One of the biggest issues with smartwatches is that they are not always the most comfortable to wear. They can be relatively bulky and burdensome, and although they may have the ability to track sleep, they are not the most comfortable to wear in bed. On the other hand, smart wearables that are more comfortable are often obvious that they are fitness-related, adding a sporty touch that the style conscious may wish to avoid.
Ideal for the fitness fanatic who prefers a simpler approach, the Motiv Ring is a seriously impressive piece of kit. This 24/7 smart ring can track your exercise, heart rate, steps and sleep, and seamlessly integrate into your fitness regime. Using custom-designed microtechnology, the ultra-light titanium ring is a technological feat. Wearing a fitness tracker on your finger, rather than on your wrist, is a much more effective way of tracking your stats. This is because of the skin on your finger is much thinner, resulting in a pulse signal that is fifty times stronger and allowing for a more accurate reading. The Motiv Ring is waterproof, durable, and has excellent battery life, and you can connect to the app to keep an eye on your health data. I have to admit, although there are some limitations that will be discussed, wearing this ring will make you feel like we are actually living in the future.
- Impressive features
- Accurate measurements
- Easily scratched
Whilst the Motiv ring works great for traditional exercise activities, you may need to input others manually. The ring will just record an elevated heart rate, and you will need to add the activity via the app. Furthermore, it is important to note that there are some sports in which wearing a ring could be dangerous. For example, if you are rock climbing, wearing a ring could result in de-gloving your finger, which nobody wants. It is always important to put safety first, and if you are looking to track a sport that relies on your hands, you may prefer a more traditional fitness tracker.
Adults are supposed to get between eight and nine hours sleep a night, and a good night’s rest is essential for your overall physical and mental health and wellbeing. If you are still waking up tired or not getting the sleep that you need, tracking your sleep can be a great way of figuring out the issues. Featuring the latest features of much bigger fitness trackers condensed into a tiny ring, the Motiv ring is a great way to keep track of how many hours sleep you are getting each night. However, there have been some suggestions that the sleep tracker is not quite as effective as other models. It does not provide a comprehensive analysis of your sleep, for example, there is no option to track different stages of sleep or REM cycles. It is considered that the inclusion of more details would allow the wearer to judge sleep quality rather than quantity.
However, some users even suggested that even the more basic functions of the sleep tracking functions on this ring were not necessarily the most accurate. With one user noting that while the ring will track when you are in bed, it cannot always differentiate as to whether you are awake or asleep. Furthermore, some customers had suggested that the ring can get a little confused on occasion, with several noting that they had been recorded as sleeping when they were lounging around watching television.
You can also set goals via the software, although it does not remind you like other wearables. Plus, it has been noted that the app is lacking a calendar function which would make it easier to keep on top of your stats. Handily, the ring also has a Find My Phone feature, and activating this will cause your misplaced smartphone to play a song until you can locate it.
The app is continuously updating, and new features are coming out all the time. However, if you prefer a more in-depth approach to your fitness, you can export your data from the Motiv Ring to Apple Health and Google Fit. It is also important to note, that when the app was first launched, it was only compatible with iOS devices, and it took a while to become available on Android. There have been some users that have suggested that the Motiv app is still not quite as seamless on this platform, which may be worth considering if you are an Android user.
You can also connect up to your accounts with the Motiv Rings two-step identification service. If you are logging into a website that requires your password and then a secondary form on authentication, the site will usually send you a message with a six-digit code. However, you can now verify your identity using your Motiv Ring. All you need to do is flip your hand over a couple of times, and it will let you into the site in no time at all. However, while this does have some uses, this is still a relatively new addition to the Motiv ring. It is still a pretty limited service, with several online reviews suggesting that it was not always effective.
However, it has been noted that there is no notification from the ring to let you know that the battery is running out. The app does inform you, but this is not always practical if you are not near your phone. Furthermore, the charger does not come with AC Adapter, which would have been useful. Several reviews have noted that the charger is quite small, and would be easy to misplace. However, Motiv does provide two chargers, one of which comes with a clip that would be ideal for clipping onto your keyring so that you never lose it.
However, it should be noted that there are many reviews online that have highlighted the way in which the ring shows heavy signs of wear after just a short period of time. Furthermore, several users have suggested that there are serious design flaws with the ring, with one user stating that the color had completely worn off the underside in you’re a couple of weeks. Motiv has recently updated the ring, and the new version is less likely to scratch. To avoid excess damage, it is usually recommended that you wear your Motiv ring on your non-dominant hand.
There are three different colors available, including slate grey, rose gold or silver. However, there have been some that have suggested that the colors are not quite as advertised. It has also been proposed that this ring may be a little bulky if you have particularly small hands.
The ring does have its limitations as we have mentioned, but when you consider the functionalities that are packed into this tiny package, it truly is an impressive feat. The simplicity of the Motiv Rings tracking abilities means that it provides excellent user-friendliness. Recording your adventure every step of the way and making sure that you are getting enough shuteye, the Motiv Ring has the potential to transform your fitness journey.