Motorola Moto 360 Sport: Custom-made for fitness freaks
The advertised UPS of the Motorola Moto 360 Sport, released during early 2016, is its built-in GPS capabilities. During release, Motorola claimed that those obsessed with running/jogging would find the Moto 360 Sport wearable useful with its GPS connectivity claimed to aid runners in accurately tracking their destination distance and pace. This aspect got us interested in the wearable as the Moto 360 Sport, as of now, is only the second wearable after the Sony Smartwatch 3 to offer GPS capabilities
We procured a review unit of the Motorola Moto 360 Sport and subjected the wearable to multiple performance tests. Check out how the device performed in our tests, below:
Design and Display
On first looks, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport appears to have a very ordinary design. These thoughts were echoed when we tried out the wearable by fitting it across the wrist. Although the Moto 360 Sport settles well on the wrist, with firm grip, the design does not give off a feel of being classy. Instead, we felt that we had strapped an old timepiece.
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport offers a rubber strap clad with silicone; the device as a whole is comparatively light; hence we could not really feel that we had strapped something significant across the wrist. The wearable weighs in at a meagre 54 grams and has overall dimensions of 45 x 45 x 11.5 mm The Moto 360 Sport is water resistant, and during our testing, survived even after it was hit by multiple water currents (not powerful though). From our testing, it was also clear that the wearable is very easy to clean using water.
The usual power/standby key is located slightly at the top when compared to wearables such as the LG G Watch R, the Urbane and even the Asus Zenwatch 2. This button is perched at the right hand side almost touching the top surface of the Motorola Moto 360 Sport. We feel this is an unusual design and in fact took a bit of time getting adjusted to the standby button (located at the top right hand side) and the design. For us, a disadvantage that we could spot, was the fact that the watch straps cannot be replaced. You get to choose between White, Black and Flame Orange outer color schemes, and you are stuck forever with what you choose.
There is also a microphone to the left of the wearable. The rear end is made of plastic. The watch incorporates all fitness related aspects such as tracker, pedometer and a heart-rate monitor but does not offer waterproofing capabilities. This is a disappointing aspect to us as we are fitness freaks preferring to do work-outs away from home and in varying eternal conditions. Overall, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport sat pretty well on the wrist without us having to worry about the wearable slipping away even during workouts and when on the move.
As far as the actual display is concerned, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport features a 1.37-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with resolutions of 360 x 325 and 263 ppi pixel density. The screen supports 16M and Multitouch functionality and is enclosed within a Gorilla Glass 3 casing. During our testing, the display with the right level of brightness allowed us to read the contents on the screen even in full sunlit daylight conditions. This is achieved via the “AnyLight display” functionality which is built-in.
During our testing of the Android Wear operating platform, that the Motorola Moto 360 Sport runs on, we felt that the performance of the OS does not differ from that of other wearables such as the Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R. We could spot newer Motorola widgets on the homescreen. All our essential Google Now cards such as travel schedules, appointments, itinerary, booked tickets, health monitor and step counter, were shown at appropriate times and places. The Motorola Moto 360 Sport pulls up all these details by linking to the Google account.
we could also swipe to the left, on the homescreen, for more information on these cards and to get into the relevant app on our Motorola smartphone (synced with the Motorola Moto 360 Sport wearable). The wearable also lets you customize the watchface with comparatively increased watchface customization options. Android Wear is also compatible with Apple’s iOS platform, but performance in this scenario varies. The overall user interface (UI), during our testing appeared simple and straightforward without fancy enhancements.
Processor, Memory and Enhancements
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC comprising of a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU.
Also, under-the-hood, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport packs in a 512 MB RAM. As far as the memory is concerned, we feel that the 4GB internal storage should be sufficient for storing multimedia and apps. With Bluetooth connectivity, it is possible to stream content on to an external device. As far as newer enhancements are concerned, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport comes built-in with the Moto Body fitness app and Google Fit. We also checked out the GPS and found that it worked fairly well as stats were computed in an error-free manner.
The Moto Body fitness app, during our testing, seemed like a breeze as it effectively computed vita health/fitness statistics such as the heart rate and the amount of calories burnt during a particular day/week and also reminded us of the left-over calories burning (set via customized targets) that we had intended to achieve over a set period of time.
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport derives its juice from a 300 mAh fixed Lithium-Ion battery. During our testing, with mixed usage, the backup time offered lasted nearly a whole day which is impressive.
However, with voice commands come the battery drain as Android Wear still seems to be an amateur as far as grasping of non-generic voice commands are concerned. Also GPS dented the battery life significantly during our testing of the Motorola Moto 360 Sport. For charging, we had to place the Motorola Moto 360 Sport in a separate (comes with the package though) docking station.
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport performs, but is let down by a below-par design and Android Wear still needs multiple essential enhancements.