Motiv Ring Review: A feather-light smart ring that favours simple fashion and function

WAREABLE, OCT 2017


After design issues and tech hiccups, the influx of smart rings we’ve had our fingers firmly crossed for is finally here. We’ve already reviewed one of the designs from Ringly as well as the Oura Ring, and although smart rings all have different styles and USPs, it’s hard not to put them head-to-head (or should that be fist-to-fist?) and try to find out which is the one ring to rule them all.
 
In my search for the perfect smart ring, over the past few weeks I’ve been testing out Motiv’s offering. The Motiv Ring is a slim, subtle and lightweight device with an always-on optical heart rate monitor, as well as a design that’s waterproof up to 165ft, 24/7 sleep and activity tracking, and three days’ worth of battery life.
 
Its activity tracking is simple and designed to provide a ‘snapshot’ of your day, rather than a lot of detail, and its main fitness metric is Active Minutes rather than steps.
 
Motiv manages to straddle the line between subtle and stylish thanks to its minimal lines and brushed metal appearance – not to mention I chose the Rose Gold finish, which is still a popular shade for accessories from the high street to high fashion.
 
Having said all of that, whether you get on with a piece of wearable tech – especially of the smart ring variety – is all down to personal preference. So to help you make up your mind, here’s what I found after spending a few weeks with the Motiv.