Fitbit alternative

Had a fitbit, it's crap:
Syncs to my phone ok as app confirms, trying to connect GPS, doesn't work (GPS on for phone and fitbit), keeps saying launch app or not found.  Now smashed and in bin.

Any alternatives? Must have GPS and a countdown timer - that buzzes so I know when to start walking/running.

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  • Marvel1 said:
    Had a fitbit, it's crap:
    Syncs to my phone ok as app confirms, trying to connect GPS, doesn't work (GPS on for phone and fitbit), keeps saying launch app or not found.  Now smashed and in bin.

    Any alternatives? Must have GPS and a countdown timer - that buzzes so I know when to start walking/running.
    Apple watch cellular?
  • FarfetchFarfetch Forumite
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    Polar Ignite does a good job, GPS seems to work fine on bike rides, runs etc for the last year or so. Polar Flow and Polar Beat work ok too and you can add a countdown timer to training sessions (albeit you have to restart it each time by pressing the screen for 3 seconds then pressing start)

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  • Grumpy_chapGrumpy_chap Forumite
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    My wife originally had a FitBit and found it extremely wanting, so she exchanged it for Garmin.  That was so good, I got one.  We are both now on our second Garmin fitness tracker.  Recommended 100%.  All the Garmins we had include a vibrate if you are inactive.  I currently have the Vivoactive 3 which is competitively priced and seems to have everything the OP asks for.
  • p00hsticksp00hsticks Forumite
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    There was a similar question asked about a month ago by a different poster - thread here

  • p00hsticksp00hsticks Forumite
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    We are both now on our second Garmin fitness tracker.  Recommended 100%. 
    Out of interest, why did you both need to get a second one - what happened to the first ? Do they have a limited lifespan ?

  • Grumpy_chapGrumpy_chap Forumite
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    We are both now on our second Garmin fitness tracker.  Recommended 100%. 
    Out of interest, why did you both need to get a second one - what happened to the first ? Do they have a limited lifespan ?

    Erm, yeah.
    They are cheap devices that rely on a small rechargeable battery to work.  After 4 or 5 years, that battery won't hold as much charge.  Much like mobile phones...
    What else should I expect?
  • CookieMonsterCookieMonster Forumite
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    Maybe investigate the Honor Band 5?
    I got one for my g/f a month ago, it links with her android phone, is used for walking and she has a sleep monitor and workout monitor on it. And other functions. Circa £32 on eBay.
    I started out with nothing and I still got most of it left. Tom Waits
  • Honor bands are fab.  I spent £30 on mine from argos and it does everything my friends more expensive watch does, syncs up to phone - its fabulous 

    With the expensive ones, its just a case of paying for the brand, same as everythign i think
    With love, POSR <3
  • DebsFranDebsFran Forumite
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    Marvel1 said:
    Had a fitbit, it's crap:
    Syncs to my phone ok as app confirms, trying to connect GPS, doesn't work (GPS on for phone and fitbit), keeps saying launch app or not found.  Now smashed and in bin.

    Any alternatives? Must have GPS and a countdown timer - that buzzes so I know when to start walking/running.
    I had a fitbit, worse investment. I got rid and bought a Garmin Vivosmart+. It has an app, GPS, weight, sleep, heart rate tracker & more
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