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Motorola To Release An iPod Nano? Wait, That’s Not Right

This is the Nano to reinvent the Nano. Motorola is possibly producing an “all-in-one fitness and music personal fitness device”. Try saying that 5 times fast. We’re guessing Moto thinks they can put their own spin on this idea and possibly make it better, even though it looks exactly like the competitions. It does have a couple redeeming qualities though: GPS, for accurate workout stats, wireless sync to PC (and Android devices), and even has an awesome watch band attachment. Err, scratch that.

Even more curious, is that this could be the device we saw way back in May on the supposed XOOM2 site? Who’s looking forward to a probable release of the “MotoActive”? Feel free to trash talk or praise it in the comments section below.

Via: Engadget

  • j2d2

    How much? I’ll get it if that’s gorilla glass. Love the watchband actually. Clip-ons fall off and hit the pavement hard.

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  • Gee

    BUT WILL IT SHOOT LASERS!!! It looks like a 70’s bond watch 

  • Beka27

    I think that looks really cool.  I’m obviously in the minority (based on most of the comments), but if I were in the market for something like that, I might get it.  Moto makes good hardware.  Period.  And anything that takes a dollar away from Apple is a step in the right direction, IMO.

    I know lots of people are jaded b/c of what they consider to be a Bionic Fail, but this is neither here nor there.  Don’t blame this device for what you perceive as a failure of another device.  Do you really think Moto has ONE development team.  Different teams are working on each product, so no resources were “taken away” from the Bionic.

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  • Anonymous

    Are you sure it didn’t read GPS upgradable?

  • Peter Bartholomul

    imagine having a wrist watch with built in gps, 3g and/or 4g, bluetooth capabilities, and a condensed version of the app market to download specific google apps like the music beta app. I can’t think of anything better then 20,000 songs that can be listened to through speakers or bluetooth headphones, gps, digital or analog clock, and other mini apps all on your wrist

    • GigmanX

      I’m with you, Peter. Looks awesome, especially for those of us who are runners and bikers who have tried to use Nike+ and other inaccurate devices to track our mileage. I would be all over this.

  • Peter Bartholomul

    could the delay of the motorola bionic be due to motorola focusing on a sports watch?

  • Henry Evetts

    Does anyone buy mp3 players anymore? Don’t smart phones take care of that?

  • Michael

    ah another product following the footsteps of Apple. Shocker!

  • If it has GPS, not only would I buy it, but I’d use the hell out of it.

  • Bezel is way too big. 

  • Anonymous

    They should just work on making a phone worthy of being the successor to the OG Droid.

  • Djstar2k2

    wow i just asked in another thread where is the galaxy player?  im bout to get back in the gym and in the market for a new mp3 player most deff something non icrap.  i might craig list an old tgs device lol.  i would prefer a stock experince but uncle googs aint into such  a thing but an android powered mp3 player with cams on it wifi would be perfect.  sync all my google music and or accts. but idk bout this im getting older that small screen would be hard to see and interact with and on my wrist lifting would be strange but this product is needed in the market

  • TheAndroid1

    Make it 150 with the wristband and it’s a good deal.

    Anybody else see the problem trying to run with plug in headphones?
    I assume bluetooth will be included.

  • I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, WildCent.com

  • Anonymous

    I bet issuing this device will cause you speed up in the beginning and then make you lag behind in you subsequent laps.

  • as a cross country runner i would definitely look into this.

  • i woudnt pay more than twenty bucks for it

  • napes22

    I’ve always wanted a Garmin watch for running / exercising but never wanted to pay for one.  If this thing is affordable I could definitely see myself buying one, especially if it has GPS.

  • Is is just me or does this thing kinda look like a padlock that Moto can use to wrap around all the Moto phones to keep that bootloader nice and secure? hmm

  • Let me guess to be released “Sometime in September”?

  • Kianjudah

    G. A. Y. 

  • Anonymous

    $899.99 on a 2 year contract…

  • Anonymous

    motorola, don’t you have better things to do?

    namely, DROID BIONIC?

  • Stormbladex69

    If the price is right I would definately look into getting this since my beloved Zunes are going away… and I LOTHE the thought of getting an iPod. Apple = Teh Devil IMHO! I’d rather get these for my kids than iPods too!

  • Am I the only one that tried reading that sentence five times fast?

  • Gael Curry

    Years ago, when Timex dabbled with LED watches, Intel tried to get in the market.   They quickly exitted, after learning that watches weren’t about electronics, rather about jewelry.

    Mot should take that good advice now.   it’s about jewelry.   Forget watches.   Forget the visual UI.   It’s all about earrings, and the UI should be speech-based.    A nice chip that doubles as a earring back-clasp, recharged wirelessly, which you can talk to and which whispers back.

  • Anonymous

    “OMG looks like an iPod Nano”…gee I wonder if watch makers can sue Apple for making the nano look like a digital watch. 

    Apple didnt invent everything.

  • Alan Paone

    If they design it with being a super watch in mind it could be alright. The ipod nano makes a watch that even the geekiest find hard to love. That band looks DROID-y

  • Anonymous

    I could see people buying this if priced right. Look pretty nice.

  • Having one of these and a cell phone would be redundant. But I would definitely rock one anyways!

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Really? Try running a 5:30 per mile pace, or pushing a 24-25 mph TT effort, with a phone on your wrist.. please

      • lol with the size of phones these days, that’s feasible. 

        • FortitudineVincimus

          But to that I say.. I am out working out and training.. I do NOT want a phone, but I DO want the latest technology to see pace, speed, miles, upload to a map afterwards, etc. Unlike most “social” runners and cyclists, I do it full time and take it serious & travel the USA and Europe racing. When I go out, I get out for real and serious.. no interest in a phone that small or texts or tweets or any of that garbage.

          I did a significantly long and in depth review of Nikes Sportwatch GPS+ watch – similar to this from what little we know about it at this time – and for true serious athletes it is a huge fail and full proven reasons why in the Nike+ forums. you can go check it out. For social athletes, it is great. 

          From just the photos I can already see some improvements over Nike’s version, and this has a better underpinning OS. So, I am hella excited about this to see it come to market so I can get a sophisticated piece of portable fitness technology in a small package that is NOT a phone.

      • Iwriteus

        I’m with FortitudineVincimus (hope I spelled that right.)  For folks who cycle, run or do any other intensive cross training this would be an awesome device, especially since it comes with GPS functionality.  As of now I lug my Droid 3 AND a Rockboxed Sansa Plus on long bike rides so I can use My Tracks and listen to tunes on a device with good SQ at the same time.  That’s just weight I’d rather not carry.  If this thing has good SQ and played a variety of audio formats it’d be perfect.  As is I’d definitely look into buying it if the price point is right.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    As an avid racer – cycling & running (I will be in Spain racing in September) – I will be on this like a fly on poo poo. Bring it on.

  • Anonymous

    Motorola Mobility: The relentless pursuit of bankruptcy.

  • If you think of it as a really small tablet you can wear, it kinda makes sense, and in that respect, it’s fairly unique.  I have zero interest in owning this lol

  • i think it’s cool they are trying something else with the form factor. how about one of these little things that just runs android so we can make it do whatever we want?

  • Jason Purp

    Obviously they’re just teasing and poking a stick at Apple. They’re just WAITING to get a lawsuit.

  • Vypor

    I smell apple patent trolls

  • Psipher

    I’d buy one.
    I use CardioTrainer app & my Droid X on an armband when I go running…I welcome something smaller & lighter.

  • Anonymous

    “Buy the watch now, we’ll release the wristband by the end of Q3!”

    • Anonymous

      Only if this was made by HTC would it take that long…

      • Ironclad1313

        Right! Look how quickly the Xoom got LTE! oh wait……

        • Anonymous

          I was speaking more towards the fact that Motorola came out with accessories quicker than htc

  • From an Android device perspective, why would you need that when there are apps like Cardiotrainer and others like it?

  • Anonymous

    I’d rock anything that’s NOT APPLE.

    • Anonymous

      that makes you just as worse as those that blindly follow apple….

      • Tesseract 3

        Well yeah. I mean, I boycott apple for my own reasons, but I won’t just buy an product that is not apple. I research heavily before I buy any electronic device. I look over tons of reviews, do tons of comparison shopping, etc. 

        I take my time. 

      • Anonymous

        I was joking =/

      • Anonymous

        How so?  This ought to be good.

  • Thatsjared87

    I sure hope that’s an arm strap rather than wrist. Imagine trying to keep headphones in while running and having a cord connected to your wrist.

  • Anonymous

    it probably has pentile screen, im waiting for the motoactive 2

  • I bet it has a pentile display.

  • No way I’m getting this, NO LTE!! 😛

    • Anonymous

      It will have LTE in about 5 months.

  • Jaredmoore47

    Will this be locked too?

    • TheAndroid1

      Do you really need cyanogenmod on this?

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  • Mctypething

    It’ll probably have a locked bootloader….

  • OH JOY!!! What I’ve always wanted…a watch with…you guessed it…A LOCKED BOOTLOADER!!! 🙂

  • if i were in the market for something like this i would buy this one instead of an ipod simply because this isn’t made my apple.

    • Anonymous

      Werd, and if its anywhere around $150 it will be a hella good deal considering I was going to buy a $40 nano and a $200 GPS watch for running

  • I would totally wear a watch that was pimped with Android, except for the fact that I could never deal with a watch that I have to charge daily.

  • But the battery only lasts 15 minutes. lol

    • Anonymous

      LOL that’s about 14 minutes to long for some people. 14.5 for me…  :):)  LOL

    • good thing it’s not an HTC product or it would be half that. 

  • Javier Esquivel

    How about they focus on release the Bionic??

    • Anonymous

      Haha…yea, this little pipsqueak is the reason for the bionics delay? lol…

  • Tesseract 3

    I would really like to see someone challenge apple’s dominance in the mp3 player market. Whether it be motorola or anyone else. So I am hoping this will be successful. I hope they also market something to challenge the ipod classic and the itouch. I hate dealing with itunes, but I would like a dedicated mp3 player. I have researched the alternatives, I actually have something called a cowon x7 (it’s korean). But it’s touchscreen is resistive. Apart from that it’s great. Anyways, some good, alternatives to the ipod. And if anyone says the zune… first of all microsoft doesn’t seem to care about the device anymore, and you still have to deal with using windows media player, and other programs to deal with stuff on it. It is also locked down hard. 

    • The Zune HD is honestly an incredibly well made and quality MP3 player.  You need nothing else if that is all you are looking for.  I love mine.  Have you ever used the Zune software?  iTunes is not even comparable.

      • Tesseract 3

        I have heard quite a few bad things about it, also heard microsoft locked it down. That they don’t seem to care about supporting the device anymore. Also, not sure if that’s the one you are talking about, but I want something that has a ton of storage capacity, 80gb isn’t nearly enough to back up all my music. I am sure it is better than itunes, that demon is the worst thing in existence. I would just like it if a manufacturer would not make me use their program to add my music. Something with just a simple drag and drop interface so I don’t have to deal with auto syncing. 

      • I would have recommended it in late 2009 or early 2010, but not now.  Microsoft’s abandoned it and might not have something to replace it for a long time, if ever.  They want you to buy a Windows Phone.

        Also, the Zune software isn’t comparable… because iTunes has more features.  Zune is more streamlined, but it’s missing a lot of what iTunes does and has some confusing areas (try backing out of viewing a specific album or playlist, for example, without messing things up).

      • Anonymous

        The Zune HD and Zune were one of the greatest things MS has ever done. The hardware, software and display of the Zune HD blows away any other MP3 player put there. Shame they’re dropping it.

        • With the Droid 1 and Cyanogenmod 7…DSP manager…it blows away the zune. PLUS, you can change how much storage you have! Can’t do that with the Zune unless you buy a whole new device…*cough*Apple*cough*.

          • d

            except my zune has 120gb, good luck getting your D1 to hold that. 

    • Anonymous

      I like Archos products. I have owned 3 separate multimedia devices made by them. 

      • Tesseract 3

        I don’t know why, but I have never liked them. Maybe I am just too picky. 

        • Anonymous

          I can understand and respect that. I haven’t bought a newer one in a few years cause I just use my phone for everything now. 

          • Tesseract 3

            🙂 I won’t hate on anything anyone uses, I am just way too pick of a person. I do admit that with google music sometimes I don’t even find myself using my mp3 player. 

  • Can someone just make a quality Android phone sized portable media player first?

      • Tesseract 3

        Interesting. I would also like to see a direct competitor from someone like htc/moto/sammie to the ipod classic. There are many of us who just want a device with tons of storage space, good sound quality, and a simple drag and drop interface for adding our music. People who want the storage capacity of an ipod classic, but without itunes, and sound quality that doesn’t suck. 

      • I’d also like the hardware to not be released six months after the phone version lol

    • Jonathan Carnesciali

      Thank you!!! There is no point for this piece of crap(it wil have mto blur) its taking forever  so thathe galaxy player 4 & 5 to come out.

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