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Tips for the Microsoft Band?

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    Ian2

    Just got one of these as they finally dropped a little in price (£118.99 for one day through Amazon Prime here in the UK)

    If you have one, what are your favourite features / uses?

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    PeterF

    I added the uv sensor and notifications tile, these are not enabled by default. Features I use are sleep mode, running and bike mode, with GPS enabled.

    Enjoy your new Band! :)

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    Jim Young

    I use mine for sleep monitoring, heart rate, calorie burn, step meter, tracking my bike rides, just about all the features. I really like that I can be notified about text messages and call when I'm away from my phone but within Bluetooth range. I also read the blurbs of news from Cortana.

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    Dr Herbie

    Out of interest -- can the band track and store GPS positions without an accompanying phone?

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    Michael Butler

    @Ian2:It's a nice device, battery life is okay unless you switch the GPS on and then it lasts about a day. Finding time to charge it when you are wearing it to monitor sleep can be a pain, but can I can get about 48 hours out of it on most days. I tend to put it on charge when I'm having a shower or washing up - because water isn't the Band's friend.

    UV sensor is good, but not that I'm out in the sun much anyway.

    Cortana integration is okay for simple questions, other wise the band will refer you to the phone.

     

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    Ian2

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    Out of interest -- can the band track and store GPS positions without an accompanying phone?

    It arrived this morning - looks like it will exceed my expectations (I had a fitbit before but this does a lot more including GPS tracking without needing the phone - you can download the GPS logs after the event and analyse using any software that supports the standard formats).

    Just investigating the RSS feed functionality now - this looks easy to set up and really gives the band enormous flexibility over the kind of news it can display.  Nice!

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    Ian2

    Loving the band so far

    but .....

    Has anyone had any success using http://developer.microsoftband.com/WebTile to create an RSS tile on their band?  I go through all the steps successfully, send the resultant file via email to my phone, click on the attachment - but there doesn't seem to be an http handler set up to handle the 'webtile' extension.  I have the health app installed and working, my band is paired OK and everything else is working fine.

    Anyone?

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    Jim Young

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    Out of interest -- can the band track and store GPS positions without an accompanying phone?

    Yes it does. It tracks location, elevation and speed. Like all devices, having the GPS on burns through the battery life.

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    Ian2

    Just answering my own question. I regressed back to 8.1 on my phone and all is good!  I guess 10 still needs a little work in that area.

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    magicalclick

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    Out of interest -- can the band track and store GPS positions without an accompanying phone?



    Yes. It is self contained. You only upload the GPS result onto your phone. So, you don't need your phone at all. Of course, turning GPS tracking up will burn battery as usual.

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    spivonious

    I use mine without a phone. There's a Windows application you can download to do the syncing.

    Main uses for me are bicycling and sleep tracking. Having the GPS on really burns through the battery...I could probably get about 2-3 hours usage on a full charge. Without GPS it lasts 2-3 days.

    My only complaint is that the area around the screen scratches extremely easily. I've had mine for about 3 months and it looks like I've been rubbing it in sandpaper.

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    PerfectPhase

    The Strava integration is very good.

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    vesuvius

    , spivonious wrote

    Main uses for me are bicycling and sleep tracking. Having the GPS on really burns through the battery...I could probably get about 2-3 hours usage on a full charge. Without GPS it lasts 2-3 days.

    Probably preaching to the choir, but most if not all navigation is based on the A* Search algorithm which is very compute intensive, by all accounts it has taken 50+ years for us to get to where we are now, 2-3 hours would have been 2-3 minutes a few years ago when smartphones came out so the engineers at Microsoft are as bright as you like. I don't think this algorithm will ever not be compute intensive. Tom-Tom and Garmin made millions by being able to implement the algorithm, maybe the solution is to get a charger for your bike or a solar charger on your head

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    Jim Young

    , spivonious wrote

    My only complaint is that the area around the screen scratches extremely easily. I've had mine for about 3 months and it looks like I've been rubbing it in sandpaper.

    When I bought mine at a Microsoft store they offered me a free screen protector, which has done a great job of protecting the display area.

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    spivonious

    @Jim Young: No such offer at Best Buy. :(

    @vesuvius: It shouldn't have anything to do with that though, since the Band doesn't offer navigation, just position tracking.

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    rrrsammy

    I bought one last week for my father, only he suffered a skin reaction where the electrical contacts touch his skin, so I had to return it today.  I'm eagerly anticipating a second version, hoping it too, won't cause blistering of the skin.

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