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.

Connectivity


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.

Battery

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.

Conclusion


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.

While it offers some form of utility over its Android Wear compatriots, whether it be the sporty-centric design, or its GPS tracking ability, it’s not at all very much different from what we’re typically exposed to thus far. For example, its water resistance is identical to the current Moto 360, as well as its Android Wear experience. No doubt it’s being targeted to those who have a burning desire for all things fitness, but it barely skims the surface in comparison to what we get from dedicated fitness trackers.

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: 1.3.0.2423127




Pros

  • Sporty design is ideal for fitness folks
  • Great visibility outdoors with its AnyLight screen
  • Built-in GPS

Cons

  • Water resistance is no different from other smartwatches
  • Poor viewing angles & subdue colors
  • Android Wear experience remains largely the same

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

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22 Comments

1. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Hello iPhonearena. This website is becoming the verge II. If it isn' Apple made it gets bad ratings.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

An overpriced sport watch that has a poor design? Like I said before get the Microsoft fitness band or the fitbit charge hr.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Microsoft band and fitbit charge are not smart watches. There only good for fitness, whereas the Moto 360 can do a lot more than MS band or fitbits.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ok who gives a crap? You do this every time I make a comment about the Moto 360. Get over it.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He still stated a fact. Oh right you're an Apple fan and you hate facts.

5. maherk

Posts: 6873; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am sure it would. The Verge and CNet are well known for being biased towards anything that is American, and even they, couldn't defend this watch. Whej you are paying this much for a smartwatch, the least they can give you is the option to change the straps, if the strap breaks, you are screwed. That ugly flat tire is still there when Samsung(and if I am not mistaken Apple as well) have proven that you can still implement an ambient sensor without ruining the screen. Not to mention that they almost added nothing new to the original Moto 360 2 except for the watchface, which can be easily downloaded.

16. djmuzi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

I would spend 100$/€ more and go for the real thing: the Apple Watch. Android devices would never match I-devices. Like it or not, being an (Apple) hate rail only shorten your live :P Buy an I-device and forget about problems

17. noahpiatt

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 28, 2015

Haha, you are hilarious. How is that ios 9 working for you?

21. ullokey

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

All you have to do is to put an i before your pee and poop, @djmuzi would happily feast on it

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

HA! The strap looks... Well, Read my lips: R.U.B.B.I.S.H!!! Why Motorola have to make it look like a cheap wrist watch that kindergarten kids wear? You know the one with pictures of animie & Manga characters??? So awfully HILARIOUS!!! And yet people are complaining; And I quote: "If it isn' Apple made it gets bad ratings"... STOP THIS SMARTPHONE RACISM CRAP... A crap is crap, regardless of the manufacturer...

4. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

the watch looks decent and anyone complaining should just shut up and buy the gold plated iwatch.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Con: Water resistance is no different from other smartwatches. Come On Pa, I Understand The Watch Isn't Anything Special But Water Resistance Is Still Water Resistance Even If It's The Same As Others.

7. trnz007

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

oh look now pa has started giving 6...

8. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

This watch actually deserves that score though

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

6 is about right, this watch, is just another "smart watch"...

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

At first I thought it was a Gear S2. So imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

15. shinywindow

Posts: 294; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Very true. +1 for you my friend.

20. daddyd302

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

Motorola should of just put gps on their normal 360 and call it a day.

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