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Done with FitBit--alternatives?

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  • Duck_PuddleDuck_Puddle Member Posts: 3,219 Member Member Posts: 3,219 Member
    Garmin Vivoactive HR is a lot of watch for the $. It will do all you're looking for and is in your price range.
  • nutmegoreonutmegoreo Member Posts: 15,510 Member Member Posts: 15,510 Member
    I like my FitBit, but it's just the cheepy Zip. I had a Flex, but my work environment isn't great for a wrist worn tracker. I'm not concerned with HR functionality. I find this one works well, does what I want, and seems to be fairly accurate (under a bit each day by about 200, but knowing that, I can easily compensate).
  • 1mumrevolution1mumrevolution Member Posts: 269 Member Member Posts: 269 Member
    Hmmm. I'm on my second Fitbit within a year. The strap sepArated from the unit. Completely ripped away. It was replaced no problem but wonder how long it'll last before it breaks again. I love the functions on the Fitbit but when this one dies, I'm going for new Polar running watch.
  • SmithsonianEmpressSmithsonianEmpress Member Posts: 1,163 Member Member Posts: 1,163 Member
    Hmmm. I'm on my second Fitbit within a year. The strap sepArated from the unit. Completely ripped away. It was replaced no problem but wonder how long it'll last before it breaks again. I love the functions on the Fitbit but when this one dies, I'm going for new Polar running watch.

    Same happened to me. First it stopped swiping. Then half of the band broke off and THEN the remainder of the band popped off. OF COURSE it was no longer under warranty
  • gerla_kgerla_k Member Posts: 496 Member Member Posts: 496 Member
    gerla_k wrote: »
    Now I'm curious, I see lots of people complaining about their Fitbit dying. Mine is relatively new( 2 months). Should I return and get another one ( Garmin) I still have 2 weeks left for my refund policy.

    Which Fitbit do you have?

    I have charge 2. After reading all of this I really think I should return it while I can
  • gerla_kgerla_k Member Posts: 496 Member Member Posts: 496 Member
    Nussbary wrote: »
    SarzJWix wrote: »
    Love my Garmin Vivofit. The battery has lasted for nearly 2 years now, no problems. It does sync with MFP as well, and WW app. And it's way cheaper than Fitbit...

    Garmin is the best option out there. You can simply wear it, and there are several design options. But it also syncs with MFP for calorie tracking, has great report read outs, and outdoor GPS is excellent with your runs and other activities. I have an older 310XT and a vivosmart HR I wear every day. If you are hardcore working out, get one that is NOT touch screen as sweat will prevent you from changing screens during your activity.

    Does Garmin have multi sport options to check calories burned during exercises or it is for walking/ running only? Thanks
  • krushal8880krushal8880 Member, Premium Posts: 80 Member Member, Premium Posts: 80 Member
    I had problems with my Fitbit HR too. I now have the Fitbit BLAZE and I LUV it! It does everything you mentioned and more. The notification feature is my favorite. If you decide to get, we can be Fitbit buds and I will keep you busy. GOOD LUCK on your fitness tracker!!
  • enterdangerenterdanger Member Posts: 2,445 Member Member Posts: 2,445 Member
    I've, no lie, still got a first generation vivofit. It's lasted for 4 years and still gets the job done. I bought my hubs a garmin vivosmart HR+ and he loves it. Got if for him for Christmas. Sadly, I think he uses it more to see his email and stuff then for actual exercise. Good intentions....
  • VintageFelineVintageFeline Member Posts: 6,771 Member Member Posts: 6,771 Member
    gerla_k wrote: »
    Nussbary wrote: »
    SarzJWix wrote: »
    Love my Garmin Vivofit. The battery has lasted for nearly 2 years now, no problems. It does sync with MFP as well, and WW app. And it's way cheaper than Fitbit...

    Garmin is the best option out there. You can simply wear it, and there are several design options. But it also syncs with MFP for calorie tracking, has great report read outs, and outdoor GPS is excellent with your runs and other activities. I have an older 310XT and a vivosmart HR I wear every day. If you are hardcore working out, get one that is NOT touch screen as sweat will prevent you from changing screens during your activity.

    Does Garmin have multi sport options to check calories burned during exercises or it is for walking/ running only? Thanks

    Depends on the model but most at a minimum can be paired with a chest strap. The Vivoactive you can download apps for other sports and comes with indoor/outdoor bike, walk and swim.
  • NussbaryNussbary Member Posts: 34 Member Member Posts: 34 Member
    gerla_k wrote: »

    Does Garmin have multi sport options to check calories burned during exercises or it is for walking/ running only? Thanks

    Yes it does have multi sport! There are several options of watches with more/less features. If you want to calculate calorie expense, make sure you have HR or get an HR strap that will sync. Honestly I found that amazon has the best table to compare the vivo models. My vivosmart HR is built for swimming as well, so it counts my laps. If you are a serious multi-sport enthusiast, look at the 'XT' or 'Fenix' line. And yes, with the vivosmart I can also read email, texts, and control music.
    edited June 2017
  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Member Posts: 10,693 Member Member Posts: 10,693 Member
    gerla_k wrote: »
    Nussbary wrote: »
    SarzJWix wrote: »
    Love my Garmin Vivofit. The battery has lasted for nearly 2 years now, no problems. It does sync with MFP as well, and WW app. And it's way cheaper than Fitbit...

    Garmin is the best option out there. You can simply wear it, and there are several design options. But it also syncs with MFP for calorie tracking, has great report read outs, and outdoor GPS is excellent with your runs and other activities. I have an older 310XT and a vivosmart HR I wear every day. If you are hardcore working out, get one that is NOT touch screen as sweat will prevent you from changing screens during your activity.

    Does Garmin have multi sport options to check calories burned during exercises or it is for walking/ running only? Thanks

    How would you like to deal with the transitions between sports...?
  • gerla_kgerla_k Member Posts: 496 Member Member Posts: 496 Member
    gerla_k wrote: »
    Nussbary wrote: »
    SarzJWix wrote: »
    Love my Garmin Vivofit. The battery has lasted for nearly 2 years now, no problems. It does sync with MFP as well, and WW app. And it's way cheaper than Fitbit...

    Garmin is the best option out there. You can simply wear it, and there are several design options. But it also syncs with MFP for calorie tracking, has great report read outs, and outdoor GPS is excellent with your runs and other activities. I have an older 310XT and a vivosmart HR I wear every day. If you are hardcore working out, get one that is NOT touch screen as sweat will prevent you from changing screens during your activity.

    Does Garmin have multi sport options to check calories burned during exercises or it is for walking/ running only? Thanks

    Depends on the model but most at a minimum can be paired with a chest strap. The Vivoactive you can download apps for other sports and comes with indoor/outdoor bike, walk and swim.

    Thanks, I'm mostly going to use it for cardio ( Insanity ) and runs. I was looking for Garmin vivoactive hr+.
  • gerla_kgerla_k Member Posts: 496 Member Member Posts: 496 Member
    Nussbary wrote: »
    gerla_k wrote: »

    Does Garmin have multi sport options to check calories burned during exercises or it is for walking/ running only? Thanks

    Yes it does have multi sport! There are several options of watches with more/less features. If you want to calculate calorie expense, make sure you have HR or get an HR strap that will sync. Honestly I found that amazon has the best table to compare the vivo models. My vivosmart HR is built for swimming as well, so it counts my laps. If you are a serious multi-sport enthusiast, look at the 'XT' or 'Fenix' line. And yes, with the vivosmart I can also read email, texts, and control music.

    Thanks for you reply! :) I like Fenix but it is too expensive for me.
  • kxbrown27kxbrown27 Member Posts: 769 Member Member Posts: 769 Member
    I got a Forerunner 235, refurbished from Garmin on Amazon for $206. Love it.
  • snowynesnowyne Member Posts: 269 Member Member Posts: 269 Member
    Same here...so done with Fitbit. I've had zero luck with the ones I've owned. For the money, they should work better than they do. I'm investing in a Garmin next!
  • WeAreTheMassacreWeAreTheMassacre Member Posts: 49 Member Member Posts: 49 Member
    gerla_k wrote: »
    gerla_k wrote: »
    Now I'm curious, I see lots of people complaining about their Fitbit dying. Mine is relatively new( 2 months). Should I return and get another one ( Garmin) I still have 2 weeks left for my refund policy.

    Which Fitbit do you have?

    I have charge 2. After reading all of this I really think I should return it while I can

    FitBit has a great app and community compared to all the others, but yeah people do go through a lot of devices. But guess what? Doesn't matter; theyre dirt cheap on sale and customer service is one of the best out there. I've had 2 replacements in 6 years, longgg after my warranty and they replaced it no questions asked. Heck, me and my friends even told them we had a Fitbit Blaze that stopped working after a month and they replaced it without a receipt or without making us ship ours to them. By the way, we never actually owned a FitBit Blaze; we were just poor, selfish jerks looking for free stuff, and it worked. YOLO!
  • wimdroidwimdroid Member Posts: 56 Member Member Posts: 56 Member
    Wow... Was going to look for a fitbit.
    Happy to have seen this thread
  • RhiAndy11RhiAndy11 Member Posts: 72 Member Member Posts: 72 Member
    i have the garmin vivosmart hr+ and i would totally recommend it. the outdoor gps is so quick and good. tracks my walks and runs really well. uses hr to calculate calories burnt which i love and syncs really well with mfp :-)
  • LisaEatSleepRunLisaEatSleepRun Member Posts: 159 Member Member Posts: 159 Member
    +1 for Garmin VivoSmart HR+

    Love mine, use it mostly for running, seems to be accurate in calorie burn & as stated, syncs well with MFP.
  • MontyMuttlandMontyMuttland Member Posts: 68 Member Member Posts: 68 Member
    I was using Garmin devices but fell out of love with them because of poor step tracking accuracy.
    Walking is my main activity, but most of it I do at a sustained walking speed of 4-4.5mph.
    At speeds above 3.5mph the Garmin devices I've used begin dropping steps, getting worse as you go faster.
    Typically at 4.2mph only 55% of steps get recorded. That means over the course of an activity you "lose" almost half of your steps and the resulting data collected is garbage.
    This affects both the Garmin Forerunner 35 and VivoactiveHR and may affect their other models too.
    Therefore if you do a lot of walking at a faster pace I'd recommend steering well clear of Garmin products.
    Garmin are aware of the issue but in the several months that I was dealing with them they failed to come up with a fix despite more than one software update.
    I'm now using the Samsung Gearfit2. It's got all the functionality the OP is looking for and does a good job of tracking steps accurately. You can even store music on it and playback to Bluetooth headphones (no need to bring your phone when you head out for exercise).
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