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A Deep Dive Into The Motorola Moto 360 Sport
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport (2nd Generation) is an Android Wear powered GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate. Aimed at those looking for a wearable tech running watch with a high level of Android smartphone connected functionality.
The Moto 360 Sport comes with Moto Body running application ready to go. This review of the Moto 360 Sport watch has been written by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic
Who Is It For?
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport is for the recreational runner who wants to track speed, distance and heart rate while running. With the option of Bluetooth connected Google Music from it’s internal memory with space for several hundred songs.
The ideal customer for the Moto 360 Sport is a fun runner who likes to listen to music when running without having to take their phone with them. They own an Android smartphone and will also appreciate the easy access to dozens of Android Wear apps found on the Google Play store.
The Moto 360 Sport is suitable for those whose daily exercise regime is limited to less than 1.5 hours.
Who’s it NOT for?
It’s not for anyone whose GPS / heart rate tracked exercise sessions may last over 2 hours. An exercise outside (in the cold) of 1.5 hours took the Moto 360’s FULL 100% charged battery down to approx 50%. By the end of the day the watch was informing me to put it on the charger for the night. If you don’t want to have to charge your smartwatch EVERY day the Moto 360 Sport is NOT for you. Also, it’s NOT swim-proof. The Moto 360 Sport is rated to IP67 which means, in practical terms, it’s shower / splash proof.
Here’s my own video walk through of the Moto 360 Sport. As always, there are a few “errmms” “ummms” and even a couple of errors (corrected in the headings).
The idea of all my videos is to give a sports user a real-world feel for the watch. I have NOT focused on the Android Wear connected functionality of this watch. Instead I have concentrated on the features that a RUNNER would be interested in, eg. Strava and Moto Body Run applications.
Moto 360 Sport key features
The closest alternative to this Android Wear running watch is the Polar M600. The Polar M600 has two huge advantages over the Moto Sport 360. 1) Genuine 2 day battery life with smartphone connectivity and 1 hour training per day 2) Ability to set several sports profiles from running and cycling to kayak and salsa dancing. Neither are ADVANCED running watches. If you are a competitive / club runner you would be better advised looking at Polar M200, Garmin Forerunner 235 or TomTom Spark 3
The image below shows the Moto 360 Sport up against a Suunto Spartan Sport. The Spartan Sport is a LARGE watch. The Moto 360 Sport has been designed to fit all wrists. In my opinion it will fit any wrist with a circumference from 16cm to 21cm. For the record mine wrist is a small 17.5cm and it fitted perfectly on the 4-5th strap hole (from 10)
Next Model UP
The Moto 360 Sport is Motorola’s only dedicated wearable tech GPS runners watch.
Next Model DOWN
The model below this one is the regular Moto 360 2nd Generation. I have not reviewed that model as it does NOT feature the built-in GPS found in the SPORT model.
It can “piggy-back” the GPS in your phone for outdoor speed and distance tracking, similar to the Fitbit Blaze. However, I’m not a massive fan of this functionality as it drains your phone’s battery …
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport is one of many Android Wear sports watches. Having used several over the last few months I can conclude that this is one of the better ones. However, would I want one as my main training watch?
No. The battery life is simply not good enough. I genuinely believe the Moto 360 sport would be incapable of tracking a marathon for a vast majority of runners. I find the inability to exercise in non-GPS mode a major flaw.
There are far better alternatives to the Moto 360 Sport like the Garmin Vivoactive HR with genuine multisport support. If you have convinced yourself of an Android Wear watch, get the Polar M600. It has a far better battery & multisport support, plus the ability to train in non-GPS mode, thus saving battery.