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Published on November 29th, 2015 | by Greg


Runtastic Moment Elite: Look Analog, Run Digitally

Now that Black Friday has come and gone- and Cyber Monday is mere days away- you’re probably in the midst of deciding exactly what to shop for and where to get the gifts. You probably should make sure to set aside some space on the list for yourself too! And whether you exercise for fun or are a serious marathon runner, chances are that you already track your health in some way. Wearables have moved from a niche market to a major category, with plenty of competition.

One of the players that you might not be familiar with is Runtastic and their Moment line- Fun, Basic, Classic and Elite. We’ve been testing out the last and the most expensive of the set, putting it through it’s paces (and ours) over the past few weeks. We previously checked in with the company in a review of their LIBRA scale more than a year ago, and since then, they’ve been busy launching a broadside. The Apple Watch might offer plenty of applications, and there are other firms with deep ecosystems, but sometimes simple is better.

Take analog watch faces- they might seem antiquated, but they’re professional and attractive. The Moment Elite hides it’s intelligence beyond the classic design, but is still waterproof at depths up to 100 meters, offering tracking of your daily steps, total distance, calories burned, sleep duration and sleep cycles too. The Elite has a fairly large faceand bulky- 46mm to be precise- so it’s built more for men than for ladies. The included strap isn’t very comfortable, but is replaceable, and the button placement can take some getting used to. With a battery life of six months, seven days of memory between needed to download data, and 24/7 tracking, you won’t have to worry about recharging or connecting every night. On the flipside, there are no heart rate monitoring or GPS capabilities.

Runtastic is one of the few companies still supporting Windows phones, but iOS and Android apps are available as well, of course. The app itself is pretty easy to use, though it is important to note that not all features are available for free- advanced functions require a paid subscription. You’ll need to rely on the app to get feedback about your movement, since the watch itself offers very limited info. You also have to tell the watch that you’re going to sleep, and we did have some issues with inaccurate step counts. If you like the look, though, and are looking for something low-key and suitable for a corporate environment, the Runtastic Moment Elite might be a fitness tracker and timekeeper for you. Available online and in stores for around $180.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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