Microsoft released a new fitness tracker, Microsoft Band 2, proving once again that despite recent rumours, wearable technology remains a priority for the company.
When released, the first fitness tracker from Microsoft, the Microsoft Band, achieved mixed consumer reactions. Still, the first Microsoft Band remains an intelligent wearable device, despite the outdated design.
The latest wearable device from Microsoft, Microsoft Band 2, brings expected changes and new hardware, software and design.
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- What’s this? Microsoft’s second-generation fitness tracker called Microsoft Band 2
- Available? October 30, pre-orders starting now
- Price? $249 (£199, AU$350)
Microsoft Band 2: Features
Microsoft Band 2 can track the heart rate, sleep quality and fitness data while providing text, emails as well as calendar notifications. Microsoft Band 2 supports third-party apps: Starbucks, Uber, RunKeeper, Twitter and Subway.
Microsoft Band 2 has 11 smart sensors and new add-ons: Ultraviolet radiation monitoring and VO2 max sensor – the largest volume of oxygen that a person can use.
Golfers will love this tracker for the automatic shot detection and thanks to the barometer, the mountain lovers and climbers can measure elevation levels as well.
Following the first model, Microsoft Band 2 has Cortana and indeed, voice integration that keeps the user in control of the burned calories and calendar appointments.
Microsoft improved one of the best wearable device on the market. To conclude, Microsoft Band 2 brings new features, expected only in high-end smartwatches market.
Microsoft Band 2: Design And Specs
Microsoft Band 2 is a great fitness tracker that looks better than the last year’s model. Microsoft Band 2 has a curved display, touch sensitive and scratch resistant – Gorilla Glass 3 – Organic LED.
The earlier generation of Microsoft Band had a flat screen that destroyed the aesthetic of the device. It was a “smartphone on my wrist” hidden behind a shirt and a suit jacket.
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Bulky, always conscious of that “bump” under the sleeve, making colleagues laugh and ask if I have a plaster cast on my arm.
With this new model, Microsoft moved the side and the bottom sensors, under the screen, resulting in a sleeker and thinner device. With regards to sizes, Microsoft Band 2 comes in three variants: small, medium, and large.
The “body” of Microsoft Band 2 is made with premium materials, curved, sleek, completed by a quick unlocking strap mechanism that looks great too. Let’s hope Microsoft will design the “Band 2” in different colours.
Microsoft Band 2: Software Updates
The smartphone app for Microsoft Band has a new design. The user has access to more data. Recovery, caloric spending and heart rate, are part of the analytics, along with oxygen intake.
Even with 11 power hungry smart sensors and a colour screen, the Microsoft Band 2 delivers two days of battery life.
Microsoft Band 2: Release Date And Price
Microsoft Band 2 is available for $249 (£199.99, AU$350).
Microsoft Band 2 is not an average fitness tracker. It is an expensive wearable device but with all the sensors and after nailing the fashion tech trend, the price is justified.
Microsoft Band 2: Conclusion
>We expect this to become one of the most desired fitness trackers for the festive period. Microsoft Band 2 is a powerful device that packs a huge range of smart sensors in a modern design. As a matter of fact, for a true athlete, the VO2 max alone, makes this tracker worth the money.
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