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.
Motorola started its announcement in NYC for the DROID RAZR by pushing one of their other products, the MOTOACTV. This is their take on a fitness tracker, similar to what many of you have seen with Nike+ products and also the iPod Nano. Like so many of Moto’s ideas this year, the MOTOACTV is a chance for them to break into another market that seems to be dominated by a few other key (and major) players. Priced at $249 (8GB) and $299 (16GB), with a GPS, loads of workout types, a music player, and a Bluetooth notification system that pairs with any phone (possibly just Blur phones), is this worth the purchase?
As someone that attempts to keep himself in decent shape, I was intrigued by the idea and picked one up over the weekend to give it a spin. Since it runs Android and all, why not? So here is a quick hands-on with it to give you guys a feel for Moto-gone-fitness-guru. After I have used it through a couple of weeks of workouts, I’ll report back to see if the price is justified or if the MOTOACTV appears headed for the same doom as the original XOOM. (more…)
If you pre-ordered a DROID RAZR today, then you are likely looking at the massive list of accessories that can accompany it. HD Dock in mind? One of the two Lapdocks catch your eye? What about MotoACTV, Motorola’s fitness watch that can notify you of texts, calls and calendar items? Well, you now know exactly how much you will be paying for each of them on November 10 (the date Verizon told us to expect the device).
Speaking of the MotoACTV watch, it looks like you won’t be able to pick them up in stores, hence the “DF” note on there. “DF” stands for Direct Fill which means that Verizon would have to order it for you. If you want one, remember that they go on-sale November 6 at a variety of big electronics stores and REI for $249.
Keyboard lovers, get ready – the DROID4 by Motorola is coming and according to our sources, has the best slideout they have “ever seen on a smartphone.” In this set of glamour shots we received, you can get a taste for what’s to come which means
ultra-thin slider with DROID RAZR styling and wait for it….4G LTE. You asked for it and Moto appears to have made it. (more…)
The world was first introduced to the concept of having Android on a watch some time early this year from a company called i’mWatch. Most of what we saw was a bunch of renders leaving skeptics in the room (that would be us) to assume this product would never actually makes its way to the market. We may have been proven wrong, as the i’mWatch team has introduced their product officially in the states. From what we can tell though, the product won’t be available any time soon in the U.S., but with their announcement coming at the ARM conference this past weekend, we are at least getting closer.
So what is i’mWatch? It’s Android on your wrist. The MotoActv product that Motorola introduced will probably end up being much more polished and stable as they are a mega-company, but the i’mWatch team appears to be at least focusing on more than just the OS. These watches actually look pretty nice. They have a variety of colors, plus luxury versions to fit almost anyone’s price needs. Speaking of the OS though, it’s a custom version of Android that has its own app and music store that will be on display at CES in January.
A video has been released that details the product, starting with the foundation and going all the way through the team itself. If you want to get straight to the watch, just to the 2:30 mark. (more…)
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? (more…)