Pros Love the touch screen, fairly easy to learn (I did not have to read much of the instructions to figure out basic features). I don't listen to music when I run, but I tried it out, kind of cool. It does have an FM Radio, that I can walk to work with.
Cons Thumbs down on the not-so-well protected GLASS face. It is very fragile. I knocked the watch out of my car doors map pocket (about a 12 in. drop and cracked it in two placed); my heart sank. Who makes a sports watch that is NOT durable?
Summary I had been waiting for my Garmin 305 to finally die so I could buy this watch that I had read and heard so much about. The 2nd day I owned it I dropped it on the pavement and to my surprise the face was cracked. I couldn't believe it. I have been wearing sports watches for decades and have never cracked the face, with WAY more abuse. I can't tell you how disappointing it is to have looked forward to getting this watch only to have it fail its first "real" test. If you're a trail runner or triathlete, think twice about buying this watch, it will not handle the "basic" rough and tumble test of moving your gear around...if you're a gym-tread mill runner,you'll love it. MOTOROLA needs to beef up the durability factor, then it will be a "real" sports watch.PS: the battery life is weak. unless you go to minimum power use; but most mileage junkies like to see pace and mileage often without having to push an on button.
Updated on Mar 27, 2012
Pros Device convergence of GPS watch and music player
Screen size and amount of information displayed
Cons Need to prove reliability and robustness compared with competitors
Summary The MotoActv device is meant to compete with GPS watches from Garmin, and more recently Nike. The entry cost on these high performance GPS trackers geared towards runners and triathletes is $200 and up, and compared with that the MotoActv with its groundbreaking feature set is a bargain.
The music is actually an ancillary function, but it, along with wireless headphones does more than enough to set it apart from the current reference, the Garmin Forerunner 210. An on screen real time map is a hugely promising feature as well.
The only question marks here are the reliability of the tracking, as serious runners are extremely demanding on that front, and the durability of the device itself.