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Motorola Plans To Get Us All In Shape, Announces MOTOACTV

This morning in New York City, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha took the stage to announce MOTOACTV. The 46mm device is powered by an unspecific version of Android and tracks your fitness regiment – pace, distance, route, and calories burned. The device is waterproof and entirely wireless, including an MP3 player, FM radio, and a heart-rate monitor.

The device sports a 600MHz processor and a 1.6-inch full color touch-screen display. One of the more unique features is the ability to sync with your Android-powered smartphone to receive both incoming text and calls. Unfortunately, Motorola has again overpriced a very appealing device. The MOTOACTV starts at $249 and will be available in both 8GB and 16GB model on November 6. Additionally, Motorola sports headphones that are also sold separately and will be priced at $99 and $149.

A very similar looking top of the line iPod Nano will only run you $149 dollars – has Motorola created a game changer or another overpriced device?  

Motorola Mobility Unveils MOTOACTV™ — The Ultimate Fusion of Music and Fitness

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Oct. 18, 2011 – Scorch more calories, shatter personal records and train even harder with MOTOACTV™, the new fitness device from Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI). MOTOACTV is a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player in one. Sync MOTOACTV with your PC, so you can check out the music you perform to best or track your workouts over extended time periods, set goals and even create workout competitions with your friends via the MOTOACTV Web Portal. And MOTOACTV features a touch-screen display so you can instantly launch a new workout or find that one song you’ve been dying to hear.

“We brought the features you love in your smartphone to the fitness world with a groundbreaking addition, MOTOACTV,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. “Workout smarter without using multiple devices or even wires, with the first multi-activity music and fitness tracking device with the brains to push you beyond your limits.”

Stay on Top of Your Stats
We get it. You’re obsessed with your pace, number of calories burned, miles covered, personal records and fitness facts. MOTOACTV uses Motorola AccuSense™ technology and GPS to ensure measurement accuracy of your performance. Your time, distance, speed, heart rate1 and calories burned are all measured, so you can reach your fitness or weight loss goals faster than ever.

Then, upload your workout to MOTOACTV.com to analyze the performance data tracked by the device and review useful, easy-to-understand charts, tools and programs that help you see your strengths and empower you to overcome challenges. You can also get workout tips and training plans from fitness experts at MOTOACTV.com and on your Android™-powered smartphone with our free mobile app available via Android Market™ and pre-installed on DROID RAZR™ by Motorola.

Run. Ride. Jam.
Heart pumping, thighs burning and five laps to go. You need a serious soundtrack to get you through. MOTOACTV can rock up to 4,000 of your favorite songs while tracking your every move, from the Rockies to the gym. Ultra-portable, you choose the way you want to wear MOTOACTV: strap it on your wrist or arm, clip it to your shirt or mount it on your bike during an outdoor ride2.

Your playlist is more than just workout songs: they’re songs that push you to perform at your best. The smart music player learns what tracks motivate you most by measuring your performance against your music and then uses those songs to create your personal high-performance playlist.

On those days when your automatically generated high-performance playlist isn’t doing the trick, you can switch to FM radio for even more song variety. And if the music is really moving you, go that extra mile – MOTOACTV tracks your outdoor training via GPS.

Keep Connected, Keep Your Pace
Real athletes don’t wear earbuds, they rock sports headphones. Introducing innovative sports headphones with built-in heart rate monitors, durable design and crystal-clear audio, the Motorola SF700 wireless and Motorola SF500 wired headphones deliver exceptional sound quality and real-time audible readouts of your heart rate allowing you to track your performance without the uncomfortable squeeze of a chest strap.

MOTOACTV also gives you the option to stay connected to your Android™-powered smartphone, so you can answer calls, receive texts and rock out via your headphones without breaking a stride.

In addition to working with MOTOACTV, the Bluetooth® wireless Motorola SF700 and wired Motorola SF500 sports headphones are compatible with mobile phones, music players and tablets from Motorola and other leading manufacturers.

MOTOACTV will rock your fitness goals with the following features:

Ongoing tracking of fitness performance stats, including pace, distance, calories burned, and map of route covered, with automatic wireless syncing of workout data to MOTOACTV.com
8GB or 16GB of storage for endless playlists
Sports a 1.6” full-color touch-screen display that is sweat-proof, rain-resistant and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass that auto-adjusts for indoor or outdoor lighting
Option to sync with the latest Android-powered smartphone to receive incoming calls and texts
FM radio capabilities for more song variety
Up to five hours of battery life for outdoor workouts, 10 hours indoors, and nearly two weeks on standby
Supports both Bluetooth® 4.0 and ANT+ wireless connectivity for your existing fitness sensors and your future ones
Size: 46mm x 46mm x 9.6 mm
Weight: 35 g

Pricing and Availability
Beginning today, consumers can pre-order MOTOACTV at www.motorola.com, Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com®, REI.com and SportsAuthority.com. Starting on November 6, 2011, MOTOACTV will be available for sale at Best Buy®, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, The Sports Authority and online at Amazon.com, with other retailers following shortly.

The exclusive launch carrier will be Verizon Wireless with availability in November.

The MSRP for MOTOACTV 8G is $249 and $299 for 16G. Motorola SF700 and Motorola SF500 sports headphones are sold separately and will be $149 and $99 MSRP respectively.

MOTOACTV will also be available in Latin America and Europe starting in Q1 2012. For more information about MOTOACTV, please visit MOTOACTV press kit.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

  • Anonymous

    This thing wud have been amazing if it was like 100-150 but I wudnt pay 249 for that I wud rather buy a phone, arm band, and some head phones. N why does that thing need 16 gb its not like ur gonna watch movies on the damn thing.
    Product is great cud have been a game changerv

  • Nike + Sports watch is $200 and you have pay another $70 for the heart rate band without music.  And since the head phones can be used on your phone.  Maybe not such a bad deal if you have the money.

  • As is overpriced but would be interested in it if the price came down a little

  • Anonymous

    Nice features but very expensive.  Like $100 too expensive.     

  • Anonymous

    How about everyone donates 20 bucks to some really good devs, then we build those same apps , then just install them on an OG Droid… I’d rock One of those on my wrist/arm for over 50% off!

  • Anonymous

    So I’m assuming the watch can receive text/calls while being far away from the phone correct?


    Ugh, remember this moto…just because im buying this…does not mean its not overpriced…i could buy the top ipod nano..gb… and still be less than this… ridiculous.. this is the only one however that will sync with my android so…

  • Anonymous

    This may sound lame but 5 hours may be a concern on battery life. It’s going to suck to have to make sure I recharge my watch every 2 times I run outside.

  • Im still looking for something to replace my ipod classic

  • joshie

    I was interested until I saw the price. No thanks, MOTO.

  • Looks like they are throwing things out there and seeing what sticks

  • Looks like they are throwing things out there and seeing what sticks

  • Anonymous

    How does it not look silly having this on your wrist with headphones plugged into them? I’m trying to visualize it and it seems like the headphone wire would be flopping around in absurd directions while you run.

    • Billy Jenkins

      Good point. Thats why anyone who buys it should have enough common sense to buy bluetooth headphones. The ones with no wires.

  • You can compare this to running devices or you can compare this to phones.  If I can buy a slightly used OG droid for 50 bucks. then this which needs lower specs except for the heart rate monitor should be cheap.

  • Most people who are complaining about the usefulness of this watch are also probably not the ones it is marketed to.  There is a difference between people who do physical fitness and who actually the gym nuts, or a runner.  I do sprinting and lifting, this is perfect except for the price.

    • Oh and the battery life for the distance folks out there.

  • Anonymous

    Overpriced, most likely, but how many other similar devices make phone calls to integrate with android phone. Hopefully it’s not just for Moto phones.

  • Billy Jenkins

    There should be a way to browse a small selection of apps on the android market on the computer with apps designed for this MOTOACTV and then u somehow sync it to the device by connecting it to the computer or even over wifi. One of the apps that if available on this watch would deff make me want to buy it. That app is Google music. Why listen to 4,000 of your favorite songs saved on your device when u can listen to up to 20,000 of your favorite songs over wifi using the Google music app.

  • JohnDrake6

    Droid-Life is the first android website I check every day and throughout the day.
    I hope you won’t be offended by my pointing out that the word you wanted is “regimen”, not “regiment”.

  • Sam Shedd

    To all the people saying this is over priced, consider this:
    A Garmin Forerunner watch cost $120
    An Ipod nano cost $130

    A combination of the two should be $250

    So in fact this is very reasonably priced considering it is more than just owning those two devices.

    (I would like to see it cheaper through promos)

  • Anonymous

    If this gizmo has a built-in GPS to track your speed and distance, then it competes more with Garmin’s fitness devices (like the Forerunner and Edge) than with ipod. Does it give you real-time readouts of your speed and distance, or do you have to download that after your workout?

  • John Poe

    Why do you need a dedicated device like this when the Android smartphone we all already own + an $80 Polar bluetooth heart rate monitor (if you need that) already has all of this capability?  All you need to do is install any of a number of very good fitness apps that are available for free or cheap – like RunKeeper, etc. and strap on the HRM and you’ve got everything this thing does.  This device would be more convenient to use since it rides right on your wrist rather than in an armbad or in a Spibelt/fanny pack, or your pocket for that matter, but why duplicate all that functionality?  If anything, they should have just made this a very thin display (only) that linked to an app on your phone via bluetooth.  Let the phone do all the work while it rides tucked away in a Spibelt or whatever protected from sweat, etc. and just use the display to communicate with it.  I guess this would make sense for people who don’t have a smartphone, but if you’re into gadgets like this, you’ve had a smartphone for years!  Unnecessary… and overly expensive.

  • Droid X… RunKeeper app… S10-HD Bluetooth headphones…Google Music… a hand big enough to hold the Droid X while I run… The (Almost) Ultimate Fusion of Music and Fitness… oh, and an Otterbox Impact Series because now I know I will drop the phone while running due to comment above.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if the ipod nano that can be worn as a watch uses bluetooth?  Much cheaper option

  • Everyone realizes that the Endomondo app on your Android works just fine right?  Just wondering…

  • hkklife

    Another nice but overpriced device desinted for failure from Jah and co.

    An iPod Nano with MUCH more available accessories and a bigger ecosystem (and mindshare) is half the cost. 

    Sure this thing has more fitness-oriented specs but 99.9% of consumers will just compare price and capacity and go Apple 99.9% of the time. 

    This thing needs to be $150 for 8GB and $199 for 16GB.  Flash is cheap and Android is free, especially when you are owned by Google. 

    Add this to the line of Moto devices  that flopped or underperformed due to overly high cost:

    -Xoom 3G
    -Xoom wi-fi
    -All of their various Lapdocks

  • trumpet444

    Damn everybody, stop bitching about the price. If you actually use things like this, its a pretty good deal.

  • Jason Purp

    I do not want this

  • Anonymous

    What is the benefit of using this vs. an app like Runkeeper? Is it just the convenient watch size?  

  • This little thing packs a punch. Not a fan of the price but it does way more then a stupid nano. My only question is that dont they come with headphones? Even if there cheapy something is better then nothing, well unless you wanna shell out the extra cash?

  • Geronimogman

    does anyone have a link where i can see the new headphones, i need wireless ones, il just sync to my phone..n bam custom MOTOACTV 

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Or you know .. I could just use my phone and an arm band.

  • EC8CH

    Will this tell me what time it is in Hong Kong?

  • Most GPS sport watches right now cost anywhere from $200- $600 and the lower end doesn’t even sync with the web sites.  So this is not overpriced when you compare it to those types of devices which is where they are trying to compete. 

  • Bionicman

    at least they should have included the headphones. geeeez this could end up costing more that a cell phone/media device (aka ipod touch)!

  • TC

    Not overpriced at all.  You can’t compare this to a Nano.  GPS, hear rate monitor, guerrilla glass, etc.  As a regular user of a Garmin Forerunner 305 (paid $180 a few years ago on sale) for me this could replace the Forerunner and MP3 player.

    But, I am curious how well the earphones work as a heart rate monitor and the 5 hours of battery life is a major downside for most people doing marathon+ distance.

    • I agree that the price is reasonable- I paid $275 for my Garmin 405, plus $50 for my shuffle.  The 5hr battery life is concerning, though – that could possibly run out during one of my longer runs or definitely a marathon.  And I assume the 5hrs is optimistic, during ideal conditions (with or without bluetooth and music listening?)

      I really like that you can move it around, from wrist to clip. Maybe I could get rid of the thick tan lines I get from my Garmin the Summer :-).

  • Anonymous

    Thanks but no thanks… Hope it flops so I can pick it up in a few months for $50

  • Anonymous

    My personal opinion (which you’re welcome to disagree with) is that devices like these are solutions in search of a problem.  No thanks.

  • psipher

    Street Prices will be lower…only Apple fans pay retail for their gadgets.

  • psipher

    Except for the GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, compatibility with heartrate monitors, and ability to receive calls & texts…it’s just like the iPod Nano.

    • Anonymous

      don’t forget being waterproof… but i mean who would ever want that right?

  • Bioniccommando4231

    Wtf. 250 for a watch.

    The only reason for us to get this would be to train up so we cn kick Motos ass for locking the bootloader.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      It’s not a watch… per se. If that is all you see, your not the target market so need not worry about it. The fact it happens to tell the time is just a convenance feature, but has nothing to do with the core of what this actually is.

  • Rururururuuuu

    im sure the bootloader is locked..  since google owns them, you’d think some would have spoken up in the meeting about the price.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I am all over this the day it come out. All over it.

    I did an extensive review of the Nike +GPS watch on the Nike web site and bailed on it as it does not meet the needs of a serious athlete, I hope this meets those needs. I will find out.”A very similar looking ” does NOT mean in any way shape or form it can DO the same things – and in the case of the Apple product you mention, it does NOTHING like this other than play music and have a touch screen!

  • does this have a locked bootloader as well….

    • EC8CH


  • Angryunibrow

    But will the Bootloader be locked?

  • Does this also have a encrypted bootloader?

  • Overpriced. My phone does all of that already and isn’t too big to carry on a run. The heart monitor ear-buds are a good idea… but still pricey.

  • Jikhead

    That’s way too expensive.  I’ll stick to running a free or $5 app on my new and latest phone!

  • I’ll pick it up in six months when it’s reasonably priced.

    • Billy Jenkins

      do you mean like those $400 watches that just tell time and dont even play music or have any other features like this watch does? Yea u r right. those are overpriced. Now how much was this Motorola watch that tells time, plays music, has bluetooth, fm radio, ability to sync with your phone to make calls using the watch, and ongoing tracking of fitness stats? How much was this watch again?

  • Anonymous

    WOW!!!  At first I thought Ok, Mot WTF????? But, after thinking about this device it’s rather pretty cool I work out a lot.  I can see this being a big hit, but, the price is way too high when you can buy a ipod and attach an app that’ll do almost the same thing.  I can see a big market for this and with professional sports athletes as well.

    Nike will probably come out with something like this as well lol I am sure Nike will make it look better though!!! lol good concept now lets make it look appealing Moto 😛

  • Baddecker882

    i’ll stick with my sony liveview that i got for 80

  • Anonymous

    Overpriced compared to Apple, if they priced this the same as Apple than this would be under my tree for Christmas.

    • DroidzFX

      It does a little more than an ipod nano

      • Anonymous

        Yeah I understand that, but is it really worth an extra $100? I really don’t care about the price anyway, my money is going to a Galaxy Nexus.

        • Billy Jenkins

          yea it actually is worth alot more then $100 since it has alot more useful features then the ipod nano

          • Anonymous

            Alright I honestly don’t feel like fighting about a glorified exercise pedometer with an MP3 and GPS, so fine your right, it’s worth the extra money. In fact they should have made the price higher! What a bargain.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of confused by the press release. If the price includes the headphones, I’d call it a good price–it’s not for everyone at that price, but definitely worth it to some. It really sounded like it was a package deal in the announcement.

    • EC8CH

      gotcha didn’t they 🙂

  • good idea but the 6g nano on a wrist strap has been out for over a year and does (almost) identical commands, with a better display. sorry moto, you’re behind..again… hopefully google steps your game up when they buy you! XD

  • I’d really be interested in this at a lower price. Even if they had one without storage for closer to 100 I’d probably be first in line. It’s a really cool product but at a really hefty price.

  • Mctypething

    Too expensive when you consider the headphones cost another $150. Pass

    • OG Droid

      Overpriced bro?

      • Anonymous

        you not rich bro?

    • Greg Abbate

      I agree. Wayyyyyyy too expensive. F U Moto

    • Anonymous

      As someone trying to get into shape, I’d pay $150 for the device, $50 for the head phones. 

      Way too expensive.  Moto really fails in terms of finding price points. 

      Hopefully, Google will fix them.

      • Billy Jenkins

        I’d say $250 is a very reasonable price since I’ve seen $400 and $500 watches that just tell time. This watch has a long list of features that still include telling time

    • FortitudineVincimus

      You think that because you do not understand what it is. It is not a watch. It is not a little iPod. 

      • Mctypething

        I completely understand what it is, but nice try. As an avid runner, I’ve been waiting for this device to come out and read all about it today. However, I’m not going to spend $400 on this. And, to me, it does cost $400 because the headphones are a necessity. If the package came at $200-$250, I’d get it in a second. I’ve been running for years without this, so while it would be great to have, Moto has taken enough of my money on overpriced products.

        • Billy Jenkins

          or you can look at it like this. $249 for the Android watch. Plus $5 for headphones. So that $400 price will be lowered to $255. Then if u really want overpriced headphones then u can save up $149. or u can even save up for bluetooth headphones that can also be used to make calls. But theres no reason to buy those right away when u can buy $5 headphones that work the same way

    • Billy Jenkins

      thats why u dont buy those headphones. lol

  • Anonymous

    They should cross promote this with underarmour.

  • The processor in a wrist device now packs more punch than a stock OG….good thing my OG is rooted an still kicking!

  • Jak_341

    Great idea. About $100 too much. I can see this being popular with professional athletes though.

    • your right. i love the idea of this and the product i just cant see spending that much on this right now

  • Over Priced.. Now the device and the headphones together for that would make more sense.. but no… Just like the Xoom… they take a great device.. and slaughter it… with high prices. How do they justify these prices in their heads?

    • According to the Amazon page, Motorola SF200 Sports Headphones are included with the product.

  • Brooks

    I wish people would quit calling this thing overpriced…YES, it costs more than an ipod nano, but it’s not a direct competitor to a nano. Compare it to a Garmin Forerunner 610, that will run you about $400 and doesn’t have a music player, won’t communicate with your phone and doesn’t have an integrated heart rate monitor.

    • Bobby Schmidt

      As much as I agree with you, mass appeal is going to relate this to the nano and its price point…  It’s the same reason why every tablet is an iDevice.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Nope. The person going to buy this is comparing it to a Garmin or Sunnto or Timex GPS type watch/device.. the music aspect is a side bonus but not the huge draw to most “true” users of a device like this. I, for one, do not care 1 bit about the music player aspect. The GPS tracking functions: speed, mileage, maps, in a small watch size is the true value of this. 

        • thê randy

          With you 100% bro…I am an avid marathoner and I have used my Garmin Forerunner for many years…This is actually a GREAT price for what it can do. Who cares about the music??? I agree too that the mass market will be calling this Moto’s version of the Nano but the mass market are idiots…This is obviously not an everyday watch, it is another fitness tool. Now if I can only get Tony Horton’s voice on there telling me to “do my best and forget the rest” I would pay $99 more!!!

          • trumpet444

            I agree. And im tired of every freaking electronic gadget being compared to anything apple. This is only like an ipod because of its size and it can play music. There are $20 options for that on the counters at F.Y.E.

        • The first thing I thought of while watching the presentation today was “Man I hope it is cheaper than the Sunnto” so yeah I agree with you.  Who cares about the nano… if all I wanted was a music player there are 1000x other options besides this device. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m worried the Garmin croud won’t take this as a serious device. We will have to see how well the GPS works.

    • joshie

      Oh, so it’s less overpriced than some other overpriced product!

      There is a small market of fitness junkies that will probably be willing to pay this price.

      I’d like to use this smaller form factor device to track my runs, but at that cost I’ll pass and keep using my phone, which tracks my runs and plays music with a free app. It doesn’t do heart rate without an accessory, but I can live without that (heart rate monitoring, not a heart rate).

  • Would have bought this for $100-$150

  • Anonymous

    A little pricey, but I like the heart rate monitor…I could use this for sure.

  • Justin Kos

    good idea, too pricey

    then again, motos marketers may not be targeting good ol’ middle class

    • EC8CH

      “may not be targeting good ol’ middle class”
      good choice… never good idea to hunt endangered species 😛

      • Anonymous

        EC8CH you’re on a roll today LMAO!!! Hey!!!  I am considered Middle Class, “Whacha you talking about Endangered species, WIllis”?????

  • Root? Roms? Overclock? lol

  • Anonymous

    this is gonna be a complete fail. Buy this thing for 250/300 or buy a phone that can do the same stuff and more for the same price or cheaper. I wonder what people are gonna choose…

  • EC8CH


  • Anonymous

    if you want to compete against apple… create something better and less pricey! 

  • Cmonnats23

    a little of both

    • Cmonnats23

      btw, i was first comment 🙂

    • I agree.