Moto 360 Sport Review
Interface and Functionality
For something sporty, it really doesn’t have a lot to offer that we don’t get in any other smartwatch already.
Aesthetically, it has many qualities that fittingly adhere to its sporty nature. On the software side, though, we’re rather disappointed that it doesn’t elevate from what we’re used to on other Android Wear smartwatches. By that, we mean that there are only a couple of things different that separate the experience here from any other Android Wear device on the market. And for something geared towards fitness buffs, it’s nowhere close to matching the experiences we get in standalone fitness trackers like the Microsoft Band 2 or Fitbit Surge.
The first thing noticeably different here is the ‘Sport’ watch face, which true to its name, provides us with some meaningful information about our fitness attributes right from the beginning – like our step count, calories burned, heart rate activity, and much more. Secondly, the only other thing tacked onto the experience is the companion running app to Moto Body; the predictably named Moto Body Running app. This works in conjunction with the built-in GPS, enabling it to precisely track our runs outdoors, but it only offers the generic stuff you’d expect from any other running app that’s available out there. Calorie tracking is available courtesy of the app, during activities and at rest too. The data obtained by ot can also sync with other popular fitness apps.
Still, we're expecting more out of this to justify itself from being passed over for some other Android Wear smartwatch.
Using an LG V10, the Moto 360 Sport’s Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection manages to keep a firm connection up to 25 feet before it’s severed. However, now that Android Wear supports Wi-Fi connectivity, we can still continue to enjoy receiving notifications and other things with the smartwatch even when it’s not connected to a smartphone.
Average, average, average.
Armed with a 300 mAh battery, its performance isn’t greatly different from what we’ve been seeing lately in the space. To be more exact, a full tank easily gets us close to 1.5 days of normal usage – where it’s usually between the 40% to 50% range by the end of the first night. We do continue to enjoy using the included wireless charging cradle, seeing that it’s still quite a rare feature to find in many smartwatches.
Looking at what’s been released ever since Android Wear’s inception, we can certainly agree that everyone has been striving for that perfect design – you know, the premium kind that sparks interest right from the get-go. The Moto 360 Sport, on the other hand, is undeniably different from the majority due to its sportier styling, but underwhelming in several ways.
Throw in the fact that its cost, too, is exactly the same starting price as the current 2nd generation Moto 360 at $299.99, we find it to be an unconvincing package that won’t deter most people from looking at what else is out there. Unless you indeed prefer a sportier design in a smartwatch, there isn’t a whole lot here that paints a compelling story.
Software version of the review unit:
Android Wear Version: 184.108.40.2063127