Motiv Ring Review: A Fitbit For Your Finger


– [Host] Using technology
to learn about your health is pretty cool, but not
everyone wants a smartwatch or even a fitness band. Fortunately, it’s 2018,
so, someone figured out how to wrap that technology
around your finger. I’m Mr. Mobile, and
this is the Motiv Ring. (relaxed upscale music) When I first handled this
ring at CES it was so small and light that I thought
it was a show-floor dummy. It’s hard to believe there’s
any technology in here, let alone a battery
big enough to power it. Most of that is invisible. The accelerometer is
internal, and the optical heart-rate sensor faces
your finger when being worn. So the only evidence this
is more than a regular ring is the single LED, which is usually off. The whole package is encased
in a titanium outer shell rated waterproof to five atmospheres. If I had to find one
complaint about the hardware, it’s that, I guess, it’s a little wide; otherwise, it’s as refined as it gets. To put that hardware to use you need to fire up the Motiv app. Instead of just counting your steps, the app blends that
data with the continuous heart-rate tracking to get a sense of how many active minutes
you log during the day. The American Heart Association recommends about 30 active minutes a
day, five days outta the week. The app periodically gives you cards, letting you know how close
you are to hitting that goal, or if it needs you to
confirm that it’s an activity it tracked was correct, it’ll
throw up a card for that, too. The ring syncs with your phone
automatically via Bluetooth, and if you want, you can force a sync by spinning it around on
your finger three times, which is kinda fun. Also, because the ring
is so small and light, it’s a pretty great sleep tracker. I wore it alongside a Fitbit Ionic for my three-day review period, and each morning I
enjoyed checking each one to see how well I’d slept, quantified by my resting heart rate and how much I’d moved during the night. Two out of two trackers
agree: I need more sleep. Since I brought up the competition, Motiv does lag behind in features. Fitbit offers more data about your health at almost every level; it’s backed up by a
huge community of users; and it lets you track
your stats in realtime. As Wearable’s review of
the Motiv Ring points out, “The picture the Ring
paints of your health “is more a retrospective one.” Also, that manual sync
doesn’t always work. And, for now, the Motiv app
is only available on iOS. The Android app is expected
in the second quarter of 2018. Again, there aren’t
many hardware downsides, but the Ring is reportedly prone
to scratches on the finish, and it doesn’t last as
long as many fitness bands. Motiv quotes three days per charge, which my unit fell just two hours shy of. I do have to say that’s pretty impressive, considering how tiny this battery is. Recharge takes 80 minutes, using a clever and small USB charger. It’s tough to see any shortcomings in a device that costs 200 bucks, but Motiv does have some overhead here. Every buyer first gets
a sizing kit in the mail to match ring to finger,
and each ring also comes with two chargers: one for
home and one for your keychain. More to the point, the Motiv
Ring packs the same technology as some fitness bands in a
much smaller prettier package. If you wear a band or
a smartwatch already, you’ll probably find this redundant; but if you don’t wear one of those, maybe because they’re too bulky or flashy, the Motiv Ring is the fitness tracker you’ve been waiting for, maybe just a glimpse into a future of many more connected wearable devices. “He was just paid to say that.” No, I was not. The only people paying for this video are the fine folks at Thrifter.com. They’re not just my sponsor. Thrifter is a new way to save money on everything from gadgets to home goods by shopping based on value and not hype. Check out the latest
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think of the Motiv Ring down in the comments. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile, my friends.

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