Microsoft surprised many when it released its first wearable device last year, the Microsoft Band. And while it’s been out in the USA and other markets for a while now, it’s only just been launched officially in the UK.
Microsoft Band is aimed at helping people to live healthier lives and become more productive, whatever smartphone they own – and it works with Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices.
Microsoft Band – more sensors than Apple Watch
The Band has received generally positive reviews for its functionality and features, and is a great alternative to the dozens of other fitness and health bands out there.
The band won’t necessarily win any awards for style, but it has had a lot of plaudits for its large array of sensors which let you accurately track your health throughout the day.
The 1.4-inch TFT (320 x 106 pixels) full colour display screen is crisp and bright with no pixelation. It’s 11 mm x 33 mm, which makes it much smaller than the Samsung Gear Fit’s curved 1.85-inch AMOLED screen.
But you don’t need a huge screen, since the fitness tracker isn’t going to be showing off any intensive graphics. If you want this to be your smartwatch for reading and responding to emails, however, that display real estate might be a bit limiting.
It can be found for £169.99, which is a fair bit cheaper than the Apple Watch, through the Microsoft Store and various retailers.
However, it’s not actually a smartwatch in the sense that there aren’t hundreds of different apps for it, and the display is very limited, but it is a great alternative to others like the Jawbone UP3.
Do you use fitness trackers, or perhaps you have already ordered an Apple Watch? Are these kind of devices the future or is it all just a passing fad? Let us know in the comments below.