Moto 360 Sport Review: A Smartwatch Fitness Tracking Hybrid
Introduction and Specifications
If three's company, we'd say Motorola has gone and made a full-on family out of its Moto 360 smartwatch. Hot on the heels of its second-generation Moto 360 comes the Moto 360 Sport, an Android Wear timepiece designed to compete not with TAG or Sony or Samsung, but with FitBit, Polar, Garmin, and TomTom. The ruggedized or sports smartwatch field is an interesting one. The target market isn't your typical smartwatch buyer. Instead, it's the fitness tracker buyer that a company hopes to upsell to.
At $300, the Moto 360 Sport isn't exactly cheap. It's a full $50 cheaper than the Apple Watch Sport but it's $100+ more than a lot of the fitness trackers it's competing with. Now that the industry as a whole has had time to mature a bit, pricing is even more diverse. The ASUS ZenWatch 2, for example, can be had for just $129. So, if the Moto 360 Sport is gunning for the aforementioned brand names in the fitness business, surely it offers something that the current establishment doesn't, right? Let's take a look inside.
||Android Wear 1.3
||1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
4GB Internal Storage
||35mm (1.37") display, 263ppi (360 x 325 resolution)
AnyLight Hybrid Display
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
||Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
||45mm diameter by 11.5mm high|
|Audio||Dual digital microphones|
|Sensors, etc.||Barometric Altimeter, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine; IP67 dust and water resistant (not waterproof)|
||Black; white; flame orange
||Currently listed at $299 MSRP|
One thing that jumped out at us when researching its specs was the 360 Sport's "IP67 dust and water resistant" rating. That's enough to be submerged for up to 30 minutes at 1 meter, but Moto's own tech specs page specifically calls out that the watch is "not waterproof." The 300mAh battery also seems like a possible concern. This is the same battery in the 42mm second-gen Moto 360, which is about on par with other smartwatches on the market as well. However, this device also has a fully functional GPS module on-board that will eat up a more power. We'll see how it all shakes out in the pages ahead.