Microsoft Band 2
Microsoft Event, held at New York came with the dawn of new Windows 10 device line-up including Lumia 950 and 950XL, Surface Pro 4 Hybrid, SurfaceBook and the wearable Microsoft Band 2.
Microsoft Band 2 Design
The Band 2 resembles its predecessor in some ways but Microsoft has refined the look for good. It is still all black and wraps around the wrist with a clasp. The 32mmx 12.8mm display is curved and protected by a new curved Gorilla Glass 3 covered display which is good to use with sweaty fingers as well. It gives a resolution of 320×128 pixels.
The battery is now underneath the clip-on clasp which makes the rubbery strap feel smoother and more flexible. There are three sizes for the Band.
Microsoft Band Features
- The Band 2 has 2nd gen health tracking features like the optical heart-rate sensor on the strap.
- The GPS for tracking distance, pace and speed when running or cycling.
- A UV sensor to measure exposure to dangerous UV rays.
- An accelerometer and gyroscope for tracking steps and sleep.
The Microsoft Band 2 also brings together some useful apps like Uber , MyFitnessPal, Strava, Loseit, MapMyRun and more. The Band supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
The Microsoft Health app can be used to view detailed information on sleep, workouts and activity data and all the third party apps and MS Health app can be synced wirelessly with the cloud.
Microsoft Band 2 Battery
The batter gives 48-hours stand-by which is same as the first Band on a single charge. It would lose a lot of battery life while using GPS and other apps. Hopefully the Windows 10 will help drain less battery. The Li-polymer battery can be fully charged in 1.5 hours.
Microsoft Band 2 Price
The Microsoft Band 2 is available now for pre-order and will arrive in stores on October 30. The tracker will cost $249, a $50 increase from the original. International pricing and availability wasn’t announced, but the US price converts to about £165 in the UK and AU$350 in Australia. The original was never released in Australia.
The Band 2 operates at 10 degree to 40degree C(14F to 104F) and the maximum operating altitude is 300m to 4877m. It also has a haptic vibration motor and Bluetooth 4.0 LTE. However the Band 2 has the looks and features but its competitor Apple Watch which was released few weeks back is much more advanced and has a huge variety of apps and a bigger number. Apple Watch also has a variety of designs and straps. Microsoft Band 2 is dealing with a heavy competition in the market right now and it will be difficult for it to stand the ground.