Take Nike Plus, the iPod Nano 6G, and those Sony Ericsson Bluetooth watches from a few years back, and behold – you have the concept behind the MOTOACTV. This device is being described as a “a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player rolled into one”. It’s not the typical product that you would expect to see coming out of Motorola, but for fitness buffs, the new MOTOACTV has plenty of appeal. The device lets you track your heart rate, walking and cycling statistics, workouts over time, set goals, and create workout competitions with your pals, plus Motorola has created the MOTOACTV Web Portal to help track your progress.
The device itself weighs 35 grams, it’s waterproof and sweat-proof, comes with a built-in FM radio, and packs in GPS for tracking exercise routes. The device also features audio “coaching,” which helps you keep going by updating you with your current pace and distance.
The MOTOACTV will be available for $249 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version. There will also be special Bluetooth headsets available for it to purchase separately, as well as accessories like a wristband that transforms it into a watch. In our opinion, the neatest accessory here is really the wristband. The MOTOACTV is also able to sync up with the DROID RAZR, so that it can show you recent text messages at a glance, without having to touch your smartphone. Overall, the MOTOACTV seems pretty neat in a Dick Tracy sort of way, but the pricing seems too costly.