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Activity tracker band - which one ?

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Dec 6, 2008
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Acton, Ontario

Activity tracker band - which one ?

Thought I'd pick up activity tracker watch to monitor some activities.
But there's so many companies out there that I'd prefer some guidance here.
I'd like it to be normal watch style, so I can look at it and see info right away, not have to connect to computer to find info.
I don't care about gps, email, messages, color, phone connectivity, just need basic monitor that shows following.

-Heart rate
-distance would b nice but not sure if it needs gps module for that
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If you want to deal with it not linking to your apps, not tracking properly, giving you false calories info etc etc then just get any of the that would track what you require that is the cheapest.
If you dont want to deal with any of the problems you will have per the above, get none.
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Dec 24, 2006
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Sounds like the person above you had some issues with these devices.

I have a Microsoft Band 2. I like it overall.
I am sure it's not completely accurate, but it does a good job overall. And it it better than having no metrics.

OP - Do you have specific activities or reasons you want it?
My biggest driver was for the GPS and heart rate monitor as I bike and like to keep track of distance I've bicycled and my heart rate throughout.

Figure out why you want a watch, then go to BestBuy or come back here and hopefully we can help. Tbh, a lot of the activity trackers have similar technologies and it comes down to price point as well as manufacturer trust.
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May 14, 2009
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DC Rainmaker has a bunch of detailed reviews that might help you choose, if you want to read reviews.
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If you got an android or iphone, just use the health application. It tracks your steps / part is, it's FREE!!!!

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Nov 26, 2015
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: If you got an android or iphone, just use the health application. It tracks your steps / part is, it's FREE!!!!
Take the smartphone and give it a few shakes. It will report you just walked a few hundred steps.

Last I saw on iPhone 6. It reported a lost of like 2600 calories for walking 10000 steps. If this was true, why is NORTH American population 2/3 overweight.

Mileage using GPS I would trust but none of this bogus steps counters and calories. I would rather just do the exercise and keep active. Don't account for calorie lost from exercising, treat these calories as bonus. Just keep your food intake in check.

Just save your $100 bucks or so. Most are too expensive anyways.