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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High Value as a Smartwach & Fitness Band

    Posted
    TheDuke
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Microsoft Band holds high value as a Smart Watch as well as being a quality fitness band. The majority of consumers will appreciate the standard pedometer & sleep stats that virtually all smart watches and fitness bands provide, but the Microsoft Band adds the ability to read your heart rate, view text messages, see Facebook & email notifications, and log routes using GPS without a requirement to lug your phone with you on your journey. Besides the plethora of features the Microsoft Band offers, the value really comes in with compatibility. The Microsoft Band is the only smart watch that can be used with Windows Phone, iPhones, & Android phones. This means that your $200 investment will travel with you even if you get a new phone. Consumers often have their favorite device/operating system, but this doesn't mean we should be stuck with an old phone because you purchased a fitness band or smart watch that functions exclusively with one operating system. PRO: MORE FEATURES / BETTER VALUE THAN FITBIT The most popular fitness bands are the Fitbit line of products. At $94.99 the Fitbit Flex can be found almost anywhere. The price seems great, but this device has no screen which means you must use your phone to view any specific information - This gets old very quick. If you are going to spend around $100 you will very quickly realize that anything worn on your wrist 24 hours a day should at least tell you the time. The next jump up in the Fitbit world is the Charge at $129.99. Now you can finally see what time it is and review the most basic information right on your wrist, but the features mostly end there. You will be able to see the name & phone number of calls coming in to your synched device, but that is it - which falls short of being a helpful or fun smart watch. In order to have a Fitbit with similar features to the Microsoft Band, you must climb up to the $249 Surge with the heart rate monitor. You can now read text messages, but the screen is colorless, the device lacks style or any individuality, and it is more expensive than the Microsoft Band which has just as many features. PRO: NOTIFICATIONS The Microsoft Band allows you to customize which notifications you see on your wrist. Facebook updates, emails, text messages, Amber alerts, weather updates. Select which information you would like to see and get a light buzz on your wrist the next time new information is available. Finally you can read text messages in business meetings! PRO: REMINDERS While similar to Notifications, Reminders deserves to be mentioned independently. When paired with a Windows phone, Cortana can remind you to do a certain task when you arrive at a certain location. Example: My wife asks me to purchase Cilantro the next time I am at the store - which I will never remember on my own. So, I use my Microsoft Band to bring up Cortana and I simply say, "Cortana, the next time I am at Albertsons - please remind me to get Cilantro." (Be nice/polite to robots. When Skynet is goes live, you'll be glad you were.# Cortana will have me verify which Albertsons I go to. And, the next time I pull into the Albertsons parking lot, my wrist will buzz and I will see a message reminding me to buy Cilantro. Happy wife - happy life. PRO: INTERNAL GPS While most fitness bands and smart watches will show you a route that you have run, most require your phone to go along with you. The Microsoft band will track your route without your phone present in any way. Leave that bulky phone at home. It is never comfortable to have your phone bouncing in your pocket, strapped to your arm, or stuffed in your shirt #ladies?#. PRO: LESS CANCER Sure I'm being a bit sarcastic here, but Skin Cancer is no joke. If you are worried about your exposure to the Sun, the Microsoft Band does come with a UV Sensor. PRO: HEART RATE MONITOR If you're not a fitness fanatic you may think you don't care about the heart rate monitor, but this is probably not true. The Microsoft Band uses the sensor to track your heart rate all day and all night. This means the sleep tracking info you see is more accurate. See not only the length of time you slept, but the quality of sleep you are getting. With heart rate info the Band doesn't simply guesstimate based on arm movement - it can sense when you're body is actually relaxed. PRO: SCREEN & SCREEN PROTECTION FINALLY a hardware manufacturer who understands that screens get scratched. The Microsoft Band comes with a screen protector - not just temporary plastic to protect the screen while in the box. Also, the colorful screen can be easily read in both low light & bright sunlight. PRO: SUPPORT / UPGRADES Unlike the Fitbit, the Microsoft Band receives frequent software updates which adds new features. So far they have added a cycling app, a keyboard, and more. Read about the updates here: http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-band-update-adds-new-tools-a-keyboard-and-an-sdk-for-apps/ PRO: WEARABILITY Unlike any other Smart Watch or Fitness Band, the Microsoft Band was designed to be worn either on the outside of your wrist - or on the inside of your wrist. You will be surprised how comfortable & convenient it is to read with your palm facing upward. Excellent for runners and couch potatoes alike. PRO / CON: WATER The Microsoft Band is definitely not water proof, but don't turn away before you get the following information. Microsoft states that it is "dust and splash resistant", but they go out of their way to repeatedly say that "The Microsoft Band is not waterproof and should not be immersed in liquid for any period of time." The Microsoft Band meets the following certification related to water: IPX7: Protection against temporary immersion in water #at depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes#. All of the manufacturer info related to water can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/band/waterresistance Though Microsoft clearly promotes caution, users have put the Microsoft Band to the test dunking it completely under water without any major problems. Microsoft website suggests that the microphone would be the first to experience issues if the band is exposed to water. Take a look at the main user test: http://youtu.be/ANcH-eLv9jw I wouldn't suggest Deacon buy Microsoft Bands for all of his Smokers #and Mariner has gills, so he'd ruin his Band for sure#. You probably shouldn't shower while wearing your Microsoft Band, but you can certainly wash your hands #and perhaps dishes# without worry. PRO / CON: BATTERY LIFE The Microsoft Band loses battery life the same way as a smart phone. The more the screen is on, the more you use GPS, and the more notifications you receive - the faster your battery drains. That being said, Jack Bauer would have no problem making it through a full episode on a single charge. Simply charge the phone while you shower, or while you're on the computer and you wont run into any battery life issues. 45 minutes will charge the band to about 80% while another hour will get you to 100% #from the back to the middle and around again#. PRO / CON: CHARGING CABLE The charging cable is magnetic which leaps into place on the back of the Microsoft Band with a satisfying click. #The link is almost as strong as the bond between your dragon & your ponytail.# The downside is that the charging cable is not Micro USB. This means that unless you want to pay extra to purchase additional charging cables #or take the cable with you wherever you go#, you will only be able to charge the Band in one location. CON: COMFORT The largest complaint about the Microsoft Band will be comfort - which is obviously a very big deal when buying something you will be shackled to your wrist the majority of your waking hours. The Band contains many components on all sides of your wrist making it rather rigid. It barely opens wide enough for you to slip your wrist inside. Don't worry though - the majority of those wearing the Band agree the discomfort fades #and may even become 50 shades of wonderful#. Luckily the Band is adjustable - regardless of the size you purchase. CON: SIZE / MATERIAL The Microsoft Band is bulky due to all of its batteries and components. For those of you #like Jack Traven & me# who wear G-Shock watches #when saving the world one bus at a time# - you'll understand that such bulky wrist-wear can make it difficult to put on a jacket or long sleeved shirt. The bulk with the matte / rubbery finish makes it extra likely to get in the way. If your sleeves or cuffs fit tight, you may have a hard time wearing the band. CON: NO SPEAKER While the Microsoft Band does have a microphone next to the screen, it does not include a speaker. Sadly, this means that Cortana's sultry voice is stifled and she must communicate with us via text. For now we'll just have to squeeze into our high wasted antique future slacks, boot up our digital copy of HER, and comb our creepy mustaches while we melt to the sweet sounds of ScarJo. CON: NO MUSIC Because the Microsoft Band has no user accessible memory, we cannot store our music on the device. It also means there is virtually no chance of music being added as a feature with future software updates. If you want music while you run you'll need to bring your phone along. Or, forget the phone jog like John Cusack - 20 pound boom box raised above your head, trench coat flapping behind you like a khaki cape with sleeves.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best fitness tracker

    Posted
    mcmc08
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The Microsoft Band has to be the best fitness tracker available. Yep, it does all the basic stuff other trackers do. It tracks your steps and sleep patterns. But it also has a gazillion sensors built in (GPS, HR, accelerometer/gyrometer, UV, Galvanic Skin Response, ambient light). With the built-in GPS there's not need to take your phone with you when you exercise, and you don't need a separate HR monitor since it does that, too. So you can track your runs, walks, or bike rides and know exactly how far you are going and what HR zone you are in--without strapping your phone to your arm! Still need convincing? The Band also allows you to select from a number of great workouts, including ones from Gold's Gym. It then tracks your sets and tells you how much to rest in between. No other fitness tracker can do that. In addition to being the best fitness tracker, it's also a very capable smart watch. You'll get alerts for email, texts, weather events, etc,, right on your wrist without looking at your phone, and you'll be able to read them and respond to them on the color touch screen. You can even type a text on it. Obviously you won't break any texting speed records on such a small screen, but the keyboard is surprisingly easy to use. And if you have a Windows Phone, Cortana, Microsoft's amazing personal digital assistant, allows you to create notes, appointments, set alarms, even create texts, just by speaking into the built-in microphone on the Band, without even taking your phone out of your pocket! Don't have a Windows Phone? That's OK. Microsoft supports multiple platforms, unlike some of its competitors (I'm looking at you Apple, and at you Google). Most of the smart watch features are supported on the iPhone and Android phones. I only have one gripe about the Band. The area around the screen seems to scratch easily. I'm anticipating this will be fixed in the next version, but don't let that stop you from owning the best fitness tracker/smart watch available right now. It is, in my opinion, $199 well-spent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fitness Tracker and Productivity Device!

    Posted
    Jimbo

    I purchased this as a fitness tracker and it has surpassed my expectations. It literally has everything... step counter, heart rate monitor, UV monitor with time to burn, weather, workout tracker, guided workouts (like having a personal trainer), facebook, twitter, txt, calls, emails, watch mode, even pay for your Starbucks with this thing (I'm not kidding!), customize colors and backgrounds. The app even syncs with other popular apps like RunKeeper and myfitnesspal so you don't lose any data and you are not forced to abandon your old stuff. There are too many sensors to list so I'll just talk about some of my favorites. Guided workouts. You can download workouts from fitness magazines like Men's Health, etc... directly from the band app and it not only tracks your heart rate and calories, but it tells you what to do and when to do it. It then keeps track of your reps, calories burned, etc so you can measure your progress. The Microsoft Health app allows you to select the workouts that you want to do and it will even show you how to do each exercise properly. Sleep tracker is pretty cool too. On the productivity side, I have to say that I had no intention of wearing this all day, but I've found myself doing just that. It's just way too convenient to glance at your wrist and see who's calling, read/reply to txts and read emails. It even has a tiny keyboard that somehow works! I love this thing! About the only negative thing I can ding this on is that I would recommend a screen protector as the bezel around the screen can be scratched.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Activity Tracker!

    Posted
    Masstuff
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've owned mine for about a week and so far I'm loving it. It's been working great so I think anybody reporting problems with freezing/reinstalling, etc probably has a lemon and should get a replacement. I use it with my Android phone and the integration is great, although I wish I had a Windows Phone for the Cortana functionality. This is a first-gen product and there are three ways I would improve it: 1. Make it water proof - I'm afraid some day I'm going to forget to take it off before showering, and of course I'd love to track my exercise while swimming, etc. 2. Longer battery life between charges - at my current use, it lasts about a day and a half. In my opinion these smart band/fitness trackers need at least a week. The battery life on this one is shorter of course than, say, a Fitbit Flex, because it has a screen. EDIT - couple weeks later, and this hasn't been the problem I thought it would be. Basically I charge it in the evening while making/eating dinner when I'm not that active anyway, and about 30-40 minutes later, it's done. Typically, when I plug it in once a day it's at 80%, so I could easily go two days between charges, but making it a habit makes it easy. The battery is rated for 1000 "full" charges (whatever that means) so I figure I have roughly three years. 3. All these types of wearable bands need to include the ability to download a music playlist and listen via headphones, preferably bluetooth. One of the great promises of these things is that I shouldn't have to carry my phone with me when I go for a run. Finally, I strongly recommend Paul Thurrott's "Microsoft Band Fieldguide" (free) for anyone who owns or is interested in owning a Microsoft Band: [...] EDIT - couple weeks later, still in love with it, maybe even more :-) Getting notifications on my wrist is even more useful than I realized - I'd become so used to fishing in my pocket for my phone to check text, email, even the time. The weather tile is super useful, as well as the calendar tile, and the sleep tracking is great. They've added a cycling tile since I bought it, and they've opened the API so we'll probably see some third-party tiles available soon. Some people have had an issue with the fact that, while you can wear the Band with the display on either the outside or the inside of your wrist (sensors work either way), it's really awkward to use when it's on the outside because the display is perpendicular to your arm and therefore you have to twist your hands a bit to use it, so it was clearly designed to be used with the display on the inside of your wrist, which is not the traditional "watch" position. Here are my $0.02 on this: Back when I wore a watch regularly (at least ten years ago) I always wore them with the face on the inside of my wrist, for two reasons. First, the face was always getting scratched and banged up - maybe I'm clumsy, but I guess my wrist was hitting doors and things a lot. Once I turned it inwards, the scratches stopped. Second, I always found checking the time on the inside of my wrist to be more ergonomic and natural, since you can simply raise your arm and glance down without having to twist your arm and your head slightly the way you do when the face is in the "traditional" position on the outside of your wrist. So obviously the Band is perfectly suited to me, and I think Microsoft took a chance and made a sound decision based on ergonomics, and it's working great. Others will have differing opinions about this, and if it's a showstopper they should stay away from this product, but I for one am a happy camper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect For Your Athletic Needs

    Posted
    Josue
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought the band a little over 4 months ago and recently put it through some abuse at a Spartan Beast run. The band held up despite the multiple water plunges and mud. It's not meant for this type of sport and I only did it because the new band was coming out. I was actually hoping for an excuse to buy the new band. Anyway, here are some positives: Heart rate monitor is awesome. It's pretty accurate. It also monitors your resting heart rate during sleep. It's motivated me to be more proactive about the amount of sleep that I get. I like the fact that it has a GPS tracker for those times that I don't want to carry my phone during a run or just don't want to turn on Runkeeper. I find the GPS tracker to be extremely accurate as well. Speaking of apps, it syncs up with multiple apps. My favorites being Runkeeper and MyFitnessPal. As soon as I open both apps, the calories burned during my workout are displayed. I use it all the time to look at my text messages, phone calls, and calendar reminders. I can leave my phone on my desk and step away. As soon as I walk within a certain distance of my phone, I'll receive the messages I missed...love that. And finally, the alarm feature wakes me up every time. It's my back up for those days that I'm sleep deprived and worried that I won't wake up on time. The negative: It's rather bulky when you first start wearing it. It's also not very comfortable at first. Eventually, it doesn't bother you, but it takes some time. If you wear long sleeve shirts to work, you'll have to loosen the band and slide it well above your wrist, so you can button the wrist area. Also, expect the border around the band's screen to instantly scratch up. But that's ok, It's a fitness band that's expected to take a beating. Finally, if your fingers are wet from sweat, the screen does a poor job at responding. I'm sure the new band has improved on this. To sum it all up. I recommend this band over any other in the market unless you're thinking about the MS Band 2. At the moment, there's nothing else comparable...including the iphone watch...that watch isn't meant for fitness junkie. Just my 2 cents.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy but has room for improvements

    Posted
    TechGuy
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Great device after reviewing and looking at many other fitness bands and smart watches this is the most balanced. Many of same features at Fitbit Surge but cheaper and has some cool features the Fitbit does not, (golf swing, workout programs, uv detector, just to name a few) yes Fitbit has a few this does not have but I don't care about cal-counts. Better than most smart watches because it has just enough info from my phone, I don't need a watch to replace my phone like the apple watch it only has 2 features when my phone is not within reach (why would i need such a useless device? Might as well spend the money and just buy a nice watch.). Has a great bright screen that can always be seen even in bright sunlight. And at night has a faint glow that doubles as a night light on your wrist (can be turned completely off if you like). Can pick different background colors and styles or if you have a windows phone can pick your own background on watch. App is very easy to use. MS band can be used with Windows, Apple, or Android phone, not limited like other smart watches and fitness bands. Step counter pairs with you phone to get more accurate step counts, not sure the math behind it but works great for me. I use it at the guy all the time I have a Timex heart rate monitor that you wear a band on you chest compared with the MS watch after a 5k run difference ms band had lower peak heart rate 168 vs 175, ms has less Cals burn count ms 789 vs 850. Close enough for me I rather wear a watch on my workout than a band on my chest. Draw backs to the MS Band it feels like a handcuff took me a week to get use to wearing it, and my wrists were hurting, but now that's over it feels like a normal watch. Screen scratches easily have to buy screen protector, unless you like looking at scuff marks on your watch. Battery life is only 2 days, and less if you use GPS, wish it was at least a week. I know MS is making version 2 with upgrades but why wait technology is always moving forward if you wait for version 2 might just wait for version 3 etc and never get a cool useful device. Finally a small tip wear with the watch face facing on the inside of your wrist its easier to look at and more comfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising Behavior Changes

    Posted
    Mianster
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    As a minimalist, going from my FitBit Flex to this was an adjustment in size and weight. This becomes irrelevant when you consider the advantages in features and customization you get with the MS Band. The comfort curve was within hours (forgot it was on) and additional functionalities are appreciated like GPS, notifications from my phone (I surprisingly find myself using my iPhone less now unless calls come through), UV sensor telling the exposure duration until sun damage and for me the heart monitor is quite the treat; especially in workout and sleep tracking when you are trying to hit high intensity figures or resting rate. As I work in healthcare, I consulted with colleagues on my sleep data which they able to give interesting remarks versus the sleep data from the Flex. As for screen protectors and durability, I don't feel the need as I've already scuffed the band (top and bottom# but one has to be looking for them and in the right lighting conditions. But that's the point - this thing is constructed well. I've been exceeding battery life #3 days versus the rated 48hrs but obviously subject to usage#. The MS Health App, despite sluggish reviews #syncing issues) hasn't given me a single problem and the interface is clean. Had the unit over a week and enjoying the quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does alot more than a fitness tracker, love it

    Posted
    WBSobe74
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am a 41 year old male, who exercises 4-5x a week combination of weight training and cardio. I love this device, it is much more than a fitness tracker at an amazing price. When pairted with your smartphone, even better with a Windows Phone ( I have One). The Band will notify you of text messages, emails, calendar events, steps taken, calories burned, heart rate. The heart rate monitor is quite accurate. I work as a Nurse and compared the heart rate on the Band with heart rate monitors at work. The Band was either spot on or off by a beat or two. The complaints I read before purchasing this were about the watch clasp, the fit and that it is only water resisant. I have had no problem with the clasp, it is different than a regular watch clasp but simple to use. The fit is perfect, I normally wear a watch, a Casio G-Shock. The Band fits better than my Casio. I can wear the Band to bed at night, I couldn't with the Casio, too bulky. As previously stated I work as a Nurse for a major hospital. I am constantly washing my hands, so far the Band has hold up to the constant washing I do at work. I have never submerged it in water, just normal wetness from washing hands. I am not a big app person. There are apps you can download on to the device, most of the apps pertain to fitness such as Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal, HealthVault, MapMyFitness, Strava and TaylorMade. I have not used any of the apps so I can not comment on them. Also if you are looking for Instagram and Twitter intergration currently this device doesn't have it. It has Facebok intergration but I have not used this feature. I bought this device as a watch replacement with some added extras. SO far I am extremely pleased and happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great device, but lots of room for improvement.

    Posted
    SgtPepper27
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've been quite impressed by the features, sensors, and UI. I use it almost daily to track my heart rate and estimated calorie burn during workouts in the gym. While it isn't perfectly accurate, especially when drenched in sweat during intense interval training, it is close enough for my purposes. It is even more impressive while tracking runs and bike rides. The built in GPS has worked perfectly for me and does not require bringing your phone along. For a workout tracking device, which is what I wanted when purchasing, I have no complaints. The sleep tracking feature also seemed to work well. Now for the bad, the shape of the band is bulky and awkward. The flat screen laying on a rounded wrist causes it to stick out too far from the arm, as does the overall thickness, especially under the clasp. While comfortable enough for me not to be bothered by it while working out, I have no desire to wear it all day. If you care about step tracking the Windows app, and I would assume the ios and android apps, will track that when you are not wearing the band. For the Cortana, messaging, and email notification features though, I just don't find them useful enough to wear all the time. I would recommend the Microsoft Band as a workout tracker, especially for runners and cyclists, but I cannot recommend it if you are more interested in the "smart watch" features such as text messaging and notifications. The band is simply too bulky for all day use. I've been impressed enough by version one of the band that I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade to a version two if Microsoft can greatly improve on the physical design and comfort.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best at $80 sale price and not the original 199

    Posted
    RahulHAB
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    MS Band first gen is good. Even though it lacks barometer, the GPS and right app can fill the gap. All time heart rate monitor is not good enough to monitor all time. After careful monitoring band I found that Heart rate sensor looses the heart beat after a while and if you want to see it working you have to unlock the band and go to heart rate page/window (whatever you call). It takes few seconds to acquire your heart rate and then will capture it. Rest I tried to full step counter but it is pretty good. Sleep monitor is also good and efficient. Notifications with reply option are only available for Texts, Call, Cortana, Email. Although the notification center of the phone can be availed it doesn't provide reply facility. There is a bug/problem/issue. When you get any call on cellphone, the band shows you the incoming call. You can either dismiss or reply with text. When you try to do any of those, first the call doesn't hung up, second the text doesn't go through. This must be because of Phone not listening to band. As a programmer I deduce this situation (and there are other scenarios same as this) that the phone sends messages/command to band and band can execute those but if band sends any to phone phone override it's own execution subroutine. Ex. If I get a Text and dismiss it, it still shows in my phone's notification center. Finally, it is a fitness band so notifications even though they they are, are almost useless due to only snippet of message and not entire message itself. Again best for fitness purpose, not a complete Smart watch. Best for $80.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great starter smartwatch fitness band hybrid.

    Posted
    Nikki
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Altogether, this band is great. I have had for about a month and have really enjoyed it, but there are some flaws. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would. Pros: So many features! Customizable tiles. Great bluetooth compatibility with Facebook messenger, calls, texts, and emails. There's even a fun Starbucks option which means I don't have to take my wallet with me on my Starbucks breaks. The sleep tracker is excellent but seems to eat up the battery very fast, and the UV detector is a fun, if useless for me in Portland, add-on. Cons: Battery life is a little bit annoying. It lasts 2-3 days on a full charge but it's always hard to choose when to charge it because I want to track my sleep AND my activity. So that's a weird, good problem to have. The flow of it isn't as smooth as the newer models, but that's not a big deal either. Also, it warns me when the battery is low, but doesn't seem to give me any indication right before it's going to die - I just find out when it won't turn on, so don't let that scare you into thinking it's broken. All in all, a good, fun, useful device that I didn't realize I always could have used. Oh! One extra thing. The connection to my cell phone has made it easier for me to glance at my watch so I'm not trying to text and drive. Way bonus, as I'm paranoid about emergencies, but also know better than to text and drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of both worlds

    Posted
    Loomis2
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I wanted a fitness tracker, but I also needed to replace my watch because I wan't going to wear two devices. I wanted some smart watch functionality, but I didn't want to spend smart watch money for a bunch of extra features that I feel aren't very suitable for a small watch screen. The Microsoft Band always has the time displayed, like my watch, but it also will vibrate and display any text, phone call, email, or any other notification I get on my Android phone, which is the convenience of a smart watch that I was looking for. I don't find this Band to be uncomfortable at all but my old watch was pretty bulky so it may just be something I am used to. It is full of sensors for tracking my health and fitness, including integration with a bunch of other fitness apps like Runkeeper, and since I use my Xbox One's Fitness game a lot for exercise, it is fully integrated with Microsoft Health. I am interested to see what the next version of this band will look like. If it has a curved screen and waterproofing then I will probably upgrade. I have heard people say the screen is easily scuffed, but after a few weeks I haven't had any problems with that. I don't even have a screen protector. Right now there isn't too much for me to complain about. The Microsoft Band is probably the best value out there for a watch or a fitness band.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Device

    Posted
    TPeezy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have to say, for a 1st gen product, Microsoft did a fantastic job. I love this device. I had a Garmin Forerunner 305 but I wanted something smaller and more inclusive. The Band is the perfect replacement with a ton of extras! All at a very reasonable price of $199.99. I thoroughly enjoy tracking my data with the Band. There hasn't been any sync issues, doesn't take long to "lock" onto the heart rate, and I would say it's pretty darn accurate too! The Apps and online Dashboard compliment this device very well--and was well thought out! I am excited to see what Microsoft does with this device. I have one minor complaint (and I think every owner would agree), the screen scratches very easily. I bought the ZAGG protector and it was easy to put on...and provides good protection. I don't find it to be too bulky either. Not too uncomfortable. I really don't mind it. Plus, I think they did pretty good with the amount of technology they put into this. I think I found exactly what I was looking for: GPS, HR monitor, activity tracking--all without having my PHONE with me! Also, there is a great YouTube video of someone who bought the Band , put it under water for 10 minutes, took it out (worked just fine), and then put in completely under water again for another 10 minutes and it still worked like new! That was reassuring to me!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it is supposed to

    Posted
    mxtr
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I decided to purchase the band when the price went down to $77 at Best Buy. I would have never purchased at the original price of $199 as I do not believe it has value at that price point. At $99 or less YES. Some reviews had stated about the comfort level of wearing it, but I have not found that to be a problem. The band is really good for all that it does. I wish it would allow me to download or sync more than just one workout, but I found a workaround in that I would just build a main workout and then add others as part of the same. Then I just skip or forward to the workout I want. I would also wish that the menu for customizing workouts would be better and add workouts that you often find in Men's Health. The only complaint that I would have is that, I have no idea if the calorie count is accurate. Example, on a treadmill at a fast pace walk, the band show always a lot less calories than the machine. The app on the phone should allow you to enter information about your eating activities such as what I had for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks including alcoholic ones. It would also be awesome if you can annotate the app with your goal, such as weight target. In all, I can say that I really like it even with the improvements that I feel it needs. I like it so much that I purchased one for my wife which she loves, one for my daughter and now one for a niece.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than a fitness tracker

    Posted
    JPinATX
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    The Microsoft Band is a fantastic 1.0 product. I had a Fitbit Charge HR and it does everything the Charge does plus much more. Pros *Heart rate monitor *GPS (this was lacking on the Fitbit) *Notifications from text, calls, email, Twitter, etc. I find myself keeping the phone in my pocket unless I need to respond *Workout (my favorite) the ability to send a workout routine to my Band is awesome. *Price - higher than a comparable activity tracker but the features above make it a no brainier. Cons *Fit- I must say it isn't nearly as bad as most people are saying. It took me a day to get used to it and now it's just fine *Screen- Since I wear the band with the screen facing down it is prone to scratching. Would recommend a screen protector. *Lack of music - I wish I could stream Spotify or Pandora through the Band. I would never need to carry my iPhone or iPod during a workout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great item at an awesome price

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    mithumiyan
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    I bought Microsoft Band (1st edition) when it was on sale at bestbuy. MS band 2 was already out and was priced very highly. After going through the specs I decided to buy a MS band (1st edition) at almost 1/3rd of price of the MS band 2. The hardware spec difference was not too much in my opinion. MS band 2 has an UV sensor and feature to count Stairs. Besides that everything else is there in MS band-1. I am very pleased with my purchase of MS band-1 after almost two months of usage. In general use it runs around one and a half day on single battery charge to 100%. The fast charge feature charges the battery from 0 to 80% in almost 30-35 minutes. I first synced it with my Windows Lumia 920 and when I switched to Android I unregistered the band from Lumia and registered it to Android after a reset. In my usage I have found it to be very accurate and very functional. I use it for reading my SMSs, for my alarm, counting my steps, besides other stuff. The Band is comfortable to wear (I use sleep track almost every night) in spite of its unusual looking shape. The only drawback is that it is not scratch resistant. In only 2 months of regular usage my band has got many scratches. However, the black color of the panel does a good job of not making the scratches very visible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great, love the UV features. A must..

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    Solange2328
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    What I like about this band is that it has the essential of smart watch at affordable price.. Works fine with my iPhone and links smoothly without any issue. It notify me when emails and text are coming, monitor my activity and sleep, workouts, and my heart rate. It also link to my Facebook and Messenger account, personal email, and read UV exposure. All these feature for less than what I might paid for a smartwatch. All readings is accurate from walking to working out, and the band itself isn't that burdensome to wear because it's light & small unlike the smart watch which is bulky i.e. the size of a watch. Battery last over 2days depending on how often you use the band feature or how long you're wearing the band. As for me I don't wear this 24/7 only when I sleep and workout or doing light chores like gardening, errands, or at work. By the way it also measures calories burned base on your activity. There you have it, get physical and health.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great piece of kit

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    Th3Baron
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    I bought this as I didnt want to be tied to any particular operating system, the Band is truly agnositc, although does prefer a windows mobile phone (for use with Cortana). I have Android. Set up was incredibly easy, it took me 2 minutes to get going. The screen is clear, and the tiles are user friendly. love that my emails and messages seamlessly synced with my phone and the way you can speed read a text on the small screen is really clever. I bought primarily for the fitness features, in the gym its great for monitoring heart rate while working out, and for tracking calorie burn. The fitness programs you can download I have yet to try, but excited to get a chance to do so. Also like the sleep monito, interesting to see how you sleep at night. The software will develop over time, and will only get better. I deliberately didnt buy a smart watch as I own several expensive watches already, so I can wear a watch and a Band at the same time, on different wrists and not look stupid!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Activity Tracker/Smartwatch

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    mvogel29
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    I purchased this band 6 days ago and so far so good. I find that the medium is a perfect fit for my wrist and also find it comfortable. Many say that it uncomfortable but if you you the sizing chart on Microsoft's website you shouldn't have a problem. I wear mine with the display under my wrist as I find it the most comfortable to wear that was as well as easier to read, The heart rate and pedometer seem to be accurate and much better than my Moto 360 which I also own and like. I do sleep with it as well and do not find it an issue while sleeping either. The notifications are a great touch and my only issue/request from Microsoft is to add a phone finder option and a music track changer option like on the Moto 360. My other concern is the short two day battery on the device and wish it would go longer like the fit bit but I do understand this device doe a lot more. The smart band is "SPLASH PROOF" not "WATEPROOF" which is not a con to me but something to be noted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good even without a smartphone

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    biograd
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    The activity tracker portion seems fairly accurate compared with others that I have used. You can sync your data on an app that you download to your computer, so keeping track of your data really isn't an issue. I'm looking forward to getting a new smartphone so that I can realize the full capabilities of this device. The fit takes some getting used to as it is a pretty rigid band with a "bump" that can cause a pressure point underneath the clasp where the biometric readings take place. As long as you don't make the band super tight, the bump becomes barely noticeable after extended wear. The only other draw back I've started to notice after a few weeks of use is that the battery doesn't last as long on a single charge as I'd hoped (maybe 1.5-2.5 days depending on my activity level). It will give you a warning when it is time to recharge and luckily the time to recharge isn't long (~ an hour or so from warning to full charge). Overall the functionality combined with it being phone operating system agnostic makes it a really good buy for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend