Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Hands on: Motorola Motoactv

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Tue October 18, 2011

Device pairs MP3 player with exercise monitoring

Although Motorola's upcoming Droid Razr phone was the focal point of a launch event today in New York, Electronista also had a chance to try out the company's Motoactv fitness device. The Motoactv resembles an iPod nano and provides the same basic functionality as an MP3 player, but Motorola has added a wide range of additional sensors and connectivity options that serve to monitor workouts and interact with other Android devices.

The device centers around a 1.6-inch touchscreen, just big enough to provide basic information on something that can be worn as a wristwatch. We still think the size is a bit cumbersome, particularly for people with small wrists. Thankfully Motorola has built the Motoactv as a modular system, enabling the device to be work on a belt or even thrown in a pocket.

A GPS receiver provides location data that is used to calculate travel speed, while ANT+ and Bluetooth support can be used to connect heart-rate monitors and other additional sensors. We like Motorola's wired and wireless headphones, which integrate heart-rate monitors without requiring a separate accessory.

If the device is paired with a smartphone, text messages and call alerts are pushed to the touchscreen interface. Users can then choose to ignore calls, answer using the phone, or direct the call to a Bluetooth headset.

We left with a positive first impression of the Motoactv system, which includes a robust web-based portal that enables users to monitor progress over time and schedule workout reminders for the future. The software even compares heart rates to specific tracks, enabling users to custom tune a playlist for their workout plan.

Motoactvs provide a wealth of fitness features, but the price is not exactly cheap. The 8GB model will sell for $249, while the 16GB variant commands $299.












By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. facebook_Ginger

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2011

    0

    what!!!!

    for that price it should have a built in heart monitor built in !!!

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Cat B100

Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be ...

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it wa ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News