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Microsoft Band Review

Updated on January 22, 2015

First Microsoft fitness device

I've been wearing it for 2-3 months now, brought it literally round the world for my Dec holidays and finally ready to pen a review!

OK, I admit I am kind of a geek, reasons why I got this device when it was first released:

  • An active runner that goes to the gym almost everyday, I wanted a wearable that was primarily for fitness
  • Comes with bells and whistles of notifications
  • Able to pair with my Apple device (finally! Hallelujah to compatibility)
  • Usually I wait a little for a product to be more stable, but at US$199 is not too expensive as a barrier for me to be one of their first trial users

Me on the trail with the band
Me on the trail with the band

How many stars does this deserve??

4 stars for Microsoft Band

The Verdict

why 4 stars?

The good

  • Jam packed with functionalities
  • I like the fit, got the small size and using the last (tightest) clasp. Other reviews say it's heavy, kindda is but does not bother me
  • Watch! Finally, I find a fitness band that displays time too! I could set the time to be always on. I had used the Fitbit force for sometime, but gave up as it gave me rashes and also it was too troublesome to press a button to read the time.
  • Suits my requirements and more - there were also added features which I appreciate, such as heart rate monitor, weather, you can run without carrying a phone as it has an inbuilt GPS, pay with the band in Starbucks,..

The bad

  • My biggest complain is that it does a 'shitty' job paired with the iphone. I can't keep up with how many times I had to reset the device, pair it again with the phone in order for the app to again recognise the band had already been paired. When that's done, all the history is also wiped clean! :(
  • battery life is horrible, 1 day is max and not even with GPS (running feature) turned on
  • Ugly to be honest - a black - no options here! Band around your wrist.. really looks like some sort of parole device

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