I’m the first to admit that I am a low-tech runner. I’ve had a Garmin for two years and it is sitting in my drawer, collecting dust. I don’t run with music. I don’t track my miles online. I pretty much train like the old fart that I am.
However, even I will admit I was pretty enamored of the MOTOACTV watch that Motorola sent me recently to try. And let me tell you–for all you geeks who DO love to mix technology and running, this watch represents the motherlode of features. Here’s what it can do:
- Track your time, distance, speed and calories burned
- Store up to 4,000 songs on its MP3 player
- Determine which songs motivate you by measuring performance against music
- Allows you to plan your runs with a training portal calendar
- Work with a bazillion different activities (40 in reality)
- Coordinate with bluetooth headsets
- Allows for touch-screen ease of use
What did I think of it? It is pretty easy to use and very intuitive–this is key for a tech flunky like me. I also like the touch screen; this again adds to the ease of use. My learning curve with the device was really short. It comes with a “get started” guide that is enough to get you out the door. For more detailed information, you have to go to the web site.
What I didn’t like: I felt like it took longer for the MOTOACTV to find satellites than the Garmin does. I’m not a fan of waiting two to three minutes to start my run (impatient, maybe?). I also didn’t find that it held a battery charge for very long, but I’ve found that with the Garmin also. Once on the charger, however, it charges up quickly.
Overall, I’ve got to say, this is a very cool little gadget. You’ve got just about every possible feature all in one watch (you can also attach it to an armband if you choose). You can use as few or as many of the features as you’d like on any given day. I’d say MOTOACTV is leading the charge of running technology for the future with this.
Want to win one of your own? Tell me in a comment below. I’ll use random.org to pick a winner next Friday, April 27.
Disclaimer: Motorola provided me with the MOTOACTV free of charge. All opinions expressed are my own.