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Moto 360 Sport watch Hands-on, Everything you need to know

Moto 360 Sport is made to keep up with even your most grueling workout due to a durable yet comfortable design. Strong silicone construction doesn’t take up sweat and resists fading or staining. And side ventilation channels provide help to keep cool.

Motorola’s fitness-focused smartwatch, the Moto 360 Sport, arrived at our office this week. The watch is out there now in the UK for £219 and can arrive in the US on January 7 for $299.

From the beginning, the Moto 360 has been one of the major popular Android Wear smartwatches on the market, and the updated Moto 360 2015 hasn’t slowed its momentum. We may have a full review with in-depth testing in early January, however within the meantime, I needed to share with you some early impressions.

It’s only the second Android Wear device to pack GPS connectivity – alongside the Sony SmartWatch 3 and goes on sale meanwhile in December in Europe with a January 360 Sport launch announced for the US.

Design is good

Take your workout to the limit without worrying about your watch. Moto 360 Sport is made to maintain up with even your most grueling exercise because of a sturdy but comfortable design.

Design-wise, however, there’s a lot completely different here. The display here is, as before, 35mm in diameter with a resolution of 360×325, with the black “flat tire” bar below for the ambient brightness sensor. The display itself, although, is different. Rather like a standard LCD, Motorola’s using an “AnyLight Hybrid Display”, a screen that’s said to work both as a traditional backlit screen moreover as a front-lit reflective one (think old school color Palm PDAs) to be used within the daylight.

That screen is covered in Gorilla Glass 3 and enclose by a ring of metal — the internal half is a smooth matte metallic end whereas the outer half is polished and etched with radiating lines. The 2 finish effect helps to reduce the size of the bezel and is something Motorola realized in designing the first and second generations of the standard Moto 360.

Brilliant display, indoors or out

The Motorola AnyLight display is the world’s first hybrid screen that automatically adapts to the level of natural light. Indoors, enjoy a readable LCD screen. Then when you’re out for a run, it reflects natural light, produce the screen clear and sharp—and not washed out like on other smartwatches.

Built-in GPS and fitness apps keep you going

Moto 360 Sport has built-in GPS that works seamlessly with Moto Body to measure your performance. Trace your distance traveled, pace, lap times, and more. There’s no want to hold your phone to know the way you’re doing.

Wireless Music

Music on the move, Now you’ll be able to leave your phone behind. Simply sync your favorite playlists and podcasts from Google Play Music together with your Moto 360 Sport. Then hearken to music on Bluetooth headphones.

Battery life

The battery will have to be charged daily. A 30 minute run with the GPS dropped it all the way down to 85%. That’s a drawback. Whereas it’s unclear how long the battery will final with an active GPS sign, it appears to be in the 3 to 4 hour range (the Garmin lasts 16 hours with an active signal and as much as 3 weeks in watch mode).

Specifications

Operating system

Android Wear™

Display

AnyLight Hybrid Display
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
1.37” (35mm), 263ppi (360 X 325)

Watch case dimensions

45mm diameter by 11.5mm high

Weight

54g

Battery

300mAh – As much as a full day of mixed use with Ambient on.5
Wireless charging with charging dock included

Processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026)
Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU

Memory

4GB internal storage + 512MB RAM8

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g

Sensors

Barometric Altimeter, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine

Heart rate sensors

Optical heart rate monitor (PPG)

Water resistance

IP67 dust and water-resistant6 – Not waterproof

Microphone

Dual digital mics

Bands

Silicone band

We’ll be publishing a full Moto 360 Sport review as quickly as we’ve got had time to test this new Android smartwatch, however for now we’ll leave you with this: for those who’re in the market for an Android Wear watch for an ongoing lifestyle, the Moto 360 Sport should definitely be in your list… though it’s not launching in the US to January 7, 2016, with the price tag of $299.99.

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