1. neutropia's Avatar
    My wife walks a lot for her job and has expressed interested in a fitbit for her birthday. That got me looking into the MS Band but based on reviews that's a huge gamble on reliability which I won't be doing.

    So are there any smart watches that would work well with her phone To where she can read texts, etc.? Also, does the fit bit work well with her phone or does anyone have a better suggestions that can track her steps, distance, etc?
    03-21-2017 08:46 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    The FitBit is better as a fitness tracker. I believe that the Vector Luna watch will allow her to read texts and notifications. However, FitBit now owns Vector so i'm not sure how long the Vector app will continue to receive updates.
    03-21-2017 09:24 AM
  3. camaroz1985's Avatar
    My wife has the Fitbit Alta. Hers is paired to an iphone, but she gets text alerts, etc. I'm not sure how this is on W10M. If she wants more of smart watch, the Fitbit Blaze has a larger color screen.

    There is a sub-forum here for smartwatches you may want to check that out.

    Smartwatches
    03-21-2017 10:12 AM
  4. Paul May's Avatar
    Just to reaffirm your decision to not go the Microsoft Band route. I have owned both the Band and Band 2 which work well as a fitness tracker but do not hold up well over time. The build quality just isn't there for me.
    03-27-2017 06:40 PM
  5. meattray's Avatar
    I love the band 2. Just a fantastic smart device but it does have some build quality issues others have experienced.

    Definitely enjoying all the features though.
    03-27-2017 08:10 PM
  6. Paul May's Avatar
    I love the band 2. Just a fantastic smart device but it does have some build quality issues others have experienced.

    Definitely enjoying all the features though.
    Mine lasted a year and stopped charging. I sent it to MS and they sent it back unfixed and claimed outside damage had caused the issue. I had a chip on the screen the size of a rice grain which did not hinder the touch screen at all.

    My wife stopped using hers so i stole hers for my work outs.
    03-28-2017 05:41 PM
  7. meattray's Avatar
    Mine lasted a year and stopped charging. I sent it to MS and they sent it back unfixed and claimed outside damage had caused the issue. I had a chip on the screen the size of a rice grain which did not hinder the touch screen at all.

    My wife stopped using hers so i stole hers for my work outs.
    Yeah definitely some durability issues which is too bad considering how nice of a wearable it is.
    03-28-2017 06:25 PM
  8. EMitchell's Avatar
    Unfortunately there aren't any MS Bands left, unless MS has started the production back up. It's unfortunate, the features were terrific and it worked very well. When the rubber on my band recently split, I did a little research and bought a Garmin Vivosmart HR. It doesn't have the features that the MS Band2 had, but it will count steps, calories, sleep monitoring, and will alert texts and emails. There is a Win10 mobile app from Garmin that works with the Vivosmart HR.
    03-29-2017 11:21 PM
  9. njstol01's Avatar
    Anyone have any success using a 950 with a Garmin vivoactive HR? I currently have a L640 and while I was able to initially pair the watch with the 640, I can seldom connect with it. Since I'm considering upgrading to the 950, connectivity with my Garmin will be another feather in the 950's hat.
    04-02-2017 10:00 AM
  10. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Bluetooth LE is very unreliable on W10M. I have not had any of the build issues on my Band 2 and I've had it for about a year and a half. I've tried Fitbits and Pebble Time Steel on Windows over the years but their connection is miserable. The Band 2 stays locked on like a guided missile but the range is deplorable.
    04-02-2017 10:44 AM
  11. NACEOD's Avatar
    I have a 950 and Fitbit Charge 2. On the Fitbit support forum they are testing the beta W10 mobile app that has GPS tracking and notifications on some models. https://community.fitbit.com/t5/Wind...763026/page/37
    Last edited by NACEOD; 04-02-2017 at 04:05 PM.
    04-02-2017 03:39 PM
  12. Frank DiGiorgio's Avatar
    I have a Fitbit Blaze which I needed for phone/text notifications which worked great on my iPhone 6+. Having recently moved to my 950, I no longer receive the phone/text notifications which I verified on the Fitbit website. Still, it works great with the 950 and maybe someday, phone/text notifications will be available on the 950.
    04-05-2017 10:49 AM

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