Review: Moto 360 Sport smart watch
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $449
Manufacturer: Motorola

I’m feeling guilty. I’ve had the rather nifty Moto 360 Sport watch here for at least a couple of months, yet, day by day other reviews have seemed to take priority. So my apologies to readers and to Motorola for my tardiness.

A big part of the reason for the delay is reviewing the Moto 360 Sport reasonably fully is a thoroughly daunting challenge. Reviewing it exhaustively is, I think, impossible. A device like this is so flexible there will always be little surprises, and there’s no reason that even if you find a limit to its capabilities today, they will be there tomorrow as another feature could be added in a live update, or might be found in an app.

Features

So what is the Moto 360 Sport? I lightly referred to it as a “watch” earlier, and yes it is; a “smart watch”. It shows a watch face that can tell you the time, date and so on. But that it also communicates with your phone so that it can do things like give you notifications, display text messages and so on.

But then again, it’s also a very well equipped fitness tracker band, with heart rate monitor, gyroscope, altimeter, accelerometer and light sensor, allowing it to track your every move. And so on.

Available in black, white or flame orange

It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor (up to 1.2GHZ) – what a computer scientist of past decades would have called a “super computer”. There’s half a gigabyte of RAM for the processor and 4GB of storage. The device communicates via Bluetooth and WiFi (b/g standards, not n or later). There are microphones (two of them) so it can hear what you say, and a battery with a 300mAh capacity.

It charges wirelessly on the included dock. You just plonk the watch down on it.

Smart watches remain a little chunky. The case is 45mm in diameter, which is kind of in keeping with modern styles, but 11.5mm thick, which is rather thicker than any normal watch. Still, I don’t think it looked too out of place on my wrist.

It weighs 54 grams including the silicon band and I found it very comfortable to wear.

It features what Motorola calls an “AnyLight Hybrid Display”. This is round, of course, except for a flattened bottom edge, and has a resolution of 360 pixels wide by 325 pixels tall, for a pixel density of 263 pixels per inch. The “Hybrid” part means that it works both backlit and from external light, which means you can see the face indoors and under the beating sun.

Easy to read, even under full sunlight

When the power’s more or less off, you get the secondary watch face, also easy to read

The main app you use with this phone is Android Wear. That means a non-proprietary system, which means the ready availability of other apps with different functions. You can use either Moto’s own fitness apps, or a Google’s (to retain the openness to other devices) or download different ones. Companion apps within the watch manage communications with the matching app on the phone. How your exercise stats are displayed will of course depend on the app you use.

The watch is fairly robust. The face sports Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and is an IP67 rating for “ingress protection”. The “6” means completely dustproof while the “7” means up to a metre of immersion for up to half an hour. That means … don’t go swimming in it. But you can be confident all will be fine if you do get splashed, rained upon, or happen to fall into the pool.

It’s available in black, white and “flame orange”.