Wow, Motorola has taken direct aim at Apple.  If you thought the RAZR wasn’t a response to Apple’s iPhone 4s, checkout the MOTOACTV, a lightweight, iPad Nano inspired workout device.

The touchscreen measures 1.6-inch, is sweat resistant, and like the RAZR has be reinforced using Corning’s Gorilla Glass.   But unlike Apple’s comparable offering, the MOTOACTV can track pace, speed and location thanks to a built-in GPS function (the latest iPod Nano software can track some of this info, but doesn’t include GPS).  They’ve also infused it with some tech that measures your performance against your stored songs and creates a “high performance playlist” to push you to that next fitness level.   The MOTOACTV is also capable of measuring your heart rate, though you’ll need to invest in either the Motorola SF700 wireless or Motorola SF500 wired headphones, which sport a heart rate sensor and thus negating the sometimes annoying chest strap.

When you’re done with your workout you can upload the stats to the MOTOACTV web portal, where fitness experts can provide feedback and you can compete again friends for the best lap or perhaps the most explosive heart rate.

The MOTOACTV supports both ANT+ tech (used in many of Garmin’s products), Bluetooth 4.0 and can achieve 5 hours on a single charge outside, or 10 hours inside.  Included is a strap for wearing it on your wrist or arm and a clip for attaching it to clothing.

The MOTOACTV will ship November 6th for $299 (16GB) or $249 (8GB).  The SF700 wireless headphones will cost $149, while the wired version, the SF500 will cost $99.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."