So I bought a Fitbit surge

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Fthree, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    you should be within the return period of the surge. Take it back. I was debating the same thing and picked up a AW despite my internal argument with should i wait on the next one. I love mine still getting used to some things but overall i love it.
     
  2. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    There is no official word on this, just massive speculation. Even a great deal of the Utopian OS2 is speculation, even though the betas are out.

    So, just buy the AW and enjoy it.
     
  3. BSG75 macrumors regular

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    I had the Surge, too. Ended up returning it and went to Pebble before getting my AW. One of the big issues with the Surge (to me) was that if the band broke, you can't replace it, you have to replace everything. It's awfully expensive, too. Even though the AW costs more, I feel you get a better all-around device.
     
  4. dev.gandhi macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys.. I am definitaly returning the surge and have already ordered my apple watch. Can't wait for it to be delivered tomorrow!
     
  5. sjones0812 macrumors newbie

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    I also had the surge....still do (anyone want to buy it :) )

    I like the features way more on the AW. I did remove it from my Fitbit app and enable the motion sensor of my phone in the app so I can still compete steps with my friends.

    Wish there was a way to get the AW steps in to the Fitbit app.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I have both and nothing matches the Surge's ability to track your HR. With the built in GPS it is hard to beat. I wear mine, still, on my runs as the AW is nice but not as good as a fitness tracker!
     
  7. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    Wait... what? You can use the FB app but collect steps from the iPhone? I could get rid of my Zip with that. Anything special to doing that? I did not want to unpair my FB Zip yet, to see the option, but this would be kind of nice.
     
  8. sjones0812 macrumors newbie

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    I think I just set it up as a new device and it is called MobileTrack. I was able to add it as a second device and then later I unpaired my Surge
     
  9. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    You are a genius. I set mine up today and am testing. I hope to dump the FB Zip, but I still want to stay inside the FB environment for activity tracking.
     
  10. sjones0812 macrumors newbie

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    So far my phone steps are not the same as my watch steps...but they are close unless I am charging my phone and moving around with my watch on
     
  11. VFC, Jul 28, 2015
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    I have had a FitBit Surge since January. I love it as a fitness tracker. The things I like most are the sleep tracking and 7x24 HR monitoring. I am a fitness nut and also have a heart condition; so tracking my workouts and HR (especially my resting and sleeping HR) are very important to me. First thing I do each morning is look at my sleep pattern and HR through the night. I log my Resting HR, Sleeping HR, and Low-Point HR (deepest sleep) in an Excel spreadsheet.

    I also have a Moto 360 that I wear at work (I keep my Surge in my pocket to get credit for steps and stairs climbed). I use that mainly as a stylish watch, and secondarily, take advantage of a few of the smart watch functions like OK Google searches, weather, calendar notifications, and phone message notifications. It also satisfies my tech itch with all the thousands of watch faces that are available. I have at least 50 on my watch at any given time. Seems like there is no end to the different ways to display time and various complications (as Apple calls them).

    I had high hopes for the AW to replace both; but the AW is a fail for sleep tracking and continuous HR monitoring.

    I am so looking forward to the new smart watches coming out in the fall. Maybe the Surge II, Moto 2, or some other Android Wear / LG Wearable / Tizen platform will effectively marry the fitness tracker with a stylish smart watch. I doubt the AW 2 will be coming out this year.
     
  12. AE14 macrumors 6502a

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    I just purchased a Surge myself. I have heard good things. Not the most attractive device, but i am also a fitness nut and it offered too many positives for me to ignore it
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I wear my Surge at all of my runs. Hard to beat having GPS and a HR sensor that seems to be bullet proof! The Surge trackes my HR no matter if my Surge is loose or tight.

    I hope Apple looks at the FitBit app and updates it's fitness app accordingly
     
  14. VFC macrumors 6502a

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    I slept like a baby last night. I got my longest uninterrupted sleep (~7 hrs) since I started wearing my Surge. I feel great this morning; too bad this feeling is being wasted at work. I attribute that to a good workout last night, reduced consumption of caffeine, and finally having a relatively calm period in my life. My sleeping-heart rate pattern was a steady 49 bpm (vs. an awake resting-HR of 54 bpm) with a short dip down to 43 bpm during a particularly deep sleep period.

    It is amazing how life events affect my BP and resting/sleeping heart rate. I do know that the biggest threat to my health has to be my job. I recorded my longest deep sleep and slowest heart rate when I started my two week vacation. That is the first time in my life that I took that much vacation at one time. Prior to that I would take a day or two at a time and once I took five straight days when I got married. The worst period of BP and HR readings was in June when I was worried about loosing my job during our company's biggest layoff yet. BTW - I am sitting alone in my isle as the others around me did not fare well during the cut back.

    If anything, the Surge has made me think seriously about early retirement. It would probably be much better to retire with less financial resources before my job does serious and permanent damage to my health.
     
  15. Fthree thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I had a Charge HR and really thought i would enjoy the sleep tracking more than i did.
     
  16. chanerz macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Surge also. I just wish that they should put seconds on the clock. Hopefuly on the next firmware update.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    This issue is my concern as well its monolithic design is such if something happens to the band and you're warranty expire you're SOL. So far I will say the customer support from fitbit is exemplary.

    I don't have an AW to compare it too, but the Surge is great with its work out apps, and accessing them is so simple, click swipe, click and you're off. As for heart rate, people have complained about the Surge's accuracy. Its great to have it always on, but is not perfect. Is it better then the AW, it appears to be - or at least more accurate but its not perfect.
     
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    My Surge reported my steps within a few percent of my 6+ but these devices can be fooled. Just a ride on the mower on the weekend would make one device measure the bumps as steps while the other would not. On an average day they were very close in data.
     
  19. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed, I was driving and noticed because of an accidental swipe that my driving actions were causing my step rate to increase, or when I wake up with the surge and I it recorded steps - unless I sleep walk :eek:
     
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