Here is a very rough comparison of step counts between the Microsoft Band v1 and a Fitbit Charge – Monday my Band lost power!. As you can see the step counts vary – this is not exercise but just day to day step counting and yes my day job is sitting on my butt at a desk so the step counts are low and need to improve in 2016!!
My personal experience, hence ending up with a Fitbit Charge, is that the Fitbit in general has a higher step count – not always the case BUT mostly.
This means that I was at a disadvantage using my Band for steps. Also, as I had a couple of Lumia phones I was also able to use SensorCore and count steps using the FitBit app and their software tracker. Again the step counts were much lower than having a Fitbit device.
The devices are both great, I love the GPS tracking on the Band and the Microsoft software is pretty great as is the expandable apps and functionality – Band v2 improves on the first one greatly! The GPS mapping with your speed during your run/exercise is very useful as is the overlay of heart rate information – the app is a nice piece of work on all platforms which is surprising! Missing is the daily challenges and THIS is the greater functionality with the Fitbits as it is a major motivator in getting up and competing with friends and family. I have been competing across time zones with family in the UK which is great fun!
The Fitbit again is a great device, great fit and if I had opted to pay more has a great heart rate monitor in the Charge HR AND more functionality on the Surge too. I love that the Charge also counts floors – something missing on the Band v1 but addressed with the v2.
Microsoft Health report