Moto 360 Sport Review – Your New Running Partner.
You’re going to hear a bit of history here. At least for the intro part. Remember Moto 360? Of course, you do. That’s why you are here. It was the first smartwatch that got us all excited. And for some good reasons. The Moto 360 was the first smartwatch with a round display, top specs, juiced on the good Android Wear.
In 2015, that is a year later after the first model, Motorola released its new Moto 360 2. It is not a game changer but still, a solid update. And here we are today. Here we have, on review, the third watch from Motorola, the new Moto 360 Sport.
If you want to compare the new Moto with its predecessors, you’ll notice that the new Sport 360 walks a different path. It has a different mission. Sure, you can look at it as a spinoff of the existing Moto 360 2. It has similar specs and the same price tag. But you’d be wrong to think that way.
You could argue that this is not the best Android Wear device out there. You might be right. But make no mistake, this watch was not designed to impress your work colleagues. Or to match your leather tie. No. This watch has a mission. This watch wants to be your best fitness partner.
See below our review of the new Moto 360 Sport after a few good weeks of usage. Brace yourself.
Moto 360 Sport Review – Design And Specs
From a design point of view, there are no surprises here. The new Moto 360 Sport feels like a cheap but more robust take on the standard edition. If you are expecting the same level of customization as on your Moto 360 2, you’ll be disappointed. On the Moto 360 Sport, you can change just the color of the silicone band. Still, you have three options. White, black or orange.
The silicone band covers the Moto 360 Sport body as well, leaving openings for the microphone and the side button. The button is at the two o’clock, and you can use it to turn the screen on and off. You’ll like the silicone strap. It is quite comfortable, and it feels good on your wrist. It makes the Moto 360 Sport one of the few smartwatches I can wear while writing all day, without scratching my laptop. Or without leaving marks on my wrist.
Moving inside the watch, the Moto 360 Sport is almost identical to the Moto 360 2. The Sport watch features the same 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, the same 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. I am saying “almost” because the 360 Sport is still different. Moto 360 Sport is one of the two smartwatches running Android Wear that comes with a built-in GPS. More than that, the new Moto 360 Sport seems to use the Snapdragon CPU in a different way than the Moto 360 2. That means top speed and a better experience overall.
However, the MVP here is the 1.37-inch display. With a resolution of 360 x 325, the screen on the Moto 360 Sport features a reflective panel combined with a traditional LCD. It is something that Motorola calls AnyLight screen tech. When you are inside, the screen acts the same as any other Android Wear watch screens. Outdoors, though, Motorola’s new screen looks great, even in direct sunlight.
As expected, the screen has a flaw. The famous “flat tyre.” That’s the nickname of the black spot at the bottom of the screen; that houses the ambient light sensor. However, the “flat tyre” no longer bothers me. At least, not as much as it did when I reviewed the first Moto 360.
The Moto 360 Sport also features an IP67 rating. You won’t be able to swim or take a shower with the watch on your wrist. I don’t get this. Was not the Sport watch meant for outdoor activities? Or am I missing something here?
Moto 360 Sport Review – Features And Software
Like all the watches made by Motorola, the new Moto 360 Sport runs on Android Wear. Even though I am not a big fan of Google’s OS, I have to admit that it is way more advanced than what you would get from just a dedicated fitness tracker platform.
Similar Read: Moto 360 2 Review – The Best Is Better
Once it is all set up, the 360 Sport’s default watch face shows you the time, right in the centre of the screen. On the left and right, you can find the meters that show calories burned, the steps and the heart rate. Below the time, you’ll find the Start button. Press it once to start the Moto Body Running app on the watch.
With the Body Running app on, you can choose either the indoor or the outdoor run mode. More than that, you can choose if you want to focus on the distance, on the time goal or on the calories you are going to burn.
If you select an outdoor run, the Moto 360 Sport will start looking for the GPS signal. It takes from one to two minutes to lock onto a GPS signal. I had to wait longer for Garmin and Polar but, this time, it seemed such a long time. I am sure it is because of the cold outside.
While running, you can swipe between four slides. The first slide shows the time, your distance, and your pace. The second one displays your HR zone with a real-time pulse. The third has your lap times and, on the fourth slide, you can pause or stop the workout.
Encouragement slides show up on the screen as you are running. Maybe not as good as the Smart Coach feature in the Jawbone devices, but still, it is something you’ll like. The data is saved on the onboard memory of your watch, and when you are done, it is synced with the Moto Body app, on your phone.
You can also review all your workout stats right from the Moto Body phone app. The Moto 360 Sport also checks your heart rate throughout the day and displays your average rate along with the average pace. You can also access the calories burned, the zone times and a map of your run. On top of that, you can share the data with other third-party fitness apps. You can choose from Fitbit, Google Fit, MapMyFitness, Strava and Under Armour Record.
Regarding performance and the metrics accuracy, the Moto 360 Sport is doing a good job. I tested the Moto 360 Sport against the Fitbit Surge, and the results are about the same. The distance was identical, although the HR results were a bit different. Sometimes the Moto 360 Sport counted three beats per minute off from the Fitbit Surge. That is not too bad unless you are a marathon runner, but it is something to keep in mind.
The Moto 360 Sport can be used with all devices running Android 4.3 or later. Also, works with iPhones on iOS 8.2 or higher. Just download the Android Wear app from the Play Store or the App Store. Then follow the simple on-screen instructions and you’re good to go.
Moto 360 Sport Review – Battery Life
Despite the promised battery-saving tweaks do not expect a great battery life. We are looking at about a day of battery life. But, if you go on a long outdoor run and have the GPS on, expect the battery to last less.
On my runs, an hour with the GPS on dropped the battery down to nearly 80 percent. Motorola did not mention how long the Moto 360 Sport battery lasts with a continuous GPS signal, but I would expect close to four hours of non-stop use.
Moto 360 Sport Review – Conclusion
If you are a marathon runner, then this is not the smartwatch for you. The battery won’t last that long. Also, if you are looking for a stylish smartwatch, this is not the best choice. The Moto 360 Sport is a watch for those who want a bit of both worlds. It is a nice watch, ingenious in some ways, that can be worn in the office as well on the pitch.
However, with a $299 price tag, this watch might be a bit too expensive for a product designed to be your best fitness companion.
Moto 360 Sport Review – Gallery
- Comfortable band
- Built-in GPS and HR
- Fantastic display
- Poor battery life
- The silicon band attracts dust