If K gets to do a gadget review, you better believe I’m doing one too. So, I finally got a few opportunities to test out my smartwatch, the Moto 360 Sport.
I got the 360 when it went on sale for $200, and came with a $50 gift-card. At that price, I figured I may as well try it out. And while I’m not blown away, I’m still glad I got it.
As far as fitness goes, I will be blunt. Despite ‘sport’ being in the name, this is not a fitness watch. I had been gravitating toward the Moto 360 Sport because of the promise of a perfect running companion. The 360 has built-in GPS and some storage for offline music. Theoretically, you could use it to go running without your phone. And that’s what I tried to do on several occasions. Unfortunately, there ended up being two issues:
- The GPS is not good at measuring distances.
I had some of the fastest runs of my life with this thing. ~4 minute miles, can you believe it??
I couldn’t. After the watch told me I’d run two miles in record time, I knew I couldn’t trust the thing to know where I was. I found a hacky little solution though: use a different running app that logs a map of your run (like Ghostracer), and sync it with Runkeeper. While the distances during your run won’t be correct, the map afterwards will be, and Runkeeper will log the correct distance after it syncs. Like I said, hacky.
- The bluetooth is spotty at a distance.
And when I say at a distance, I mean the distance from my ear to my hand, when my arm is at my side. Maybe this is a way to make sure I’m always running? It works okay when I’m pumping my arms, and my hands closer to my bluetooth headphones. But as soon as I put my arms at my sides, the bluetooth cuts out. This is not a problem with the headphones, as they work fine with my phone.
So bottom line is, I don’t actually go running with just the watch alone. I still carry my phone, and get reliable distances and bluetooth with that. What this watch is, is a pretty good non-fitness smartwatch. Android Wear is fun. Notifications on my wrist, with my phone in my pocket, is nice. And someday, there’ll be a watch that really nails it. The Moto 360 Sport is not it.