Review: Moto 360 Sport

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Overview

Moto 360 Sport

The Moto 360 Sport seems like a ‘sporty’ version of the Moto 360 (2015). This is only the second Android Wear watch to have GPS, and the tech is far better achieved than it was in the first, the Sony Smartwatch 3.

It also has a new type of screen – and it’s one that we’re likely to see plenty of others follow in the future because it works so nicely on a smartwatch, with its style adjusting depending on how bright the situations are.

However, it doesn’t have the nice seems of the Moto 360 (2015), and for the price, you may get a much better run-tracker. It marks progress, however not quite sufficient to make jaws drop.

The Moto 360 Sports prices £219/US$299 (around AU$359), right where you’d assume a high-end Android Wear smartwatch to land.

Since launching in the US, the company has also dropped the price of the Moto 360 Sport down to US$199. However, it’s still a lot of cash to spend on wristwear.


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Design and features

Moto 360 Sport

Motorola’s smartwatches are usually very fairly, style-oriented things. At launch, the original Moto 360 appeared an almost sci-fi take on the smartwatch, while the Moto 360 (2015) brought it into the current with a more sensible – frankly more normal – yet still beautiful look.

The Moto 360 Sport is different, though. While the round screen and dimensions are similar to its predecessors, this watch seems more ordinary and plainer.

It has a chunky rubber strap built in, and you’ll swap it for something sleeker or slimmer; the design inspiration is less Cartier, a more TomTom Runner. There’s nothing incorrect with that when this is meant to be a smartwatch/runner’s watch hybrid. However, the strap design could be a bit smarter.

You’ll be able to inform that Motorola hasn’t been working with rubber watch strap designs for as long as more organized sports watch makers – however, it’s not as comfy as the Moto 360 (2015) either.

The Moto 360 Sport is approved to IP67 standard, which means you’ll be able to wear it in the shower.

The two slightly embarrassing features of the design are only noticeable on nearer inspection. First, there’s a plastic cut-out on the rubbery side, which is where the mic lives, and second, Motorola still uses the identical ‘flat tire’ screen style as on other Moto watches.

This seems fairly bad when you’re flicking via Android Wear’s white-background apps menu, or when you use a white clock display, however, in other respects, the screen is unusually good.

Hardware and display

Moto 360 Sport

The Moto 360 Sport has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, together with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Oh, sorry, did you fall asleep there? I can’t blame you: That’s almost the identical configuration as the standard Moto 360, not to consider LG’s Watch Urbane, the Huawei Watch, and others. The 300mAh battery does nicely if your days are regularly spent brushing off notifications; my review system routinely ran for 18 to 20 hours on a charge in these cases. Thus far, though, the actual star of the show has been the watch’s 1.37-inch, 360 x 325 “hybrid” screen, which mixes a reflective panel for outdoor use in bright daylight with a more conventional LCD for legibility indoors. If you’re inside — which in my case is almost all the time — the screen behaves the identical as any other Android Wear watch.


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The competitors

Moto 360 Sport

$299 can go a long way when you’re looking for a new wearable, and there’re lots on the market to make a would-be 360 Sport, an owner does a double take. If for example, you don’t want heart rate data, Sony’s SmartWatch 3 ($99) has a built-in GPS nestled inside a properly waterproof body. Most items you will come across will have a workout-friendly rubber strap. However, you have at least received the option to wrap the core unit in some additional bands. And there’s ever the classic Moto 360 ($299-plus) available if you need most of the 360 Sports experience with a prettier design. Hardcore runners have choices like Garmin’s Vivoactive ($249) to consider, too, which trades the Android Wear app ecosystem for good accuracy, waterproofing, and informational depth.

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Verdict

Moto 360 Sport

The Moto 360 Sport is more than simply another Android Wear watch. With its great screen and GPS, there’s an appeal here that other Android Put on watches simply doesn’t have.

However, this looks like yet another smartwatch design that isn’t fairly there yet insufficient respects to suggest it to many consumers in the real world. It’s somewhat rudimentary tracking and poor battery life put cheaper dedicated runner’s watches in a good light, whereas it also lacks the gadget-lust factor of non-GPS options.

Nice strengths and serious weaknesses make the Moto 360 Sport a somewhat awkward product, like quite a lot of different smartwatches.

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