Re: Apple watch anonymous
To pass the time I'll keep using my Microsoft Band. I've always been a watch wearer. Nothing fancy. Casio when I was younger. Yes I was the guy with the calculator watch that stored phone #'s. Also known as girl repellent. I been wearing a Timex and a Seiko the last few years.
A few months ago, I started looking into health bands. Decided I really wanted a Microsoft Band after reading reviews and trying one at a Microsoft store. Unfortunately, they were out of stock and almost impossible to get. After looking and waiting 7 weeks for them to come in stock, I gave up and purchased a cheaper Walgreen's tracker made by a company called Striiv. It was OK. I did help me lose some weight but I really wanted something better. I especially wanted quality sleep tracking.
About a month after I got the Striiv, I saw Best Buy had the MS Band and I picked one up. Iím glad I did because itís is really good. The sleep tracking is great and I really like the built in GPS. I can easily go a full day using it without charging it. That includes 30-60 minutes of GPS use and having the time displayed constantly. Another nifty feature is the UV detection that tells you approximate time in the sun until you start to burn.
It works well with my iPhone 6 but itís not perfect. I get notificationsÖ texts, phone calls, pill reminders, etc. Anything that pops up on the iPhone screen comes up on the band. The sync app works OK. Sometimes it needs a restart to sync properly. The sleep tracking info is great telling me how much deep sleep vs light sleep I get as well as how many times I wake up. The activity apps are great too. As I walk or ride my bike, the Band will notify me when I hit a goal (distance, steps, calories) and when I pass each mile marker. Like the Apple Watch, it will adjust the accuracy of my stride based on GPS info. I really like the maps showing where I went. I just wish there was an easy way to save or share them.
The biggest problem was getting the dang thing to connect via Bluetooth with the iPhone. It is a royal pain with a lot of trial & error and reboots. Once connected, itís solid but there is something not right with the process. Another problem (and I donít know if this is a problem with the Band or MyFitnessPal) is calories burned during my bike rides wonít show up in MyFitnessPal. Walks show up fine. Other activities need to be entered manually.
Again, it will certainly tide me over until I get my Watch. With the Watch Iím really looking forward to better integration with the iPhone and something a little more fashionable. Being able to answer the phone and dictate texts will be nifty. I might even pick up an Apple TV so I can control it with my Watch Iíll keep the Band around for what the Watch doesn't have, mainly sleep tracking. Watch during the day, Band during the night while the Watch charges. I'm sure I'll start getting antsy as June approaches.