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Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by Moshe ben David, Jun 27, 2017.
I have a Blaze and I love it. My Omega gets no wrist time these days.
Well, I've just completed my second attempt to see if I like Fitbit.
The short answer is a resounding NO.
In my first attempt, I ordered an Alta HR off of Amazon several months ago. During setup I became so frustrated with the lack of response when tapping on the device that I returned it to Amazon. It just was not responsive in any manner remotely like the touch screen devices I am familiar with. Meaning iPod Touch, iPad, and iPad Mini. Didn't seem like any type of tapping on the Alta HR resulted in a response.
After more on line research, I decided to give the Flex 2 a try. You see, all I was really looking for was step counting and a device that would be easy and non-obtrusive to wear. This time I just went and picked it up at my local Best Buy. Same price; no shipping charge; just more convenient.
Now, I knew at the outset that the clasp would be something I'd either have to get used to or order different straps. So that wasn't a problem. The problem in my opinion was misleading specifications and advertising. I was partly drawn to Fitbit because of all the hype (which I now choose to use as my description of choice) for how the devices will alert with both a visual and a tactile (i.e., either a message as on the Alta HR or flashing LED on the Flex 2 for the visual; plus the device would vibrate). Which I figured would be helpful to remind me to get off my duff and move around.
I never did find out if any of this worked on the Alta HR because of my above dismay with the lousy haptic response. With the Flex 2 what I discovered was the ONLY firmware 'alert' was for a blinking blue LED. Not at all obvious. The only way to get the vibe alert would be to manually set default alarms. Not quite what was described, but I gave it a try. Turned out my unit wouldn't vibrate.
I'm done with these things. Fortunately, I still have a tri-axial Omron pedometer that counts steps fine. I'll just set alarms either on my watch or my computer or both.
Bye bye Fitbit and its ilk!
Moshe ben David
Garmin is better than FitBit.
The only thing is, the nicer Garmin wearables are very expensive. Then I discovered they had discontinued the vivoactive HR. So after keeping an eye out, I finally nabbed a lightly used one for less than half the discount prices for new-old-stock. It's a great wearable! It's a little large, but with the very soft flexible strap width matching the casing, it wears comfortably. I go to sleep with it on for sleep tracking data. Last but not least, the fun is being able to download new interface skins and apps to the device.
I have been using an Alta foe 2 yrs. now. Easy to set up on Android phones, Galaxy S8 is mine. An after marlet band makes taking the Alta off the wrist. Not as prone to snap as the plastic stock band.
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@dml24: thanks for sharing your experience. As you can see from looking above at my last message, my experience with these things was not positive. I've written off this whole genre of devices as unsuitable for my needs.
Moshe ben David
I carried one of the those (now discontinued) that clip onto trousers for a couple of years.
Gave it up when I got an Apple Watch.
I had 24.5 million steps on my original One. Managed to get another direct from FitBit. I love that it easily slips into the coin pocket on a pair of jeans.
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Which is what my venerable tri-axis Omron pedometer does also!
Moshe ben David
My wife and I just got the charge 2 fitbits.
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I too prefer garmin. I can’t live with something that isn’t waterproof
Fenix 3 for me.
I have had many watch and fitness watches but picked up a Fitbit Versa when it first came out. Considering they bought Pebble, it's amazing how many things they got wrong. I am not one to just trash companies (especially after I spent $200 of my money on their products), but they couldn't even figure out basic things (like search capabilities for apps and watchfaces). Anyway, they recently released a few updates that have made things a lot better. I still think from a smarwatch perspective, they have a lot to do to catch up to Pebble and Wear OS. But from a fitness POV, they are the leaders.
I just set-up a Fitbit Versa. It would have helped if Fitbit told users to uninstall the Fitbit App, then re-install the app in order to allow the smartphone to discover the Versa. I deleted two old Fitbit's that were no longer paired, but the old app paired with the Versa but did not show Versa as the device. Uninstalling the app and re-installing the app solved the discovery issue. Changing the clockface simply takes time. At the price point Fitbit placed the Versa makes this Fitbit a great value. Probably not so much for iPhone users, but for Android phone users on a budget or simply are Fitbit fans, the Versa is a good path forward. When Fitbit makes setup and changing apps easier the Versa could be a great value.
I did notice that Gshock had finally jumped on the step counting band wagon. Gshock GBA 800 if anyone wants a look. I'm giving it serious consideration.
THANKS for the head's up @Tallboyjim! I'd been wondering when this would come about. Although it does present a different quandary -- if I get one of these (apparently Gshock either now have or will have a whole series of 'fitness trainer' watches! -- heck this model is already on Amazon in an array of colors!), using the watch to get daily step counts would effectively put a major crimp into wearing my other watches in a rotation. Oh crap- decisions decisions!
Moshe ben David
Having an Apple watch has virtually eliminated my watch rotation. At a very rare formal occasion I'd wear my Breitling, but, other than that, it's been the Apple Watch each and every day.
New Fitbit Versa users some advice regarding battery life. Fitbit, like all the smart-watches offers a variety of clock faces with different themes, colors and information shown. Using third party clockfaces that are multi colored reduce battery runtime greatly. Fitbits standard Stats clockface allows the battery to go four days between charges. Third party stat heavy faces such as ASK Weather Versa will reduce runtime to about 36 hrs. Currently I use the Norda face. After a typical day the battery has between 67% to 63% charge remaining. When using the Ask Weather Versa, after 24hrs. 27% to 31% charge remained, not enough for another day.
A question to all smart watch users: do Apple, Samsung Gear, Garmin watches show similar battery runtimes with different source clockfaces?
Garmin Fenix 3HR here. Love the watch. Very good battery life, and does everything I can think of that I want
I wear one mostly due to external pressure but, use it? not so much
Used to be then I realized how much of a POC it is. Now I wear the Apple Watch and it offers what the Fitbit can do and so much more.
I wear a Fitbit Surge most days.
The original bands are crappy, they have (unnecessary) screws on the rear face that cause weak points to tear in the band. While warranty coverage remains, they'll keep sending new watches until the warranty ends.
When that happened, my wife bought me a silicone "cover" style band that slips over the watch instead of screwing on. The form fit is perfect, but wearing the watch caused it to distort when tightened.
Silicone doesn't stick to much of anything when it comes to adhesives. Waterproof silicone sealant on the other hand is a godsend. I have worn this frequently without any signs of issues arising.
The added breathability of the band is better than mere words can describe. I had almost given up on it, but this band made all of the difference for me.
As far as functionality, I run - OFTEN, one of the side effects of military life. The Surge has a decent GPS system that operates independently of cell service, which is great for runners who need to monitor pace/distance/time.