The Moov is a wearable device. It doesn’t compete with the Jawbone or Fitbit because the Moov doesn’t keep track of your day to day activity. It should be worn only when you start your workout. The wearable has multiple motion sensors that can track your leg and hand movement more precisely than your average wrist-based trackers.
It’s waterproof so you don’t need to worry about going swimming with the Moov on your wrist, or ankle. You can use it on your morning run or for cardio boxing. It gives real-time feedback regarding your exercise, if it’s done correctly or poorly.
The Moov is the first gen wearable developed by an ex-Apple engineer. The second gen, called the Moov Now is in development. It will feature an improved battery and a lightweight and elegant design.
It’s wiser to wait until the Moov Now is released, but if you’re planning on acquiring a wearable right now, then you should read our Moov Review and decide for yourself.
It has an insightful real-time analysis, which I found to be more precise than any other tracking devices on the market. Distance tracking is accurate and on point. It doesn’t bother when worn on your wrist or ankle, and it’s quite comfortable.
I found third-party apps lacking the much needed support. Instead, companion apps are in favor. The Moov is a little bit bulkier than what I expected from a device that resembles a 50p coin.
The Moov specs
- It features 9-axis motion sensors
- Comfortably worn around wrist or ankle
- Two devices can be worn at the same time
- Waterproof up to 3 meters
- Lightweight, standing at 118 grams
Moov – Design and Features
The petite plastic disc comes in white or black models and it sits tightly in a cradle of sorts. Two rubber straps support the main mechanism. When compared to a Jawbone or Fitbit, you’ll notice the difference in sizes. It’s not that discreet to wear. It does have a bulky look, but the minimalist vibe balances everything out.
It wasn’t aimed at a 24/7 use. If worn throughout the day it will stick out as a sore thumb, but this shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
Its interior is packed full of goodies. The 9-axis motion sensor system features a magnetometer, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. It’s even heart monitor friendly. If you want to track how intense you perform your workout, you can easily strap a heart rate monitor support.
With real-time feedback and voice prompts, the Moov will give you stats about performance and how you can improve it.
You don’t have a built-in screen. Instead, you’ll notice a minimalist transparent ring just around the top of your tracker. It lights up once you connect the wearable to your smartphone and when it starts tracking. Don’t like the default light color? No worries, just go into the app settings and choose your preferred palette.
The Moov doesn’t have brightness issues and it’s usable during day and night-time.
Think of the Moov as a big button. You can press it, gently, when you begin your workout – its companion apps usually prompt you to do so.
Swimmers rejoice. The Moov has been IP67 certified. This means it’s water and dust resistant and you can submerge it underwater up to three meters for about 30 minutes.
In the box Moov came with, you’ll notice two rubbery silicone straps. They are of different sizes. The larger silicone strap keeps your wearable on your ankle. This is designed especially for cyclists or runners who need accurate data for their workouts. The smaller strap is used around your wrist or on your bicep.
You can buy additional trackers for $75 a pop.
Straps are comfortable and easily put on. They have the same claps as the Charge HR and the Fitbit Charge. They are quite slim, but this doesn’t mean that they will come loose during your exercise. Wearing one on your ankle while running will look like you’ve done something illegal, like breaching your ASBO order.
The Moov’s battery life stands at 10 hours, which translates to roughly a one hour workout a day for a week. It’s more than decent, and the device will notify you with battery status updates.
Moov – Apps
The wearable works perfectly with Android and iOS devices. Regardless of what you’re tracking, you’ll need a smartphone nearby.
There is a dedicated hub for Moov. You’ll have to individually download free apps for cycling, swimming, running and cardio boxing. Unfortunately, there’s no love for third party apps. This might be a deal breaker to some, but Moov’s own ecosystem offers a somewhat plethora of free apps to choose from. They are pretty good.
The free running app is the best one out of the bunch. The user interface isn’t riddled with ads and it’s easily navigated. You even have a sort-of car gauge that indicates how much of the WHO, World Health Organization, recommended 150 minutes of activity you’ve completed for your week.
The coaching support is a nice addition to a wearable, and it feels like a refreshing approach to the the medium. It gives a lot of data after you’ve completed your workout, and this may seem a little bit overwhelming at first, but everything is nicely explained.
Before you begin your routine, you can read an introduction to the exercise you’re about to start, what’s the best setting for it and how will it affect you. While working out, the Moov will use voice prompts to notify the user of his form and how to workout better.
While using the cardio boxing app, Moov will give indications on how to keep your fists up, how to stand, and if you’re punching too slow.
The running app measures pace and elevation, range of motion, impact measure in g-force, cadence, which is steps per minute, and details on pace. Data is highly accurate.
Couching should be taken with a grain of salt. While it is indeed accurate, it doesn’t sense how you are really working out.
All of your data can be shared on Facebook if you choose to.
Should you buy the Moov? Well, as I said at the beginning of the article, a new one is coming out. It’s going to have better motion sensors, and a longer battery life. The second gen Moov isn’t that far away.
But if you can’t wait any longer, the Moov is an exquisite wearable and the coaching element is pretty great, regardless of its minor shortcomings.
Moov Price – $75