Best fitness trackers for Windows Phone

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Fitness trackers for Windows Phone

While Windows Phone users may look in envy at the huge array of fitness trackers built for iPhone and Android, there's plenty for them to choose from.

Whether you want detailed information about your running performance or just a heads up on your daily step goal, there are plenty of activity trackers there for Windows Phone.

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Here's our edit of running watches, smartwatches, fitness and activity trackers which all work with Windows Phone.

Microsoft Band

Starting with the obvious, the Microsoft Band tracks steps, calories you've burned, heart rate, sleep and GPS information like distance, pace and split times. The Microsoft Health app does a good job of collating stats and providing the information in a pleasing way, and voice assistant Cortana on the wrist is a perfect foil to Siri on the Apple Watch.

On top of all this the Microsoft Band also offers smartwatch style notifications. However, comfort is an issue. All Wareable team members found it to be horribly uncomfortable in our testing, although fans of the Band, and there are many, do passionately refute those claims.

$199.99, microsoft.com | Amazon

Fitbit Charge HR

A great choice for the regular gym goer or exerciser who wants to accurately log their workouts, the Charge HR uses continuous heart rate monitoring to offer more insight into your workouts. There's a wealth of different activities and sports that can be tagged to give you your calorific burn. It also tracks sleep automatically.

The Windows Phone app is also well designed with smooth, attractive animations, but there's no GPS on the Charge HR, so if you're serious about your running, swimming or cycling, this tracker might fall short.

$149.95, fitbit.com | Amazon

Misfit Shine


One of the more discreet of the Windows compatible trackers, the Misfit Shine measures your steps, distance traveled, calories burned and tracks activities such as cycling, swimming and tennis using movement in your arm. The aluminium casing is water-resistant to 50 meters and boasts a battery life of over 4 months.

$69.99, misfit.com | Amazon

Runtastic Orbit

While the Orbit tracks like steps, calories burned, and sleep, it also syncs up with the Runtastic app to mirror running data such as time, distance and pace from your smartphone. The design of the Runtastic Orbit isn't as high quality as rival bands but overall it's a strong fitness tracker with great smarts for runners.

$119.99, runtastic.com |

Starting with the obvious, the Microsoft Band tracks steps, calories you've burned, heart rate, sleep and GPS information like distance, pace and split times. The Microsoft Health app does a good job of collating stats and providing the information in a pleasing way, and voice assistant Cortana on the wrist is a perfect foil to Siri on the Apple Watch.

On top of all this the Microsoft Band also offers smartwatch style notifications. However, comfort is an issue. All Wareable team members found it to be horribly uncomfortable in our testing, although fans of the Band, and there are many, do passionately refute those claims.

$199.99, microsoft.com | Amazon

Fitbit Charge HR

A great choice for the regular gym goer or exerciser who wants to accurately log their workouts, the Charge HR uses continuous heart rate monitoring to offer more insight into your workouts. There's a wealth of different activities and sports that can be tagged to give you your calorific burn. It also tracks sleep automatically.

The Windows Phone app is also well designed with smooth, attractive animations, but there's no GPS on the Charge HR, so if you're serious about your running, swimming or cycling, this tracker might fall short.

$149.95, fitbit.com | Amazon

Misfit Shine


One of the more discreet of the Windows compatible trackers, the Misfit Shine measures your steps, distance traveled, calories burned and tracks activities such as cycling, swimming and tennis using movement in your arm. The aluminium casing is water-resistant to 50 meters and boasts a battery life of over 4 months.

$69.99, misfit.com | Amazon

Runtastic Orbit

While the Orbit tracks like steps, calories burned, and sleep, it also syncs up with the Runtastic app to mirror running data such as time, distance and pace from your smartphone. The design of the Runtastic Orbit isn't as high quality as rival bands but overall it's a strong fitness tracker with great smarts for runners.

$119.99, runtastic.com | Amazon

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart

A halfway house between a specialist GPS running watch and an everyday activity tracker, the Fit Smart is one of the best dedicated sports watches for Windows Phone. You get the same tracking of steps, calories and heart rate tracking, but it has useful zone-based training which uses lights and vibrations to let the wearer know when to pick up the pace.

The Adidas miCoach Fit Smart has a coloured zone system which provides some inspiration when working out, but it has no GPS, a lack of general lifestyle tracking and unreliable data.

$150, adidas.com | Amazon

Fitbit Surge

The Fitbit Surge offers some great features like GPS tracking and 24/7 heart rate monitoring, all for Windows Phone users. You also get some basic smartphone notifications, automatic sleep monitoring and great activity tracking.

It's great for casual runners getting started with heart-rate training. Fitbit also has a great, full-featured app for Windows Phone which gets decent and regular updates.

$249.95, fitbit.com | Amazon

Adidas miCoach Smart Run

By offering a solid heat rate monitor, GPS, MP3 player, heart rate zone training and animations to improve your strength workout technique, the Smart Run is a top choice for Windows Phone rocking runners. As with the Fit Smart, the miCoach Smart Run gets a beautiful, detailed app for Windows phone, with steady support.

$299.99, adidas.com | Amazon

Wellograph Wellness Watch

The Wellograph Wellness watch gives a detailed breakdown of your activities, with heart rate, steps, distance and is on the classier side of devices for Windows Phone - though it is a little retro up close. You'll get up to two weeks from the battery, though, which we're not complaining about.

$299, wellograph.com | Amazon

5 Comments

  • Keith2 says:

    I used to use Windows Phone and discounted getting the Fitbit Surge on the basis that the smartphone notifications don't work on Windows Phone, only on Android or iOS.

  • Miranda says:

    Just purchased the fitbit surge and there is an app for Windows phones but the text and call notifications do not work and neither does the music control.

  • RBMSCGSAJ says:

    You must buy the Microsoft bands from the beginning. because who knows more about windows than the windows maker.

  • EricWIndowsFan says:

    Sureley with the influx of decent China imports at around £20 there must be somebody supporting Windows Phone - Do you know who?

    • magoo says:

      I am also interested in finding a cheap one that works with a windows phone

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