If you’re not used to wearing rings, this might feel more foreign than a regular band or smartwatch. Just in case, Motiv’s got a 45-day money-back guarantee with a one-year limited warranty, so you can ship this bad boy back if it’s not for you (shipping’s free, by the way).
I noticed scratches on the ring after a few days of wear. I hadn’t done any lifting with dumbbells, kettlebells, or barbells, which could’ve understandably scraped up the ring. While it’s not super noticeable, just cosmetic blemishes, I expected the durability to be higher.
While the ring is lighter than it looks, it can still be cumbersome. Simple tasks like washing dishes and drying your hands can cause the ring to get crammed against your fingers.
And when it comes to accurate tracking, Motiv falls a bit short. In terms of sleep, Motiv was off anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour when comparing with Fitbit Sleep Stages. One night I read in bed for an hour, but Motiv took that for sleeping.
Motiv doesn’t necessarily match other smartwatch or wearable metrics, like steps and calories. On an active day, it estimated about 1,000 fewer steps than my Fitbit. Motiv explains it counts intentional steps based on “foot pods,” as opposed to side-stepping/unintentional steps. Plus, Motiv reports average heart rate measurements per minute, so if you’re not maintaining your max over the minute mark, it’ll indicate lower ranges.
Bottom line: If you’re a serious fitness buff who’s constantly training, likes to race, and spends a lot of time tracking progress, this might not be the wearable for you. This is a tracker for the guy who wants a snapshot of his everyday activity, not a granular synopsis of sleep and fitness.
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