The smartwatches arrived on the market for nearly three years. Still, there’s a lot of suspicion about the real usefulness of these smart watches. The latest attempt to find an audience for this type of device comes from Motorola, which created a version of Moto 360 Sport and conquer who likes to run.
We tested the clock for three weeks and we tell you what we think of him.
What is it?
The second generation of Moto 360 came with a sports version, the Moto 360 Sport. In the specifications, it is virtually identical to the simple model, with 400 Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and optical heart rate monitor — you can view the full list of specifications here. The big difference of the Sport version is that the Watch has built-in GPS to measure the distances of the races.
Design and screen
If, on the inside, the only difference in the Sport for the normal version is the GPS outside the appearance of the two is quite different. The 360 regular Bike is more elegant, while the Sport is more casual.
The watch comes with a silicone bracelet that, unlike in the regular version, can not be replaced — think before you choose between black, white or orange, because you cannot change it in the future.
She is quite comfortable, but accumulates a lot of dust and dirt. Fortunately, the watch has IP67 protection against dust and water, so you can clean it without great difficulty — and you don’t need to take the watch off his wrist every time you wash your hands.
The screen has a border thicker than the regular version. Even so, he is not overly large (45 mm in diameter) and the display occupies much of the space.
As is the case since the launch of the Bike 360, still missing a “piece” of the circle at the bottom, where is the light sensor. This caused the screen to be called “flat tire”, but this is not a problem most of the time – only in some specific apps, designed to perfectly circular screens, or when you use certain clock dials.
Still on the screen, she is the first to use the technology called Moto AnyLight. It combines, in the words of the company, “a screen transmitting (backlit) with reflective technology. [Clock] has the brightness of the LCD screen indoors, but to go for a run, natural sunlight helps brighten the screen, instead of leaving it without reading.
In fact, is exactly what happens:the screen is very good indoors or in Dim lighting; under a strong sun, the colors are distorted, erased, but you can still read what the clock is showing.
First of all, it’s good to clarify: it was the first time I used a smartwatch clock for longer than a brief demonstration during events. In addition, I use watches since have a cell phone, there are more than ten years (!), and I’m not much of a smartwatches enthusiast.
The 360 Sport Bike runs Android Wear — the device was even updated to the Marshmallow version during the tests. Although some custom apps and some dials of each manufacturer, SO the bot to change watches very little from one device to another.
(If you know how Android Wear works, skip the next four paragraphs.)
Slide your finger from right to left and you have access to a list of applications — any application installed on your smartphone that has a version for Android Wear will appear there. Slide one more time and you have access to your favorite contacts. Slide one more time and you get to the third and final screen: a list of quick actions and settings, ranging from sending messages using WhatsApp or Hangouts to measure your heart rate.
Another possible way is to slide your finger upwards on the screen of the display, to go Google Now cards and notifications. Slide the notification to the left to show more actions, or to the right if you want to dump her.
The opposite direction, from top to bottom on the screen of the watch face, gives access to the status of the device (battery and connections) and the quick settings, as do not disturb, Movie mode (which turns off the display of the watch) and the maximum brightness. Finally, say “Ok Google” Google Now to hear your voice commands.
All this navigation can also be made by gestures: turn your wrist up quickly to show the next notification; and down to show the previous. Lower the arm to show more options, please raise your hand to close the application, and, finally, shake the pulse quickly twice to return to the display of the hours.
OK, after this basic presentation about how the system works, we go to how it works in practice.
Firstly, it was difficult to pair the watch and the smartphone and, even after the Bluetooth connection has been established, she fell often and took to reconnect.
In some situations, such as at home or at work, it’s no big problem, since the 360 Sport Bike has Wi-Fi connection too. However, away from home and the Office, the lack of connection with the smartphone makes the smartwatch clock turn virtually a common clock, because notifications and Google Now depend on internet to work correctly.
When it works, the clock shows very interesting. I really enjoyed being able to see incoming messages on WhatsApp and Telegram on my wrist, without having to take the smartphone in your pocket. Is also very good follow up results of games on Google Now, check the time my bus will take to get to the point with Citymapper, check the weather forecast with Weather Timeline or checkin in the Swarm.
Of course, not everything works great. Android Wear still need more consistency, especially in the ecosystem. OneFootball and Todoist, two of my favorite apps, simply don’t work on the clock — the first ever waged, the second always order a login which I had already done in the smartphone app. The Spotify, for your time, it’s pretty slow — in fact, it’s nice to say that, if you have a Bluetooth phone, you can listen to music without needing a cell phone, which is great in time to run.
The navigation is also a bit difficult. So much as touches gestures have their problems. Watch repeatedly misinterprets the direction in which your finger glides across the screen, or you think you played and open an app or setting. Scroll through long menus quickly causes the unit show a little slowness. Already the gestures to rotate the wrist, as well as little intuitive, do not respond as desired. After using the Bike 360 Sport, I find the navigation for Samsung S2 Rotary Gear at least interesting.
The battery, one of the major problems of this type of appliance, have a reasonable duration. In our tests, with always on screen (it has a more dark, monochrome, which kicks in after a few seconds of inactivity) and GPS connected, 300 mAh kept the clock connected by no more than a day.
You have to carry your Bike 360 Sport every night. To load it, you need the support that comes with the watch. Has support, so any microUSB charger of mobile phone – or even a USB cable connected to a computer — can be used.
Running (or walking)
The Moto 360 Sport, as we have said, it’s a good running smartwatch. In addition to the GPS and the less formal design, it comes with the Bike Body application pre-installed, which serves as a monitor of physical activities during the day and app for racing.
First, let’s talk about the activities monitor. It counts how many steps you walked during the day, your calories burned and time of cardiac activity. You can’t change the goals defined in the app: 10000 steps, 250 calories or 30 minutes of active cardiac activity diaries.
These goals, including, are on the Clockface, standard and are updated every time that the “main” screen is turned on (take a look at the image that opens the post) — in the standby screen, monochrome, are shown only the hours.
You can choose whether your focus is the steps or calories. Despite being bad units to estimate — or you can say how many steps walks or how many calories your burning job to the subway? — you have tips throughout the day, indicating how many minutes you need to fulfill the goal. This is great, since it facilitates the understanding and serves as an incentive.
The Body also estimates how many calories you burn at rest. I particularly found the number he gave high: about 2,700 calories a day, and Google my cell phone Fit shows a little more than 2,000 and my nutritionist said between 1,700 and 2,000.
The application also has the option to send you a weekly email with your physical activity data and suggestions to improve, what I found quite interesting — information that works best when it come to you, and not when they’re waiting for you to open the app to view.
The Body also serves to accompany you at the races — and only at the track. If you pedal, swimming, practice exercises in the gym, he doesn’t have that option. There are a few apps that can help you in your favorite sport, like the Ghostracer or the Endomondo, that can be used without the smartphone and take advantage of the GPS clock.
As a mate, he goes well. You can set goals for distance, time or calories to your Office or start quickly without setting goals. The heart rate monitor shows real-time heart rate zones.
Both the GPS as the steps are pretty accurate — in both tests on treadmill and outdoor tests, the results presented were well trusted, when compared to that shown on other apps or on own treadmill.
Use the 360 Sport Bike is pretty nice, overall. Is it really practical to view messages, notifications and information on your wrist, and the clock itself is quite beautiful. The steps of the Bike Body is great, and having warnings throughout the day about how you are progressing toward your goal helps in fight against temptations of sedentary lifestyle.
We don’t like
Android Wear is not yet a mature OS as Android for smartphones. This also holds true for the ecosystem, since some good apps are not as satisfactory on the clock as they are on your smartphone. The frequent falls on Bluetooth connection also irritate enough, especially considering the price of this toy.
Is it worth it?
Although he usually liked to use the 360 Sport Bike, I wouldn’t pay the suggested retail price of R $1,999 — in some stores, have you ever think a value 10% cheaper. That’s a lot of money for a device that, in the end, is secondary. You can buy a very good smartphone with that price, for example.
The fact is that, by being complete, the 360 Sport Bike ends up charging. Apparently, the unit wants to embrace all the possibilities of use (smartwatch clock, heart monitor, watch for racing, fitness bracelet), but no focus on any of them. And you probably don’t need all that he has.
If you want a smartwatch clock, there are plenty of cheaper options out there, which bring one or another attraction of Motorcycle Sport 360, depending on what you’re looking for and your lifestyle.
The basic version of the Bike 360 and the LG G Watch Urbane cost little more than half, bring the optical sensor for measuring pulse and seem to be sufficient to work as a monitor of physical activity throughout the day.
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