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Runtastic Mo­ment Elite

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - Peter Chu

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.

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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.

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