My Motiv ring activity tracker arrived back in October and after wearing it a few months; here is my review. It is very sleek looking but was it worth the $200 & the long wait?
The Motiv ring is a unisex ring that comes in black or silver sizes 6-12 that is a smart ring counting your steps, monitors your heart rate, calories & other activity...
The Motiv ring was 1st announced in January 2017 and almost 10 months later products are now starting to steadily ship and be available for purchase. The buying process was unique for me, I originally ordered my ring back in July but I was in a holding pattern just waiting for over 3 months.
In October I got an email saying my credit card was going to be charged and a size kit would be sent to me. They claim their ring sizes are non traditional and recommend trying on a plastic mock up of the ring for 24- 48 hours and then using your redemption code on the box, you go in the app and finalize your order with your ring size 6 - 12.
From there, the ring arrived via 2 day priority shipping and the pairing process was simple, note there is not android support yet, just Apple. The battery life is a little over 72 hours and it is waterproof so you can wear it just about anywhere including in the pool or shower.
The app is plain but it counts your steps along with miles registered, it registers your heart rate, calories & sleep patterns. you have options to enable notifications and see how your activity is doing against your "targets." Compared to the fit-bit or apple watch activity tracker apps, I would say the version 1.0 of the Motiv software, it is comparable but I imagine there will be some updates in the near future.
Another thing to note was my first few weeks, the motive was consistently calculating about 1/2 my steps compared to my Apple watch. On days I logged 10,000 steps with my Apple watch, the Motiv was registering around 5,000. A member of their support team responded to my inaccuracy claims and they said "One reason is we actually test accuracy against foot pods which are the best source of “truth” for steps, as well as compare our performance to popular wrist-based trackers. We also count fairly sustained steps and not every random step — that’s our intention with depending on the Active Minutes metric as opposed to a 10k benchmarker."
* Motiv Ring on the Top, Apple watch on the bottom
Should you put a (motive) ring on it...?
Short answer, go for it. I love gadgets and I think it is a cool device; if you have the $200 lying around, & you're a fan of activity trackers, try the Motive Ring out.
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