‘Microsoft Band 2’: Buy Or Ditch?
Microsoft Band was doing a good job, then why did they feel the need to launch a new fitness tracker? One of the Microsoft executives said that the company wants to extend its platform for app developers, and wearables are a good way to do that.Advertisement
First things first: is Band 2 doing a good job as a fitness watch? Some say yes, while others believe that the previous Band was better than this new one. Compared to other smartwatches, the battery doesn’t last long. To cover that up, the price is less than that of other smartwatches.
Band 2 is a comfortable fit and comes with a new barometric sensor, but we cannot ignore the fact that this device lags behind when it comes to apps. The first thing that comes to our mind when we hear a word “smart” attached to any gadget is apps. If the device isn’t giving enough of that, you should think twice before investing into it. Even the graphical appeal is missing from its user interface. Band 2 auto-adjusts its brightness, but still, the display looks dim under direct sunlight.
The hardware has undoubtedly improved. Band 2 also switched to smooth, round edges, which is a welcome change in the design. It also tracks your heart rate 24 hours a day and lets you view data about workouts, step counts, and sleep quality on the web dashboard as well as in the mobile app. As it’s a text-based device, it also allows you to see text message previews and send standard replies like “I will call you later.”
If you are a fitness freak and want to invest in a gadget just to record the data of your workout regime, you can go for the Band 2. But still, there are gadgets out there that not only work as fitness trackers, but also allow you to do more entertaining things. You have better options in the market.