Users can download workouts to their devices from companies that have partnered with Microsft such as Gold's Gym or Men's Fitness. This allows for one to find workouts that fit their needs that are created by people familiar with what should work the best.
There is a built in heart rate monitor that is always monitoring and for the most part it is consistent in its tracking. This way people can get a full view of what their daily heart rate is at any given time.
No matter the device being used, Android, iOS or Windows Phone, the Microsoft Band is able to show ones connected device emails, SMS and call notifications. This makes it easy to see what ones alerts are without having to pull the phone out of their pocket.
People have reported the band separating from the module and the clasp snapping off. There have also been issues with bubbles forming in the band, even when kept completely dry. The charging port commonly breaks as well. Though the company is usually good about sending a replacement, it can be a...
If you do not keep up with charging your device, and you let the battery life completely drain to where it will no longer turn on, a hard reset of the device is needed in order to get it to turn back on again. The trouble being, that one, you will lose your data from before the hard reset, two you...
Auto tracking will begin recording if it thinks you have begun an exercise. It has been known to randomly start tracking an exercise (like cycling) even when almost stationary, resulting in a very inaccurate exercise summary. There is no way to turn this feature off.
Peak has an optical sensor with a brighter-than-most-competition LED and a good photoreceptor. A brighter LED helps avoid much more channel interference and a good photoreceptor can gather more data. It allows the device to take better measurements in motion.
Peak can track light, deep and REM sleep, along with documenting "tossing and turning." This way the user can have an accurate reading of how they behaved when sleeping in order to judge if they are getting restful sleeps.
There have been reports of the Basis overheating and causing burns. The company recommends that people not wear the track until they distribute a software update. They are actively working on the issue. You can read more about it here.
For example you can go on a bike ride and as long as the app is installed on your mobile device and you take the mobile with you, it will combine data from the mobiles GPS with what the watch records in order to create more accurate information for the user.
The watch can adapt to the routine one is using for their workouts in order to suggest other workouts the user may be able to handle. This basically works as a simple personal trainer, which can be encouraging to the user.
There may be times where the monitor fluctuates out of the norm, which leads to incorrect readings. Normally this is understood when using something like a smartwatch, but to see it happening with a device that has a separate band to record heart monitoring it is a shame to see.
The Gear Fit has a vibrant sAMOLED display that's bright enough to be easy to use in a bright environment. It also allows switching the orientation of the display layout from the default horizontal to vertical.