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MotoActv Update Available This Week – Introduces 3 Battery Saving Modes, New Clock Faces, Stopwatch Feature and More

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One thing is clear, Motorola is serious about their MotoActv product. Since picking one up on launch day back in November and doing this brief overview video, there have been at least 3 software updates. And that’s not counting the one that was just announced today which includes 3 new battery saving modes, additional clock faces, a stopwatch feature, and other things.

I’m still on the fence as to whether or not this product is a must have for workout enthusiasts, but I will say that I use it for every run and enjoy it for the most part. I think the price tag is what will scare off most people. The battery life was also once great and is now atrocious, so hopefully this latest update helps. Other than that, this is one of those first-gen products that we really need to sit back and watch evolve.

For those with the 8GB version, this new update should be out some time today. The 16GB model will receive the update within the next week.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I am an active athlete. I travel the world and race – was racing in Spain just a few months ago. I have even beat Lance Armstrong at the NYC marathon – not many can say that. 20 year history of racing multi-sports at he elite level.

    Anyway, I am also a techie and I was waiting so badly for this watch thinking it would fianlly give me all I desired in 1 compact, modern “sports” watch. I bought it and returned it in the same week.

    Why?

    1. battery life is as bad as I have ever seen on a device like this and their forums are a testament to peoples anger.. You can barely get 2-3 hours out of it, I do rides and runs in the 4-6 hour ranges. The average guy cannot do a marathon in that window, and they even tout it as a great marathon watch…. bwaa ha ha

    2. it says on the box it is Mac compatible.. WRONG, it is only Intel Mac compatible, no software for non Intel macs which they admit, but dont say on the box

    3. The feature they tout for syncing to your phone, at the time I bought, is supported BY ONE PHONE! The RAZR. And who happens to have both? They claim more phones will come, but totally don’t tell you you can’t use it with any old Android phone, and at release time, only with 1 phone!

    These items made it impossible for me to use as all of my key music and such is on a non Intel mac and I am not changing my way of life over to my work based Intel macs just for a watch but worse.. #1 is just a no go. Much like the Nike+ GPS I think it might be nice for social runners and cyclists, but when you count on long workouts and need long battery life and have issues setting up proper interval timers for fartliks and tempo pacing… bah :(

  • ruhawaiian

    I wanted to get this pretty bad but first the price is still to high and then since i have the awesome Galaxy Nexus, the motoactv doesnt sync to it and will only sync to motorola phones :-(…they just need to suck it up and let all android users be able to use it. You can still bloc iOS users but why block us android users :-(

    • Hank 42

      I have a Galaxy Nexus and a Motoactv and found an app on the Forums that made it compatible.  And it actually works better with my Gnex than my Droid X did.  

  • Sam

    …and the Droid 4???

  • Anonymous

    I was able to get it for free from Amazon Vine, and it’s a pretty good product. I think I rated it as 4 stars in my review. The workout information and GPS tracking through the device and the MOTOACTV website are very useful, and the fact that it tracks the music you’re listening to and your workout performance to build a customized playlist based on “high performance” songs is pretty cool. As Kellex said, the battery life is horrible. I think mine runs at like 4 hours on a full charge. Definitely overpriced, but pretty cool if it can be found on the cheap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/potterdood ‘Paul Drooiid Potter

    I have the 8GB version and can’t wait to get the new update! I have the watchband with it also, and I think it’s awesome as a watch, but it does require charging daily haha. 

  • Lgreg64

    one word Dentist 

  • Anonymous

    Waiting for the iNexus idiots to hate on this device because of the bootloader or Blur…..

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate it, but I do question it – why does this beat having headphones in your phone?

      • Anonymous

        Because it’s smaller.

        • Anonymous

          yeah, I guess that’s true. Still a pricey lil sucker – $249 right?

          • Anonymous

            Agree. Another high priced Moto product.

          • Harbo99

            It is actually not too bad when you take into account the ability to add heart rate monitoring through the headphones.  Take a look at some Polar or Garmin HRM that have GPS built in.  My Polar was about $350 before I added a separate GPS armband that bumped it up to about $500.  After all that, I still have to carry my phone so I can have music during my workout.

          • Anonymous

            Harbo is completely correct.  Most of these people commenting on the price don’t really know what they are talking about.  The motoactv is actually quite cheap compared to the products it is designed compete against.  Next to $500+ garmin gps workout watches that don’t even play music this is an appealing option.

      • Anonymous

        Why does having headphones in ur phone beat having an iPod?

        I do like it for it’s purpose and size. That being said I have an iPod touch for the gym and I don’t see it being replaced anytime soon. MOTOACTV is still a bit too expensive and only has 1/4 of the space that my iPod does(64GB).

        • Anonymous

          It doesn’t. iPods work also (but are insanely expensive also).

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone  tried this device yet??? Looks very interesting for us Gym Rats and Health Nuts lol

    • Ausimity

      Here is an in depth review if you are interested.  This looks like a fantastic product.  http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/11/motorola-motoactv-in-depth-review.html

      • Anonymous

        Thanks :)