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Moto 360 Sport review: Run Forrest, run

It's a good smartwatch, not fitness tracker

Android Wear is getting pretty nice

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In the past, Android Wear wasn’t the best watch OS and although it has come a long way in the Moto 360 Sport, I couldn’t really shake this nagging feeling that the OS was designed for people who knew how it worked already. In other words, it wasn’t terribly beginner friendly.

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It does, however, bombard you with endless tips and “how-tos” on understanding the little gestures and shortcuts you will need to master to get Android Wear to work properly. That said, there were many times where I felt a little lost trying to operate it, juggling between hand gestures, wrist flicks, swiping and voice controls.

Nevertheless, in time you’ll learn all the little tips and tricks and probably even come to like to OS like I do now. Notifications look really good as you scroll through them, with the UI looking very similar to the smartphone experience. It’s a slick OS that supports quite a number of apps and notifications pushed are detailed and unobtrusive, what’s not to like?

It’s got an awesome display

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As part of Motorola’s effort to make the 360 sportier, they’ve included what they call an AnyLight Hybrid display which is supposed to improve sunlight visibility. They should’ve called it magic because the AnyLight display works like an absolute wonder.

The display mounted in the 360 Sport’s 45mm case is a hybrid display because in addition to the regular backlit screen, the display also doubles as a reflective panel that uses direct sunlight to improve screen visibility. This means that no matter how bright it gets, you will have absolutely no problems seeing what’s on your display.

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Of course, when it comes to the display on the Moto 360 line of smartwatches, many would undoubtedly find issue with the “flat tyre”. In all honesty, the flat tyre didn’t bother me once. You don’t lose any meaningful screen real estate and it actually makes text on notifications easier to read because the line at the bottom underlines the words.

But the bottom line is…

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I’m still having trouble trying to wrap my head around this particular watch. The way I see it, this watch appeals to a very specific clientele: One that is sporty but only does running and is into sporty-looking watches that run Android Wear. Either way you slice it, that’s a rather niche Venn diagram you’re looking at.

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For the average joe who simply wants a nice Android Wear device, I would tell them to go for the classic Moto 360 instead. It looks much better, doesn’t have the horrible rubberised band, is more elegant and you can swap out watch bands.

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If you’re a fitness enthusiast, go for something from Fitbit, like the Surge or other similar dedicated fitness tracker. But if you’re dead set on Android Wear and want to do some fitness, then the Moto 360 Sport is for you simply because there aren’t really many other options out there.

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