The Motoactv does count daily steps and calories burned, but these functions are secondary to its role as a powerhouse workout partner. Originally, the device logged running, walking, cycling, and elliptical workouts, but Motorola expanded the software to cover more than 40 other exercises, from baseball to yoga to heavy bag (it’s a boxing workout).
The touchscreen display provides real-time data like pace, distance, and GPS mapping. When you hook it up to your computer, it uploads your data and graphs it, allowing easy sharing to Facebook and Twitter. The site lets you set goals and compete with other Motoactv users.
Better still, the Motoactv links via Bluetooth to Android phones, so you can answer calls if the included headphones (with mic) are plugged in. Upload a playlist and the monitor will track which songs make you work out hardest. (Lady Gaga? Who knew.)
get-gadget Striking aesthetics. Compatible with ANT+ heart-rate straps (that’s most of them). User-friendly display. Reveals what music you crank to.
TIRED Accessories sold separately. Skimps on broader lifestyle features.
$300 (16 GB) Motorola Motoactv
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