Fitbit (and other!) activity monitor track-all

merphle wrote:

I joined the group as well. Friendly competition encouragement is always welcome.

Get to stepping!

For some of the questions on the Flex or One, I like having the wristband. It also makes the silent alarm feature very useful (as well as monitoring how much I move when asleep). I don't think the One has an alarm feature, but I could be wrong. I have gone through three wrist bands so far. They will wear out over time. I'm also on my second tracker. The first one finally gave up the ghost. It had two leds burn out and that wasn't a big deal, but the vibration motor stopped working and I lost my alarm clock. I may be an edge case, as I wear mine everywhere, pool, ocean, shower, etc... If it can be treated poorly, I've probably done it.

Hemidal wrote:
merphle wrote:

I joined the group as well. Friendly competition encouragement is always welcome.

Get to stepping! :P

I've been doing better lately; getting 7500-10k just about every weekday. [size=1]Weekends are another story...[/size]

Hemidal wrote:

I may be an edge case, as I wear mine everywhere, pool, ocean, shower, etc... If it can be treated poorly, I've probably done it.

I know the Force is listed as "not waterproof, but probably ok washing hands, doing dishes, etc"... That said, I leave my Force on for everything except showers and swimming, and I haven't had any problems with it since I bought it in February.

I haven't used the feature at all, but the One is also supposed to do sleep tracking and silent alarm.

I think deciding between the One and the Flex is mostly if you're pro- or anti-wristband for your own purposes. I love the One because I'm tired of wristbands and want something I can wear with everything, and I just made taking it on and off part of my routine with my glasses and things. A lot of people would rather have a Flex because they don't have to worry about putting it through the wash, and like the wristband reminder.

The One has a silent alarm that vibrates... if you want it to wake you up you need to wear it next to your skin. It comes with a wristband thing for sleeping; I either used that or clipped it to my pajamas clip side out (otherwise I didn't always notice the vibration). The sleep tracking has two sensitivity settings depending on whether you roll around a lot as you sleep. I found the sleep data to be accurate, though some people say it doesn't work well for them.

I've been using the fitbit Flex for the past two weeks and it's pretty fun to track my activities and sleep. I personally found 10000 steps easy so I upped it to 15000 as my goal.

It's not bad overall and it does get me in a mindset to walk that extra mile on a day to day basis. I think I like the sleep tracking and silent alarm the best. I am disappointed that it doesn't track swimming well at all.

I for one am excited for the future of smart watches. The fitbit is great but I wish it did a lot more things. Can't tell you how many times I looked at it to see the time or a text I got.

The One not only has the silent alarm feature, it also comes with a wristband, albeit an ugly, clunky cloth one. I've only had it fall once or twice, and I'm pretty sure those times were due to operator error. I do, however, have an advantage in that I can clip it to my bra. I've never had it fall from there.

Joined the GWJ group as well.

I actually need to charge up my Flex and start using it again. I've been more inclined to use my Wii Fit Meter lately which might mean that I should have rather gone with the One.

I've also joined the group. I've had a Flex since Christmas. My step totals have been cut in half since May or so, as I skateboard to work instead of walking for an hour, but I'll pay that price!

Joined!

Joined!

Joined, though I still don't have a device yet

Tanglebones wrote:

Joined, though I still don't have a device yet

Fitbit can actually use some smartphones for basic tracking too.

I joined too, always interesting to see how I am going compared to outer people.

I have had a zip for around 6 months and really love it, but I am really hanging out for some kind of next generation device that would offer fitness tracking, sport GPS watch functions and smart watch features (display texts, app notifications, incoming calls, voice commands etc.) in a single unit. A few companies seem to be getting close so there is still hope for a great Christmas present.

clover wrote:

I found the sleep data to be accurate, though some people say it doesn't work well for them.

Could you (or anyone else) give me an idea of how to tell?

I finally decided to try out sleep tracking a couple of days ago. I set it on "normal" the first night and am pretty sure it recorded me as sleeping soundly at times when I was awake but lying still. So I changed it to "sensitive" for the second night, and it reported that I was restless for most of the night. I didn't sleep as well that night as I had the night before, but the report still seemed a bit extreme.

misplacedbravado wrote:
clover wrote:

I found the sleep data to be accurate, though some people say it doesn't work well for them.

Could you (or anyone else) give me an idea of how to tell?

I finally decided to try out sleep tracking a couple of days ago. I set it on "normal" the first night and am pretty sure it recorded me as sleeping soundly at times when I was awake but lying still. So I changed it to "sensitive" for the second night, and it reported that I was restless for most of the night. I didn't sleep as well that night as I had the night before, but the report still seemed a bit extreme.

I had a similar experience. 95%+ sleeping efficiency on normal, abysmal on sensitive.

It seems like it does detect something, I'm just not sure it's always really detecting when I'm asleep. Maybe I'll give it another go.

Holy cow, check out this MS fitness tracker. Impressive! GPS and the $199 price point are amazing for me, I might just jump ship.

gore wrote:

Holy cow, check out this MS fitness tracker. Impressive! GPS and the $199 price point are amazing for me, I might just jump ship.

I was just looking at that this morning. Though at $199, it's nearly as expensive as the iWatch coming out next year.

IT'S MADE FOR THE RIGHT WRIST, NOT THE LEFT

Then 2 of the 3 pics show it on the left wrist.

I saw that, but for $50 more, I think I'm going to go with the Fitbit Surge. I'm already pretty invested in recording my stats in Fitbit, so going to MS Health would seem like a bit of a step back.

The lines have been huge outside of the local MS stores here. They've been sticking out of them nearly all day. For this thing.

Whelp, I am gonna get one for x-mas.

Sticking with my Basis Peak preorder for now, I think. Same cost, and the measuring tools sound better.

Nope. I've found that I don't like having a tracker on my wrist. I like to switch up watches. Also, I don't think I can ever get used to wearing something on my right wrist.

Yellek wrote:
gore wrote:

Holy cow, check out this MS fitness tracker. Impressive! GPS and the $199 price point are amazing for me, I might just jump ship.

I was just looking at that this morning. Though at $199, it's nearly as expensive as the iWatch coming out next year.

IT'S MADE FOR THE RIGHT WRIST, NOT THE LEFT

Then 2 of the 3 pics show it on the left wrist.

Is $199 really nearly the same as $349? It's a lot closer to double the price than nearly the same.

TheGameguru wrote:
Yellek wrote:
gore wrote:

Holy cow, check out this MS fitness tracker. Impressive! GPS and the $199 price point are amazing for me, I might just jump ship.

I was just looking at that this morning. Though at $199, it's nearly as expensive as the iWatch coming out next year.

IT'S MADE FOR THE RIGHT WRIST, NOT THE LEFT

Then 2 of the 3 pics show it on the left wrist.

Is $199 really nearly the same as $349? It's a lot closer to double the price than nearly the same.

Oops. No, that was just me being senile and thinking it was $250. Derp.

For some reason the MS one has gotten me interested. If you didn't have any data/investment with any of them is it worth paying double for the MS one over the Fitbit? It seems like it tacks a couple more things (like heart rate) but the other features (like seeing if you get an email, or a text) is not really important to me.

farley3k wrote:

For some reason the MS one has gotten me interested. If you didn't have any data/investment with any of them is it worth paying double for the MS one over the Fitbit? It seems like it tacks a couple more things (like heart rate) but the other features (like seeing if you get an email, or a text) is not really important to me.

If you don't run or cycle, GPS isn't a feature you're going to get much benefit from. I guess you can get fairly accurate outdoor distance on a walk, but telling a tracker what your walking gait is plus steps is pretty close on distance too. I like HR and GPS because of the outdoor runs I do. I currently use a Nike+ when I do that. I can get distance, elevation and HR all in one neat graph after I upload. I also have my Fitbit Flex on all the time as well. If I could get a single device with HR and GPS, I'd be a very happy camper. MS band is about the lowest price you can get with GPS and HR. The Surge will be $50 more and isn't coming out until early 2015 (I believe).

Yeah, the GPS is really the most important thing to me. I want my routes mapped and my pace recorded (biking & running).

I just got my Microsoft Band (holy fast shipping since I ordered it yesterday afternoon) and it's pretty slick.. I already purchased something from Starbucks using it and impressed the Starbucks folks lol. App integration is really well done as well with my iPhone 6 and outside of Cortana supports everything else you would expect.

I need to fight the urge to get one, as I've got a Windows phone and I think it would all tie together very neatly. I just like my Fitbit experience too much.

I'm on strike until my 822 gets Cortana! (officially)