Runtastic Moment Elite
The Runtastic Moment Elite is the result of what happens when you combine the timeless features of an analog watch with the modern day traits of an activity tracker. It has aviator-style dials that exude a sense of style and understated luxury, and fitness tracking capabilities that likewise makes it undeniably practical. But will its lack of a digital display be its own downfall? There's only one way to find out.
Pick up the Moment Elite and you'll immediately realize that it's an incredibly solid activity tracker. Its stainless steel casing has some serious heft to it, and would happily shrug off the bumps and nicks that it's bound to encounter every now and then. Its face is well protected by the elements too, thanks to the use of scratch-proof mineral glass.
The sheer ruggedness of the Moment Elite extends right down to its strap as well, which contrary to what you might believe, isn't exactly a good thing. You see, the strap on the Moment Elite is made out of two materials: leather (for the inner side of the strap), and fabric (for the outer side of the strap). It feels incredibly durable, there's no doubt about that. But it also feels incredibly stiff and rigid when it's strapped around our wrist, despite having already worn the watch for a week or two, which rightfully should have loosened it up a little. A silicon strap – such as the one on the Moment Fun series – would definitely have been a far better option, as its soft, malleable nature would allow it to wrap and conform itself to our wrist more willingly.
Unlike most activity trackers, which are fitted with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that demands to be recharged every few days or so, the Moment Elite is fitted with a long-lasting CR2430 Lithium coin battery instead, which is good for providing up to six months of battery life.
Frankly speaking, it would probably be a little ambitious of you to expect the Moment Elite to provide the same functionalities of a fitness tracker that has a digital display. It's able to do the bare essentials, like monitoring your steps, the calories you've burnt, the amount of time you've spent active, and your quality of sleep, but that's about it. It doesn't have a GPS module or a heart rate monitor. The lack of a display also means that you'll have to check all of said metrics through the accompanying Runtastic Me app on your smartphone.
While the Runtastic Me app works perfectly fine, what's particularly infuriating about it is that you'll have to fork out for a monthly subscription of RM39.99 (or an annual subscription of RM199.99) to be able to get the most out of it. And by that, we mean being able to view your fitness history that's beyond a week old. Granted, the subscription also entitles you to set more complex goals and review your personal stats, but do bear in mind that other fitness trackers are offering said features at no additional cost.
The one and only button that you'll find on the Runtastic Moment Elite is used to enter and exit its sleep tracking mode, and to pair itself with your smartphone during the initial setup process.