Motorola have announced the launch of an Android device purely aimed at fitness fanatics: the MotoACTV. The device is designed for those who are “on the go” whether they exercise in the gym or at home.
For outdoors runners, the MotoACTV comes equipped with GPS for recording you distance, times and calories burned. Performance can be wirelssly synchronised while the onboard 8GB of RAM will give enough storage for an album or two (or three hundred). Or alternatively you can listen to the built in FM radio.
It comes equipped with a 1.6 inch Gorilla Glass screen which is rain resistant and protected against sweat – you will not want to buy one of these second hand off eBay… You can also synchronise with an Android phone to make calls (though why you would so this seems like a mystery…just use the phone?).
Battery wise, for outdoor use with GPS you will expect up to five hours of battery life. So rules out most marathon runners! GPS off and things improvefor somewhat to 10 hours withnnerly two weeks on standby. The MotoACTV weighs in a light 35g and 9.6mm thick. The 46mm x 46mm dimensions should not pose a problem to most people.
The device will be available I the UK from December 1 for £249.99 from the Sweat Shop retailer chain. The price seems overly steep as this is one hell of a price hike over something like an iPod Nano for GPS, which seems to be the main selling point. At least you get headphones but in true Moto form there is a bespoke accessory pack available featuring a bike mount and arm band.