The Motorola Moto 360 Sport is a smart watch that entered the market to meet the needs of runners that wish to stay connected while on the move. With a uniquely innovative screen, it allows for readability of activity date and communication notifications from paired devices in all conditions. It sports an optical built-in heart rate monitor that has received less than stellar reviews and it also claims the status of being one of the few watches to have GPS and only the second Android Wear watch equipped with it. The GPS, which many feel syncs very quickly, is what lets runners use the watch independently and should be able to more accurately measure run data like pace and distance in real time for continued improvement. And while a smart phone would allow the 360 Sport more comprehensive access to all the features, pairing is not necessary. It is important to note that compatible devices include Android phones running 4.3 or higher, or iOS 8.2 or higher that supports Bluetooth. Despite allowing for iOS, most feel that full functionality is not realized with it and recommend finding another watch.
And while, Motorola claims that the wqatch is compatible with Android and iOS phones, it also warns that features will vary across the different platforms. Some find the capabilities paired with iOS are enough but reviews indicate that Android users have access to useful third party apps, like RunKeeper or Strava, that iOS users will not. In addition to activity apps, one that some found useful was the google music app... It requires a little setup but allows you to download your favorite tunes and pair your bluetooth headphones for easy access. BUT because of the limited space on the watch ( 4Gb with only 2.5 available for other purposes) users may feel a little pinched when it comes to gathering more than a few songs.
Marketed as compatible with both Android and iOS platforms, most found functionality limited or lacking when paired with Apple devices.
The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 transreflective screen is strong and impressively adapts to changing light conditions, remaining visible even in full sun.
The onboard GPS puts the Moto 360 Sport into a niche with only a few other smartwatches with this feature.
The built-in heart rate monitor works fine as long as the user is static but once movement occurs, many feel it is no longer accurate, making it not conducive to assisting with the heart rate training method to which some runners adhere .
The battery life leaves much to be desired as many have reported it can last a full day with GPS active. One review claimed it could not last tracking a full marathon.