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Runtastic Orbit: The activity tracker that only a Runtastic fanatic could love

Jon Phillips | Aug. 1, 2014
The $120 Runtastic Orbit activity tracker won't wow you with beautiful industrial design. And besides its curious ambient light sensor, it doesn't innovate much beneath its squishy, rubber exterior. But the Orbit can display the data from Runtastic Pro, a smartphone app with more than 85 million downloads to its name.

At $120, the Orbit's price matches the Withings O2, and falls between the $100 Fitbit Flex and $150 Jawbone UP24. It's definitely not playing the rock-bottom-pricing game, so we can only turn to aesthetics, app quality, and features to decide whether it's worth buying. It's a bust in the aesthetics and mobile app departments, but I can definitely see the Orbit's appeal to fans of Runtastic's greater product ecosystem. Runtastic just needs to quickly update its Runtastic Me app. The hardware appears to collect good data, and now it's time to share it in more useful ways.


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