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The Runtastic Moment is an activity tracker disguised as an analog watch (hands-on)

The Runtastic Moment combines the style of a traditional watch with the functionality of an all-day activity tracker.

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Runtastic's new activity trackers can do everything that a Fitbit or Jawbone can do. They can measure the amount of steps you take, distance traveled, calories burned and active minutes. They'll also measure your sleep at night, albeit in a special sleep mode. But there's something different about the Runtastic Moment. It's really an activity tracker disguised as an analog watch, and it looks and feels pretty nice.

There are four different Moment models: Fun, Basic, Classic and Elite. All of the watches feature a stainless steel case, scratch-resistant mineral glass and either a silicone or leather strap that can be swapped out for a standard watch band.

I was more drawn to the Classic and Elite models. That's because they looked the most like a traditional watch. I liked that they came with leather straps and featured larger watch faces -- the Classic and Elite measure 42mm and 46mm respectively, compared to 37mm with the Fun and 42mm with the Basic.

The Moment has many of the same features as the similar Withings Activite Pop . One of those features is a small progress indicator on the face of the watch that displays how close you are to achieving your daily activity goal. Both watches also include vibration to gently wake you up in the morning, but only the Moment will notify you after an hour of inactivity.

But there is one thing the Moment can do that the Pop can't. It can store up to seven days of activity data before having to be synced with a smartphone, compared to the Pop, which will begin deleting data after a day and a half. In addition to supporting Android and iOS devices, Runtastic is also one of the few companies to offer a device with support for Windows.

The Moment carries a water resistance rating of 10 ATM, which means it can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters. That means you'll have no problem showering or swimming with the watch (sans the leather strap of course). And because it's a normal watch, it uses a normal watch battery. While you won't need to ever charge it, you will be required to swap out the coin battery every six months.

The Runtastic Moment Fun and Basic models will be available in the coming weeks for $129, while the Classic and Elite models will retail for $179. Pricing and release information wasn't announced for other countries, but the US prices convert to about £85 and £115 in the UK, and AU$185 and AU$255 in Australia.

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