Non-sporty manufacturers continue to challenge the likes of Garmin and Polar when it comes to tracking our fitness and workouts. The Motorola Motoactv allows runners on the move to keep track of pace, calorie burn and distance as well as store personal records and we were highly impressed with the sample we saw at CES this year.
The device looks like an iPod Nano, a fair comparison given that the Motoactv is also a music player which holds up to 4,000 songs on the 16GB version and featires a built in radio, both of which play back though wired or Bluetooth headphones.
Primarily, it's a fitness device which can be put to your wrist and worn like a watch, strapped to the runner's arm or clipped to a shirt. Without these accessories, it weighs a mere 35g, a slip compared to the 75g of the Garmin Forerunner 610.
Like the 610, the Motoactv features a touch screen, only this case capacitive and made of Gorilla Glass, and we found the 1.6in colour screen to be clear and responsive. It also adjusts for indoor or outdoor lighting.
We were impressed at the functionality on the watch which includes a live GPS map which shows your location as well as recorded route on a map, something unmatched on any sport watch. It even has a virtual partner function so you can run against your previous time on a completed route – something only currently available on high-end sport watches.