October 18, 2011 | by Charles West
Well, it looks like Motorola Mobility wasn’t joking when it went with the phrase “faster, thinner, smarter, stronger,” for today’s event. Moto not only released its 7mm-thick Droid RAZR, the company announced the MOTOACTV, a wrist-worn fitness device powered by Android. The MOTOACTV can watch a user’s workout, and offer music tracks to keep those working out motivated.
This thing looks a lot like the iPod Nano, but unlike the Nano the Motoactv should help people cut down on the time they spend tapping the screen with sweaty fingers. The gadget device has a button on the top of it that brings you back to whatever activity you’re doing, while another shortcut key sweeps you into to the music app. The sporty Android enabled wrist watch packs some pretty interesting features, like a 600MHz processor and other noteworthy stuff which include:
- 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 that’s tailored for playlist
- 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
The fact that you not only can sink your Bluetooth enabled headphones, but your Droid phone via its Motoactv app to answer calls is remarkable. The company will sell its own SF700 and SF500 wireless headsets for $150 and $100, respectively. The Motoactv will be available nationwide on November 6 in two forms: 8GB for $249 or 16GB for $299.
Would you buy one of these bad boys?