Microsoft has joined the league of wearable makers with their inclusion in the fitness band industry, known as “Microsoft band”. With its value, it is one of the high end activity trackers and less expensive than dedicated watches.
It has a 1.4-inch display that can be easily navigated and simple to explore, providing data such as the amount of steps you have walked in a day, distance traveled, burnt calories as well as heart rate in a couple taps. The band can be used with iOS 7.1 and above, Android 4.3 and above as well as Windows Phone.
A clear deficiency with this band is the thickness, it is very thick and can be noticed easily on your wrist sort of like a chunky band, at the time you first wear it, it will seems too firm from the touch face all through to the clasp and sensor, you truly need to wear into the band for a detectable distinction to be made to its inflexibility.
Microsoft are jumping into the wearable game with their take on the fitness band, the Microsoft band. With its price, it lands right in the middle of high-end activity trackers and cheaper than dedicated smart watches.
This issue relating to the thickness and firmness of the band has brought about trouble everywhere. Microsoft say that the band shouldn’t be worn firmly nor freely but somewhere in the middle, which is great for daily activities, but in the event that, you are willing to use the band for what it was made for, which is exercising, then it will start to become obvious. Twisting your wrist, for instance, has an undeniable resistance made by the thickness of the band. Work outs like lifting of weight and push-ups will be uncomfortable because of the constant movement of the wrist so also other sports that requires hand movement like tennis, ball and so on.
For a band that should be worn each day, it is even an issue when you need to wear it whilst not working out. In the event that you are wearing a long sleeve shirt, it will be very impossible to make your sleeve to cover the band due to its thickness.
But the Microsoft band has an exceptional screen. It is amazingly clear and awesome to see in dark or bright lighting. The screen is very strong and can withstand the constant wear and is scratch resistant.
The band can effectively go for three days without exhausting its battery when the GPS is not activated, but with steady heart rate checking. Working with the GPS constantly can diminish the battery life to two days. The charging time for the battery is just two hours with the help of a little magnetic USB cable.
Although it is designed to monitor your most important signs and your progress rate while jogging, cycling or other exercises, it has a sleep tracking ability, letting you to know how much “genuine” sleep you had, how often you woke up in the night and the measure of calories burnt. This device measures ultraviolet light, so you are warned before you head out without putting on your sunscreen. The device can measure the temperature of the skin. It can also measure how stressful you are with help of a galvanic skin sensor.
- Amazingly sturdy
- Displays great information
- Gathers many health information throughout the day
- Large big design
- Uncomfortable at first
- Some features can only be gotten on a Windows phone
It has an inbuilt GPS, the first of its kind for a wristband of this size. In case you are a runner that can be a deal-maker. It implies that you don’t need to convey your cell phone to track your run. Immediately your Microsoft Band connects with your cell phone, its application shows you a map that guide you through your route; shaded with color to your speed, using mile markers, while still measuring your heart rate constantly.