 360 waterproof or water resistant
Ride at the beach without worry. It's water resistant.

Water makes for a completely different compatibility test. The Moto 360 isn't waterproof, but it is water resistant, according to Motorola and Google.

Like both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, it carries a IP67 rating that makes it okay to use up to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes.

That makes wearing the new smartwatch a carefree experience, whether you're in the rain or on the wrong end of a splash while bathing a child. Just don't go dunking it in the pool or ocean.