Need a GPS watch? (MOTOACTV review/giveaway)

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 to pick a winner next Friday, April 27.

Disclaimer: Motorola provided me with the MOTOACTV free of charge. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Arlene says

    Very cool!! I have to listen to music so being able to do so through the watch would be awesome! I could see this as a great tool to continue my learning process with!!

  2. Ian Potts says

    I’ve been wanting a GPS watch, but I dont want a brick strapped to my wrist. The MOTOACTV might be for me, tho.

  3. marie says

    Boy would this make my day, week, month, year! I’ve been a runner for over 5 years and still don’t know my actual hood pace! I’d love to get this so I could improve my race times and work more on speed work! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. says

    I would love to win one of these not for me but for my wife. Several years ago she needed to have back surgery and had 2 disc in the lower part of her backbone replaced. She’s limited to the types of exercising she can do and running is one that she has picked up and activly persues, each month setting herself new and harder goals. I have tried to encourage her as much as i could but being out of work for nearly 3 and 1/2 years limits the amount of equipment she could use to help her improve her health and spirit. New running shoes, not in 2 years, running shorts, kind of…a new GPS watch for her never to have an excuse not to come home again, priceless (i’m joking on that bit) however, it would be great to win her something i could only ever dream to buy her, its the little things, thanks for doing this

  5. Scott Stellmon says

    Thanks for the review. I am training to do a few charity rides and runs and would love to have a tool like this.. Go ahead..Make my Day!

  6. says

    I just signed up to be a pace-group coach and pace leader at a fall marathon… Which means I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get a GPS device so I can keep my runners on target. (I’m good at knowing my own pace by feel, but now I’m responsible for a dozen other people, too!)
    Winning this would be SO HELPFUL!!!
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  7. says

    Yes please! And since I’m here, congrats on Boston! I’m sure it was no easy feat! I thought of you every time I read an article on the “heat wave”! So glad you made it out safe and sound! Also sounds like you and your group had a fantastic time!
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  8. Beth @RxBethOnTheRun says

    So cool! I saw this at the expo for the NYC Half last month. I’ve only been running Garmin-full since the beginning of the year when I started training for my 1st half. Between the Garmin and my iPhone or iPod for music I am missing winter runs when all my running clothes had pockets. I don’t like running with “stuff.” I’m a very minimalistic runner and this would combine everything into one!!! Would love to win one and try it out!

  9. CJ says

    That’s self control! Having a Garmin and not using it to obsess over the data?

    I haven’t heard much about MOTOACTV, but I love me some good running stats to (try to) interpret :)

  10. Georgina says

    I need a new pedometer as I try to keep track of my daily mileage – so this would be perfect and I can load music too!

  11. says

    OOOOOOH! I would love to try this. Have been restraining myself from spending the $$ on a Garmin as we are setting up a new household right now… would be wonderful to get in on the latest greatest. Please enter me.

    Great review! Hope you are fully recovered from Boston and raring to go!
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  12. Erin says

    This is THE watch I want…I would love to win it!! :-) Forget MegaMillions…allit would take to make me happy is the MOTOACTV!

  13. Leanne says

    I just started running two months ago and use Runkeeper on my phone. I’d love to be able to leave all that behind and just wear this swanky/sweet watch. Thank you for giving one away!

  14. says

    This little thing is superb! It amazes me how much it could do for such a simple exterior design. Oh well, little things have their means of surprising you huh?

    It’s also perfect for marathon training programs too! I’d like to get one too, but maybe in the future. I have another gadget that works okay for now. However, I’d love to have that feature where your music will change depending on your performance – that would really challenge me to run harder so that I can listen to some pumped up music!

    Thanks for sharing this post!

  15. Ray says

    This would be cool for my daily run to track my mileage, calories and listen to music all at the same time – thanks!

  16. says

    I’d love to win this funky gadget. My hubby has been wanting a GPS watch for some time and I just haven’t purchased one for him yet.

    You’re like me, you seem to come from the old school running time. No sweat wicking fabrics necessary, no GPS watches to rely on, no gloved shoes or crazy sugared sticky gus. Just you and the road…and I like it!
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  17. James says

    Awesome watch. Please count me in the giveaway. Need to get in shape and its perfect to help me on my way. Thanks.

  18. Lindsey says

    I just saw this at my local running store and loved how clear the screen was and the touch screen feature!

  19. says

    I love the idea of having a watch that knows the songs that motivate me the most – coolest function ever!!!

    I have a Garmin 50, so the most basic watch available, but would love to upgrade. So – pick me! Thanks for holding the contest!

  20. Christina says

    I am just starting to train for my first half so this would be perfect to help me along. I love the mp3/gps combo.

  21. Christy J in Texas says

    Ooh ooh ooh! Pick me! Pick me! (Welcome Back Kotter, anyone?) I’ve been drooling over one of these for months!

  22. Teresa Eskew says

    This would be a great replacement to my original klunky, trying to give up garmin. Thanks for the chance.

  23. Jenn says

    I’m a true data-junkie and love being able to track my training. I’ve been playing with getting a GPS watch instead of hauling my iPhone with me every time so this would be perfect!

  24. says

    I’d love to try this watch out!! I’m recovering from a broken bone in my foot, boot off ths week and I get to start walking then running … :)

  25. says

    I like the idea of the music feature, though I don’t run with music. I also love the color scheme! I’ve always loved the black/red combo. I’d love to win it and see how it works compared to the 305!!
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  26. chalom boudjnah says

    Hi , I would LOVE! to win this watch, it looks so amazing and would love to train with it but too expensive for me right now :) ita my birthday on April 26th so that would be a perfect gift:) regards from San Diego!

  27. Amy says

    I’d love to win this watch! (And if your Garmin is just collecting dust…I’d take that off your hands too!) :)

  28. BDD says

    Well, here is a long shot, because I need a new (or old) one, my garmin flew off my bike during Saturdays race and I dont know where it happened. So I will put my name in the hat for a chance

  29. says

    Hi! I’m new to your blog (found it through Erin at seemomrunfar, and found her through the adoption community). I’m a new runner and finished my first Half in March. I’m working on my pace now, b/c it wasn’t too terrible for someone who had only run for 18 weeks :) (I finished in 2:03… not impressive for most runners but for me, a huge victory!). So now that I know pace can actually improve, I’m about to buy this kind of device! I might as well try to win one first :). thanks for the chance, and for your inspiring blog!
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  30. Denise P. says

    I had no idea that it did all that. Wish I would have checked it out at a booth they had setup at Ragnar Relay this weekend. I rarely run with music anymore, but my Garmin 305 is pretty essential.

  31. Cat says

    I would love this neat-O little GPS! I’m a poor graduate student and I pine over GPS watches but can never afford them. Plus it has music?! One less thing to carry! :)

  32. says

    Me please. I have an old timex ironman (very low tech) and the face literally fell off the band at last weekend’s HM. Bummerama. If I don’t win this, I guess I’ll just have to drop some very serious hints for Mother’s Day.
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  33. Joe says

    I also have a garmin wrist gps for golf,would love to c the differences in the two,as u know garmin does not have distances to hazards,would like to c how accurate this one would be,,thxs for consideration , Joe

  34. says

    Wow – that would be amazing! To be honest, I had never heard of this before and have been using a garmin. I really like the garmin but haven’t quite figured out the bells/whistles… technology and I are not really friends.
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  35. helen muncey says

    I would love to win one of these motoactv as it will really help me take my training to the next level.

  36. says

    Hell yeah I’d like one! I am one of those geeks that had the original Garmin Forerunner that was almost as long as my forearm. I freaked out when I thought I’d left my Garmin 310XT in London…then I found it safely tucked in a sock!
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  37. Heather says

    My garmin has served me well for 4 1/2 years, but has stopped holding a charge. I could really use something to replace it. A few friends have recommended this watch.

  38. Daniel says

    I’d LOVE to win one, as I work in a running store and have done a TON of research on it. From everything I’ve heard, this should change the Excercise/Fitness Electronics game permanently.

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