If you have been running for more than a few months then chances are that you will have seen various contraptions of all shapes and sizes attached to peoples wrists. These watches track a runners speed, distance, time and location as well as a number of other training statistics and have really taken the running world by storm over the past few years as they become cheaper, more advanced and easier to use.
The Motorola Motoactv is one such watch. Released late last year, the Motoactv became an instant hit as its touch screen controls provided an easy way for runners to access an array of important training data.
User Friendly Interface
As well as a user friendly interface, the Motoactv contains an advanced GPS sensor that provides real time accurate reporting on a wide variety of training statistics. The unit can be paird with a variety of wireless ant+ or BLE sensors such as heart rate straps and cycling sensors to provide an even more diverse array of features.
Ease of use is the game when it comes to this gadget as after training it is easy to upload all of your training data to the online training portal using any wifi connection. The moment you stop training the unit searches for your home wifi and uploads your all important training sessions seamlessly in the background whilst you wait.
The Motoactv is important for more than just training data. There are two versions available, one 8gb and one 16gb, which allow you to transfer music from your home PC or Mac to your device. Now you don’t need to make the choice between GPS and MP3 as the Motorola motoactv provides both
Motorola released an important firmware update a few months ago and this has really improved the battery life of the unit. Once 2 hours, you can now use the GPS and MP3 simultaneously for upwards of 6 hours – plenty of time for a marathon or Olympic triathlon.
Some GPS watches are difficult to use a the best of times, but the motoactv has a very easy to navigate user interface that can be locked as well as altered and adjusted depending on your individual preferences.
Paired to Any Smartphone
One last point to mention is that the unit can be paired to any smartphone and can subsequently be used as a hands free kit to take calls when on the move. This is the first time that a GPS watch can be used in every day life for more than just telling the time and is a real addition to any keen runner or triathletes kit bag
Motorola Motoactv information can be found on the Motorola website or one of the many running blogs such as RunTheLine.com
Written by London Triathlon