Field Test | Runtastic Orbit: Activity and Sleep Tracker

Runtastic Orbit synced to a smartphone
Syncing device with the Runtastic Me app
Syncing device with the Runtastic Me app

Runtastic Me App

The Runtastic Me is part of the many Runtastic ecosystem app like the popular Runtastic running app. Upon opening the app, it automatically syncs with the device via bluetooth. But strangely the data gathered from the device is not available or synced online to my Runtastic Account. It works with the Runtastic app itself as the graph indicates the Runtastic Running app used with an icon on the said periods.

The graphs were well presented but only on a daily basis. On the recent update (version 1.3.5 May 8 2015) the summary comparison for weeks and months are available but only for Runtastic Gold Members. So if one really wants to fully utilize the features, going Runtastic Gold is the only way to go.

The Runtastic Me app is where one can also set Alarms which the device would vibrate on the appointed time. Idle Time can also be activated where the device would vibrate after 60 minutes of inactivity reminding the wearer to move. When these are activated, battery life lessens to about 5-days.

Steps and active minutes with Runtastic Running App sync
Steps and active minutes with Runtastic Running App sync

Summary

After more than a month’s use of the Runtastic Orbit, I found that it’s a good addition as an activity and sleep tracker. Honestly I felt motivated to finish my daily walk goals of doing more than 8000 steps a day. The Idle Time is a good way to remind me to move around while working on my computer all day. The Sleep Efficiency tracker has lots of potential but I think its not fully utilized yet. It helps the wearer be more aware on being active.

The device itself holds a lot of promise but it’s on the Runtastic ME app that I felt a little short. On its recent releases, it felt half-baked with no way to track one’s progress for a week or month’s view. Only a daily view of the graphs being offered for free by the app. The recent update addresses the summary comparison issue but is restricted by a Gold membership monthly fee. Somehow I can’t fully comprehend this – if I already have to buy their device, why would I need to pay a separate service to utilize its full feature? If you’re already an avid Runtastic user and and a Gold member, this Runtastic Orbit would be a good buy.

The Runtastic Orbit is available in the Philippines with an SRP of P7,500.

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Connecting the Runtastic Orbit and the Gold Membership option
Connecting the Runtastic Orbit and the Gold Membership option

 

Sleep efficiency graph
Sleep efficiency graph

 

The Runtastic Orbit available in the Philippines
The Runtastic Orbit available in the Philippines

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