Fitness buffs, rejoice! There’s a new fitness tracker this year, and it isn’t as pricey as the Apple Watch but with more functionality than any normal Fitbit. The Microsoft Band 2 is an upgrade from Microsoft’s first previous fitness tracker, which has now greatly improved since then. From design to features, this small gadget has gotten a whole pack of things that just about any health junkie would appreciate.
The Microsoft Band 2 Details
As someone who’s trying to get into the fitness bandwagon herself, I know a simple pedometer to track steps and a paper and pen for calorie counting wouldn’t cut it. I needed something compact with everything included. So I decided to invest in a good fitness tracker! Problem is, it’s hard to choose amongst the latest fitness trackers. From Jawbone to Samsung watches, there were various of brands with different specs, pretty designs and awesome features that I didn’t realize a simple watch could pack into. Until I found the Microsoft Band 2.
Now, the Microsoft Band 2 isn’t as well known as its competitors. I actually didn’t hear Microsoft actually released a watch that can also act as a fitness band until late this year! Upon getting the band, what caught my attention was its design. It’s got a larger, curved screen, compared to most watches that have its basic square. It looks much more clearer and looks better on the wrist! That way, the notifications are clearly seen and though it has noticeable pixels, it’s bearable and still bolds a bright and vivid resolution.
Compared to other fitness bands, the Microsoft Band 2’s got a new sensor: A barometer! And this is apart from the HRM, GSR, GPS, UV Monitor and the accelerometer. Even with the added feature, the watch responds quickly and is still able to give me all the information I need. What’s amazing is that along with the usual apps and features a smart watch owns (messaging, social networking apps, health app), you’ll be able to sync the watch with fitness sites such as MyFitnessPal or RunKeeper! And plus, even with all the sensors and apps running, it’ll last you for a good two days, and just a quick half hour charge will get it to full battery, up and going for another two days!
Sadly, it isn’t waterproof. But it is dust and water resistant. I still wouldn’t recommend submerging it into the water if I were you. It’s a big con for me, as a swimmer myself. Along with that, the comfort level of the watch is less than satisfying. A bit too tight or a bit too loose, there’s no between.
Microsoft Band 2 Specs:
|Display||Curved AMOLED 32 x 12.8 mm 320 x 128 pixels|
Up to 48-hours per charge
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)|
|Sensors||Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, Gyrometer, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, Capactive sensor, Galvanic skin response, Microphone, Barometer|
|Supported Device||Windows Phone 8.1 update or later, iPhone: 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iOS 8.1.2, and many Android 4.3-5.0 phones, with Bluetooth|
Our Score for Microsoft Band 2:
Would I recommend it to a friend? Definitely! I would just warn him about the annoying wrist problem and make sure he isn’t a swimmer himself. It’s got a great battery life, nice design and with all the features packed into one small wristband, what would be holding you back? At $249, it’s a great investment for all health buffs and the businessman on the go!