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  1. Paul Frylink
    May 6, 2013

    The wearit watch seems to be getting closer, but no indications of release yet – it may come close to replacing my Motoactv :-
    link to si14.com

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    • Pat
      May 22, 2013

      WearIT looks pretty slick, almost like everything we hoped the MotoActv could be.

      I’d love to see Garmin or someone like that who already has a solid application in place, and deep experience on the hardware side go after a MotoActv-type unit. I can’t imagine we’re the only ones that loved the promise of an integrated MP3 player, running watch, cycling computer, and general fitness tracker.

      DCR dashed my hopes that the Pebble might fill this gap, so I guess I’ll pin my hopes on WearIT for the time being.

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  2. Richard
    May 22, 2013

    Good news! After months of inactivity the Wearit site has been updated with a lot more juicy details
    link to wearit.it
    So maybe it’s close to becoming a reality. I hope so because it looks fantastic, and waterproof too. I”ll be looking forward to Mr Rainmaker getting his hands on one and putting through it’s paces.

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    • paul frylink
      May 22, 2013

      Encouraging indeed. They say on the developer page that 200 developer prototypes are available.
      It looks great

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  3. Brent
    June 21, 2013

    This is a bit strange but i am fairly certain that my motoactv has a power maximum of under 1000 watts. If i put in a good sprint which i can complete at greater than 1000 watts the power reading goes blank. The CP graph is suspiciously flat at just under 1000 watts for the first 15 seconds or so when using the motoactv. When connected to a garmin 510 my sprint will result in greater than 1000 watts by enough margin to see that the problem is the motoactv. It just will not do > 1000 watts..

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  4. Randy
    October 29, 2013

    I have a MOTOACTV and love it, but the product as a whole really is on its last legs.

    I went out for a run about a month ago with the unit clipped to my waist band. I finished the run with 50 meters of all-out sprinting, and of course the MOTOACTV fell off and the screen shattered when it hit the sidewalk.

    I decided to send the unit in to get repaired, fully expecting to pay $69 for out-of-warranty service. (Considering I only paid $130 originally, it’s still a bargain.) Fast forward a week or two, and in the process of switching to a new repair facility in a new state, Motorola apparently misplaced my unit and couldn’t even assess it for a repair.

    At that point, they told me they’d happily send me a refurbished unit (at no cost – free repair!), but don’t have any in stock. They offered me three options: (1) wait indefnitely to see if they get any more, at which point they’d send me one; (2) get a refund of my original purchase price, or (3) go buy a new one and they’d refund me that amount. I was astonished that they’d offer such generous options.

    I chose option (3). Though I’m now the proud owner of a brand new MOTOACTV, it took quite a bit of searching. These things barely exist in the wild. A few places still sell the unit online, but I didn’t trust that they were “authorized retailers”. My local running store had a few on the shelf but the girl helping me didn’t even know what they were. I got one of their two units, which were being sold at closeout pricing. I’ve since invested in some bluetooth headphones and plan to keep on using my MOTOACTV until I kill it (again).

    tl;dr version: Motorola service was fantastic, but even they don’t have these awesome devices anymore, and they’ve finally been exhausted from stores too!

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  5. Adam Halawi
    December 1, 2013

    I purchased a Motoactv on the strength of the very in depth review on these very pages and have been exceptionally happy with its performance but as other people have noted, its waterproofing or even just its splashproofing leaves a lot to be desired and it’s ability to connect via bluetooth to my windows phoneis non-exisitent.

    These days, due to water ingress during a particularly rainy run, the start tracking / activity and sleep / wake buttons are crossed. Annoying to say the least. I want to get a new watch but I feel there isn’t really anything that comes close to this near two year old tech at present! Am thinking about the Kreyos or have just seen some comments on the wearIT as well which might be suitable – but does anyone know when it might be out?

    If anyone has any other recommendations, other than just buying a new unit then please let me know!

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    • Richard
      December 2, 2013

      Adam There was an article on this site a few weeks back regarding the new Addidas smart run watch
      Here link to dcrainmaker.com
      Personally though, after owning a Motoactv for 2 years and changing to a Garmin 310xt about 4 months back I don’t think I’ll be switching to the Addidas. The Garmin doesn’t have the feature set of the Motoactv or Addidas, but it just works!

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    • Rainmaker
      December 2, 2013

      It’s tough. There’s not a lot of great options out there with music capabilities. I’d really suggest splitting those roles out.

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    • Paul Frylink
      December 2, 2013

      Adam, like you, I was exceptionally happy with my Motoactiv until it succumbed to moisture and to date, have not been able to find an equivalent.
      Recently, I backed a project on kickstarter called the “Omate” smart watch which looked promising. They have just started shipping – backers should start receiving their watches very shortly, so I am not in a position to comment on its functionality as a sports watch just yet. On paper it looks good, but reality may be completely different.
      The device runs Android 4.2, so at the very least you should be able to (side) load your favourite sports app – Endomondo, Runkeeper, Strava etc. and I am sure developers will create custom apps for it in due course.
      Hopefully, mine should arrive before christmas. Here is the link to the device :-
      link to omate.com

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  6. Bob
    January 20, 2014

    About having to turn the screen on while running to save battery, a neat feature I think these watch makers should make are something where you twist/shake your wrist to turn the screen on. You know how when you are wearing a watch that’s a bit too loose, and it slips around your wrist, so you shake it to get the face back on top? Sort of like that.

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  7. Darren abbott
    February 9, 2014

    Just bought the motorola motoactv from sweatshop £125 ,after reading the reviews was very excited to get home to charge it up and go for a run , plugged it in nothing will not charge start up just dead , will be taking it back to the shop for my money back tomorrow …. Will be replacing it with a tomtom runner

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  8. giorgitd
    February 15, 2014

    Woot Sport has this *today only* (15 Feb 14): $80 for 8 Gb refurb, $120 for 8 Gb new and $130 for 16 Gb new. Just FYI. I’m thinking about getting one just to play around with, knowing full well that one rain storm or a sweaty run might kill it.
    link to sport.woot.com
    I also looked into Liquipel, thinking that if it were inexpensive enough, I might go for the 16 Gb, do the Liquipel and hope that it would prevent the incidental water/sweat from killing the Motoactiv. But Liquipel seems to be $60 for practically any personal electronic device, so maybe not for me…
    link to liquipel.com

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  9. giorgitd
    March 30, 2014

    Woot Sport has this again today (30 March 14), but only 8 Gb models, New, $120 and refurb $100. So, a price *increase* of $20 for the refurb relative to February 2014 (same price for new).

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  10. giorgitd
    April 30, 2014

    Woot Sport, today (30 April 14) has the 8 Gb version (refurb) for $80+$5 shipping. So, back to mid-Feb pricing. Woot sure is loaded with these!

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  11. Keshav
    May 26, 2014

    I still want to buy one so If I order one from Amazon would it still work perfectly fine – water issues,battery issues and sync with motoactv and is there any thing similar in the market with some other brand!

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    • Rainmaker
      May 26, 2014

      The closest to it these days is the Adidas Smart Run GPS. I put together a review here: link to dcrainmaker.com

      Cheers

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  12. Sergey
    June 8, 2014

    Hi! I’m wondering about, if there are some other watches that allow you to actually see the map? I think, i’ve seen some in Suunto, but I have no clue if there is something less expensive?

    Thank you a lot, you have great reviews!

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    • Rainmaker
      June 8, 2014

      No, it’s the only one with a full color map. The Fenix/Fenix2 you can load a tiny little map of sorts, but not as useful as the Motoactv one.

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  13. gobber
    June 20, 2014

    what about swimming?

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    • Paul Frylink
      June 20, 2014

      Swimming with the Motoactv will kill it.
      Mine died from moisture ingress through sweat and light rain.

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    • Rainmaker
      June 20, 2014

      Yup, agree with Paul. It wouldn’t last more than a few lengths likely.

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    • gobber
      June 20, 2014

      😮 Tks guys.
      :-)

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  14. Nick
    July 7, 2014

    I still think the Motoactv was ahead of it’s time. It’s still my favorite device for running and biking.

    There are a few things that are now incorrect on the review because of update. The app in now compatible with all Android devices. It does call and message notifications from phone. The battery life is much better now with the extended and marathon workout modes. These modes change the update time from 1sec to 2 and 3 seconds. This makes it so I can go for a 3-4 hour run with the screen on and still have 45% battery left.

    Also, you can now upload and download workout information through bluetooth and the phone app. This works with android phones on both mobile data and Wi-Fi.

    You can also create workouts on the phone app.

    Another thing is that it can do basic activity tracking throughout the day with data like calories and steps. It sync this information every night to the Motoactv website.

    There are also developed apps that allow the device to export workouts, automatically on the device, to Runkeeper, Google Drive, Dropbox, as well as post to Facebook through Runkeeper.

    Again, I still haven’t found anything that I like as much as the Motoactv, and unless big changes come around on other devices, it seems like I never will.

    The only thing I’m worried about is that the Motoactv website will shut down and I wont be able to create interval workouts.

    Is there anything out there that you think could replace the Motoactv for me?

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    • Paul Frylink
      July 7, 2014

      Nick,

      I am with you on the Motoactv being ahead of its time.
      Sadly I got less than 6 months use out of mine before I killed it with moisture.
      It has been well over a year now since it died and it has left a lasting impression on me – I have been patiently waiting for something similar to come along.

      About 4 months ago, I dropped my Timex global trainer and broke the on/off button, so that left me with no GPS running watch. I bought a Magellan/Mio Cyclo 505 for my bike and also ended up running with it in my hand until my Omate arrived (see below).

      Contendors for me have been :-
      – Anothor Motoactv Hesitant due to moisture issues and obsolescence
      – Wearit Seems to be vapourwear – have been following this one for over 2 years now and nothing is happening with it
      – Leikr Seems a bit big / only IPX67
      – Adidas smart Gps accuracy / waterproofing, price and battery life uncertainties turn me off

      I have been watching (ha ha) the developments in the smartwatch market (Android wear etc), but so far disappointed :-
      – Samsung gear No GPS
      – LG G watch No GPS
      – Samsung gear live No GPS
      – Motorola 360 Due out soon, but probably no GPS
      – Samsung Gear solo Rumoured Smart phone/watch – who knows?

      I know you can pair these with a phone, but what is the point? That means I have to take 2 devices for a run!

      1 month ago, my Omate Truesmart watch arrived in the mail. I backed this on Kickstarter last September – it took 9 months for my reward to arrive!
      Ray has a fair bit to say about Kickstarter projects, and I understood the risks when I backed this regarding delays and change in specs etc.

      So I was pleasantly surprised when it finally arrived – quality and functionality are great.
      It is essentially an android smartphone on your wrist (it has its own Sim card). It is not too big and while it is ‘weighty’ it is not too heavy.
      Being Android, you can run any available running app you chose – I have tried a few and currently use Strava but I need to research a few more apps to find one I can configure the screen the way I want. My eyesight is not what it used to be, so I struggle to read the tiny screen.
      No ANT+ unfortunately, but apparently Bluetooth LE is coming …
      It has regular Bluetooth, so I can stream music/radio to my Cynaps cap while out for a run.

      While this sounds like a glowing review (and I do love my Omate), would I recommend it as a sport watch? – NO
      Why?
      – It is not a sports watch – it is a smart phone
      – Waterproofing – supposed to be IPX67, but users are experiencing issues with moisture. I wouldn’t trust it near water.
      – Support (or lack thereof) – being a startup company, there is currently no network of support. If it breaks you’re on your own.
      – Battery life. It is OK for what it is trying to do – after all, it has 3G,GPS,WIFI,Bluetooth a colour touchscreen. I charge it daily just like my regular smart phone. The longest I have used it as a sport watch is 90 minutes – with 3G, GPS and Bluetooth going, it consumed over 50% of the battery. Turn off 3G and Bluetooth and you undoubtedly get better life.

      So, that’s the state of play for me.

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  15. Honza
    August 6, 2014

    Hello,
    Thank you for the fantastic review. I have a Samsung smartphone and I wonder, if I will be able to answer calls with Motorola Motoactv when connected through Bluetooth.
    Thank you

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  16. Himanshu
    August 10, 2014

    I have used the Motoactv for the last 2 years. This watch just has been absolutely wonderful!! I have no issues with battery whatsoever. I am just researching a new watch and Garmin 220 seems like a winner but that also does not seem to have the features this 3 years old watch has. I am NOT interested in music capability. My question is what am I gaining in buying one of the recommended watches from Summer 2014 collection (link to dcrainmaker.com)? Or shall I just purchase another Motoactv from Amazon or somewhere? Running capability is the main feature I am looking for. This is the only GPS watch I have ever owned so looking for the experts here for some guidance.

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    • Rainmaker
      August 11, 2014

      The main reason I wouldn’t recommend it is that as of last week or so, the Motoactv site is now offline. Thus, there’s no longer a way to get data off of it (without hacking it).

      Ultimately, while the Motoactv was ahead of its time in many areas, it was far behind its time in one key area: Waterproofing.

      Thus, given it’s no longer made (and hasn’t been for years), and as of a week or two no longer has a site, there’s really no reason I’d buy one.

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    • Nick
      August 11, 2014

      I’m not sure why you think that. The motoactv website is absolutely NOT offline. I just used it this morning and am uploading a workout right now. I still have not found anything that measures up to the Motoactv and I doubt I will for quite a while.

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    • Rainmaker
      August 11, 2014

      Weird, I had multiple people contact me last week noting it went out. Great to hear then.

      (Though, really, I still wouldn’t recommend buying one simply because there’s no improvements coming to it, and the site could go out at any point.)

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    • Nick
      August 11, 2014

      I do agree that buying one now would be foolish. I just wish I could find a replacement that I like.

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    • mathieu
      September 9, 2014

      Hi guys ,

      First of all , thanks to all for your comments and thanks Rainmaker for your very good blog. I discovered it there’s a few days and you make good work :-)

      I use everyday a little Fitbit ultra in my pocket ( since 2 years ) and i’m fully satisfied of it.

      But for running tracking , it lacks some features like music player, GPS, etc etc.

      I found an offer to get a motoactv device but last comments do not convince me …

      – Motoactv.com seems to be still up and running. And I’m not sure that Motorola would shutdown it as it must not cost so well and that some users might still use devices.

      – As Nick said there is 2 months , it seems that last update brought some interesting evolvements. Even if Motorola won’t publish no more updates no more , maybe this device reach its optimal status.

      Why do you say that buying one today is foolish if we cannot find a real concurrent on market ?

      ( Excuse my poor english )

      Regards

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  17. Duan
    October 3, 2014

    I’m disappointed with the current crop of android wear especially the moto 360, I was going that they would have incorporated what made this watch so good. Right now nothing seems to be as good as this device. It’s too bad you can’t expert you workout to strava because at least then you have a portal to go through. There a lot of them for sale now and it’s tempting.

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  18. Paul Frylink
    October 21, 2014

    Three years on, it looks like we might finally be getting close to the Motoactiv.
    Sony smartwatch 3 running android wear actually includes a GPS – hooray!

    link to sonymobile.com

    I think I still may get the 920XT though…

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  19. Bart Bouse
    October 22, 2014

    Ray,
    I couldn’t resist buying a Motoactv last week with the low price even though I know that the website could be shut down anytime, the battery life sucks, and you can’t sneeze on it or it will be water damaged. It’s a product I just always wanted to try. If I like it, however, I may be inclined to buy the Timex One GPS+ when it comes out if the reviews are good. I run with music and just like the form factor. After using it only a couple times, I’m really impressed with some things. The setup was simple and the interface is clean, intuitive, and easy. The single button start stop is great compared to others like the Garmin Fenix which should come with a keyboard as you have to push 20 buttons to get on or off. The wifi sync has worked incredibly well and the redsneaker link to runkeeper has worked very well. I use Tapirik to automatically get the data to Garmin and Strava. I may purchase Runkeeper Elite to get automatic uploads to Runkeeper from the Motorola website. The ant+ connection and bluetooth headphone connection were easy and provided no dropouts whatsoever. The tracks were consistent and just as accurate as my 305 or Fenix. Maybe better than Fenix. I hate the Fenix, as you know. The touchscreen performed well and, as opposed to the Fenix, I can read the darn thing while running. So far for the way I would use it, my only concern is battery life. A 4.5 mile run with bluetooth headphones, ant+ mio link, and music dropped the battery from 100% to 40%. Is this consistent with others use of the Motoactv? Used in that manner, it doesn’t appear one could even get a half marathon without a power shutdown. Heck, I don’t think you could do a quarter marathon. What was yours or others battery life experience?

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    • Paul Frylink
      October 23, 2014

      Bart,

      I used my Motoactiv once to record a 6 hour event. I did this by turning the screen off (no bluetooth either).
      I can’t recall how much battery was left afterwards – may have been less that 20%, but it coped with the 6 hours OK. I was able to check progress, by pressing a button whenever I wanted the screen back on.

      It is not ideal, but if you are prepared to press a button while running to turn the screen on, you should be able to get a marathon out of it.

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    • Bart Bouse
      October 23, 2014

      Thanks Paul. Last night I tried wired headphones with bluetooth off and got a better result. After a 4.5 mile run I had 60% battery left. I ran at night in the dark so it was even slower than the first use but still had 20% more battery by turning off bluetooth. I’m guessing, if I needed to, I could turn the screen off and probably get another 20% or more. At that rate, a person should be able to get a half marathon in with some battery left. I will assume your were not listening to music on the 6 hour event but maybe I’m wrong.

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    • Paul Frylink
      October 23, 2014

      That is correct, no music or other sensors were in use apart from the GPS.

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  20. Bart Bouse
    October 27, 2014

    I apparently didn’t have the latest firmware. I upgraded Friday then ran a 5k Saturday morning in OKC. Used only 10% battery on a 5k with music, gps, and ant+ connected to mio link. Really, not that bad. At that rate, possibly being 10% every 3 miles, one might get a marathon on a full charge with music. The only annoying issue I’ve seen with the Motoactv is that I have apparently accidently started the gps a couple times while wearing as a normal watch. I really don’t know how it is happening. Easy enough to delete the tracks but annoying. As opposed to say my experience with the Fenix, I’m at least getting through with workouts without shut downs and other failures. The data is just very good and the experience great with music and no phone or ipod. Redsneaker is finicky in getting data from motocast to runkeeper. I had to try several times Saturday to get the 5k data to sync. Obviously, this is on the Redsneaker side of the equation and not a fault with the Motoactv. So far, for $140 this thing is great. Just sad I didn’t get one a few years ago when it was still being produced and supported.

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  21. Bart Bouse
    October 27, 2014

    Ray,
    Didn’t Lenovo purchase Motorola Mobility from Googe? Any chance Lenovo will revive or reinvent something here after the Moto 360?

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    • DC Rainmaker
      October 27, 2014

      Funny…Lenovo just came out with an activity tracker: link to techradar.com

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    • Bart Bouse
      October 27, 2014

      Thanks Ray. Interesting, but not exactly working in the same space/market as the Motoactv.

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  22. Bart Bouse
    November 5, 2014

    Motoactv users – Please go to Tapiriik and ask him to add syncronization with Motoactv. I have no idea technically what is required but understand the source code is open source know and portal open. If redsneaker can push it to runkeeper then Tapiriik could do the same automatically and get it to Garmin, Strava, Runkeeper, etc. automatically. That would be awesome.

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    • Bart Bouse
      November 5, 2014

      Ray,
      Does Motoactv have an open API that makes sync by Tapiriik possible? Collin says he is willing to look at it. I know nothing of the technical side of this.

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  23. Bart Bouse
    November 7, 2014

    Here’s a link to sync your motoactv step and calorie count to fitbit http://www.fitnesstransfer.com. This can in turn be linked to myfitnesspal, etc. apparently. I do not believe it will transfer specific workouts but will transfer the steps and calories from all day including the workout.

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  24. Jojo Cuarto
    November 19, 2014

    Hi, the past week or so, I’ve been having issues syncing my workouts to the motoactv website. I get an “unable to process the request” error message when I go to the site to review details from my last few runs. I understand that Motoactv is not actively being supported so does anyone out there know of a third party app that I can use to transfer my workouts into while using wifi? I keep hearing about Tapiriik, but I think that’s still dependent on me using the motoactv site to upload my workout to and then transferring the file manually as a .ctx extension.

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    • Bart Bouse
      November 19, 2014

      Jojo,
      I had the same problem this week on two workouts. I finally got one to go through after attempting several times the day after the workout. I use redsneaker (listed on Ray’s tools/utilities page) to get the data to Runkeeper. However, this was also not working for awhile this week as I suspect redsneaker was unable to log in to Motoactv. If Motoactv continues to be buggy or goes down, I think, for lack of a better term, we are screwed. The only options that I am aware of beyond that would be to manually pull the files off the motoactv through windows explorer or the like each time by attaching a usb cable and searching the files on the motoactv or to root the device. Rooting, although I don’t know much about rooting, is adding nonapproved software to an android operating system device to get additional functionality. Many people have apparently semi-successfully rooted the motoactv. I have avoided rooting and really thing I’d probably just buy a new device rather than spending the time rooting. However, it may be worth a try. There are several pages on the internet and references in the motoactv forums on rooting. I’ve only had the motoactv a couple months and really like it but clearly see why Ray and others aren’t interested in it any more. Motorola should be ashamed at their extremely poor customer service on this thing now. Essentially, the motoactv was released in late 2011 and by late 2012 Motorola gave up on it for various reasons which I believe are (1) Motorola refused to seriously open up the API (which they still haven’t) to allow developers to truly link to other platforms like Runkeeper, Garmin, Strava, etc. They must have believed this would cost them money to open it up but the opposite occurred. It cost them because they wouldn’t. (2) The motoactv suffered from serious water death problems and they were slow to react. Instead of listening to customers they blamed customers. and (3) Maybe most importantly, Motorola sold to Google and Google didn’t care about the motoactv division as it hadn’t made any money and was competing with Garmin, Polar, Sunnto. As aptly put in a forum, Motorola screwed up and they “could have owned Garmin” if they had corrected the problems and listened to people like Ray and customers. But they didn’t and the best GPS watch, hardware wise, made in the last 6 years is history.

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  25. Jojo Cuarto
    November 19, 2014

    Thanks for your reply Bart. It’s been frustrating because I have an upcoming Half Marathon I am training for and I wanted to upload my last tempo run. At first, I thought it was an issue with the sync from my watch so I deleted the run from the motoactv portal. But now I don’t know how to re-sync that particular run from my watch so I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I may look into the rooting option, but I agree with you that Motorola is losing out on the market share because their great product does not have the customer service it deserves to continue growing.

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    • Bart Bouse
      November 19, 2014

      Jojo,
      It’s definitely a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions. Almost six years later the only other gps watch to integrate music, android, touch screen, and whole other list of firsts is the Adidas Smart Run which by all accounts couldn’t navigate you a city block without taking a detour through your neighbors kitchen and the battery life is even far worse than the Motoactv. The upcoming Timex One GPS announced in August still has not hit the market and is experiencing serious delays. What’s really concerning about the upcoming Timex is that if we compare the promised battery life on the Motoactv and Adidas Smart Run to the actual it was about one-third at release and later about one-half. The Timex is slated to have four hours upon release. If we apply the Motoactv/Adidas Smart Run claims to the Timex it means the Timex will actually get about an hour and 15 minutes. I think this is the reason they can’t get it to market after five months. So, still noone can build a gps watch comparable to the Motoactv but Motorola couldn’t have done worse in customer service or responsiveness to issues. They didn’t care then and they sure don’t now. I think I will root my and try it but if not, I’ll move on to something else. I have a couple other gps watches so I won’t cry anymore over the Motoactv.

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    • Paul Frylink
      November 19, 2014

      I do feel your pain/passion regarding the Motoactv obsolescence.
      Bart has given a very good summary of the situation above.
      Motorola’s next attempt in this space is their Moto 360 – while this may appeal to a wider market, as far as I’m concerned, its useless as a sports watch as it does not have an inbuilt GPS – Opportunity lost.
      I recently opted for the new Garmin 920XT – no music on board, but a fantastic sports watch.

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  26. Bart Bouse
    November 20, 2014

    Jojo and Paul,
    Tonight I ran again with the Motoactv. To describe my love/hate relationship with this thing, I arrived home from work, went to my closet and threw on running gear, grabbed the motoactv and turned it on (had it completely off), grabbed my Planatronics backbeat go bluetooth headphones and headed out the house, the bluetooth headphones connected in two seconds to the motoactv, in the garage on the way out I started the music on the Motoactv, I exited the garage and hit the start button on the motoactv, and finally less than 5 seconds later I had a gps lock. The whole process from the time I picked up the completely off motoactv to gps satellite lock could not have been more than 20 seconds. My brand new iphone 6 can’t even compete in connecting to bluetooth headphones and starting runkeeper in this short time. The gps lock time makes the relatively new Garmin Fenix look like a dump truck and my 305 like a horse and buggy compared to a Ferrari. It is without doubt the smoothest most brilliant gps watch experience with bluetooth headphones and lock time. Now the hate, I have never figured out the voice coaching to my satisfaction and Motorola has never given any clear instructions for it, the Motoactv dropped the headphones once during the run, then, after uploading the Motoactv site gave the same “unable to process the request” error message tonight when I attempted to look at my data. So, I went here link to forums.motorola.com and used a root method given to me by someone on the Motorola Motoactv forums. This was fairly simple and I’ve never rooted anything but trees and sports teams. I finished the root and uploaded the workout to Runkeeper without issue. Soon, I’ll see if it is automatically uploading to Runkeeper or have it auto upload to dropbox. I have tapiriik syncing Strava, Garmin, Runkeeper, and Nike+. Good Luck if you try it Jojo but it was fairly painless. I figured I had nothing to lose at this point after three days of not being able to easily see my Motoactv data on their site.

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    • Jojo Cuarto
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks Bart. I will definitely look at the posting and play around with it.

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  27. Bart Bouse
    November 24, 2014

    Jojo,
    The Mototactv portal has been down approx. nine days. Though I and others have repeatedly posted to the Motorola forums only a volunteer and no employee has responded. The volunteer has not responded in three days. Users everywhere including France, Belgium, Australia, and of course U.S. report an inability to use the portal. Activities may be uploading but you generally can’t access the data or export it. I have rooted my device. With the problems with the portal, without rooting, a Motoactv is mostly reduced to a wrist worn bluetooth ipod shuffle. This is because Motorola will not open up the API like virtually every other fitness company has done. If there was any doubt before, this is surely a “DO NOT BUY” gps watch at this time. I have rooted and will be testing the upload to Runkeeper but I doubt most people will want to mess with this kind of hassle in a gps watch. It surely doesn’t fit in the “just works” category as Ray likes to call it.

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    • Jojo Cuarto
      November 24, 2014

      Thanks Bart. I guess at this moment, I have 2 options. Buy a new watch (maybe the Garmin 920?) or root my current watch. Since my wife will probably say no to the first option, I think I’ll be following you down the rabbit hole and rooting mine tonight.

      I’ll let you know how that goes. :-)

      Jojo

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    • Jojo Cuarto
      November 25, 2014

      Hi Bart, I followed the instructions to root my motoactv and now I have the Export TCX option in the Settings Menu. But when I click on it, it just shows my saved workouts and the export button. Nothing happens when I click on the button. I’m assuming I did something wrong because it doesn’t seem to be prompting me for a third party site to load the run into.

      Thanks,

      Jojo

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    • Bart Bouse
      November 25, 2014

      Jojo,
      Make sure you try to scroll down. The Runkeeper button will be below the export button. I had to try to scroll down a couple times before I found the Runkeeper button. Press it and you should be able to put in your Runkeeper login. I’m at work and don’t have the Motoactv with me but will look at it tonight and let you anything different.

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    • Jojo Cuarto
      November 25, 2014

      Thanks Bart,
      After I posted here last night, I re-rooted my phone and I’m now able to see more options under the export button (i.e. Google, Runkeeper, Facebook, DropBox, etc). Now my question is, when you click on Google for example, how do you type in your username and password? I don’t see anything resembling a keyboard that pops up. FYI, it was almost 2 in the morning when I did this so I probably didn’t notice it because I was half asleep (which makes it more amazing that I didn’t brick my phone!). And no rush on getting back to me on this. This is my first time rooting anything so to have a still-functioning watch is still awesome to me.

      Thanks again,

      Jojo

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    • Bart Bouse
      November 25, 2014

      Jojo,

      I think you are posting in the motoactv forums as well. Go to Settings – Export TCX – scoll down and make sure enable WIFI is selected. Make sure your Motoactv is hooked to the internet by wifi. Then selectt Settings under the Export TCX then select Google Drive. At this point it should load a web page to log in your google id. Enter your id and select enter. It will then show another page, scroll down and select “accept”. Also, if you are having problems to to Settings – Wireless – wifi networks and verify that you are connected to a wifi network with internet access. That should do it.

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  28. Nick Ward
    November 25, 2014

    Jojo and Bart,

    I have to say I don’t understand why you aren’t able to get onto the Motoactv portal. I’m on it right now actually and when I get home I’ll put up a test workout for you two to see. I’m able to do everything I normally do on there and I uploaded a workout to it from my watch last night.

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    • Bart Bouse
      November 25, 2014

      Nick,
      Aren’t you a lucky one. Just go to the Motoactv forums and see how many people everywhere in the world have not been able to get on the last 10 days. Two people in the forums have reported emails from Motorola support saying they are moving the portal to a new server, therefore they admit a serious problem. No one can understand why it takes them 10 days and counting to move the portal to a new server.

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  29. Bart Bouse
    November 25, 2014

    Nick,
    Just tried it. It’s still down. Can you go buy me a lottery ticket? Your the only one in the world I know that can get their workouts to show in the portal.

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    • Nick Ward
      November 25, 2014

      Oh boy, I completely misread. I thought you were saying that you couldn’t get to the portal at all. I haven’t tried to actually look at my workout until now. It shows my most recent workout on the main page, but, like you, I can’t see go to the workout page at all.

      Sorry about that.

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    • Bart Bouse
      November 25, 2014

      Nick,
      Others are reporting they cannot export from the page at all, as well. Some fairly upset “former” motorola customers who have a couple years worth of data they cannot access or export.

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    • Jojo Cuarto
      November 25, 2014

      Thanks Bart. The issue I have is that I can’t type in my ID and password. There’s no keyboard that pops up that allows me to type in my ID. I think it may be because when I rerooted my phone, I actually ended up setting the software version about 5 versions back, so the one that my watch is on is a bit buggy. I need to reroot once again with the correct software version and hopefully that will fix my issues.

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    • Jojo Cuarto
      November 26, 2014

      Success. I’m in sync now!!

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    • Bart Bouse
      December 2, 2014

      Jojo,
      Another run last night and everything went pretty well. The Motoactv acquired satellite signal in 5 seconds inside my house. That part is incredible. It was 28 degrees and blowing so I started everything inside and hit the door running. I had a Mio Link on the right wrist under a shirt and jacket and Motoactv on the left. The heart rate data was wonky. This is a Link issue and tells me the Mio Link has problems transmitting through clothing as previously without a shirt or jacket covering it, I could get it to work on the other wrist. The TCX exporter to Google Drive worked fine. I had to re-enable wifi but it sent it immediately thereafter. Tapiriik synced it quickly with Garmin and Runkeeper but Strava won’t accept the data through Tapiriik from Google Drive. Garmin shows Greenwich mean time which is confusing but otherwise okay. Runkeeper probably shows the best data. Also some issues with total time versus moving time but otherwise the solution is working. The Motoactv did upload to the motorola portal but as the case for the last two weeks, you cannot view your data.

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    • Bart Bouse
      December 3, 2014

      Jojo,
      I figured out my problem with Strava sync with Tapiriik. The tcx file from the Motoactv is uncategorized. If I go to either Garmin Connect or Runkeeper and edit the activity to show it as a run then Tapiriik will sync it to Strava the next time it syncs. So, this is one additional step if I want to get it to Strava and/or make sure it shows as the correct activity type. No big deal. Other than sometimes having to type a couple buttons on the Motoactv to re-enable wifi to get the tcx exporter to wifi sync and edit the activity type on the pc, if I want the data to Strava also, the root with tcx exporter is a complete and successful workaround to get away from the Motoactv portal. I do love the quick satellite lock of the Motoactv and the verbal cue when the gps lock is acquired and heart rate monitor is attached. In this colder weather I need to get a pair of gloves that work with touch screens. I’ve seen some running gloves with such capability advertised. None of the several pair of running gloves I have work. Only completely necessary at the end of a run but handy nonetheless.

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  30. Ricardo
    December 3, 2014

    HOLA… yo tambien tengo varios problemas con el portal de MOTOACTV.. no se puede visualizar ningun recorrido realziado, tampoco deja exportar… el portal esta muy mal… no saben si existe otro programa o portal web que permita descargar los datos directamente del reloj gps Motoactv.???
    que pasó con le portal???
    saludos desde Ecuador

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  31. Camilo
    March 22, 2015

    Good news, I was just able to download all my workouts via the motoactv portal, in case you want to give it a try.
    I thought I was going to loose them forever in the motoactv black hole. I kept trying and never worked. But today I selected Export All Workouts, TCX and it worked like a charm. Good luck.

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  32. Camilo
    March 22, 2015

    BTW, TCX is the best option for export, right?

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    • DC Rainmaker
      March 22, 2015

      Yup.

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  33. Geert Cornelissen
    May 27, 2015

    I have the motorola now over a year and i must say with the ltest update from ofcourse 2 years ago everything works super and the website is up and running but i use also tcx exporter. When i look at al the other watches this is the most super and the battery is about 8 hours now with running

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    • Paul frylink
      May 27, 2015

      Yup, it was ahead of the game. Just wish it was waterproof – and I would probably still have mine…

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    • Pat
      May 27, 2015

      I switched back to Garmin with the Fenix 3 and haven’t looked back. GPS acquisition, multisport, notifications, waterproofing and battery life are far superior. I miss the music player but that’s about it.

      Motorola really had a winner. The MotoACTV was 2-3 years ahead of its time and a v2 could have been excellent. It’s too bad they abandoned the product. It would be interesting to see what someone could come up with doing a sport-oriented watch with Android Wear, but for now, I’ll keep my week-long battery life and “real watch” appearance with the Fenix.

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    • Geert Cornelissen
      May 28, 2015

      Yes your right about waterproof and batterylife but look also at the price,i bought mine for 139 euro new and the fenix3 is+_ 450 ore more,i use the moto also as a normal watch ,ok its a bit bigger but looks also nice,ok no swimming ,i heard moto is sold to a korean compagny mayby something new wil come.

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  34. Rafael
    August 18, 2015

    Has anyone nano-coated their motoactv? I wonder if that would be enough to help with sweat and moisture.

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