- Dec 28, 2001
If there is a Band 3, it will likely be released for the Holidays. As low as the Band 2 is priced these days, I'd take the leap now.
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I disagree. At $175 it is a good deal. The Band does more than the other trackers (UV, golf courses, integration with Cortana) and will have more integration with a WP than any other tracker. I run, walk, lift free weights, jump rope, bike as well. I sit a fair amount of time at the computer, even though that's not my job. I believe the materials work just fine, as long as you have an appropriately sized Band.
Anything else is navel gazing and wishful thinking.
Maybe you have a budget for it but I cannot afford these expenditures especially when I know Microsoft and I both know how weak these materials are.
I have a large band and it fits OK on my wrist. The first Band I had the clasp simply broke away from the band itself. Very odd that the weakest point of the band was where it clasp actually attaches to the band. Here is a re-post of my Band.No, my budget doesn't allow for multiple replacements. I just find it odd that our workouts are very similar in nature, and I have not had one issue with the quality of the band material. I wear mine all day, every day. It is my watch as well as fitness tracker. My job doesn't require a lot of desk work, but I do sit at the computer some. I still think the issues are improperly sized Bands. Do you have to overly tighten yours to get a good fit? Example, you're wearing a large and you're having to tighten it to the max to get it to fit? I wore a medium on B1, but had to drop to a small for B2.
I'm thinking of getting a Band 2 to help with gym life.
Do you think I should buy the 2 now or wait for the 3? Any ideas about the release date of Band 3 and what it will pack?
I have a large band and it fits OK on my wrist. The first Band I had the clasp simply broke away from the band itself. Very odd that the weakest point of the band was where it clasp actually attaches to the band. Here is a re-post of my Band.
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Needless to say, that one was returned to Microsoft for a replacement. But if you look closer, you can see the fatigue in the band where the material seems to be coming away from the metal braclet that surrounds the wrist. This is my first band.
The replacement Band, just like the first one looks great and worked great for a few months. In fact it still works but as I said, the fatigue in the materials became apparent at around the 6 month mark and even though it works, it looks far too ratty to wear in public. See below:
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I have the older Fitbit band, I also have one called UP from Jawbone. I've had them for years. My Jawbone lives the same life as I do and to this day looks great. Fitbit has those replaceable bands and I think those have to be changed occasionally "by design". But Fitbit bands are cheap enough for that. A 200 dollar wearable that uses less than quality materials designed for wear, including standing up to lotions, oils and body sweat, isn't something I am prepared financially for. If yours is holding up, all the best.
BTW, how long have you had your Band?
The vibrating alarm idea is the edge of useful territory to me. It's nice to have haptic watch feedback if you need a quiet reminder and your phone is within bluetooth range but not "out". But thats just a QoL thing.
Haha. I live in the desert and in this very sunny and arid climate, you must protect the skin. SPF based lotions in full effect. Otherwise, my skin is fine, probably better than your skin. But as I've been saying, Microsoft DID NOT THOROUGHLY test the materials they are using before they hit the market with this Band. Please quit defending faulty materials. Microsoft didn't even do that since they accepted responsibility and replaced it. Its new to the market as are most of these wearables. Occasionally, they get it wrong. Remember the Microsoft Kin?Maybe has a skin condition e.g. exma (CBF'd googlng the spelling), hence the lotions?
Say what? The alarm on the Band will function totally independent of the phone. You do not need your phone to be "within" BT range for the alarm to work.
or have an appointment in outlook calendar, it will pass the alert to your watch as long as you are within bluetooth range.
probably better than your skin. Please quit defending faulty materials.
We got our B2 just before Christmas. You stated "standing up to lotions, etc". Maybe that is the factor? I don't use any type of lotion around my wrist. Looking at your photos, dude those look terrible. Other than the normal surface scratching on my B1, it had none of those tears when we traded them in.
i had that issue, you may be using it too tight, it should be able to move freely, the dying battery is because it got stretched and one of the battery connectors for loosAs a prior owner of the Band and current owner of Band 2 I would suggest a completely different brand/device. My first band lasted about 5 months before the band started separating from the clasp and a number of sensors started failing. I sent it in for warranty support and it was sent back because I abused it. I am a casual runner and a software engineer. I most certainly did not abuse it. I got the Band 2 for Christmas and, up until this last weekend, was pleased with it. This weekend it started shutting down for no apparent reason. I noticed that when it powered up, if I touched the clasps together it would power off. Anyway, trying the service request again but I have lost faith in that process.
The bands are cheaply made and I can't imagine anyone that is more than a casual workout person being able to use the device for any length of time.