QUICK COMPARISON: Fitbit Surge versus Microsoft Band

Here is my quick take comparison on the Fitbit Surge versus Microsoft Band fitness watch (activity) devices.

DISCLAIMER: This is just a quick comparison of the two devices listed.  You can find my in-depth review of the Fitbit Surge right HERE, and my in-depth review of the Microsoft Band right HERE.  Below is just a quick look at what I like about each one, and why I feel one might be better than the other. Enjoy!


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Fitbit is still my favorite brand on the market today for the general consumer.  Their products reach the largest overall audience, and the quality of their app reigns supreme.  One thing I really love about the Surge is the mixture of a touch screen with buttons.  Also the device works for a wide variety of sports.

Some of the key features of the Surge include GPS for outdoor activities, all day step tracking, built-in heart rate monitoring, and on-device notifications.  Battery life is a modest 4-5 days of real world use.  Comfort when wearing is great.  At a retail price of $249 the Fitbit Surge is a good option but definitely at the higher-end cost of this market segment.

For those seeking a smart watch, this is not the right option, as it does not offer 3rd party support for applications.  It is touted as being a Superwatch, and really that is what it does.  You do get some smart notifications for text, calls, or even music playback controls.


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On the other hand, the Microsoft Band was more of a mix of smart-watch and fitness tracker.  However, as my full review explained, it didn’t impress me on either front.  As a smart watch it has a pretty display and good touch interface.  But it lacked the real fitness feel the Fitbit line offers.  However, as software updates have come out the MS Band has improved its ability to track experience in a way not many others do (Counting reps, etc).

Still, the Microsoft Band was uncomfortable to wear, the heart rate monitor seemed to lag a lot, and it was inaccurate.  And the overall feel of the unit was heavy, clunky, and not what most people will want.  Yet they have remained sold out for much of the time, though that could be a lack of supply chain more than true demand.


Both of these devices offer GPS, all day activity tracking, and notifications.  The Microsoft Band takes things one step further towards being a smart watch by adding 3rd party supper (i.e.:  Starbucks app), and the enhanced color display.  If you are a MS Phone user the Band is the obvious choice, especially with future Cortana voice controls.  And if you want a hybrid smart-watch and fitness tracker, this is also a reasonable option.

Where the Fitbit Surge works better is both in accuracy as a fitness device, and comfort as a daily watch.  You’ll still get notifications for SMS/text and phone calls (or other alerts), you just don’t get them on as snazzy looking a display.  But that simpler Fitbit style means that the Surge has similar or slightly better battery life, feels more comfortable to wear, and in general I found it just worked better for health-based activities.  Overall I found the Fitbit Surge the better buy between these two devices especially for those whose goal is step tracking, fitness, and just the basic notification/smart-watch features.

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