new Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring

The new Oura Ring (Oura Ring 2, v2 for 2018) and the Motiv Ring stand out as the two most sensible places to start your research into an activity tracker in a ring format – they are by far the best wearable tech rings as of December 2018.

Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring Review

Rationale

The market is large for people who want an activity tracker rather than a pro-level sports device. It seems to me, however, that a ring-based solution is clearly FAR less invasive to wear 24×7 than a band or watch. And, if the aesthetics are at least ‘neutral’, then people are going to be easily tempted into wearing a ring 24×7. And that’s the key thing; to get a really holistic view of your activity you NEED to include sleep. It’s when you sleep that you de-stress, recover and adapt to the rigours of the day.

If you are looking for an athletic-level ‘pro’ sports tracker then a ring is NOT the option you want in 2018/19 – think Garmin, Fitbit, Polar, Apple or Suunto instead. Oura Ring is an holistic wearable that includes activity tracking but not detailed stats on running, cycling, gym – although it DOES include the intensity of those activities at a higher level.

New Oura Ring Review

My Oura Ring …. #Sweet

Historically getting heart rate data from anything other than a chest strap was not so straightforward. Now it looks like watches, bands and rings can, at least, make a ‘reasonable’ effort at getting accurate heart rate from other parts of the body than the torso. And that’s a pretty crucial point. Whilst heart rate is NOT a perfect way of tracking activity, it is probably the best method available. Generally speaking, the higher the heart rate then the more strenuous the activity and, the more strenuous you work, the more you will likely need to recover.

Tech can get clever on rings at a resting level where PHYSICAL STRESS can be measured via HR (using HRV, RR/IBI), Tech can also get clever by using algorithms to determine activity types by using HR and a motion sensor of some sort (gyroscope)

So: A ring is worn on a non-intrusive part of the body and the tech exists that actually works for once! 😉

Headline Differences Oura vs Motiv

The new Oura Ring format is a discrete band. Oura and Motiv both share a discrete look.

I’m sure I could argue for one being prettier than the other and you could quite easily argue the opposite. Aesthetics are a personal thing but these two rings might appeal to a broadly similar demographic on the basis of appearance alone.

If you are looking for a Red ring or a Green tech one then forget it. Oura and Motiv come in ‘sensible’, timeless and elegant colours:

  • Motiv: Rose Gold, silver and black (new colours from Q4.2018)
  • Oura: Silver, black, rose and stealth (dark matt colour)

Both have pre-order ring sizing kits and the Oura comes in 8 sizes and the Motiv in 7 sizes.

Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring Review

Oura (left) vs Motiv (right) – Motiv is thinner for the same finger size

Motiv only has one design which is a band with a small LED strip going through it. Oura has their Heritage and Balance designs, the latter also with a diamond option. Whilst the Motiv is a consistently shaped band, the Oura Balance has a single, very slight, ridge and the Oura Heritage has a slightly flattened single edge added. In the grand scheme of ‘bling designs’ I like both the Motiv and Oura – they are both inoffensive, banded ring designs, of the mass-appeal type and are each similarly sized at approximately 8mm wide, although the Motiv is very slightly thinner. And, yes, you can wear the Motiv’s LED strip on the underside so it is not showing – if that is what you want!

Oura has gone high-tech with the new ring and the new battery can last up to 7 days whereas the Motiv lasts up to 3 days and both have a quick recharge time – an hour should top your charge up very nicely in each case. An unintended consequence of a long battery life, like with the Oura ring, is that you would get out of a routine of charging up the ring. Thus Oura has the option of a ‘charge alert’ to remind you to do just that.

Both have good-looking, insightful and user-friendly Android and iOS apps, with the Oura app giving a wider range of insights into the data it collects

On the price front, the Motiv starts out at $200 (Sept 2018 sees it on sale at $179) whereas the Oura ranges from $300 to over $1000 –

Both have an accelerometer, a techy thing that accurately measures your movements, and both claim to be waterproof. Oura claims waterproofing up to 100m, which is excellent, but Motiv is very good at 50m – I have swum with both.

Both have an optical heart rate sensor. Oura’s claims seem to support their sensor being a potentially more accurate one which can read resting HRV via optical HR (which would be as good as it could be with current tech).

The Motiv Ring App will give you feedback on these (Source: mymotiv.com):

  • Active Minutes
  • Resting Heartrate
  • Activity Types
  • Calories Burned
  • Activity Intensity
  • Steps
  • Sleep Duration
  • Distance

Whereas the Oura Ring app will give you feedback on these (Source: ouraring.com)

  • Night-time ECG-level resting heart rate (RHR), Interbeat interval (IBI) and heart rate variability (HRV) at rest
  • Sleep stages (Deep, REM, light), sleep timing, duration and quality
  • Respiratory rate, breathing variance
  • Thermometer-level body temperature deviation
  • Movements and daily rhythms, Ben Greenfield had something to say about that.
  • Intensity, timing and length of physical activities
  • Inactivity and sedentary time including alerts
  • Circadian alignment guidance
  • Sleep improvement programs – eg how to improve deep sleep
  • On-demand heart rate and heart rate variability tracking for meditation or breathing exercises (update: coming during Q4/18).

New Oura Ring ReviewHeads Up

I have now finished both the detailed review for the Motiv Ring and the detailed review for the new Oura Ring

I have both the Oura rings v1 and v2 (2018) and the Motiv Ring.

Buying an Oura rin  or a Motiv through the links provided both help support this blog, thank you.

Head-to-Head Detailed Reviews

Here are links to the full reviews if you need to do more detailed research: Oura Ring and Motiv Ring.

 

▷ Oura Ring Review | New Oura Ring 2, 2019

▷ new Motiv Ring Review

Take out

A ring format as a basis for an activity tracker is a compelling proposition.

Motiv Ring ReviewIf you are not overly concerned about the cost then either ring is probably going to meet your basic activity tracking needs. If cost is an issue then the cheaper Motiv clearly wins.

I need to do some more testing and looking at the data accuracy but Motiv seems more appropriate at meeting those basic activity and sleep tracking needs with a good-looking ring and a straightforward app. Oura, on the other hand, seems to be coming more from the holistic view of ‘you’ over 24 hours and Oura are the superior sleep/recovery option that also provides much deeper all-round analysis should you want that. Indeed the Oura Ring’s app is pretty awesome in its scope.

Both are sturdy and well made and can be used in sport. I would say that the Oura feels, very slightly, a better quality of construction. Either will scratch if rubbed against metal eg do no do free weights with either.

The Oura Ring looks the best all-round option for me, I love delving into the all the data and looking at sleep stages and such. BUT if you are particularly concerned about getting the simplest handle on your ACTIVITY & SLEEP then Motiv Ring is the one for the time-limited amongst you.

Differentiators:

  • Price (Motiv wins)
  • Holistic view with temperature and HRV insights (Oura clearly wins)
  • Activity (Motiv win on simplicity but Oura certainly delivers more insights, more details and with more accuracy at times)
  • Motiv have some advanced authentication tech in later beta for their ring – if you know what 2FA is then go for Motiv 😉

For a simple tech solution that is purely activity-focussed then go for the Motiv Ring.

If you want a more holistic view of your sleep quality, physiology, exercise and readiness then go for the new Oura Ring – especially if you already have a sports tracking device like a watch that you will continue to use in parallel to the Oura Ring.

Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring Review

Price & Availability

Oura is not available on Amazon or eBay and can only be bought directly from each manufacturer. You can usually find the Motiv Ring on Amazon and you should be able to get both directly from both manufacturers (below).

the new Oura Ring starts at $300 and the Motiv ring is $200

As at 4 Sep 2018 there is $20 off the Motiv Ring at mymotiv.com (link to: mymotiv.com) and there always seems to be $20 off each additional ring if you order >2

Black Friday period 2018: There is $30 off MOTIV

Christmas 2018 – Gift Card options are available or you can give a sizing kit as a present

Oura Ring Gift Card

 

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I prefer the look of the Oura, but also the Motiv is not bad (and much better than the first edition of the Oura). I’m quite interested in these rings, because I think that the best is to have: 1- a sport watch to wear just for the sport activity with great accuracy, to recharge after each activity and not wear during the day any more 2- a pretty, confortable normal watch with months of battery life to wear during the day (I’m not interested in the number of my steps). 3- for the night a separate sensor to track sleep quality and heart rate to evaluate the recovery process. For the night I noticed that if I put my Garmin FR35 on before to go to sleep for tracking the sleep, it fails to record the start of the sleep. I must wear it minimum two or three hours before bed time. Maybe the best is to have also one of these rings for the night, so we can use our watches just for our sport activity (I don’t find that sport watches are so comfortable to wear during the day, I prefer watches with steel or titanium band).… Read more »

Sheila
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Sheila

Does the Oura Ring sync with MyFitnessPal?

Daniel
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Daniel

No, there is (so far) no function to do food tracking. You have calories burned in the app, and you can sync it to apple health in order to import workouts from apple health automatically (otherwise you’ll have to add them manually, in the app) but there is no way to record calories consumed, or link it to any other app than apple health.

In short, no MFP, no Fitbit/Garmin/Google Health/Samsung Health/Runkeeper/Strava etc etc. But Apple Health is a recent addition and they’re adding more functions all the time so who knows what we’ll get in the future!

Long Run Nick
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Long Run Nick

Does th Oura ring allow for personalization, ie, age, height/ weight in the app?

Wez
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Wez

Regarding availability: I’ve been waiting 5 months for the Oura to ship and the latest revised ETA suggests that it will be a total of 6 months from the day I gave them they money before I see it. They have repeatedly revised estimates and delayed the whole time and not responded to my inquiries. Buyer beware!

Petra
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Petra

Also waiting for 7 months

Andrea
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Andrea

I’m considering getting one of those, specifically the data I’m more interested in are BPM throughout the day..
Now, am I right in understanding that the Oura only tracks RESTING heart rate? Meaning if I do any activity I won’t have it show up?
Does the Motiv track BPM all the time (let’s say, how a Fitbit would)?

Thanks!

Hall
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Hall

Great article, thank you! I just requested an RMA for my Whoop and I’m considering the Oura over the Motiv. I have a friend who gave me the Motiv test size kit and it looks like a size 9 fits best for me. Would you say both the Motiv and Oura follow the same sizing chart? If so, I’d go with the same size and not have to order Oura’s ring size kit. One thing I really liked about the Whoop was the sleep study info and coaching for resting. I feel like the Oura provides better info on that type of data per your review. I mainly weight-lift and might even use my existing Wahoo for that (calories consumed) and a ring for all the other data if you will.

Thanks in advance!

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Fanos

Hi, great review on both Oura and Motiv rings. I read through both reviews and still can’t make up my mind and was wondering if you can help.
At present I use a Samsung Galaxy Watch is it great for me as I’m an active runner.

It measures
– Steps
– Runs
– Heart Rate
– Sleep
– GRP location with Maps
– Music Player

I don’t like wearing the watch when going to bed, swimming, in the or in the shower

What I need is a ring that can track my sleeping habits and Rest, as I have trouble sleeping.
I don’t need lost of information, just the basic’s wo give me an idea on how I can inprove my sleep.

Also I would like a better heart rate monitor as the Samsung Watch is great but not stop on enough for me.

Both rings look great and have great features as from you great review, can you advise please

Garth
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Garth

Can the Motiv Ring be put into airplane mode like the Oura Ring? In other words, can you manually manage bluetooth broadcasts from Motiv, and sync on-demand opposed to continuous bluetooth broadcasts? If so, how long will Motiv store data? Oura = ~6 weeks. Hoping someone in this thread knows, because it doesn’t appear that Motiv provides any FAQ or contact info for this inquiry. Thanks!

Garth
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Garth

Answer: Motiv Ring does not provide an airplane mode to disable bluetooth broadcasts.

Greg
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Greg

As I know Motiv Ring can stores data up to 5 days, more than it’s 3 days battery life, should be enough for most of the users

Alex
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What happens when the The batteries in each ring reaches the end of life?, will the manufacturer replace the battery without buying a new ring? How many cycles can the battery be charged for each of the rings? This is important information that should be covered in the review. For your consideration.

the5krunner
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obviously, i have not used a battery to exhaustion with large numbers of recharges
your queries are for info that is valid to have.
I don’t think oura have stated the answers anywhere on their site, so i don’t know the answer.
The oura ring 1 that i have is still going strong. but i know the new ring has a new battery design, so that is no indication