New gadget tracks your workout

Posted Dec. 09, 2011, at 2:28 p.m.

Looking for gear to give you the performance edge? Motorola’s new MOTOACTV fitness tracker and music player may give you the kick you need. Using GPS and other smart technology, it tracks the stats of your running, biking or walking workout (time, distance, speed, heart rate and calories burned) while also storing up to 4,000 songs to get you pumped — creating a customized playlist based on the music that motivates you most.

You can sync the device with your computer to upload various stats to the device’s website, which includes an analysis of your performance data. It even offers fitness tips and training strategies from experts in the field.

The device is sweat and rain resistant, with a scratch-resistant 1.6-inch glass touchscreen that displays full color. You can wear it as a wristband or armband, or clip it to your shirt or other gear.

Tired of listening to downloaded songs? The device also includes an FM radio for additional variety. Its 3.5 mm headphones (USB 2.0 connections) allow audible readout of built-in heart rate monitors.

If you have an Android smartphone, the MOTOACTV also allows you to answer calls and receive texts. The battery can play music for up to 20 hours and can track workouts for up to 10 hours indoors and 5 hours outdoors. Device weighs approximately 1.2 ounces. Size is approximately 1.8-by-1.8-by-0.37 inches.

MOTOACTV is available as 8GB or 16 GB. Price is $249 for the 8GB and $299 for the 16 GB. Purchase online at, or Also available at select Best Buy, REI and Sports Authority stores.