The Microsoft Band 2 is now made with a more comfortable design and is bundled with a lot of neat features. These include more smartwatch-like notifications, a solid heart-rate monitoring system, built-in GPS, pedometer, automatic sleep tracker, and can track a number of activities such as biking, running, and even golfing. The wearable tech work with Android, iOS, and Windows phones.
The Microsoft Band 2 is a Great Update But Still Lacks in Some Areas
So what’s new, exactly, for the Microsoft Band 2? In truth, not so much. There are some improvements, such as the improved heart-rate sensor, and there is also a newly added barometer to track stair-climbing activities. A new UV sensor is now placed into the smartwarch making it automatically measure exposure of the wearer over time. This shows the estimated minutes over a workout. Other than these features, almost everything else can be seen in the previous model.
With that notion, this Microsoft Band is not exactly something “new” but a mere upgrade to the original. The Band has already been receiving constant software updates as the company is still continuously tweaking their line of apps made for the wearable tech. In the end, if you do purchase this “upgrade,” then you’re just getting a better-feeling band and not something entirely new.
Even though it does feel more like an update, it does, however, have an all-new design. The new look is both more comfortable and ergonomic. The first Band was a stiff black accessory that you wear around your wrist, with an added color touchscreen. The previous model had the battery as part of the design, thus giving it its thick, cufflike feel. It felt anything but comfortable.
Thankfully, Microsoft has been taking notes and improved the comfort levels of their new smartwatch/fitness tracker. It has now become curvier, softer, and definitely comfier to wear; but only for a little bit. The band is wider as compared to other fitness bands on the market, and the battery has been moved down to a bulge within the chunky metal clasp. Therefore, wearing this will still take some getting used to.
The Band is more like a smartwatch than an actual fitness tracker. It can get notifications from your phone, get weather updates, remind you of events from your phone’s calendar app, or even give you update on stocks. It does, however, feel weak in the “fitness” department as notifications regarding that aspect seem low.
The bottom line is that the Microsoft Band 2 is indeed an improvement from its predecessor but it still remains very ambitious. There are a lot of areas that still need improvement, including battery life and when it comes to fitness coaching.