Jogging. Some love it, some loathe it. Heck, some people do it for a living. It’s one of those things; you get it or you don’t. If you do (get it), then you’ve probably been interested in buying a device that will track your runs and help you improve your fitness. There are literally hundreds of devices on the market that offer this functionality, but the best is yet to come – the Moto 360 Sport.
Motorola is a rather sweet brand to buy into nowadays. Their Moto X range of smartphones defy their price to offer a premium better-than-stock-Android smartphone experience, and they have really carved a presence out for themselves in the smartwatch market with their Moto 360 range of smartwatches, which are a worthy alternative to the Apple Watch range. Motorola is known today for its excellent Android tweaks and hardware design; there isn’t a poorly made device made by Motorola nowadays. The Moto 360 is a fine example; a watch that’ll put up with horrid abuse despite its delicate internals. But that isn’t the watch for you if you are after a rugged fitness-tracking device that goes beyond tracking your steps. What you want is the Moto 360 Sport - Motorola’s smartwatch for active people.
If you haven’t heard of the Sport, that’s okay – it isn’t available yet! But it will be on January 7th, and it has the potential to really shake up the fitness tracker market.
Moto 360 Sport – everything you need to know
Unlike the Apple Watch Sport, which is essentially a cheaper aluminium version of the stainless steel Apple Watch, the 360 Sport is a completely different device to the Motorola 360. It’s more rugged and it’s only available with a silicone strap – it’s cheaper too.
You can still tell it’s a Motorola smartwatch - the round face gives that away; however the display is a cross between your usual smartwatch display and a reflective display. Motorola is calling it the AnyLight display, and it gifts the wearer the ability to read the time, or access features, in direct sunlight. The display is a marvel, really, automatically switching between display modes according to where it is being used and to conserve battery life.
It works extremely well, and it looks really cool too.
Another feature which is nice, but also an essential for any fitness tracker, is the heart rate monitor. This continuously reads your heart rate from your wrist using optical sensors; GPS is included too, allowing you to map your runs and record accurate distances. This is something the regular 360 doesn’t have, and it rockets the Sport into fitness device territory. It is also IP67 rated meaning it is dust and water resistant and the Sport has WiFi in addition to Bluetooth, so you can continue to sync data with your phone if it is out of range.
The main selling point of the Sport however is the fact that it runs its own fitness apps on its own display, so you can view your progress without accessing your smartphone. The Sport will work with Fitbit, MapMyRun and Under Armour Record apps at launch, and Motorola is expected to add additional apps in the future. Sweet.
If you are interested in the Motorola Moto 360 Sport, you can register your interest at our source below. We’ll update this post with pricing as it becomes available.