‘Microsoft Band 2’ Vs ‘Fitbit’ Comparison And Other Details You Need To Know

‘Microsoft Band 2’ Vs ‘Fitbit’ Comparison And Other Details You Need To Know
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Microsoft has already released its follow-up model to the already-not-so-popular “Microsoft Band.” The “Microsoft Band 2” features trackers for calorie burn, sleep quality, exercise, heart rate and more. It even has email, calendar and text options.


Sounds like a perfect health device you can have with you on the go. The recent release of this device has had brands like Fitbit and Moov back in the circulation again.

In this tech review, we’ll compare the two devices: Microsoft Band 2 vs Fitbit. We can move on to other devices in the future. For now, let’s focus on the two.

Related news: ‘Microsoft Band 2′ Specs, Price and Release Date

Price: According to Heavy.com, Fitbit Surge costs $249.95, while Microsoft Band 2 costs almost the same, $249.

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GPS: Both devices have the GPS capacity, so you can monitor the routes and elevation of your activities. You can also get the split time, pace and distance. This is best for runners and mountain climbers.

Sleep, heart rate and other health and fitness trackers: Both devices sport heart rate trackers; a must if you want to create a health wearable device. They also monitor sleep quality and Fitbit has a silent alarm for users.

Compatibility to OS: Fitbit is compatible to iOS, Android and Windows Phone gadgets. Microsoft Band 2 is not limited to the Windows Phone, so iPhone and Android phone users can celebrate.

Battery life: Here’s where the two devices will start to deviate a bit. According to Fitbit’s website, the Fitbit Surge can last up to a week without the use of GPS. If you ever need it, the battery life will be cut down to just 10 hours. Seems decent compared to Microsoft Band 2, which, according to Heavy.com, has a battery life of around 48 hours. This is a slim figure compared to Fitbit.

Waterproofing: Fitbit can be used under water up to 50 meters, but it’s not recommended to use it while swimming, because the pressure of the strokes will take a toll on the device. Band 2, however, cannot be used underwater. Microsoft listed guidelines on how to wear it. “Microsoft Band is not waterproof. Light rain and hand washing shouldn’t harm it, but do not immerse it in liquids of any kind. This means it should not be worn while swimming or in the shower.” It’s water-resistant, yes, but not waterproof, according to their website.

Assistant: Since Microsoft has integrated Cortana in “Band 2”, it’s an obvious edge over Fitbit. Since you have options for “talking” to your device, Microsoft Band 2 sounds more of a hybrid watch+fitness tracker than a simple rival to Fitbit.

If you need something that you can wear with water, Fitbit has the edge, but if you think a little assistance from setting reminders to texting is needed, then Microsoft Band 2 is the best one for you.

So take your pick. The two devices will definitely fit into at least one of your needs. We’ll take a look at the other devices soon.

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  • Sumothong

    The Microsoft band 1 was kinda popular surprisingly. Tech writers crapped all over it, but the actual users I’ve talked to liked it. I wanted one but I have a rule about buying v1 of anything, its don’t do it. I’m probably gonna pick up a band 2 now that they have addressed some issues with it.

  • CoolwaterXII

    Umm, MS Band 1 was surprisingly very popular. MS under estimated when it released it that they couldn’t keep up with demand for almost a year. How about 8 sensors (Fit) vs 11 sensors (Band)? Also comparison between its cloud service or even apps in detail? Also, they are both water resistant how ever you want to spin it. Both devices don’t deserve this article if only boils down to wearing in water or an assistant.

    • Spineless

      The Band works awesome as a phone companion/assistant.

  • Jim Kilty

    Wildly incomplete review. No mention of the 11 sensors, Taylor Made golf features, stair climb sensing, UV exposure tracking, high quality color screen, Health Platform,guided workouts, custom workout builder, third party service integration, third party apps, etc., etc. etc. I’ve been a Band user since day 1…it has its flaws but its incredibly capable for real fitness tracking. Here is my original review, I’ll be writing an equally detailed review of the Band 2: https://sway.com/tmSJpdlOpowMVcNk

    • Sumothong

      That’s a very good write up.

      • Jim Kilty

        Thanks! I’ll try to put as much energy into the Band 2 review 🙂

  • vanalan

    I find my battery performance on Band 1 still @ 20% after 24 hours WITH using GPS for 2.5 hours during that time (for bike commute to and from work). If no GPS use, battery easily lasts >48 hours. Given GPS can be such a battery drain, I’d say that’s pretty good battery performance. It would be nice if the Band’s GPS could share the phone’s when connected to a phone though

  • InsGadget

    Band > Fitbit, without a doubt. More features for the cost.