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This R2,600 ring is one of the most stylish, subtle fitness trackers you can buy — and it finally works on both iPhone and Android

Avery Hartmans , Business Insider US
 Jul 28, 2018, 12:16 PM

There are two main problems with modern fitness trackers: they constantly need to be charged, and they look obvious and ugly on your wrist.

But a device called the Motiv ring, which launched last summer, solves both of those problems. The $200 (R2,600) ring is designed to be worn on your hand 24 hours a day, and its charge lasts for up to five days. When it does need to be charged, it just sits on a small charger you can attach to your keychain. 

The Motiv ring is a heart rate sensor, fitness tracker, and sleep tracker, and it's about the size of a wedding band — Motiv aimed to make the ring as small and slim as possible while still counting your steps, tracking your runs, and helping you get a sound sleep. 

I tried the Motiv ring last year, and it was one of my favourite fitness trackers I've ever used. 

But there's always been one glaring issue with the Motiv ring: it only worked with iPhones. Thankfully, Motiv has finally solved that issue. Starting Tuesday, the ring is compatible with Android phones.

So whether you're an Android user who can finally consider buying one, or an iPhone user thinking about giving it a try, here's everything you need to know about the Motiv ring. 

The Motiv ring is meant to be worn all day, every day. It has on-board memory for up to five days, so you don't have to be tethered to your phone in order for the ring to work.

It comes in two colours: Slate grey...

...and rose gold.

The Motiv ring has a built-in heart rate sensor and is intended to be a fitness and sleep tracker.

The ring tracks your activity and stores it in an app, where you to set both fitness and sleep goals for yourself. The app is available on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

The ring is able to track active minutes, active heart rate, calories burned, distance, activity type, sleep duration, resting heart rate, and steps.

Motiv will send you a sizing kit when you order so you can ensure the ring fits perfectly.

Motiv says the ring should be worn on your index, middle, or ring finger for best results, but it can be worn on either hand.

The company stresses that the Motiv ring should be and can be worn all the time. The smooth band is made out of an ultra-light titanium, so it shouldn't catch or snag on anything, and it shouldn't feel heavy on your hand.

Because it's waterproof, the ring can be worn while exercising...

...while washing your hands...

...or in the shower. You can even go swimming with it on.

The Motiv ring's battery lasts for three to five days and comes with two chargers that magnetically snap to your ring.

Motiv encourages you to keep one charger at your desk, and the other is a keychain you can take with you anywhere. The ring charges in about 90 minutes.

The Motiv ring is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, but only works with certain Android devices.

Here are all the Android phones the Motiv ring is compatible with: 

  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Google Pixel and Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

The Motiv ring costs $200 (R2,600) and is available to buy now.

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