Motorola launches MOTOACTV Android running watch

Motorola launches MOTOACTV Android running watchSo, we've got Christmas in a month. And then the inevitable happens. We step on the scales, have a fit and join a gym as a new year's resolution, annoying those gym-folk who do go all the time by hogging the treadmills and weights, only to give up by the third week of January and leave them to it whilst still paying a direct debit for the next 12 months.

But, perhaps if you invest in one of Motorola's latest inventions, you may find yourself a little more active, with the news that the MOTOACTV is coming to town. Yes, Motorola has obviously been on a diet itself because, just like it did with the RAZR, it's decided to shed a few letters from product titles again for no valid reason.

It's basically a bluetooth GPS wrist chip that acts as a fancy pedometer. It links to your Android device (although they say your "Motorola Android device" in the press release so we're not sure if you can pair it up with a non-Moto device even though the app is available in the general Android Market) and allows you to train with help.

Moto says you'll be able to track your workouts over extended periods of time, set goals and even create workout competitions with pals.

It certainly looks the part but we're not massively convinced for a few reasons.

First of all, we speak with some authority here. The author of this piece is a regular long-distance runner who competes in marathons and various other races, and having been through Nike+ on the iPhone and MiCoach and Runkeeper on Android, we've settled on the latter.

Sure, a watch looks nice but all of these abilities (FM radio, GPS tracking, calories burned, average pace, uploading to websites and downloading plans/competitions) are all things you can get free on the above apps or using the functionality of your device. Although we do admit the 8GB of inbuilt storage is a nice touch.

Plus, the price is prohibitive at £249 and with it being sold through the likes of Sweatshop (a dedicated running store), it'll be sitting alongside more established and advanced gadgets whose benefits to the serious runner are already well known.

Finally (although we could proven wrong here), if this does only work with Motorola devices, then you have to obviously own one first. And then you'll be tied to it or the same manufacturer at least for the foreseeable future.

We'd say it's a nice try and well intentioned - but we're not exactly expecting to see them on the wrists of every second runner at the London Marathon in April.

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