Motorola Motoactv

By Cliff Jones



Sport watch manufacturers need to seriously consider adding music playback to their. Not only does the Motoactiv play music and store playlists, it learns which tracks motivate you by measuring your performance against the songs which were playing when you training the hardest.

This could be rightly dismissed as a gimmick by long distance runners who will tell you that the best part of a run isn't the bit you ran fastest, but there's no denying that a boost of music can give you a push when you need it, so the option of an automatically-generated high performance list is a brilliant idea.

You can also pair the device with an Android phone to receive incoming calls and texts and the Motoactv can sync with a heart rate monitor and deliver audible feedback on your heart rate and performance.
Motorola Motoactv

A selection of other post-workout data is available on the training web portal, including workout tracking, route mapping, goals and social media sharing.

Because it's rainproof, runners who train with their phones to keep be contactable and listen to music won't need to have their beloved handsets exposed to the elements, or use up valuable data and battery life.
Motorola Motoactv

Battery life lasts five hours outdoors with full GPS or ten hours with basic music playback and is available in either 8GB or 16 GB models. The 8GB model is priced at £250 and while we would have liked to take it for a test run out into the Nevada desert, we have requested a sample and we're looking forward to taking it out on mean streets back home.

Motorola Motoactv


We're very excited about the Motoactv. It looks like it will be cheaper than even the excellent Nike Sport Plus but also includes virtual partner, on-screen GPS mapping, takes incoming text and calls and is also music player – combined functionality only mobile phones can compete with and no current sport watch can match.


January 16, 2012, 2:03 pm

John Lewis sells the 8gb version for £250 now,

Is this a new version you've been seeing in Vegas?


January 20, 2012, 6:35 pm

Hi - No, it's the original model, which launched at the very end of 2011, as you pointed out. We were unreliably informed by the Product Managers at CES that it was not yet available here, which is wrong.

Thanks for pointing this out and we'll amend the review.

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