I’ve reviewed a couple of different smartwatches in the past. Most of them gave me the same impression—they provide a lot of useful functionality but still look like a mini computer on your wrist.
The Moto 360 Sport by Motorola is the first smartwatch I’ve reviewed that breaks this mold. It looks a lot more like a traditional watch than a smartwatch. In fact, the Moto 360 Sport is the first smartwatch I’ve ever worn that turned heads and made people I showed it to want to get one of their own.
What can the Moto 360 Sport do?
I’m not going to give an exhaustive feature-by-feature breakdown of the Moto 360 Sport. If you came here looking for that, then take a few minutes to watch the video below.
If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: Meet Your New Workout Partner – Moto 360 Sport
Here’s another quick video that demonstrates the Moto 360. The Moto 360 Sport has this same functionality.
If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: Moto 360: The Watch That Makes Time For You
How I used the Moto 360 Sport
I know the Moto 360 Sport smartwatch can do a million things but for me, it really came down to the convenient notifications. I generally keep my smartphone in my pocket so every time I receive a notification, I have to take my smartphone out of my pocket to view the notification.
With the Moto 360 Sport, I can just glance at my wrist to view the notification—and to respond to it or dismiss it. This is all done with a simple up/down or left/right swipe of the finger. Despite all of the features the Moto 360 Sport offers, this is the feature I used over and over again.
It’s probably why I also would be just as happy with the base model, the Moto 360 (not the Sport), since I didn’t find myself using all of the sport-related features.
What the Sport version offers
Speaking of the sport-related features, there are a few of them that would be really nice if you are super into fitness. One is the built-in heart monitor. Another is the built-in GPS so you can track your distance, pace, calories, etc.
And because most people don’t like to go for a run with their bulky smartphone in their pocket or attached to their arm, the Moto 360 Sport allows you to sync your playlists and podcasts from Google Play right to the smartwatch so you can listen to your music on the go (with compatible Bluetooth headphones) while leaving your smartphone at home.
If you are into running (or jogging), I can definitely see how you would love the Moto 360 Sport. But if you just want a stylish smartwatch that allows you to do many of the functions of your smartphone from the convenience of your wrist, the Moto 360 is just as nice.
Note: The Moto 360 Sport in this review was provided to me by Verizon Wireless and can be purchased at your local Verizon Wireless store or at www.verizonwireless.com.