Microsoft is the latest to hop on the fitness wearable bandwagon with its recently launched Microsoft Band and you guessed right, it works with a smartphone correction, any smartphone. Microsoft band is company’s first fitness wearable that runs on Microsoft Health that keeps a track of your health and fitness by monitoring your heart rate, calorie burn, sleep quality and exercise routine.
Although the device has a lot of health and fitness features it is not just a health band it pairs you’re your smartphone to become your smartwatch. You can receive calls, read messages, access facebook, twitter and other social media updates and read emails, check weather, and see time on your Microsoft Band.
Smartly, Microsoft has not paired it only with its Windows Phone devices as that would have limited the capability of this little device that does a lot for the price of $200. Unlike last few products Microsoft has put a lot of thought in this new little device which is a mix bag of smartwatch and fitness tracker and yet it is simple.
The software giant may be a little late in the race of wearable but Microsoft Band’s cohesive design shows that the company did not release in a hurry. It’s a sleek band that has capacitive 1.4 inch full color display with the resolution of 320X106 which is pretty good for such small screen. The band is designed with thermal plastic elastomer material and has splash and dust resistant design.
Microsoft Band’s 100 mAh dual battery charges in around 1.5 hours and lasts for up to 48 hours but expect faster battery drain while using Bluetooth. The biggest selling point of this little Microsoft Band is that it works with all three major mobile operating systems Android, iOS and of course Windows Phone 8.1 and that might fetch Microsoft a lot of customers.