11-02-2014 06:16 PM
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  1. crelim's Avatar
    For indoor cycling I have been just selecting the workout tile "the one that says, yoga, weights whatever your workout" and use that to log my HR. If you want outdoor cycling, I would use it in the run mode for now since the data it collects would still be very similar (GPS track + HR) and on top you can export the data (via connected apps). You can then re-import that data to your favorite cycling pp like TrainingPeaks.

    I like it quite a bit though. Bit uncomfortable but I've only been wearing it 30 minutes.
    It gets better quickly. Give it about 4-5 days to break into the band and then it will be very comfortable. For me it took about 4 days of wearing.
    dainla and Hoekie like this.
    10-30-2014 06:41 PM
  2. jantveg85's Avatar
    Oh man! I'll be getting myself the AT&T Lumia 830 and the MSFT Band as early Christmas presents to myself!

    Glad to hear everyone's enjoying their Band!
    10-30-2014 06:48 PM
  3. crelim's Avatar
    two questions, one of them is how much does it last with GPS on and/or watch mode on ... I know thats a bit early, but get back whenever possible if you please.
    second, where does this thing show battery indicator :D ?
    Regarding GPS, I have gone on 2-hour runs and it would still last all day. With no GPS usage and the clock mode on, on most occasions I got close to 2-day battery. Seldom it ran out in 1.5 days and that was when I had too many emails and notifications.
    10-30-2014 06:59 PM
  4. crelim's Avatar
    Do you have that function turned on in the band?

    Ultimately, what I am wondering is if there is any way to see Skype notifications.
    Yes, you get Skype notifications.
    10-30-2014 07:01 PM
  5. crelim's Avatar
    two questions, one of them is how much does it last with GPS on and/or watch mode on ... I know thats a bit early, but get back whenever possible if you please.
    second, where does this thing show battery indicator :D ?
    I have taken the band on a couple 2 hour or so runs and despite that had my band last all day long. I never had a chance to test how long it goes if GPS is on all the time. Also note that the track the band collects is pretty dense -- in other words the GPS is sampled at a high rate.

    Without GPS, I get 2 days on most occasions with 1.5 days when I get a lot of email and too many notifications, but in general I charge it every other night.
    10-30-2014 07:04 PM
  6. gomezz's Avatar
    How accurate is the time display? If it is taking its time from the mobile phone it is linked to which in turn takes it from the service provider then for me it will be a minute or so out which is no good at all for many day to day purposes such as catching a bus.
    10-30-2014 07:07 PM
  7. crelim's Avatar
    How accurate is the time display? If it is taking its time from the mobile phone it is linked to which in turn takes it from the service provider then for me it will be a minute or so out which is no good at all for many day to day purposes such as catching a bus.
    The time is very accurate -- as accurate as any digital watch out there. The reason the band or rather any such device (even your phone) takes time every now or then from a "master source" (which here is the GSM/CDMA towers that further get their time from Atomic Cesium clocks in satellites) is to correct for the oscillator drift. This oscillator drift is tiny and would not be more than a mere second over a period of 24 hours. The other obvious reason for getting time from the phone is so that the user does not have to set it and when you fly to another country, the time is automatically set to local time.

    Also, despite a long chain of one device getting its time from another device like you mentioned the absolute time difference is on the order of milliseconds and is often of no concern for everyday timekeeping. You won't miss your bus by a millisecond ;)

    For more info and to learn how you would sync time for an experiment where a difference of even 1uS (MICRO second) is unacceptable, look into NTP and Stratum-0/1 level clocks or GPS disciplined oven controlled clocks.
    TechAbstract and James8561 like this.
    10-30-2014 07:30 PM
  8. surfacedude's Avatar
    I'm about to open mine right now!
    10-30-2014 07:33 PM
  9. MikeSo's Avatar
    Hope they add double tap to wake as an option. Even if the screen doesn't support it, it should be able to sense the motion of the tap like the Fitbit Flex does. Seems like a better way to get its attention than having to press a button.
    10-30-2014 07:33 PM
  10. jantveg85's Avatar
    I wonder how long the battery lasts. I know Microsoft says "about 2 days," but I'd like to know from the users themselves.
    10-30-2014 07:37 PM
  11. gomezz's Avatar
    The other obvious reason for getting time from the phone is so that the user does not have to set it and when you fly to another country, the time is automatically set to local time
    But that is the problem. The time on my phone as set by my service provider is always a minute or two behind.
    10-30-2014 07:52 PM
  12. cvflowe's Avatar
    Yeah its pretty cool to pay with the Starbucks app. I agree, it's kind of bulky. But pretty cool
    10-30-2014 08:03 PM
  13. crelim's Avatar
    But that is the problem. The time on my phone as set by my service provider is always a minute or two behind.
    Wow, really? I am now curious. What service provider are you on? This seems very odd to me because a lot of vital services depend on GSM towers maintaining correct time.

    As far as the band is concerned, if you were to manually change time on phone that will also update time on band, but really something is very weird if you are telling me your service provider gives you time that is off by *minutes*!
    10-30-2014 08:07 PM
  14. navet42's Avatar
    Loving mine. Set it all up, and getting all my notifications off an IOS device.

    Did one of the inbuilt workouts. Left my phone in the house while doing the workout, and it worked perfectly.

    Not sure how if it integrates with MSN Health app or HealthVault, so I can track my food intake as well. Sure it will in the future.
    10-30-2014 08:32 PM
  15. iamakii's Avatar
    Jealous!! Hurry up MS and bring it to Asia. 😍
    10-30-2014 08:34 PM
  16. aliencatos's Avatar
    can you change song with it will listening to music?
    10-30-2014 10:51 PM
  17. gomezz's Avatar
    Wow, really? I am now curious. What service provider are you on? This seems very odd to me because a lot of vital services depend on GSM towers maintaining correct time
    O2 in the UK. Perhaps most people do not realise the time is off by so much as they have nothing to compare it with? I use a radio-control watch (Casio Waveceptor) so I know for sure.
    10-31-2014 07:43 AM
  18. mhc48's Avatar
    Does anyone have a trick to choose to only notify for emails to a specific account? I see the VIP feature in the notification settings for the email tile, but you have to manually enter senders to be notified for, and you can only enter up to 10 of them. Perhaps right now email notifications (other than the VIP thing) are an all or nothing proposition, but I hope in the future they allow us to select which accounts send notifications to the Band.
    Good point, I definitely agree. I link my work and private e-mail addresses on my phone but turned off the e-mail notifications to the Band after a while because I do not need to see or read the enormous number of routine (and probably battery draining) business e-mails it was pushing to my phone. I would though, very much like to see e-mails send to my private account.
    10-31-2014 07:43 AM
  19. Upstate Dunadan's Avatar
    Is there a way to limit email based on whether you are working out or not? I have 3 different email accounts on my phone, plus work. When I'm working out I would only need to see email from VIP list (my boss (and their boss) and my wife/kid. Everything else can wait till after my workout. All other times, I wouldn't want to limit. Seems down the road supporting some type of group controls would be good.
    Joe920 likes this.
    10-31-2014 07:58 AM
  20. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    Does anyone have a trick to choose to only notify for emails to a specific account?.
    One trick might be to use some combination of email rules/filters with IFTTT and/or a second proxy email account.
    10-31-2014 08:01 AM
  21. kayb27's Avatar
    It'd be great if there were a Windows 8.1 app and also a website that could show all your stats, etc. Tried the sleep monitor last night. Seems accurate. Although I tried sharing the data with my friends and had to screenshot. Might be a good feature to add to the app later on.
    10-31-2014 10:53 AM
  22. MikeSo's Avatar
    Loving mine. Set it all up, and getting all my notifications off an IOS device.

    Did one of the inbuilt workouts. Left my phone in the house while doing the workout, and it worked perfectly.

    Not sure how if it integrates with MSN Health app or HealthVault, so I can track my food intake as well. Sure it will in the future.
    Healthvault was disconnected from the MSN Health & Fitness app a little while ago, so I would assume that it's the MSN Health website that will keep this data, since it already does for the app.
    10-31-2014 11:17 AM
  23. Daniel Rubino's Avatar
    Is there a way to limit email based on whether you are working out or not? I have 3 different email accounts on my phone, plus work. When I'm working out I would only need to see email from VIP list (my boss (and their boss) and my wife/kid. Everything else can wait till after my workout. All other times, I wouldn't want to limit. Seems down the road supporting some type of group controls would be good.
    ​You can disable alerts temporarily in Settings.
    10-31-2014 11:27 AM
  24. S640's Avatar
    Good point, I definitely agree. I link my work and private e-mail addresses on my phone but turned off the e-mail notifications to the Band after a while because I do not need to see or read the enormous number of routine (and probably battery draining) business e-mails it was pushing to my phone. I would though, very much like to see e-mails send to my private account.
    That's exactly my situation. I would like to see notifications on the Band for my personal email, but not for my synced work email (just as it's set up on my phone.)

    One trick might be to use some combination of email rules/filters with IFTTT and/or a second proxy email account.
    That would probably do it, but I'm hoping before long they integrate that into the settings to it's as easy as a few taps of the screen.
    10-31-2014 12:14 PM
  25. Joe920's Avatar
    Is there a way to limit email based on whether you are working out or not? I have 3 different email accounts on my phone, plus work. When I'm working out I would only need to see email from VIP list (my boss (and their boss) and my wife/kid. Everything else can wait till after my workout. All other times, I wouldn't want to limit. Seems down the road supporting some type of group controls would be good.
    This is a great idea. They really should set up a uservoice page asap so people can share these kind of things!
    10-31-2014 12:18 PM
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