About a week ago, I received a Motorola Moto 360 Sport watch to review. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect because I was thinking that it was going to be “just another GPS watch” like the dozens of others I’ve seen over the last few years. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
At first glance, the Moto 360 Sport does look like a standard GPS watch. And it does all of the core things you’d expect a GPS watch to do as far as tracking distance, pace, split times, heart rate and calories burned during runs. But it only takes a couple seconds to realize that it also does a lot more:
The Moto 360 Sport integrates with a wide variety of other fitness apps and devices (FitBit, Strava, MapMyRun, etc…). It instantly syncs your results with them so that your workout information is kept up to date on every platform.
Most importantly, this is a lot more than just a workout watch.
- The Moto 360 Sport comes with Android Wear, which means that you can also use it to listen to music, check email, read texts social media posts, sports scores, traffic, weather and anything else you need to keep yourself up to date without having to pull out your phone.
- You can pair it with an Android phone to seamlessly keep your apps in sync across both devices.
- It has its own app store with a variety of watch-specific apps and faces that you can download.
- It has a touch screen that allows you to swipe through applications along with support for voice commands. Navigation from app to app and within the apps themselves is easy and intuitive.
- You can select from a variety of watch faces and even use your pictures to create custom ones, but my favorite is the sport face, which shows your heart rate, steps, and total calories burned for the day in addition to the time.
Another interesting note: this watch is practically indestructible. It has a silicone band that won’t fade or absorb moisture, but it’s also super flexible and comfortable. Since I’ve gotten my watch, I’ve worn it for runs in torrential rain and snowstorms and I also accidentally banged the lid of my washing machine on its face when I was putting my running clothes in the wash. After all that, it still looks amazing and it still works great.
The Moto 360 Sport has an LCD touch screen that’s easy to see in high or low light. No matter where you are, the display is bright and easy to read.
The watch has a dock that it sits on to charge instead of a jack to plug it into an outlet. (no jack = no ‘holes’ for moisture to get in = less likely for the watch to get damaged). It charges fast and for all of the things the Moto 360 Sport does, its battery life is awesome. I wear mine all day and even though I’m constantly using it to track my runs, open up apps and read messages, it’s still typically over 50% charged when I go to bed each night. As an added bonus, using my watch to read messages saves me from having to keep opening apps on my phone, which increases my phone’s battery life as well.
Speaking of phones, the Moto 360 Sport is super easy to set up and pair with any Android phone. There’s an app called Android Wear that I had to download to my phone. As soon as I opened the app, it found my watch and asked if I wanted to pair the two devices together. When I said yes and entered my confirmation code, it paired them and immediately started synchronizing their data. The process took a few minutes and that was that. Now the devices are constantly in sync. If I bring them too far away from each other, they disconnect, but the Moto 360 Sport continues to track my data and store it internally. As soon as I bring them back within range of each other, they reconnect and synchronize automatically. As a note, Motorola says that you can also pair it with an iPhone, but if you do, some of its features may not be supported.
Lastly, this is a slick looking watch. Every day that I’ve worn it in public, I’ve gotten at least one compliment on it. I’m probably the last person that anyone would ever call a fashion buff, but even I have to admit that this is a pretty sweet looking piece of wearable tech.
I wear my Moto 360 Sport all day, even when I’m not running. I’ve always been skeptical of smart watches, but by the end of my first day with this one, I didn’t want to take it off.
Check out this video from Motorola for a little more information about the Moto 360 Sport:
Interested in the Moto 360 Sport? You can pick one up at Motorola.com, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Amazon, Google Play, Verizon.com, and at the Moto Shop in downtown Chicago. And even better – Motorola is giving away four of them. If you’d like a chance to win one, just use the form below to to log in with your Facebook or email account and answer the question it asks. Good luck!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Motorola. The opinions and text are all mine.