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Moto 360 Sport Vs Microsoft Band 2: Sporty Smartwatch Versus Fitness Band

The Moto 360 Sport, while belonging to the smartwatch category, can be directly pitted against Microsoft's second generation fitness Band, to see which one comes on top.

The Moto 360 Sport, which appears very similar to the Moto 360, sports a colored silicone band to keep users' wrists cool. The AnyLight, a circular screen which presents a black cut-out primary display at the bottom, is touted to display clearly under direct sunlight, on overcast days, and even indoors.

In contrast, the Microsoft Band 2, while not displaying a circular watch face, instead features a number of sensors on the band itself, with a 1.4-inch display fitted within the band's width instead of overlapping both sides. It is also built of a breathable and moisture-repelling material to make it more comfortable for users.

While the Moto 360 Sport can track workout time, the number of calories burned, the number of steps taken, and monitors users' heart rates as well, the sporty smartwatch has a built-in pedometer and a GPS sensor.

In contrast, the Microsoft Band 2 can last two days of power allotted during regular use. It features Bluetooth 4.0, a galvanic skin response sensor, a UV sensor, a capacitive sensor, a GPS, an ambient light sensor, a 3-axis accelerometer, an optical heart rate sensor, and a microphone.

The Moto 360 Sport is compatible with Android smartphones, and with the recent Android Wear update, it now adds supplementary support for iPhones, as well. On the other hand, the Microsoft Band 2 has a companion app that allows it compatibility with Android, iOS and Windows phones.

The Moto 360 Sport runs Android Wear and enjoys app support from Google Play app developers, including podcast playback, music player apps, and Gmail. Microsoft Band 2, being primarily a fitness wearable, offers guided workouts from Gold's Gym and other online fitness programs, as well as tracks calories, monitors steps, and supports critique for running and golf swing techniques. It also features email, weather reports, notifications, finance data, and a Starbucks payment app.

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