Moto 360 biggest benefit: better screen-to-body ratio than all the rest

With so many leaks and rumors, the second generation of one of the most popular Android Wear smartwatches - the Moto 360 - seems to be right around the corner. 

We've seen leaked images of the devices in two sizes, and even a ruggedized sport version in the plans, and all these new watches are said to feature that 'flat tire' styled screen rather than going to a fully 360-degree circle for the screen.

Many have criticized Motorola for this decision, but a leaked slide from what seems like an internal presentation shows that Motorola finds it as more of an advantage rather than a flaw. The reason for this is that such a design makes it possible to reach for a record 71.7% screen to body ration on the Motorola Moto 360 (it's not clear whether the slide refers to the old, first-gen device or the second generation, but it seems that the two are largely similar).

In comparison, the screen occupies a much smaller space of the overall footprint of otherwatches, and even the praised Apple Watch has a screen-to-body ratio of just 49.1% (actually, it's one of the worst in this regard).

Are you looking forward to the second generation Moto 360? And what do you think about its 'flat-tire' screen? Let us know in the comments right below.



1. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I don't understand why we discuss about bezels on a watch? Bezels have been a traditional element of watchmaking and it complements the design of many analog watches. And in smartwatches it is a necessary element to hide the screen drivers (and keep a full circle shape for round smartwatches). It's still a smartwatch we're talking about, no need to get obsessive about the biggest possible screen size in comparison to overall size, because no matter how big the screen can go on a wrist, it will never be big enough for proper multimedia consumption or browsing. So, forget about screen-to-body ratio on a watch and make it nicely round with no flat tires. Very cheesy of Motorola to advertise this as an advantage.

2. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Exactly. Its stupid even thinking about bringing up the subject.....

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Funny thing is the Moto 360 2 will probably have a slightly worse screen-to-body ratio than the original because it has lugs now

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

1. Its not a analog watch which only use is to be nice looking and show the time which means it doesn't have to have thin bezels. 2. Its a smartwatch WITH A FREAKING SCREEN that you look at more than a second as you would with analog watch. With that in mind thin bezels and big screen is a must. Those Samsung smartwatches look ugly as f**k. 3. We are in 2015 where thin bezels is something every tech industry is trying to achieve it that thing has a screen. From TV's to phones to smart watches. Its the new cool/standard.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The size of the screen in a smartwatch is not limited by bezels, but by the size of a human wrist. You will see that the difference in ergonomics between a Moto 360 and G Watch R is insignificant. Bezels are of some importance on smartphones, where you want to cram in your pocket as much screen as possible but for smartwatches it's really hilarious to even mention a small difference in screen size.

10. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I completely disagree. In addition the screen on the wrist is visible most of the time, so it's a design statement. I want the narrowest possible bezel. I'm surprised Samsung hasn't brought their flexible Edge screens to watches yet.

11. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Disagree with you @Feanor. The SIZE OF THE SMARTWATCH is limited by the size of a human wrist. We need a bigger screen for better user experience. But at the same time we cannot have large smartwatches. Therefore it is essential to have smaller bezels.

13. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Feel free to disagree. But tell me what you can see or enjoy on an 1.5" screen that you cannot on an 1.4" screen. I think in general design is more important on a smartwatch than screen real estate. No one ever asked me about how well I can see the notifications on my smartwatch. Everyone is commenting only on how it looks.

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

In my world it is a watch that is smart, not a phone i put on my wrist. And it is not supposed to be used for netflix..........And i think that gear S2 looks awesome, not like the flat tire moto or the girl'ish AW.....And its f**king hard to do a rotating bezel without the bezel......Its not a standard for watches, but for big screens used for consuming media.....

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

A glorified pager that you wear on your wrist doesn't need a big display, heck, it doesn't even need colour or a lot pixels, ask Pebble. It's all about the looks. The functions are secondary. I never used a chronographs watch features in my life and I only used the features on my Citizen Eco Drive because it's automatic and preset. Same with a smart watch, especially Android wear. It tells me which of my calls, texts, whatsapp, or Facebook messages are important, let's me look at my phone without getting a motor vehicle ticket, and looks good. That's it, you don't need as big a screen as possible in as compact a size as possible for that.

16. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Oh Taters, who would have ever told me that a day would come that I would agree with most of your comments? :-D Yes, my new found friend, I agree. See at the Samsung Gear S: it has as big a screen as it can get, being a 2" monster wrapped around the wrist, but who cared about it? Everyone preferred the more classic firm factor of the Moto 360 or the G Watch R for a device worn around the wrist. And who cared about the increased screen real estate of the Gear S? Despite the fact that, if you ask me, the Gear S doesn't look half as bad as people think. I saw one or two people wearing it and it looks very cool, I must admit. Something different, not a watch but more of a futuristic armband.

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'd pick symmetry over screen-to-body ratio any day

6. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

moto 360 may be not the fastest or the most long-last watch. But it is definitely the most beautiful one.

7. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

i like the G Watch R. in my opinion all of them should be with OLED screens. and watched should be all about design. i would buy the Watch R for design/watchfaces, and use it as a watch, if i have a notification, i'll just take my phone out of my pocket.

9. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Of course the largest possible screen ratio is vital for a device that uses the screen both for readouts, and for input. In addition it looks much better than having a an Apple Watch, or Samsung Gear S gen I, wide bezel. The other advantage that Moto360 has is wireless charging. Hopefully that is kept for gen II.

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Bezels need to be on watches in order for them to look good, the main point of a watch, smart or otherwise. Wanting a good screen to bezel ratio on a watch would be like wanting one on a Bluetooth headset or your electric toothbrush. It's just not necessary. You might as well make it a square display if screen to body ratio is that important. Round displays are simply for looks, which is all we care about really, otherwise a round display is useless. Maybe if a smart watch was meant to take the place of our smartphone it would be important, but as it stands now, it's just a Bluetooth smartphone accessory and a high screen to body ratio is not only useless, it's probably detrimental.

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