A fitness band or a smartwatch, Microsoft Band 2 is a combination of both. The Redmond-based tech giant introduced its first band a year ago available only in the U.K. and U.S. markets. With different plans for the Band 2, the tech company expands its market by officially launching it in Australia.
Available through Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Rebel Sports, the gadget comes at a recommended retail price of $379.99. Before coming to these retailers, the Band 2 was sold at the company’s Sydney-based flagship store and via Microsoft’s own online store, reports IBTimes.com.au.
Crafted out of silicon, the band sits snugly around your wrist, and ensures great toughness for its exterior owing to Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. You get the watch in three varying sizes- small (143-170 millimeters), medium (163-185 millimeters) and large (180-210 millimeters).
Dubbed as a smart or hybrid band, the product acts much like its counterparts the Samsung Galaxy Fit, LG Lifeband Touch and Fitbit Force. The only difference, however, is an LCD screen which offers additional functions beyond fitness tracking. This includes calendar alerts, notifications for texts, emails as well as controls for music playback.
A particular feature that steals the limelight is its heart rate monitor capability which keeps running in the watch around the clock. Feel more confident about your health with the watch on since it tracks a host of other details like calorie burn, exercise, sleep quality; apart from your heart rate. Get advanced feedback about health-related issues via a mobile app called Microsoft Health. Set your own wellness goals and aim for a better and healthier lifestyle with the watch.
Integrated with an in-built GPS, the band lets you track distance and speed without the need of a phone. For sport enthusiasts, the device features dedicated sensors for biking, golfing and running.
It’s not aggressively waterproof, but hand-washing and light rain won’t mean any harm to it. The company reckons you can use the watch for two days at a stretch on a single battery charge, reports LifeHacker.