Thoughts on the Microsoft Band 2

Thoughts on the Microsoft Band 2


It has to be said,  I am not a Microsoft user or a fan, so should something sound a little negative please forgive me (I will try my hardest to be unbiased).

“Microsoft Band 2 tracks your heart rate, exercise, calorie burn, and sleep quality, and keeps you connected with email, text, and calendar alerts. It features 11 sensors, including a GPS, UV monitor, and barometer. And with the power of Microsoft Health, you have the tools you need to reach your goals”.

I don’t believe it’s possible (or honest) to give a review of any product /activity tracker unless you have personally used it yourself. The likelihood of me actually using this Microsoft tracker to review is so low, you will have more chance of seeing pink elephants fly! So that being said, this isn’t a review, it’s just to bring to your attention that Microsoft have just released their Microsoft band 2 and here are my thoughts on it.

Australian pricing was a shock but it’s feature rich!

My first ‘You have got to be kidding me!’ was the price tag of $379.99 AUD, however upon further scrolling, I can see why – it does have:

  • Built-in GPS mapping
  • Continuous heart rate (accuracy of this could be in question when exercising at high intensity eg running or cycling)
  • 11 sensors (pretty impressive)
  • Guided workouts which provide exercise prompts on your band as you workout

Cross platform compatibility

Are you an Android or iPhone user? Well you too can use a Microsoft Band! Clever idea to open it up cross platform but do your homework, if you are an iPhone or Android user find out what features are not included in the app for the phone you are using!

Battery life: Yikes!

This was my second ‘You have got to be kidding me!’ Only 48 hours of normal use, if you are using the GPS it will definitely impact the battery performance even more. Of all the activity trackers I wear including the Basis Peak (which is my favourite) they all have at least 5+ days! 48 hours would not be so bad if it wasn’t a sleep monitor too. You would have to be very strict with your daily ‘charging’  routine so it didn’t stop half way through a workout!

Summary

The Microsoft band and App definitely boast awesome features to keep you fit, the feature list really does look very impressive ‘on paper’. If you were an active person looking for an activity tracker that does more far more than just tracking your daily step count this could be worth considering…how it actually performs, only time and users will tell!

Want to know more about the Microsoft band 2 – here is the link to the Microsoft site.