Since completing my first 5k race, I’ve been eagerly anticipating my next race in July and have been working on my time and practicing the route. I love using tech accessories to give me data about my performance, so when I had a chance to test out the Moto 360 Sport smart watch, I thought it would be a lot of fun!
I received the watch along with the new LG G5 to pair it with on the Verizon network. The Moto 360 Sport has a GPS built in to automatically track your running distance, along with tallying other stats such as daily steps, calories, and heart rate. When you run, the phone has a live display telling you your pace, distance, and time. This was super handy for me, as I’m working on a specific route and usually have to pull out my phone and hold it in my hand as I get close to the 3.10 mile mark. After the run, I could pull up the Moto Body app on the LG G5, which shows you a map of your route and all kinds of handy stats.
Side note, my pace and distance on this run were not great, because I’ve been experiencing some pain while running and have been taking it easy so that I don’t injure myself. I had a very serious knee issue a few years ago, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!
In addition to these specialized applications for runners, the Moto 360 Sport has many other smart watch features such as the ability to sync to your Google account and receive notifications from your phone, or get information such as traffic or weather updates. I had some difficulty pairing it initially, but once I had it set up, Jai and I were both pretty impressed by how much it could do.
I only tested the device for a few days, so I didn’t fully get to grips with how to use all the features or interface – I found myself accidentally turning applications off if my wrist tapped a surface – but I loved the ability to give the watch voice commands. All I had to do was say “OK, Google, set a timer for 30 minutes,” or “OK, Google, remind me to check (X) website in one hour”, and it would know exactly what I needed, without having to get up and set an alarm on my phone or write a note to myself. I felt like a character in Star Trek, being able to simply speak into my watch and have a computer perform a task for me! The future is now! The only downside to Moto 360 Sport was the size of the watch, at least on my wrist. Because I have rather small wrists, I found it hard to size the band so that it would be comfortable.
I also enjoyed getting a look at the LG G5. I currently use the G4, so I’m already a fan of the series. The new version is sleek and fun to use, with a good camera. Here’s a photo I took of the watch using the LG G5:
I really enjoyed using the Moto 360 Sport and LG G5 to track my running – they’re a helpful duo!