My Favorite Feature Of A Past Fitness Tracker/Smartwatch That I Hope Comes To The New Ones

Written by Charlie

It is really interesting to see the smartwatch move forward in so many different ways. It is nice to see a device that, in many ways, could eliminate time on my phone itself. But, I really am waiting for the watch that does all that today’s smartwatches do plus have great battery life and a GPS built-in. There are some watches with the built-in GPS but it would be nice to see that more standard.

The Motoactv

All of these devices reminded me of my first non-Garmin watch I used for running. Back in 2011, I bought the Motoactv the day it came out. It was Motorola’s entrance into the activity/smartwatch area and it was a pretty nice device. The main reason I had bought it, however, was for an accessory that was promised but never delivered on. It was the Bluetooth earbuds that allowed the user to make and receive phone calls through the watch/phone combo and took the heart rate from the ears. That part never worked out for Motorola so it never was released. Because of that, I sold the Motoactv after a few months of waiting and went back to my Garmin.


The Motoactv


But, the Motoactv as a smartwatch/fitness watch was quite interesting. I found the GPS was not as accurate as the Garmin GPS off the bat (it would take up to half a mile to get the pace right) but the ability to have a GPS watch, MP3 player, and a little bit of a smartwatch was great! The battery life was terrible initially – like it would not last an average marathon. But, that improved with an update.

My Favorite Part

My favorite part of the device was the audio integration with the fitness aspect of the watch. The Motoactv gave the option to set a particular song as a “Fit Song.” This enabled the user to click that song in at any point to give the extra musical boost you might need to finish your run. Another music-centered feature was the ability to create a playlist based on the pace you kept with the various songs. This way, you were able to automatically have the songs at your disposal that you body reacted to the best for pacing.

All of this data could be imported into the Motorola app and you could see how all of that musical/pace data matched up. It was really cool to see the way that my running reacted with various songs. That single feature was one that I would love to see added to another watch at some point. In the meantime, it is still possible to purchase the Motoactv. You will need an Android phone to take advantage of syncing with a phone, but, as an MP3 player, it is not bad either. It costs $99 for the 8GB version and $119 for the 16GB version through Amazon. You can even get it cheaper used through Amazon. To have GPS and MP3 altogether for that price is pretty great!

Did you ever use the Motoactv?

Some of the links on Running with Miles are affiliate links that pay a commission if a purchase is made. Running with Miles is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.