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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

    Not bad at all

    Posted
    watson3047
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Thought I'd write a quick review since this product probably won't be on this site for much longer (the larger sizes aren't there anymore#. For the sale price and features the original Band is a great deal. I've used it for almost three days now. It's true the band doesn't feel too comfortable at first but I got used to it. While wearing a coat I forgot I had it on. Small size was the only one left in the store and seemed tight at first but now fits snug facing up or down. Band has a few settings on it but the rest, like personalization, are accessed in the phone app. On the band it's easy to navigate the tiles and find the daily counts for steps, calories burned, etc. HR and sleep monitor seem accurate #counted my own heart rate and compared it) but I haven't done a workout yet with the band. It's been running out of the box for a day and a half and still has just under half the battery power. I haven't used GPS yet either, but that probably eats up much more battery power. Getting calls, emails, texts, and FB messages is a welcome feature. The band's style isn't bad either. I gave it five stars for good reason but there are some minor concerns. Maybe it's my android phone but the weather app kept sending me updates every half hour and I couldn't find out how to change that. Even worse was when the google app updated on my phone the band would keep telling me how much time was left for the update every 15 seconds. Got annoying. Also, when a call came through the notification app would give me three different notices for the same call. First, the number, then the contact, and then it would say when the call connected. One notification is fine. Three is too much. May that can be changed. The final concern is the screen durability. It hasn't scratched like others have said but there is a small spec or dot on it now. I can't feel it and it's only noticeable when the screen is off. Just got a screen cover to avoid any future damage. Sometimes there are a few finger smudges that look like scratches. Anyway I meant this was a quick review because I've only had the band a couple days. For $80 I think it's definitely worth a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It tracks, and I'm not even aware of the Band

    Posted
    MichAnnLive
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    After several weeks of researching available fitness tracking (watch) options, and three visits to the store for hands on, I chose the Microsoft Band. It exceeds my expectations. After 2 days I cannot tell I'm wearing it. Tip: Purchase a screen protector, and if purchased from a store, have them apply right then. Set up is extremely easy and syncing flawless. I have an iPhone 6+ (always latest update). The guided exercise is terrific. The app (or online view) is also a daily picture of when I last worked out and what I did for health. Very helpful as a gentle reminder if life takes a turn and I want to delay, skip moving. Choosing the tiles I want such as incoming calls, texts and notifications keep me aware should I need to grab my phone, otherwise I simply glance and keep focused on my task at hand. The calibration of calories burned and continuous heart monitoring is beneficial as I transform my habits into healthier actions. The GPS option, only turn on as needed, is excellent to have on my wrist and see my exact distance. The soft nudge of the alarm is a nice feature also. I haven't worn a watch in decades, and having the time feature has been nice since I don't need my phone near. A bonus was the sleep tracking. This was a surprise, and enlightening on how I am actually sleep deprived. It also pointed out that when I sleep alone, verses with my husband, I sleep much better, almost double the deep sleep as a single in our guest bed. I am grateful for this smart, fitness watch tracker. I am in my 50s and I am 100% delighted with the Band.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent All-in-One Smartband

    Posted
    4horses
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Let me start off by saying I am work and live in an Apple environment, so when the Apple watch was announced, I was interested. After looking at the Apple watch in person, I was a little disappointed by the final product. So I started looking for alternative products that offered similar capabilities. I wanted the step tracking, sleep tracking, watch, notifications, etc. I actually never knew Microsoft put out this product until I was reading reviews on other devices. So I thought I would give it a try, seeing that they actually are device agnostic with their app. So far I have been extremely pleased with my purchase. Everything on it works great. I cannot say I measure things to a T, but so far this band seems to be fairly accurate on step and sleep tracking as well as heart rate monitoring. Only cons I have against it are 1) Not water resistant, 2) Syncing with iPhone is a little on the slow side, and 3) Battery life could be longer - average 2-3 days of usage, however, this is far better than having to charge the device daily. Considering all that it does, I would rate the battery life on a more positive side. Some reviews have said the band is not comfortable, however, I have been wearing it constantly for over two weeks and it feels great to me. It might all depend on your wrist size and shape. I would highly recommend this product, if you are looking into fitness / smart bands and watches. This covers the gamut of needs and wants. And you get even more functionality if you have a windows phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great So Far! Great Start for the Band!

    Posted
    Elsie
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    I've only had this about a week, but I like it so far! It works great with my android phone and apps. The gps is very accurate! It syncs with MapMyFitness and MyFitnesPal apps and having the built in heart rate monitor is so nice, because I won't wear one of the bands (they're just not cool for women!# The sleep monitor is a nice feature, too. I like the access to guided workout plans, but this feature needs more development and flexibility to be really useful. Being able to see incoming email/ texts/ calls on the go and respond with a pre-programmed text, without pulling out my phone is nice. ;) The Downside: Its not waterproof or water resistant to X feet - only sweat resistant, so no swimming or showering with this band. Its NOT comfortable to try to wear it on the outside of your wrist for very long. Its not terribly flexible and the way its curved, it fits better on the inside. The case and screen scratch ridiculously easily! -which I think is a design flaw considering how the device is designed to be worn. #fortunately there are ArmorSuit protectors already on the market and they work great.) It would be nice if it worked with wifi or data and not just bluetooth. Having some sort of voice input and the ability to stream music would be nice, too...but then I wouldn't need my phone at all!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    Axel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This is the best of both worlds. Not only does it act as a fitness band and track my steps, it also doubles as an extension of my cell phone. I can see the text, email, or phone call easily and then decide if I need to take the call. This is very handy when you are somewhere that you would need to leave the room or be rude to check your phone. And if that is not enough, it also tells time. I am fascinated by the way it knows when I sleep and gives details about my sleep patterns. I am not sure how much I change my behavior, but feel compelled to check it every day. The only problem I had was an irritation where the metal around the charger was in contact with my skin. I have found if I wear it looser, more like a bangle bracelet, it is fine. That also allows it to slide up my wrist when I am typing so it does not make contact with the keyboard rest. They do not have many apps yet, but I expect some of that will change over time. I also would love to see the integration with some voice activation other than Cortana so that you could answer the text from the band as well. I purchased this on sale for about the same price as the regular price of a fitbit. The added features of being able to read my text and see my phone calls makes it a much better deal than just a fitness band. Well worth the price paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Neild
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I was really surprised by how good this product is. A 1st generation product is normally something to avoid until the manufacturer figures out the kinks. This band has totally exceeded my expectations, and I just got one for my wife, who also loves it. The design is ok - it's not particularly aesthetic, but it's comfortable. Then it just does it's job in a low fuss way. I charge it every 3 or 4 days, it monitors my activities, integrates seamlessly with my Android phone, and give me insights into how active I have been/am being. I've used it for tracking runs, bike rides etc. (when using the GPS the battery does run down - so a 4-5 hour hike on GPS will expend the battery) but for less time intensive activities with the GPS, it does the job, without needing a charge. Bonus features like the Starbuck app, the UV monitor etc. are a bonus and useful. I wear mine all the time and it is starting to look a bit scuffed but not badly so (the band is rubber), but I wear it for gardening, yard work etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Fitness Band

    Posted
    ATrini
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought this Microsoft Band for my wife who was attracted to the benefits that she saw from my usage. She is as happy with it as I have been with mine. It's great for tracking our calorie burn daily and while running or exercising; tracking sleep and lots more. There is lots of information and insight supplied by the companion aps and portal. I also integrate it with MyFitnessPal. We love the integration with our windows phones. My one complaint is that there is a soft part of the inside of the band that has been stripped away by wear. It is not actually visible unless the band is removed but I felt that the material used should not have stripped away after 5 months or at all

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy!

    Posted
    Technfit
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This was a 2015 gift. You only get a 1 year warranty no matter how many bands break. Sometimes the band will not turn on. You plug in to charge and it says your battery ran out. However, when you have it on the charger it always has battery life. This is one of the top errors. Went thru 3 bands with this error. Another problem is the rubber chips away if you get a band that lasts longer than 4 months. Rubber breaks where it meets the metal. Had to replace 1 do to this issue. The band will also not respond to any buttons or the touch screen sometimes. You have to place on charger to get it to turn back on and then it will work again. Battery life is too short. Might make 12 hours if you use lots of the features. If you charge while sleeping you lose the ability to use the sleep mode tracking app.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    WHO KNEW?

    Posted
    sprtychk
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    I was so excited when I snatched the last small off the shelf at my local BB. The interface and function were awesome. This was exactly what I was looking for, HR, cellular connectivity, steps, calories, time, date, sleep, and exercise logging. The ergonomics of the design (flat, wide screen) were a bit clumsy, but the tech made up for it. For about 3 weeks. One night after spin class, I noticed that the display was fading, left to right. I hoped it was a charging issue and connected it to the power source overnight. In the morning, it was dead. I was so disappointed. It was a good thing I purchased the extended warranty. I just took it back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sport Device

    Posted
    Skibum801
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    I was first one the fence about purchasing this, after I did I couldn't be happier. I've been an Apple person for many years and after getting this band I have been considering getting a windows phone with Cortana, I'm really interested in seeing how the two mash up. With a windows phone you can reply back to texts and take calls directly through the band. On top of that you can further set appointment dates for important meetings. It basically becomes your secretary. This is just on the smart watch side. There are tons of other fitness applications for it. track your run or bike ride, keep pace with your heart beat. You can also download work outs directly to the band if you're not into the gym scene.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smart watch with fitness elements

    Posted
    KiminAustinTexas
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    I was looking for a fitness band that also functioned as a smart watch. I wanted easy to read graphics with a little bit of color, and I also wanted a band that had GPS, sleep tracking, a heart rate monitor, and a size that wasn't too large on my small wrist. I tried the Surge and I just couldn't get over its bulky size. The Microsoft Band doesn't have the cutest design in the world...and I agree with a previous review that said it looks like a hand-cuff...but it has a tolerable style and I wear the face on the inside of my wrist. As far as functionality, this band and associated apps and web site have worked great for me so far!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Tech, sub-par construction

    Posted
    TSaul
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    I just returned this a couple of days ago. The comfort of wearing this was not great to begin with, but I got used to it. I preferred to wear it with the face on the inside of my wrist, not facing out. The clasp stopped keeping this device secure on my wrist after a few months. The rubberized shell began to peel off the device in all the places where it had seams. The inside of the band had two panels that were secured by little screws and those panels began to lift off the device exposing internals. I honestly hope the exposure to whatever was inside was not harmful. Returned, and still trying to find a great device...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Fitness Band/Smartwatch Available

    Posted
    CoolGuyAl
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Band is great for fitness fanatics. Most accurate device I have used for tracking your heart rate during work outs. Notifications on your wrist are a plus (texts, emails, calls, and general notifications). I have used it for 10 months with no problems and am looking forward to upgrading to the Band 2 when it is released! Just remember to get the screen protector for it and charge it at least 30 minutes every day to keep the battery going. Definitely a must buy when it's on sale! Best part: it works on Windows Phones, Androids, and iPhones!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Died twice on me

    Posted
    cel2529

    I wanted to love the microsoft band but after about three weeks of running, exercising and cycling it just died on me. It would not turn on or anything. I also found the bluetooth pairing was a bit fussy but, after reading other reviews, it looks like the pairing issue is on the iphone's end. Best Buy was great and gave me another microsoft band but the same thing happened, after about three weeks of activity it died again. Again, Best Buy's customer service was excellent and gave me a full store credit and allowed me to pick another fitness tracker. I'm going with the fitbit surge, hoping it will stand up to all of my activity.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far the best in the market

    Posted
    PB15
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    I am not even a fan of MS but I must say this was a good decision. My fellow military friends (who have smart watches other than this) suggested that I get this instead of the stuff they were wearing. I went with their recommendation and it was definitely a good decision. This has more features than some of the other smart watches in the market...and that too for $199. Microsoft Band and Microsoft Heath have done a terrific job combining very good apps and fitness programs. It's available in Small, Medium, and Large. Compatible with Android, Apple, and Microsoft of course. Test it out. You wont regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Fitness Watch with the Items I wanted

    Posted
    Dan3700
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    I was looking for a Fitness watch for my wife that had its own GPS, Heart Rate Monitor (FULL TIME), and some smart watch capabilities. This left us with a few options the Apple Watch, Fit bit Surge, or Microsoft Band. The Apple Watch is back ordered and starts at 350 dlls, the Fit Bit Surge was 250 and too large for my wife's arm,, and the Microsoft Band was 200 and the right size. You are able to track your exercise details, monitor your Heart Rate and Sleep details, View Incoming Text Messages, Notifications, Email and Phone Calls.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Fitness band

    Posted
    Kapara
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    Good fitness band, one of the best on the market I think. It allows me to use it as a watch if I want or just a band and still wear the watch I want. I ended up exchanging Fitbit for this item because Fitbit with the screen was too bulky and didn't allow me to workout in it. Microsoft band on another hand not only has a nice graphical display but also was small enough to allow me to wear it during workouts. The only down side of this band is the battery life, everything else I'm happy with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fitness band with unlimited potential

    Posted
    KidA001
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    Love the Microsoft Band. It has sensors for everything from heart rate to skin temperature to uv light. It currently tracks running, cycling, sleep and other exercise. GPS is very accurate. It vibrates for various types of phone notifications. It also has guided workouts. The user interface is very intuitive. It works with Windows, Android and iPhone. The hardware Microsoft has packed into this thing give it amazing potential.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for constant mover!

    Posted
    psychmess
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The Microsoft band is way ahead of the Fitbit for me (decided the HR was too..plain for me). Great heart-rate and it isn't too heavy (i have 5 inch wrists and have a small). Just make sure you get a screen protector, the screen scratches VERY easily. My favorite part is the customization through Pimpmyband App! I also love to see who is texting/calling while I'm at the gym. Very nice for someone who is always in meetings/working/on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend