I expect my technology to go wonky over time but let’s get real, by over time, I mean a long time, like at least a year or longer. I love Garmin and I’ve owned 3 Garmin watches, two of which I still have. I use them a lot so when after a year or a year and a half when they don’t stay charged as long or they occasionally don’t track a run, I get it.
I can say the same about fitbits. I owned two fitbit HR’s and I loved them. I wore them every day and they tracked my workouts fine but after a year or so the bands became torn and they would occasionally stop tracking and lose battery life quickly. Both Garmin and fitbit are great with warranties and returns so I never had a problem.
Since October of last year I’ve been using the Motiv ring. At 199 dollars I expected big things. Overall I’ve been fairly happy with the ring and the company has continued to improve the app to include additional features and enhancements. The only problem I had up until recently was the battery life. My ring stopped holding a charge for longer than a day after only 5 months.
The great thing that I can say about Motiv is they handle their customer service issues and they did send me another ring about a week or so after I sent mine back. The problem is, it still doesn’t hold a charge. I mean, it holds a charge for around 2 days now but that’s all. I was prepared to live with that until recently when it didn’t track my run and then once more it happened and I realized that it only happened when I didn’t sync it before going out to run.
Lastly, I have to twist it to sync it and lately it takes a really long time before it syncs and I find that extremely annoying. I realize I may just have a defective ring and so I’ve contacted support again. I’m mentioning it here because I believe in being 100% honest in my reviews. I searched online to see if anyone else was having similar issues and I really didn’t find much so I’m hoping it’s just me but I am having issues.
And that brings me to another point. I miss the fitbit community. I also love the Garmin connect community but it’s nice to have that connection with other fitbit users. I was so disappointed when my sister in law sent me a request to join her fitbit community after she got a new fitbit for Christmas and then I realized, I wasn’t using mine anymore. I also miss having the time on my wrist at all times and not having to look at my phone.
I also have an apple watch that the kid gifted me last year when he got a new one and I do like it too but it’s a bit heavy to run with and I’m constantly worried that it will get damaged. Apple watches are hella expensive so I usually only wear it for the ability to use it instead of my phone in certain situations. And because it’s cool.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up completely on the Motiv ring but I am thinking of entertaining a new device. It’s one thing to have a single issue with something but repeated issues or multiple ones are not okay. And I really don’t like having to twist to sync it. I was okay with it in the beginning but sometimes it takes a while to connect and I’m super impatient so that’s probably just my issue.
I have contacted the Motiv support department again and we’ll see what they have to say but since I haven’t seen anything about it online, I’m curious if anyone else has had any issues or if it’s just me.
What do use as a fitness tracker?
How long have you been using it?
Have you tried others?
Are you happy with what you’re using currently?