Microsoft Band

6.9/10 AVG.
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  • Microsoft Band
  • Microsoft Band
  • Microsoft Band

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Specification

Specification
Size 1 x 2 cm (0.4 x 0.8 in)
Weight 60 grams (2.12 ounces)

Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Coolsmartphone

Best fitness tracking wearable to date

from Coolsmartphone
The Band is a great product and it is by far and above the most accurate wearable I have seen to come out yet (I haven’t tested the Apple Watch). However it does need some fine tuning when it comes to usability, particularly on the iPhone and Android side of things. If tracking fitness is your primary goal from a wearable, then I would go for it. If like me, you use your wearable as a second screen for handling notifications, then maybe I would suggest you look elsewhere... Full review
Tech Advisor

Clunky design makes it unlovable

from Tech Advisor
The Microsoft Band is the most Microsoft product imaginable. It does useful stuff. And mostly it does that stuff well. But it is ugly and uncomfortable and no-one is ever going to point at a Microsoft Band and say 'I want one of those'. Which is a shame, because having used it for a while - and despite issues with battery life and distance measurement - I like it and will probably keep using it. Whether that is enough to make people drop £169 inc VAT to get one when they can buy an Android Wear watch for an additional £100 is the key question. I suspect they won't... Full review
Pocket-lint

Heaps of potential offset by design downfall

from Pocket-lint
It has great potential for expansion and evolution considering Microsoft's commitment to add new features in time, which could eventually put it up there with genuine training aids and sports watches rather than 24/7 fitness trackers. Its price and battery life might be more forgiven in those categories too, but in terms of design and comfort we'll await the second-generation product more eagerly... Full review
Chip Chick

Competitive pricing, gorgeous screen, clear and clean user interface

from Chip Chick

It didn’t take Microsoft long to figure out what people want in a fitness tracker. Off the bat, the Microsoft Band is one of the best wearables on the market. It tracks all the right things, the screen is gorgeous, the U.I. is usable, and the smartphone integration has notifications down pat. The accuracy of steps seems about right and it’s on par with FitBit. That said, we actually had better luck with Microsoft’s heart rate monitoring over some of the competitors. Nicely, Band has an indicator for when it’s actually locked onto your heart rate and its getting a goo... Full review

The Telegraph

Surprisingly good

from The Telegraph
The Microsoft Band was comfortable to wear, easy to use and made me work out more efficiently - which given its awkward appearance, all came as pleasant surprises. The Microsoft Health app has some way to go in presenting the data it collects in more coherent, easily-trackable ways, but the device itself has great potential to become a real go-to market leader. It just needs to deliver on what Nadella promises... Full review
TechRadar

Has the potential to be the best fitness tracker

from TechRadar

There is so much potential here it's killing me. I love the Microsoft Band, but it's breaking my heart, knowing it can do so much more.

It seems as if Microsoft thought cramming fitness, fitness and some more fitness would make the band a feasible tracker. It's not a bad idea, but it would be nice to do something with all that data. I can see the Microsoft Band reaching Jawbone UP24 levels of awesome once the Health app really gets going.

The company has struck a fine balance between fitness and functionality, but I'd like to see it executed better, and I feel like Mic... Full review

PhoneArena

Accurately measures calorie burn thanks to its always-on heart rate sensor

from PhoneArena

Clearly, the Microsoft Band is more than your traditional fitness tracker. In that regard, it’s quite compelling that for something new, it’s already a versatile option that’s also rich in its app ecosystem. Yeah, it also blends in some smartwatch functionality, like Cortana integration for Windows Phone, which allows us to do things like set reminders, ask for weather conditions, and even do some mathematical calculations.

With its sticker price of $199.99, it’s undoubtedly expensive for just a fitness tracker – easily encroaching smartwatch territo... Full review

Wareable

It looks awful, it feels awful

from Wareable

In terms of design the Microsoft Band is a chunky beast at best and an absolute insult to the wearable tech movement at worst. We get the feeling that Microsoft cares more about getting its software onto as many systems as possible than it does about winning a hardware battle and sees the Band as an early, and cheap, way of gaining some ground. However, GPS is a big plus point and the fitness tracking, while basic, works well enough. 24/7 heart rate monitoring is also crucial and, with a device selling for under $200 that also boasts a decent, if unspectacular, colour touchscreen display &n... Full review

Pocketnow

Don’t call it a smartwatch

from Pocketnow

Just because a smartwatch is, by nature, a poor interface for interacting with a computer system, that doesn’t mean it’s completely unnecessary. A wrist-worn gadget is very good at providing one-way glance-able information (like the time) as well as collecting data from sensors attached to your body, and that’s really where the Microsoft Band shines. It’s primary goal is collecting data about your health and the wrist-worn gadget does that very well. This is very much a “version 1″ product though as some of the sensors in this fitness band aren’t ev... Full review

Engadget

A tale of pitfalls and promise

from Engadget
Despite having spent the last three years in development, the Band still feels like a proof of concept. The abundance of tech crammed inside makes it seem like Microsoft was focused on showing off all the capabilities of its new health-tracking platform, rather than on building a consumer-friendly wearable. If Microsoft were to sell the Band as some sort of demo unit for OEMs or a developer device, its physical faults would be forgivable. But the company insists that the Band is also a consumer-ready product and I couldn't disagree more... Full review

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