Lenovo-owned Motorola was one of the first companies to launch a mainstream Android Wear device and since then we have seen a number of new wearables coming into the market. In late 2015, Motorola launched the second generation Moto 360 along with a version dubbed the Moto 360 Sport. This variant targets those who are into sporting activities and lead an active outdoor life, but in addition to this it acts as regular smartwatch as well.
As one of the rare Android Wear smartwatches to sport a GPS chip, the 360 Sport definitely has the hardware to make it easier to track your runs and walks, but is it worth the investment, or would you be better served by a device that’s only meant for tracking your sports activities. We looked at a number of reviews from around the web to figure out whether the device is worth your hard-earned money. Here’s our Moto 360 Sport review roundup.
Writing for Droid-life , Tim O Tato says, “It’s simplistic, minimal, and straightforward. As a wearable focused heavily on fitness, the body feels very comfortable on the wrist.” He goes on to add that “that there are not many pieces to it, and you can’t change the watch band whenever you want, so you don’t really have to worry about any piece of it breaking or snapping off during a heavy workout.”
So off to a good start when it comes to the design of the watch. Tato continues, “Given that Moto 360 Sport is one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to feature complete GPS integration, let’s talk about it briefly. First of all, it’s extremely accurate…so for those of you who need GPS data on your runs and dog walks, you can rely on the data provided from the watch and leave your smartphone at home.”
On Android Police, Ryan Whitwam called the 360 Sport “Hard To Recommend In Practice” and summarised his review with this: “In the end, this seems not as much like a “sports watch” as a smartwatch with a slight focus on sports. It’s still Android Wear, so it’s capable of a lot more than most sports watches, and consequently only lasts about a day. At the same time, it makes some compromises to be better for fitness applications like the silicone band, non-backlit display, and plasticky design.”
Whitwam adds, “Don’t buy this because you want a fitness watch, but maybe you could justify it because you want an Android Wear watch with a few more fitness features.”
In Gizmodo, Chris Mills calls the waterproof design a win: “The Sport is waterproof, and not just in a feel-free-to-wear-it-doing-the-dishes way. It comes with an IP67 waterproof rating, which is good for a half-hour of submersion in a meter of water. I’ve worn it through countless showers, in swimming pools, and even on a brief trip into a frozen lake. There’s never been a problem. Which is more than can be said for the merely water resistant Apple Watch.”
Mills was less than impressed with the GPS though. “The Sport takes longer to get a satellite lock, and the distance at the end of a known 10K run was off by a couple hundred meters. Not a big deal, but worth bearing in mind if you’re on a hardcore training program,” he added.
On CNET, the Moto 360 Sport review was less than flattering about the sports features. “Battery life is dreadful; running features are limited; expensive compared to similar GPS watches,” the review says in The Bad section, while concluding that it “offers no compelling justification for you to buy it versus one of the many competing dedicated smart running watches.”
And finally here’s a video review by PocketNow which shows the Moto 360 Sport in action:
So while a lot of people are impressed with the general functionality of the device, the focus on sports tracking seems to be minimal and not exactly a great selling point for a wearable that’s been billed as designed especially for workouts, and outdoor activities.
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