There are a lot of smart watches that end up on my desk and with each one I am always looking for a point of difference. For the regular readers of my blog you would know that no matter how amazing the functionality of this new breed of watch is, if it is fugly I will have no part of it. Vain you might say I like to think of it as fashionably sensitive! RUNTASTIC known for their integration of health, fitness and lifestyle, recently sent me their new RUNTASTIC MOMENT CLASSIC to road test.
So let's just clear the elephant in the room, "RUNTASTIC" worst name ever, the phrase lame springs to mind, maybe the test group was tired that day. So for the purpose of this review so I don't want to stab myself in the eye lets just call it the RT, I can live with that. If you can get past the name the RT is actually pretty cool. I am a fan of the combination of analogue watches and fitness trackers. They are not really smart watches but more of a connector to lifestyle. Not everyone wants to read a tiny email on their watch or have lights flashing every time someone rings but they still want the convenience of an all in one product. The RT is connected convenience. Its an activity tracker that's well styled, well priced and has a plethora of app options.
The RT CLASSIC is your suit and tie tracker, it's something you would be quite happy wearing to work. With it's rose gold case and leather band it is for the person who want's to track their fitness through their work day. I am unsure if you would actually use it for hard core sport, there are plenty of other options in the RT range including the GPS and ORBIT which are more suitied to this. It tracks your daily steps, active minutes, calories burned and even your sleep, it also doubles up as a traditional analog watch with alarm functions too. I really like the progress indicator on the clock-face, it reveals the progress towards your daily goal (e.g. 10,000 steps) at one glance which is synced up to the official and available RT app itself. The official app RT Me is where you can see all your results, change your settings, and even purchase more products and apps, there are over 20 apps ranging from mountain biking to nutrition depending on which RT model you have. There is no charging necessary as it has a long lasting lithium battery and is waterproof up to 100m. For the of RRP $279.95 you are getting the styling of an Armani or Boss with all your tracking built in. That's pretty good point of difference.
For more information: http://www.runtastic.net.au/runtstic-moment-classic/