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