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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best fitness tracker for the money

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    CraigB
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    When choosing high end fitness bands, my choices went back and forth between the Microsoft Band 2 and the Fitbit Surge. Fitbit has been in the business for fitness wearables for longer but I chose the Band 2 for what I felt was better value for my money. I purchased during a $50 off sale making it even more attractive and $50 less than the Surge. My main phone for this review is a Lumia 1520 with Windows 10 Mobile. I assume others will write reviews of the phone for other platforms and that is where this review starts. This fitness wearable is by far the most compatible. It supports iOS, Android, and Windows Phone/Mobile. Fitbit does as well but support for Windows Mobile is more limited. Comparing it to the Surge, it has more customizability, color screen, and a partially metal build. It feels more premium than the Surge. The metal does have 2 downsides. The first is that the finish used shows scratches extremely easily. See included picture. The second is that sweat and soap cause a foul smell very quickly requiring regular cleaning. The Band 2 can be worn in two positions. The first is with the screen facing outwards like a watch. I tried this but it felt uncomfortable and viewing the screen was awkward particularly considering the screen doesn’t have a vertical view. This leads me to my preferred position which is with the screen facing inwards. It is much more natural to view and operate. It also feels more comfortable and is in fact the recommended way to wear the device. If there was any concern it is that wearing it inward the screen is always contacting surfaces when you lay your arms down. It uses gorilla glass but it still concerns me that I might scratch the screen. Every fitness wearable wasn’t completely comfortable to wear for one reason or another but this one starts to feel about like a watch after an adjustment period. Before you get the size right you might put it a place that binds you wrist or hits a nerve. I also learned it can get the heart rate just fine without tightening it down so far you hit nerves. Just like a watch it will take some fiddling to find your perfect tightness. Fortunately, the latching mechanism feels strong and has more adjustments than a tradition watch as well giving you more flexibility. Just make sure you use the sizing guide on the size of the box to choose the correct size. It shows wrists sizes with the wrist sideways. Now the big question is how it works for tracking vitals. I haven’t worked with VO2 Max so I can’t comment on that but after getting the fit correct, the heart rate seems pretty close. Checking manual it was usually within about 10BPM or less from actual. Tracking steps seems a little different. It is difficult to verify but it seems to be a little high on the number of steps sometimes compared to my old hip worn pedometer. It just seems like I can reach 5,000 steps fairly easily. I am not a runner so I have not tested the GPS but I have read that some units have come from the factory with a bad GPS. What’s really nice is with all the vitals it gathers, more than just heart rate, it should be a fairly accurate color estimate. It has guided workouts you can add but I used the generic color tracking and added my own workout types to track. You can add things like HIT and weight training for your own purposes but it uses all the sensors to estimate the color burn instead of estimating based on the workout type. I feel this is more accurate but cannot verify. When you start workout mode, by default the screen stays on showing your workout time and heart rate. I suspect it is not as accurate as a chest band but it seems pretty good. After your workout is done you can see the entire workout on your phone or the website with your heart rate the entire time and your max marked. If there was any gripe it would be that you can’t have it vibrate when you hit your target or max heart rate. That would have been a great feature but, who knows. Maybe they will add it in the future. You can even use the website to compare your vitals to others in your height, weight, and age category. It’s all anonymous and very informative. When not working out it still tracks your heart rate all the time but the other useful time to check is when you are sleeping. It can detect your sleep but if it gets it wrong you can only delete the time, not edit. You are better off starting your sleep tracking yourself. While sleeping, it will monitor you and in when you wake up you can see what your resting heart rate was overnight to get an even better picture of your health. It also has a smart alarm you can activate. If you want to wake up at a set time, just set the alarm and it will vibrate to wake you up. What I really like is if you activate the smart alarm and set it for 7:30am it will wake you up somewhere between 7:00am and 8:00am when you are most awake. That means you don’t wake up to an alarm feeling like you haven’t rested. You can even set the strength of the vibration. Since this is a little bit of a smart watch you can add some apps. Since the phone doesn’t have any memory though, expect to only have them work when around your phone. It can control music on your phone and even use voice recognition with Cortana. I am running a prerelease build of the phone software so on occasion the connection dropped but it wasn’t hard to get back. I have found the notifications actually quite nice. I can leave the phone in one place in the house and still get notifications and respond to basic texts. I can also connect my phone to the stereo and change tracks and turn the volume up or down. It’s a standard feature for a smart watch but this is a fitness wearable and much cheaper than a smart watch. There are even some extra apps you can add and some third part utilizes to customize it further but if you want a smart watch more you might want to go that route. If you want a smart fitness tracker, this thing is hard to beat. Pros Solid (premium) build quality. It often gets looks and people asking what it is Tracks more vitals than any other fitness wearable Comfortable after figuring out your preferred fitment Bright, sharp screen with auto brightness Smart Alarm Customizable workouts Workout coaches Customizable with smart watch type features Solid latching mechanism Good battery life for its functionality (2 days with no GPS and auto on screen) Fast charge time (30 minutes to 80%) Gorilla glass screen Works on iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, and Web. The web is the most feature rich Integrates with Health Vault Constant heart rate Portal to compare health Rich sleep stats including restful sleep, times awake, resting heartrate, and recovery Cons Cannot change band because electronics are built in Metal area is a trap for sweat and soap requiring regular cleaning to prevent odor Cannot change screen orientation Awkward wearing screen outward Metal finish is easy to scratch No build in memory to bring music and store GPS while leaving phone behind for a time Water resistant instead of waterproof Possible to scratch screen with it facing downward Sync is a bit slow

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoying It

    Posted
    UncleMoki
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    I wanted an everyday fitness band with a heart rate monitor and was looking at the Fitbit Charge. Since I'm already a WP user (Windows Phone 10 - Lumia 950) I decided to pay the extra $75 and try Band 2. I've been using it for about a week for heart/fitness monitoring and those features seem to work as advertised so I won't dwell on them. Here are my other impressions so far: Microsoft Health App/Sync - The MS Health app is required for managing the Band2 and is decent. The app doesn't include a food diary so I use MyFitnessPal for food tracking. The MS Health app and Band2 sync automatically at what seem to be regular intervals but can also be sync'd on-demand. Tip - Other than making sure Bluetooth is on, rely on app for pairing and everything else for the Band2. Do not try to use your phone's Bluetooth manager to pair or do anything else with the Band2 and you'll save yourself a lot of headache. Look/Feel - I like the way it looks as compared to other fitness bands and "Smart Watches". My iPhone friends made similar remarks about the look/feel of the Band 2 as we compared it to their Apple Watches. I don't regularly wear any kind of bracelet/watch so I expected that any wearable was going to feel weird at first. The band is very comfortable. I had to get a LARGE even though I have relatively small wrists. The band has a good amount of micro adjustment room so I find myself adjusting the band's fit regularly depending on the activity, but it's quick/easy to do and I expected as much since I do the same when wearing watches (adjust/remove as needed). I have not yet felt the need to remove the Band 2 for any activity but plan to remove it for MMA workouts. There is a bulky looking GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) sensor on the bottom that is used by the band to tell if is being worn. Despite the bulky look, I don't feel it when I'm wearing the band. Display/Wear - Because of the text's orientation, I find it very awkward to read when worn with the display on the outside of my wrist. It works great when worn on the inside. Wearing it inside also puts the UV sensor on the outside so UV readings are easier to take. Not to mention that it allows me to be more subtle about checking messages/time. I am more concerned about potential screen damage but no issues yet and again, it adjusts easily for the activity - I wear it high when at a keyboard or when I need to flex my wrist a lot ... and wear it low other times. I see complaints about the straps splitting/breaking but MS seems to honoring replacements and have possibly switched to better straps since release, but I can't confirm. I will say that I'm watching it carefully and adjusting as needed in an effort to minimize wear and tear. Charging - I've found that it's still at about 80% after 24-hours of use and charges to 100% in about an hour. In order to wear it as often as possible (even when sleeping) I only need to put it on the charger about an hour before I leave for work in order to get a full charge. It comes with a USB charger and there isn't an "official" wall-charger accessory but I use a USB wall adapter that came with a Galaxy S5 and it works fine (read-up a bit on USB standards before feeling safe about trying this). The charger's magnetic connector is nice and strong. Voice Commands/Cortana - Using voice commands and Cortana is hit/miss and is one reason I can't give it 5-stars. The first few times I tried it, the band seemed to start having connectivity issues. It eventually finally started working ... sent text messages, checked calendar, asked some basic math and unit conversion questions, etc. and all seemed fine. BTW - since there is no speaker, you have to read Cortana's responses. Later, tried to respond to a text and got messages about connectivity again. Re-paired and setup the Band 2 later that day and haven't wanted to try Cortana again since. Honestly not a feature I would rely on heavily but I do hope it works if/when needed again. I will admit that this might be an issue with MY phone and/or Cortana and not the Band 2 as I have had hit/miss luck with other Motorola Bluetooth hands free devices as well, particularly with Cortana. Vs. Apple Watches - IMO, I like the way the Apple Watch's display can be customized to show different watch faces and bands ... Band 2 can only change apps/tiles and use pre-defined accent colors and background patterns. Apple Watch has a speaker, Band 2 does not ... but can't imagine I'd use it even if it did. For everyday wear, I like the look and sleek/easy interface of the Band 2. Band 2 has GPS which works with deliberate Run, Hike, Ride activities. Outside of those activities, GPS is either not tracked or just not displayed in the app. Both have IPX7 waterproof certification which basically means try not to immerse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Revolutionize your health, work and workouts

    Posted
    Waggs101

    Best combo of fitness and smart watch on the market. This is not an iwatch... this is not trying to be an iwatch... This is a product for those who are looking for a top notch fitness-first smart watch with surprisingly smart features.I am now on my third month of owning the device and here are my observations. -Backpackers dream- GPS tracking works independent of phone. Not only updates exact route to map but includes heart rate, speed and altitude for the trip. Easily charges with a solar charger or portable charger. This is also obviously perfect for runners who can ditch the phone at home and track a run (or a cycle) with the gps. I usually find gps signal within 10 seconds. -Health Friendly- Has more independent measurements that will aid in tracking health. The integration with Microsoft Health is truly impressive. -Surprisingly comfortable- Here is the caveat, if you don't wear a watch now it will take time to get used to! Most people have stopped wearing watches so when wearing any device (including an old school watch# it feels cumbersome. With each passing day the comfort level increased. The band material is very comfortable. -Notifications are huge and responses are a breeze- While it took me a few days to get used to wearing with the screen on the bottom of my wrist I realize now it is brilliant. I can easily glance at notifications without disrupting a meeting. My friend had to stop wearing his smartwatch because every time he would look down people thought we was in a hurry and needed to leave. This allows for subtle checking of notifications to determine if it is worth your time. Amazing! Typing with the smart keyboard for brief response is huge #supported by Android and Windows Phone#. I find I take my phone out of my pocket so much less and I am more engaged in conversations #not worrying about what important message might be on my phone#. -Charging is perfect- This was the great gripe with the last band. Microsoft has made an ingenious change in the charging feature and it also charges very quickly. -Sleep monitoring has revolutionized my sleep patterns- I have literally changed how I sleep because of the feedback from my sleep cycle. I recognized wake up times and figured out foods and loud pets that were inadvertently waking me up #without me remembering). These are just a few highlights. I love that Microsoft keeps updating. I feel like I have a device that continues to upgrade and add features without having to buy a new device. Since owning this device I have been training for a crazy difficult hike. I have lost twenty pounds and am rocking the mountain climbs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Health Band + Notifications

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    CBShd
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    I was attracted to the Microsoft Band 2 by the multitude of sensors, especially the ones not available on other fitness bands or watches. At first, I had issues with the comfort/fit. I have thinner wrists, and the contacts leave indents in my skin (especially overnight) which took some time to get used to, so I switched wrists often, and loosened/tightened it depending on what I was doing. It still leaves the marks, but it's not as irritating as it was (I find watches irritating as well, so I'm probably at the extreme end :). I can type just fine it (I wear it facing inwards and my left wrist) and it doesn't get in the way. The positives of this band are plenty and hence my review. Firstly, the app is great, the desktop/browser dashboard is even better. It can connect to Apple iOS, Android or Windows Phones which automatically make it easy to use with whatever/whenever you change phones/services. This is a huge deal since many other services are tied to ONE company, and if you find something you think you might enjoy more, you can't bring your stuff with you with those kinds of companies. The app syncs with your band several times through the day (or you can sync it manually) and the information is uploaded to the cloud. You can view great information in the app, but the magic is the website dashboard. You can break down into details, time comparisons, comparisons with other people in your category, gender/age/bmi/activity level, etc. The sleep tracking is awesome (on the website you can view your heartrate during your entire sleep, view your periods of light and restful sleep, and your 'awake' times. It'll give you a small review in the morning telling you little things that can help improve your sleep. The 'Smart Alarm' allows the band to notice when you are in lighter sleep to wake you up easier (up to 30 minutes before your alarm time) with a subtle vibration. (you can turn this off if you just want to sleep until your alarm). For walks/runs, you can turn on GPS (though you'll only get 4-6 hours of use with GPS on), an you will have a map with your travel, colour coded by speed, interval times, heart rate, etc. You can even use it for golf, though I haven't tried that. I've only fiddled with the workouts, which give you your exercises on your phone, and the band let's you know when to start/stop based on time or with some exercises, reps. I've only used the UV sensor one day as well. Another sensor that I'm not sure have a visible use for yet include galvanic skin response - maybe you can make a mood band app! You also have the ability to set it to always show the date/time, or to only show it when you lift/twist your wrist - my preference. My wife has used it to pay for Starbucks, which is the only pay app on the Band as of this writing. Checking text messages is great. Email is neat for checking the header information to see whether it's worth picking up the phone to read the email or not. You can use Cortana (I think only on Windows Phone?) by talking to your Band (it simply connects to the phone and does your search - so you'll have to pick up the phone anyways. I find the sensors very accurate, though walking requires your arms to move - carrying a glass usually results in no steps. The positive side is that you don't end up with Fitbit '500 steps taken' while driving your car or brushing your teeth ;). My altimeter for measuring floors up/down doesn't seem to be super accurate. Doesn't work enough in our home, and at a hospital, I only measured 1 floor, even though we went up 2 and down 2 - maybe I wasn't moving my arm enough? Not sure for that. Heart rate works really well once it's locked, though it'll jump somewhat if your heart rate skips - though I believe it takes the average during the time it takes the measurements for data purposes. And calories burned are based on the heart rate (so doing nothing, or sleeping, shows your estimated calories burned - while walking/running/exercising would show an increase along with heart rate). Overall, I enjoy the Band 2 a lot, and would recommend it to anyone, with the caveat of giving it at least a couple of weeks to get used to the clasp/battery/anodes and find the position and arm that feels most comfortable to yourself. I switch arms sometimes a couple of times a day, sometimes not for days. I get a full 2 days of battery life, though I find giving it a quick charge while in the shower/getting ready is enough to keep me going.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smart watch/activity tracker

    Posted
    codys21
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    The Microsoft Band 2 is a very good smart watch and activity tracker. There are so many things it can do, starting from the basics of steps, calories, and distance, it also shows you how many flights of stairs you've climbed and your heart rate. There are several tiles you can add to the band, including Facebook notifications, golf courses, exercise (weightlifting, yoga, rowing, etc), stock prices, UV index, and many more. It is GPS enabled which helps when running, biking, and hiking. When selecting running or biking, it shows pace, heart rate, elevation change among others. There is a stopwatch, timer, alarm, as well as a silent alarm to wake you up with vibrations. Along with tracking your sleep, it can also wake you up at an optimal time in your sleep cycle around the time of your choosing. The app is pretty cool and easy to use. With the app, you can also load certain workouts to the band that the band will then walk you through. There is also a reminder that tells you to get up and go if you haven't moved for a certain time (your choice of 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. You can also tell it between which hours and which days to have this setting on.) It's more than what is on a normal activity tracker. To respond to texts/emails, there is a REAL keyboard you can use so you don't have to use a template. The keyboard is small, but is actually quite easy to use (I am 6' 3", wear XL gloves and haven't screwed up yet.) The only bad thing about it is its battery life, which with Bluetooth on, using it about an hour a day to track workouts, and having active heart rate on throughout the day is about two day battery life. This is right in line with many smart watches/activity trackers, but a better battery life is always nice to have. It takes about 90 minutes to charge full. While it is charging (or at any time it is not being worn) there is a setting that allows it to sync with the step tracker on most smart phones so it doesn't miss counting any steps. It is much more comfortable than the original Microsoft Band with the new curved screen and more flexible band. I think that just about covers everything; great product with a ton of cool features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft Band 2 for the win.

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    Missjomama
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    I read hundreds of comparisons, reviews, and tech articles before heading to Best Buy for an activity / health tracker. Heart rate, running distances, & sleep monitoring were my "needs". I had narrowed my choices to Garmin Vivosmart HR, Microsoft Band 2, & Jawbone UP3. Hubby immediately talked me out of the Jawbone for the lack of display. When running, pulling my phone out of my running belt to check my heart rate would be awkward at best & the death of my phone at worst. Good point, instantly narrowed to the 2 with displays. Cranky kids were quickly getting crankier so we bought both. I loved the look & fit of the Garmin plus it had all the features I wanted and several other nifty tricks but that's where my love story ends. I really wanted it to last forever but it just wasn't meant to be. The Garmin was not easy to pair & configure with my Note 3 (though on paper, they are compatible). Eventually I got it to work & started testing it out. It didn't take long to realize new text alerts were displaying but I couldn't read them (not by design - was not functioning properly). Hubby & I are both in IT so we're no strangers to figuring out how to make geek-stuff work. We fiddled with various settings for about 30 minutes & in that time, we were prompted to verify security the pin & re-pair my phone no less than 5 times. The brightness never got bright enough for my old, tired eyes to clearly see without squinting... not even inside a dark room. Meanwhile, on my other wrist was the Microsoft Band 2. The Band paired in about 60 seconds flat without blinking an eye. It worked flawlessly without any tweaking any settings, the display was clear, bright & easy to read under bright & dark conditions, and it never dropped the connection to my phone. Not even once. The Band 2 was less *cute* & slightly more bulky but the Garmin went back into the box & back to the store. We exchanged the Garmin for another Microsoft Band 2 to upgrade the hubby's old Samsung Gear. My final advice - if your wrist size falls between 2 sizes, go for the smaller size. The estimator band on the store display hit right on the line between small & medium. Medium fit but on smallest setting. When I went running (sweating), I had to scoot the Band up my forearm to keep it snug. It kept slipping back down & losing the lock on my heart rate. Bought hubby a small & swapped him for my medium.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but still has its flaws

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    MisterT
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    The Microsoft Band 2 is a big improvement over the Band 1 in several ways. The shape is more comfortable and easier to wear (the 2 doesn't snag on long-sleeves like the 1 did). The screen size is slightly larger, making items easier to see and making it possible to type on its on-screen keyboard. It also has several new features, including a smart alarm, inactivity alerts, an motion-based "watch mode" activation, and music controls for music playing on your phone, that make it a serious competitor in smart wearables. The smart alarm alone was worth it to me, but the inactivity timer and music controls definitely seal the deal. However, it still has a few flaws that might make you reconsider. The screen orientation is still 90 degrees perpendicular to what most people would consider comfortable or intuitive. It still can't charge while being worn and the charge port is still awkward (new location and design, but still awkward). But worst of all is battery life. Just using it for notifications and sleep monitoring - no workouts or anything - I go through about 40-50% battery life in 24 hours from a 100% charge. For anyone using the Band 2 for tracking their workouts or long hikes/walks/rides, you can expect the battery to drain rapidly during active monitoring. Turning on location awareness for a long hike will kill the battery completely in 4-6 hours. Overall, it's an excellent device for people like me who aren't already active but who want to monitor and improve their lifestyle. For those who already live an active lifestyle, the battery life may not be good enough for your routine. For someone like me who has central sleep apnea and difficulty waking up, the smart alarm can be a life saver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy Overall with The Microsoft Band 2

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    redford
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    I have had The Microsoft Band 2 for a month now and overall I am happy with the product. I was hoping for a more accurate reading on the hr monitor, but the fact is ALL wrist monitors are not as accurate as a chest monitor and I don't want to wear one of those. It is more comfortable than most will lead you to believe in other reviews. The only time it bothers me is when I first wake up and it has been in the same spot on my wrist. I then take it off and let it charge when I get ready for the day and I never run out of battery power. I love the display. It is sharp and easy to read. I also like the way it looks on my wrist. It goes well with casual, work, or church clothes. I also like the movement reminder, which you can customize. I sit all day and it reminds me to get up and walk around for a bit. I have yet to use the GPS with the cold weather but does a decent job on the treadmill on tracking my distance. It's about a tenth of a mile off compared to what the treadmill tells me that I have run. I also like the alerts from my phone. It's nice to see who is calling without pulling my phone out of my pocket. I did almost return it in the first week i bought it becuase, the HR monitor was off + or - 10 beats a minute compared to the HR monitors on the cardiovascular equipment, but sometimes it's right on the money. Usually it is in line with the cardiovascular machines or under. You also have to be moving your arms for it to track your steps, which is how a lot of other activity wrist trackers work as well. If you want a fitness tracker, HR monitor, smart phone alert function, and sleep tracker all in one and don't mind the small shortfall of thr hr monitor accuracy then I feel this is the best one on the market. If you want a 100% accurate HR monitor get a chest strap or wait another year or two for the technology to get better for wrist fitness HR monitors. I waited a year and got tired of waiting. I am happy to have this band and recommend it to anyone looking for a wrist fitness tracker with smart phone alerts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fitness tracker and notification device

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    peterWashHeights
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    This is my second Microsoft Band. The previous version was good and I used it every day for 8 months, but the band was a bit clunky and the charge contact area had corroded a bit. The previous version also required a screen protector (I used two over that time period). The new band 2 does everything right. It is smaller and lays flat so I can wear it under the cuff of a dress shirt. It has Gorilla glass so I do not have to deal with screen protectors. It has better sensors and a more solid charge connector. Because of recent software updates, I can now get on my bicycle, ride, and the watch's GPS tracker uses a power saving mode and it has auto-pause. When I stop at a red light, the counter stops. The Band 2 also measures elevation during a ride. Since I live in Washington Heights, the highest point in Manhattan, the built-in barometer-sensor is not entirely meaningless. I am equally enthusiastic about the Band as a running tracker. With the Microsoft Health app I am able to review distance, splits, and heart rate. I love to walk and I am able to track daily/monthly distances and pace. In terms of a phone companion, the watch tells me when I get a phone call, a text, Whatsapp message or anything set up to alert me. Discreetly glancing at my watch, I am able to decide whether to get my phone out or not in the social setting I am in. The built-in timer/stopwatch is great for keeping track of laundry progress or for accurate long exposures with my camera. In summary, the Band 2 is a fantastic product that meets more of my requirements than any competing product. Inclusion of a GPS tracker, missing from Apple Watches, was another deciding factor. And the price is very competitive. And if a particular functionality is missing, I can always download the Band SDK and create my own tile. On a recent trip to Europe the bicycling and running functions worked flawlessly as well. The snail that popped up during long conversations with friends and family exhorting me to work out was greeted with "next time it pops up we put it in the oven with garlic butter"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good well rounded choice, feature packed

    Posted
    Hyperpipe
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    I find the Microsoft Band 2 to be a pretty good, well rounded contender in the field of wearables. It is reasonably comfortable to wear, and easily adjusts. Charging is quick, and can be done while in the shower in the morning or by taking a break from wearing it. Battery lasts me all day and through a sleep cycle, charged in the morning. The Band's fitness tracking for runs and general exercise has been fairly accurate, as with the step counter. I have not evaluated the golf functionality. Guided workouts are nice, to prompt different exercises, while working on a routine. Bluetooth connectivity is pretty good, there is a bit of jank sometimes trying to pull up the keyboard to reply to text messages (seriously, it works, you can type on it), or use the MP3 controls. It is nice that you can customize what notifications you get on the band, but, not much beyond the application level, so it may not be perfect for all uses. So far after owning it for a few months, it has not broken or failed. I worry that by the end of it's two year lifespan it will not look pretty, or that the clasp will have broken, but, so far so good. If you are looking for something more simplistic, as you are not interested in seeing news, email, etc on your wrist, this may not be the best choice, there may be less expensive options. Similarly, this is not a water proof device, and is not going to work for those who want to swim, like triathetetes, or those looking for chest straps or other metering options. It is a middling choice in the health wearables arena, one which does well for me as a notification device and fitness tracker. I will admit I am a Windows Phone user, which would limit the number of choices for me anyways, though anyone evaluating a not-quite-full-blown smart watch should at least take a look, regardless of their phone type.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    2 steps forward and 2 steps back

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    haroldodin
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    I had the original Microsoft Band and never had the issues regarding the comfort of wearing it or the screen scratching easily that others had. However when the Band 2 came out I wanted one immediately because of the improved look and feel, seemingly more durable build and extra features that it had over the original Band. As a whole I have been pleased but 2 things that I don't like about the Band 2 in comparison to the original Band are: 1) Battery life is not as good as the original Band. I could easily go 2-3 days between charges with the original Band. If I do anything other than just wear the Band 2 it's not likely that I'll even make it to the end of day 2 and that's with as many power-saving settings enabled as is possible and it still be useful. Because of this I essentially have to charge it every day and it doesn't seem to charge as fast. 2) Sometimes I forget to put the Band/Band 2 into sleep mode. The original Band was great at detecting and still tracking my sleep almost every time I forgot. In all the time I've had the Band 2 it's only detected my sleep once when I forgot to put it in sleep mode. One additional annoyance that is not directly related to the Band vs Band 2 is warranty replacement. With the original Band it was recommended that I go with the medium size band even though I was right on the Small/Medium sizing edge. Because I had to tighten the Band all the way to wear it effectively it started separating where the flexible band and screen module met which started leading to problems with the display. I called the Warranty number and explained what happened. They shipped me a brand new small to replace the original medium one and received it 2 days later. This was while they were still having issues keeping inventory in stock in stores. 3 weeks ago the battery on my Band 2 stopped charging and when I called and explained what happened they made me ship the Band 2 back before they would ship a replacement. It was 8 days after they received my defective one back before the shipped a replacement and a total of 2 weeks between the warranty process being started and me receiving a replacement. Fortunately I still had my original Band and it's still perfectly functional so I didn't have to go completely without. However the replacement was neither my repaired Band 2 nor a new Band 2. Functionally the replacement is fine but cosmetically it was obviously used and abused by whoever had it before me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stay Away!

    Posted
    Jordan

    Under no circumstances, should you buy this device as your fitness tracker/smartwatch. The software is great but the hardware is poor at best. I purchased my Microsoft Band in December of 2015 to use for running, biking, golf and the guided workouts(which I thought were great) but I quickly learned I had just thrown away $250. About a month into using the band, everything was going great until the band would no longer charge. I tried charging in multiple outlets, direct to my computer’s usb, bought a second charger, everything. It would not work. I was barely within my return policy at Best Buy so I exchanged it for a new one. No problem. Well about a month and a half later, here we go again but with a new issue. There was the slightest crack in the physical “band” which was fine until it slowly grew bigger and bigger. I contacted Microsoft Customer Support which was a nightmare, received a shipping label, mailed it in and received a new band under warranty about two weeks later. Other than being without my band for two weeks I was ready to chalk it up to bad luck and move on until yet again, about a month and half later I run into another issue. This time the metal plate that covers the charging port fell off in the middle of a run. It caused the clasp to come undone so immediately I noticed and picked it up. I again contacted customer support, they emailed me a shipping label and I sent it off. This time however, I received a box 10 days later only to find out that Microsoft would not repair or replace the product due to “abuse”. I took amazing care of this band. I never showered with it, hit it on things, and definitely didn’t abuse it. As a matter of fact, I “babied” this thing only to be told that I had abused it and voided the warranty. This is a poorly made product. It looks great in most of the reviews but I’m warning you, if your experience is anything like mine, you will be truly disappointed. Take it from me, and skip this one. Do some more research on the Garmin or Fitbit products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Inaccurate Heart Rate during moderate working out.

    Posted
    scooby068
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought both the Surge and Band 2 at BB as I wasn't so sure about the Band after one day use, they both were sized correctly for a 7-3/8 wrist which is important for accurate readings. Both seemed to be accurately tracking while walking around the house, etc. My biggest issue was that during my second workout the Band started reading 179 BPM once I had a slight sweat going, the Surge read 84 BPM. I cleaned them, put them on again......same readings. I manually checked my pulse with a sweep second hand clock while on the bike at an actual 86 BPM just to prove out what I instinctively already knew. Both have GPS which is nice if your going to workout outside on bike trails or hike trails. Both have nice add on apps, both hook up nicely to the PC. Band was easier to read in poor light with bright display, but battery life was much much better on Surge than Band. Surge had one click wireless data up link to PC, I think Band has to hook up manually to cord as I did until I returned it, but I may be mistaken on that. I loved the software, build quality and look of the Band over the Surge, but when it came to acid truth time on the stationary bike with a little sweat going on the Surge blew it away! You need to keep swiping the Band screen to see heart rate readings even in workout mode, it's only one swipe so not so bad, but you didn't have to do that with the Surge in Workout mode. I just had a Pacemaker put in so it's pretty important to me to get somewhat accurate pulse readings as I workout and monitor. If you want looks, get the Band, but if you want a great workout monitor, try the Surge and the others. Nice try Microsoft but like so many other MS products, rushed to market ahead of it's time for the consumer to troubleshoot for you, sorry you get no cigar!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than version 1

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

    I had the original Microsoft Band, which I liked for features and tolerated for fit. Sometimes it felt like what it must be like to have a prisoner's tracking band! SO glad I bought the BB extended warranty because at 11 months of careful use, that one cracked on both sides of the band. I got this model as a replacement. It's definitely more comfortable than the original and has extra bells and whistles, though like most Microsoft products before version "3", there's still room to improve. It added "flights of stairs climbed", but it often gets this wrong and occasionally very wrong. On the whole, though, it's a pretty nice product with good tracking features and its own GPS so I can run with or without my cell. If I leave the phone behind, it will sync when I return home. The battery lasts a bit over a day, but it's more like a day with a 30 minute GPS-enabled run. Sleep tracking seems good, but it's hard to know if it's accurate. I'd like to be able to edit/correct calculations once downloaded to my phone, but I'm not sure it's possible. I've also had two occasions where the band has powered itself off and refused to power on until being reconnected to the charger. This seems to be some kind of design flaw which I've since read in a Microsoft forum isn't uncommon. Thankfully, it's only been twice. Both times when I had to store my phone, band, and car fob in a small metal locker at a pool. (Charging band is proprietary, so you might want one for your car or travel bag.) I won't try to give a full review as there are already many existing. On the whole I'm pleased, but I bought the BB extended warranty again. I seldom buy extended warranties, but most fitness bands seem fragile and often used in activities where I could see them being inadvertently damaged. I'd definitely take the warranty on this model! Finally, my Android phone's battery drains a bit faster with the Microsoft Health app installed. I'm hoping this improves in time, but sometimes newer versions have new bugs that drain the battery still faster! Recommended in general, so long as you're aware of all the caveats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A true LOVE / HATE relationship

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

    The MS Band 2 has super apps and features, my primary reasons for purchasing the band was for fitness tracking and everyday wear. For fitness, the band has some very positive attributes: The running app is one of the best bands I’ve used for distance accuracy; outside it uses the GPS function and was dead on with my trail runs. Inside, it was the best band I’ve ever used to accurately measure distance and pace on the treadmill. The onboard heartrate monitor is adequate for straight cardio but starts to get flakey with weight training like most other wrist-worn optical monitors. The golf widget is okay, it does not continually monitor yardage, you have to activate / refresh each time you want yardage by pushing a button. Sometimes the GPS would not lock on especially in heavily wooded areas. The non-fitness apps were awesome and the band kept the Bluetooth connection incredibly well. Push notifications for texts and calls worked flawlessly with my IPhone. The sleep tracker function is great too, very quick and easy to activate and the wake-up feature is topnotch. With all this being said, the Band 2 had just about all the features I was looking for - BUT – it was, on the verge of being torturous to wear full-time. There is absolutely no flex in the band and regardless of positioning on my wrist, I could NOT find a clasp setting that would give me any degree of long-term comfort. Several nights, it woke me up due to the fact it was cutting off the circulation to my wrist. During the day if it slipped down toward my hand it would keep my wrist from flexing, I was constantly readjusting the band all day long, as well as completely taking it off for some much needed relief. I also did not like the fact that the recommended position was to wear the band with the face to the inside of your wrist. The bulge of the face made keyboard typing very uncomfortable. Overall, the Band 2 has just about all the functionality you could want, but the lack of ergonomic form makes it a total bust for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Enough with the Microsoft Band 2 bashing

    Posted
    trueskew
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've read Best Bands, Top-10 Bands, Band shoot-outs, and other comparison articles, and figured Microsoft Band 2 just wasn't very good since it was frequently excluded. I tried most of them (Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, MIO to name a few), and they were fine, though most had something or other I didn't like. But to be complete, I tried the Band 2. Worn with the display outside the wrist, it wasn't very comfortable. But worn the other way, it's very comfortable (my wife prefers to wear hers the other way). Feature-wise, it's a great superset of what I wanted, plus it gave me things I didn't think I'd care for, like caller ID and text previews. Battery life is very good, usually 4-5 days if I want to just measure my progress, or about 2 days if I have Bluetooth and heartrate turned on all the time. Turning on HR-Zones has the heart monitor only working when I exercise, which gives me close to 4-5 days without charging... which isn't great for me, I need to exercise even more than owning the Band 2 has inspired me to do, which perhaps is the best reason for any of us too-busy-people to get a band and have our inactivity shoved in our faces. The phone app is pretty good and provides a lot of detail, and it's nice having the onboard GPS so I don't have to depend on having a phone on a hike that doesn't get bars on our local mountain trails anyway (San Diego). I'm a little worried about the bad, which I've read can break. I also read that the lot number I have, marked on the box, is among those with an improved band. Your broken band gets replaced by Microsoft pretty quickly for free, no postage included, according to a few users who went through that. It's interesting seeing all the sensor feedback, so I get why the band has to be part of the analysis system. All of that has been about paranoia, the band itself has shown no wear and tear... though I did pull it off when I repaired my in-attic AC. I don't understand why it's not included in several comparison reviews, but it's a great device that provides the fitness emphasis I want and throws in some useful smartwatch features. I strongly suggest you try it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I wanted to like it

    Posted
    triatl

    I really did want to like the Band 2. The comfort and wearability is vastly improved over the first version, the screen is bright and responsive, the ability create guided workouts is great, but there are major flaws. First, and foremost, the step count accuracy is atrocious. On basic everyday use, it under counts by anywhere from 30-40%. On treadmill runs it under counts, on average, by about 20-25%. On it's own, this may not be a problem as you could simply adjust expectations. However, this single function is used in speed, distance (with the GPS off), and calorie count. In addition, if you connect this data to any third-party apps (myfitnesspal for instance), this incorrect data will be the basis for any subsequent calculations or goals. The unfortunate part is this is a well known issue and is, by far, the most viewed and commented thread on the company's support forums. When calling support, however, you'll be told they've never heard of this problem and there are no current plans to fix it. This lack of acknowledgement, in spite of the number of people who have called and been told to factory reset the device, would seem to indicate they have no intention of ever addressing the problem. Truly unfortunate, because it actually could be a very good product. Support forum thread: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/band/forum/msband2-band_hardware/band-2-doesnt-count-steps-accurately/fa58db56-14c3-45de-b287-8d621ae0f2e1

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much better than Fitbit and looks nicer! Pricey

    Posted
    recruiter89
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    Let me start by saying I have now owned every model Fitbit including Surge and the watch and I have owned three Apple Watches. I have gotten rid of all these since they just did not work for me and I was without a fitness device for a while until I spotted this band which is the newly revamped MS Band and I wanted to try it out. So far it is pretty good, still feels a bit uncomfortable and will take some getting used to but it is not bad. What I feel like is different from Fitbit is the clean look and features this band has. See Fitbit just looks cheap and their screen and interface looks like an old style digital watch and it was bulky and looked strange. This band is sleek, a bit larger than I thought but is low on wrist. The touchscreen works great and notifications are similar to Fitbit and Apple Watch. What Microsoft did right was to cram a lot of various fitness pieces into this band which after all this is why you buy a fitness band, for fitness correct? So far I like the amount of things in the band, it does not have glance where it auto turns on when you look at it which is fine. I have yet to work out with it but so far I like this much better than Fitbit. Price is a bit high though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GPS, notifications work great!

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

    I paired it with my iPhone 6s and wore it daily for 6 weeks...5 days hiking in Utah, the rest at home and a number of runs and couple bicycle training rides. Love the quality and ability to stand alone with it's built-in GPS BUT it made me realize I miss and actually like carrying my smartphone anyway on runs, biking and hiking so it wasn't that big of an advantage. Notifications were clear and efficient. Couldn't use voice features since i did not have a windows phone. Only app I added was a NFL app...showed me last week's score and upcoming game time. Battery lasted about 1 1/2 days. The steps calculation was very accurate and matched my wife's fitbit on a number of Utah hikes. Also, Microsoft's health (?) stats online and on phone were very useful...impressed. Oh yeah, the sleep functionality taught me a lot about my sleep habits, it worked flawlessly. A few downer's (for me)...felt a bit heavy and bulky. The screen did get a small nick. Can't reply to notifications (i.e. messages) on android or an iPhone. Stairs count was always WAY high. Also the black rubber band was wearing and showing scuffs...my gutt feel was band would not look very good in a few more months. Wore it the Band 2 on the inside of my wrist because it simply made it easier to read since the text on the Band cannot rotate. Anyway, I sold it and replaced it with an reduced price Apple Watch since the Band 2 made me realize how much I liked getting notifications and I wanted to be able to respond. Also wished they allowed voice functionality on non-windows phones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great in theory, not so much in execution

    Posted
    yogafit04

    I bought the band 2 on January 9th. I have worn it almost continuously since I purchased it including in two races, a 15k and a 10k that I participated in over 2 consecutive weekends. For the price tag on this device I was expecting more accuracy. I transferred from using a fitbit over to this device because I wanted to upgrade to a heart rate monitor and gain some of the smart watch benefits such as calendar and text messaging notifications on my activity tracker, which the fitbit charge hr does not provide adequately. The short story is that the band 2 has been a POOR activity tracker for me. It does not accurately track my steps OR floors climbed. I have a flight of stairs in my house and it never counts my trips up and down the stairs doing laundry, etc. It also severly underestimates steps taken. If I count my steps for instance from my car to the door of my work the band is routinely about 50% off from my step count. If the gps is used then it becomes quite accurate and the gps feature actually works great. However 2 hours of continuous GPS use COMPLETELY DRAINS the battery. So if you think that you will be able to use the gps for a half marathon then also collect the steps taken during the post race expo, etc. you will be sorely disappointed because the battery will be IN THE RED and shutting down. The final straw came today when I picked up 10k worth of steps but for some unknown reason the app is registering 18k steps AND more calories burned than the band reflects. I have restarted the band and the phone, emptied the app cache and anything else I could think of to get the app to sync up properly with the band in terms of my step count, but no luck! I am already outside of my 15 day return period to bestbuy so now I am left trying to work with Microsoft. So far I have not been able to get an actual customer service person on the phone. DO NOT go with this device if tracking your activity with anything approaching accuracy is important to you. You will be sorely disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello yogafit04, The Band 2 includes a 1 year limited warranty. Please contact us so we can assist you with a possible replacement at: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-us/support/warranty . We apologize for any frustration this has caused and hope this was helpful to you. Microsoft