Runtastic Me update finally makes it useful for those with an Orbit fitness tracker

Last week on 8th, Runtastic finally pushed out their first update for their new Me application. Initially released before Christmas on Windows Phone, Me is the official companion app for Runtastic's Orb fitness tracker. The problem was, the app was previously useless for many, myself included as it crashed soon after trying to sync wit an Orbit.

Now, version 1.0.1 on the Store fixes all of that as we have regularly been syncing with our Orbit.

Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker

Fetching for a modest $89, the Orbit is similar to the Fitbit's Charge activity tracker. Both are worn on the wrist, both have a mini display that reveals crucial information, and both count steps/sleep.

The Orbit comes with two color bands, blue and black, giving users a choice by just popping out the tracker and swapping. Other color-packs can be bought online.

The device itself features a unique ambient light sensor to adjust the OLED display and a single button to cycle through the various screens, including time, steps, activity, and active minutes. Battery life is around 3 to 5 days, maybe slightly longer, and you use proprietary magnetic charger when things run low. Personally, I find the ambient light sensor overkill for a mini OLED display, but whatever.

Overall, I like the design of the Orbit. The blue color looks great, the clasp is solid to lock it in and yes, it is waterproof up to 300 feet. There is no heart rate monitoring, of course, not for a modest $89.

Runtastic Me app for Windows Phone 8.1

The app is very well done, now that it works. Syncing between the Orbit and the app is faster than Misfit Shine and Fitbit, rivaling the Microsoft Band for speed and reliability. Seriously, the device syncs in about 5 seconds flat, so they have done their homework here.

There is even a wide Tile that reveals all the information on the Orbit, including steps, step goal and more.

Each sub-area like steps or sleep can reveal more information when tapped in graph form. You can also see the previous day's information.

There is no social sharing or ways to see your friends' information, which is a bit of a shame.

Overall, Runtastic Me and Orbit are a rather simple activity tracker, but it works very well. My only issue so far is Orbit seems to severely over-count steps when compared to my Band or Fitbit, sometimes being off by thousands of steps. In that sense, I find the information less reliable than the other two, who are often very close to each other after a long day. Still, perhaps this is due to wearing on my dominant hand, elevating the stats (Runtastic makes no distinction on which wrist you wear the Orbit, unlike Fitbit).

You can grab Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker for $89 on (opens in new tab). In related news, you can grab Runtastic Pro for free, for a limited time, on the Store.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Finally!
  • I'm considering these fitness bands, of the three - which is best? I want a full featured band but also want the best bang for the buck... Must work with WP 8.1, of course...
  • It's really tough. Best integration with WP? Microsoft Band. Best social and features? Fitbit Charge HR/Surge. Nicest looking/cheapest? Runtatsic Orbit. I'll be breaking them down later in the week talking pros and cons. Neither is a flat-out winner, IMO. They all have their advantages/disadvantages.
  • What will you choose Daniel? What is your favourite among these 3?
  • Don't you get it! Daniel doesn't have a favourite. Each of these had their pros and cons.
  • Thanks, I'll wait for the reviews & then consider the purchase. Appreciate you guys & the work you do, even though I troll you all hard - if i didn't love you, I wouldn't troll ya.
  • But...and correct me if I'm wrong, some of the best features of the fitbit charge/chargeHR, and surge don't work with Windows Phone. I was quite disappointed to see that text and phone notifications on fitbit don't work for us. And this after MS and fitbit got together for this stuff.
    Android and Apple apparently have this, but alas...
  • What about Misfit? They are cheaper and tracks no only running or sleeping, also swimming, basketball, tennis...
  • I had a FitBit Flex, it died a year to the day if when I bought it. I'm still waiting to see if they will honour the warranty. Hence I'm not convinced about their reliability. My Flex would not auto update with my L920. I'm intrigued if anyone else has this issue. FitBit say they are working on this issue, but app still says auto update should work. Maybe it is only a few phones or a few models that wont auto update. Maybe it is a Bluetooth 4 issue on my phone.
  • I'm leaning towards the MSFT band... After researching, visiting with owners of Fitbit (which I had liked at first), etc... The BAND seems to do everything I want & of course, works great with WP. Still going to watch for the review, esp. since the band can only be had for just shy of a kidney by scalpers on eBay.
  • Was thinking about getting it. But then I read that it miscounts steps. Is it serious enough to be a deal breaker, Dan?
  • I need to do more testing and put it on another wrist. Gimme a few more days with it. I really like the hardware/software though, it's a nicely designed band.
  • Ok. Can't wait. Thanks Dan.
  • Did anybody get the new dp update? Seems is for those with denim already installed
  • Go to the forums BC this is irrelevant to the article
  • Have an old Fitbit but regretfully don't use it consistently. I have a lot of Runtastic stuff though...consider. Will definitely read the 3-way review (which will be two-way for me as a Canadian)  
  • Runtastic might be cheaper. But nothing can match Fitbit's integration and UI.
  • I like my Band, but there's no social element, though the notifications and WP integration is solid. Not sure, but I might end up getting a Fitbit...and put it in behind the Band or on a different wrist.
  • I've gone with the Fitbit Charge, the reviews on Amazon are much better than the Runtastic one
  • I got a pedometer in my kid's happy meal years ago. Still runs! Battery life is about 6 months.
  • Does the orbit and the Me app have any integration with the runtastic pro app?
  • will be interested to hear how well the waterproofing holds up and whether this is any good for tracking swimming... i really want something that is good for both running and swimming...
  • Runtastic Orbit can't. Neither Fitbit. But Misfit can! Swimming, basketball, tennis, running, sleeping... And is water proof. On amazon the Misfit Shine is at $80, but the cheaper version (Flash) it is at $25 and do everything the same as Shine does.
  • Ekhhhmmmm...
  • I'm really happy with the Band I got for Christmas. It's solid and I like the potential for future development and integration with Windows 10. But I also like the Runtastic software which I've been manually using for more than 2 years. It would be nice to run the Band data through it. To be honest, I'm not crazy about the look and specs of the Runtastic device.
  • That's a beautiful UI