Microsoft has just released their newest competitor into the wearable arena called the Microsoft Band. While this isn’t Microsoft’s first wearable it is a vast improvement over the old offerings. They were clunky user interfaces and technology that couldn’t quite support the wonderful vision that is wearables today.
Don’t worry though, the Microsoft Band suffers from absolutely zero of these problems with smooth and responsive transitions from gesture inputs that are the norm here. Visually the band is quite handsome in black with a gorgeous 1.4” color touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 320. The band comes in three sizes to fit a wide range of wrists and has a micro-adjust feature for further comfort.
On the inside of the device lies a plethora of sensors to meet (almost) all of your needs. From the ubiquitous GPS sensor and microphone for using Cortana, all of the standard issue sensors are there. A couple of fairly new additions sensor-wise are the UV sensor for monitoring your sunlight exposure and the galvanic skin sensor for monitoring your blood pressure.
The band connects by way of Bluetooth 4.0 to all three of the major mobile operating systems: Windows, Android and iOS. Cortana, Window’s version of Siri, will only work on a Window’s 8.1 phone however but with that said, all of the rest of the Band’s features work just fine regardless of the phone. Features like sleep tracking, calorie tracking, guided workouts and steps taken. Its not all fit band though, you can respond to texts and check out Facebook and Twitter and It even supports apps like Starbucks, Gold’s Gym and MyFitnessPal.
Microsoft has a capable contender on their hands in the hot wearable market. Ten total sensors and a very competitive $200 price put them in the sweet spot for consumers. The only shortcoming is that currently the band is in limited supply and its only for sale in the US. The question is, will it find enough buyers in such a crowded market?