The fitness-oriented derivation of the second-gen Moto 360 faced an unexpected uphill battle reaching its prospective buyers in both the US and Europe, probably because it’s arguably uglier than standard models for men and women, and it doesn’t offer many redeeming qualities.
But that was back when the Moto 360 Sport fetched $300. Nowadays, it’s a measly two Benjamins a pop on Amazon and at Best Buy, in white and flame paint jobs. The black flavor that went on sale last week is still around $235 for Amazon Prime members only, while Motorola continues to charge 300 bucks across the board through its official e-store.
So, is the Android Wear timepiece worth it at the marked-down price? Clearly, since it might be unattractive for the masses, but it’s just what the doctor ordered for athletes and sports nuts. It’s water and dust-resistant, comes with a lightweight, low-key silicone band, as well as built-in GPS support, a “hybrid” 1.37-inch display, full-day 300 mAh battery, optical heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, altimeter, accelerometer, and a couple of other handy sensors.
Hurry, though, as the $200 price could be jacked back up any minute. Meanwhile, in India, the Moto 360 Sport will be finally launched commercially on Wednesday, April 27, at as-yet unspecified retail costs. Don’t hold your breath for anything under 20,000 rupees (USD 300), at least not at first.