Microsoft has released a new fitness tracker, called the Microsoft Band 2. How does it stand up to all of the other fitness bands on the market? Read on to find out:
This is a black band, has a curved display, and it wraps around the wrist, closing with a clasp. At first glance, it really looks no different than any other fitness tracker on the market, but it wasn't designed for its looks.
There are two main features on this new fitness tracker--a barometer, which measures elevation and stair-climbing, and the curved display, made of Gorilla Glass 3. This makes the display less susceptible to scratches, and it supposedly works better with sweaty fingers.
The Band 2 is a bit on the bulky side, but there have been some improved design features from the tech giant's first band, including a strap that is more flexible and smoother. The battery has also moved to the underside of the device. As with the old model, this new model has a GPS device, a heart-rate sensor, UV sensor, gyroscope, and accelerometer. It tracks both movement and sleep.
When it comes to the battery life, the band lasts about 48 hours on one charge, which is less than many other trackers on the market. However, it is functional on other platforms, and will work with Windows Phone, Android, and iOS devices. It also syncs with popular third-party apps such as Strava, MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, and MapMyRun.
If interested, the Microsoft Band 2 is ready for preorder, and it will be ready for sale on October 30. The suggested retail price is $249.