Wearables.com community review: The best and worst of the Runtastic Orbit
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Wearables.com community review: The best and worst of the Runtastic Orbit

In May, we gave away a Runtastic Orbit to Wearables.com community Michael Houle in exchange for a user review. Check out his thoughts on the device below (And be sure to enter to win our latest giveaway: the Pebble Time!). Top 4 pros: 1) Outstanding water resistance, up to to 300 feet 2) The display is simple, easy to glean stats from 3) Pretty good battery life 4) Ease of use with Runtastic Apps Top 4 cons: 1) USB charging cable is too short 2) Device is sensitive to road bumps when worn while driving 3) A little pricey considering how simple the device is 4) The second display for RuntasticPro is buggy at times   Overall score: 4.3 of 5 Overall the Runtastic Orbit is great — when used in conjunction with Runtastic apps. I found the device easy to setup, easy to use, comfortable to wear, and pretty accurate with the daily readings. The Runtastic Orbit is not as great if used as a standalone device. This is due to the inability to input your height, weight, age, and gender on the device, which can only be done through the apps. The charging cable is very small and does not come with a wall plug, meaning you can only charge it at a computer (unless you go out and buy a USB adapter). The Orbit did drain my phone’s battery (a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active) quicker than normal due to the use of Bluetooth for syncing the Orbit to the app. The app will automatically turn the phone’s Bluetooth on. My personal workaround was to turn off the RuntasticMe app’s ability to automatically turn on the phone’s Bluetooth when opened.  Instead, I only turned the bluetooth on when I wanted to sync the device to the app. The screen can be difficult to read in direct sunlight. Be aware that the device can pick up the vibrations of bumps when driving and add unnecessary steps to your daily goal. My fix was to put the Orbit in sleep mode when driving long distances. And finally, I did not use the device to track my sleep after a few days of reviewing the sleep mode of the device. With all of the above taken into account, however, the Orbit is still a great fitness tracker for walking and running. Battery life: 4 The battery worked better than expected. The manual states it last 5 to 7 days, but at the 7 day mark I still had just under a quarter of the batter life left. How long it lasts depends how many times a day you use the display and how often you sync the device with the RuntasticMe app,...

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