Moto 360 Sport, a sports SmartWatch still far from being a sports watch

Design fashion and sport, These two are clearly the main segments where smartwatches are trying to gain a foothold while its usefulness is still quite limited and the price is not accompanied in many models. So there is this Moto 360 Sport we tested.

After renewing its original Moto 360, while Motorola had a version with different design in some aspects such as finishing belt or screen technology, as well as the specific specifications integrated GPS. This aimed to convince athletes to wear a SmartWatch was possible. Have they succeeded? Come up with a thorough analysis of the Moto 360 Sport.

Moto 360 Sport

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Moto 360 Sport, technical characteristics

Few market smartwatches who have dared to jump in the sport beyond the appearance or the name field. Carry GPS and water resistance are two of the minimum characteristics that must be different these watches to classic or street.

This Moto 360 Sport meets both premises in addition to slight modifications in the design of the belt. But otherwise we find the identical to the Moto 360 2Gen main features classical and hence the thickness of advanced clocks with Android Wear the market.

Moto 360 Sport, specifications
Physical dimensions 45mm x 11.5mm; Weight 54 grams
Screen 1.37 “(42 mm) Hybrid technology AnyLight; Gorilla Glass protection 3
Resolution 360 X 325 pixels 263 dpi
Processor Snapdragon 400 (4x 1.2 GHz) // Adreno 305
RAM 512 Mb
Memory 4 GB (not expandable microSD)
SSOO Android Wear
Extras IP67 water resistance
Connectivity 802.11g WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
Sensors Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometric altimeter, gyroscope, dual microphones and haptic engine
Battery 400 mAh version 46 mm; 300 mAh 42 mm version (not removable) / Wireless charging

As we have told, a data-sheet is identical to the 2015 Moto 360 classic design except for the hybrid technology of the screen, integrated GPS and there is only a display option (the largest) to choose from.

The price is slightly more affordable, so the choice of either model of entry into the inclusion of the GPS and strap design with silicone finish. But I’ll tell you in thisreview of Moto 360 Sport in the day there are some notable differences.

Very comfortable to wear but far from the kind of classical model

Although the Sport Moto 360 can easily recognize it as a genuine Moto 360, wrist, because there are many differences. The Sport model has the same dimensions as the field in 2015 in Moto 360 small but we have found much more comfortable to wear . In fact most of the time you are not able to appreciate it wears thanks to just 50 grams and silicone strap is very comfortable for its extreme flexibility.

This element, which is not directly withdraw to exchange for another has a rubbery finish which is both the main advantage to make it very comfortable to wear all day, even sleeping (and that very few smartwatches can speak), but also the reason that the finish is quite vulgar and not let us reflect its market price.

The Moto 360 Sport is very comfortable to wear even sleeping but the finish is vulgar, dirty and without providing more water resistant the classical model

The strap is ideal for sports, it repels water and sweat very well, but suffices five seconds outside the box that sells for dust, lint and all you want to adhere to its surface, and it does. And there is no convenient way to make it go away. The everyday image is of a very remote clock care until now we have seen in the advanced clocks.

It stands to reason that this is a sacrifice to do to win ahead of their practical use while running, for example, yet Motorola has fallen short because, despite this new belt, IP67 protection keeps watch .Since we had to make sacrifices, we expected at least more resistant to water and dust, the Moto 360 was a sports watch able to dive and to take it to the pool. In any case, as we shall see, even if it was waterproof, soon we would have served in our training.

Design we can only note that there is a physical button as in the classical model in the upper right. With it you can turn off or on the screen, or if you hold down a couple of seconds, go to the main menu of the clock.

Creative solutions for the screen

The technology that currently dominates the market for advanced clocks is clearly the AMOLED mainly for its quality. The electronic ink as the Pebble bet everything for autonomy and visibility outdoors. And the LCD goes half way, as we saw with the analysis of the Moto 360 second-generation classic. With this approach, Motorola did not have it easy to choose technology for sports watch.

Finally, LCD technology was chosen, but only in the base. The size is 1.37 inch, such as the 2015 Moto 360 smaller, something that we do not care because it seems sufficient diagonal. The resolution of 360×325 pixels leaves us a density of 263 dpi without wonder, it is also acceptable.

Making then particularly screen is Moto 360 Sport including reflective technology to be added to the LCD panel. Motorola has called AnyLight and the result seems very appropriate for this type of clock does not stop wanting to be a whole SmartWatch needed density and quality of the panel, but it will be some time outdoors where good visibility is essential for details our exercise without having to juggle the wrist or the head turns looking for the right reflection.

One of the great successes of the Moto 360 Sport is the AnyLight panel that adds reflection to effectively improve screen visibility outdoors

That AnyLight panel technology is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which ensures resistance on paper that luckily have not had to check in our test or placements in the table with the glass down or share place with keys or coins and much less small strokes against a door frame now been achieved by a trace on the screen of this Moto 360 Sport.

Being a Moto 360 and speaking of the screen, we cannot ignore one of the advantages clock Motorola Android Wear ecosystem: the ambient light sensor. Follow built into the display itself, occupying a place at the bottom clearly visible, but at the end of the very effective to keep the automatic brightness active.

A clock running

The basis of Sport is the Motorola Moto360 almost any other Android Wear market, and as such has behaved in performance. It has a dual core processor and 512 MB ​​of RAM that get passage through menus and options agile even resorting to open third-party applications from the smarpthone, the process slows down.

The internal memory reaches 4GB, which are used to power independent of the smartphone in case you want your music to Google Play Music synchronized lists, but you can only do it via wireless headphones. The main connectivity is WiFi and Bluetooth, and also boasts a heart rate sensor.

Moto Body we liked but have limitations for measuring both everyday and for athletes who do more than go running occasionally

Motorola, as it does with your phone, add your own touch to Android Wear. Besides a watchface data on our day to day with the clock, as a quantifier, the highlight is Moto Body, an application of well thought out and implemented exercise and exceeds the clock to third.

Unless you have already stored in other applications history, in this Moto 360 Sport logical thing it is to pull Moto Body for our careers, but in global terms and if compared with third-party applications running on the smartphone or watches, Moto Body may be too basic for runners. It is true that we can export data to some applications like Strava or Fitbit, but it shows that Motorola has given preference to his application (which is useful if you use Android as iOS no app to view the data).

With Moto Body start an activity with the watch is if we live sports watchface placed. It is made ​​from within the home screen and then has enough information during exercise and later with data on activity, calories, steps … The information Moto Body gives us while doing an activity is accurate and in some cases of value, such as screen that informs us of the work zones as the pulse time we have at home. Both at rest and in global, integrated sensor measurements are reciprocated in our tests with reality from a chest strap, but there are certain times of intense activities that values ​​jump unexplained and can lead to surprises.

What we hope is that Motorola improve the application to collect more activities that are not running , as it is the only measure that leaves us now, either indoors or outdoors. At the end of the day it is only a matter of software.

The Moto 360 Sport and sports screen collect some value as a quantifier of daily activity in directing minutes of activity, steps taken and calories burned. For all these variables we can set challenges or goals and see if we overcome them or not. But I think that value that Motorola wanted to give as quantifier has fallen short, which is a shame. With how comfortable it is even sleeping, we miss the measurement function and analysis of sleep, something that otherwise would require a behavior note autonomy. As we will see, that does not happen with this Moto 360 Sport.

Chronicle of a (bad) announced autonomy

Weighing only 54 grams and thickness reduced dimensions, battery Moto 360 Sport stayed in 300 mAh although it is very demanding connectivity including GPS power. This has resulted in a just autonomy for SmartWatch Android Wear with today.

In the days of use we have given in our test, with mail notifications, mainly calls and messaging, we could reach more than one day of use in any occasion using the always active screen mode. This figure is quite low considering that we are already at least half the day and a half in many smartwatches market with Android Wear.

Worse is if you plan to use it for training intensely, something completely logical for this model. In one hour sessions running, the battery is discharged nearly 40% with the use of always on display exercise information and consultation, as we believe it should be in a leading heart rate monitor sports watch.

Motorola wanted a sports watch with GPS and has paid his adventure with insufficient autonomy. To make matters still need charging adapter

Using GPS and wireless music, watch charged with 100% autonomy never reached us 2.5 hours of exercise , so it has a hard time competing with pure sports watches with GPS so we must have seemed that of this Moto 360 compared to other specific models.

At that discomfort when using the clock pure sport mode we can add that the screen takes very little to return to standby mode (just 4 seconds), so when we are exercising we find it quite annoying because you have to give repeated touches if we maintain the information on the screen longer.

Finally, the burden of Moto 360 Sport is made ​​with the classic wireless charger, very comfortable and one of the most elegant solutions to do so. However, this autonomy and usage profile, I think successful if Motorola would have given the opportunity for a direct charging microUSB, because this watch really need it.

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