The Motorola Moto 360 Sport is the sibling of the second generation Moto 360 and is geared for activity-centric folk. It runs on Android Wear technology, therefore this wearable can display notifications straight from the connected iPhone or Android device. It also includes personalized cards with information about traffic, weather, and of course, sports. It’s also one of the few smartwatches in the market that sports a GPS feature. However, Motorola’s fitness-centric smartwatch suffers from poor battery life, a single-button design (which is not ideal for running), and it’s also a bit on the expensive side.
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport is Not Your Ideal Running Companion
As its name implies, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport is intentionally made for people who have a more active lifestyle. The leather straps of the second generation model has been removed in lieu of a non-removable silicone band. It should be noted that the silicone band in comfortable to wear, but the watch is not designed to be worn inside the shower or even the pool. This does seem to be questionable seeing that competing smartwatches, such as those from TomTom, Garmin, and Polar have, a water resistance of 5ATM.
Even though the Moto 360 is capable of tracking steps and distance throughout the day, it’s fitness-inspired features end there. the Moto 360 Sport, on the other hand, has a built-in GPS which is a vital tool for runners to assist them in measuring pace and distance in real-time. This feature does not even require a connected smartphone to be used.
Other than that feature, it isn’t very different than its more casual counterpart nor from other Android Wear devices that are already out in the market. However, the company placed a technology for which they call it their “AnyLight Hybrid Display.” This is the first display that comes with a traditional backlit LCD, and with a front reflective one. This assists in viewing the display even in direct sunlight.
While the battery life of the 360 Sport is considered as normal, activating the GPS functionality can drain the battery like there’s no tomorrow. When running with the GPS on, the battery will drop down to 85-percent after 30-minutes, then can drop down to 60-percent after an hour. With the GPS on, the watch can only go only up to approximately four hours.
So the question here is, is the Motorola Moto 360 Sport worth the buy? Well, it still depends on a number of factors, such as if you’re interested in a GPS running watch with smartphone notifications, then this might catch your fancy. However, the really short battery life still makes it a difficult one to recommend.