We have seen an explosion of Microsoft Band Apps landing in the Windows Phone Store and Band Pro is one of the latest to join the genre of apps.
The app will let you customize the Band's wallpaper and insert an image icon into the mix. Band Pro comes pre-loaded with a handful of wallpapers and icons to choose from as well as the ability to use your own images. It makes a nice impression and overall, Band Pro has the potential of being a quality addition to the Windows Phone collection of Band apps.
Band Pro's interface is centered around, for the most part, one screen. Along the bottom of this screen you will find options to view the About screen, the Help screen, synchronize your wallpaper, rate the app in the Windows Phone Store and like the app's Facebook page.
Center screen you will find a preview of your wallpaper. Above the preview image will be your choices of wallpapers and icons and below the preview image are two control buttons to add round tiles or icons to the image.
Navigation isn't the cleanest with Band Pro and involves a series of taps to toggle between customizing your wallpaper and the round tiles, as well as deleting the round tiles. If you tap on the wallpaper, you will be able to choose one of the several pre-loaded wallpapers or one of your own images.
Pre-loaded wallpapers includes a series photographs, solid colors and abstracts. If you choose your own image, a crop window will appear on the image that you can position over the portion of your image you want to use. Once in position, double tap the crop frame to send it to the preview image.
Just remember with full images, you lack the ability to reduce the image size to fit the crop area. To use the full image, you'll need to resize the image to 310 x 102 pixels with a photo editor before selecting it in Band Pro.
Band Pro has support for two round tiles and when you first launch the app, you'll see two already in place. To edit the round tile image, just tap on the tile to pull up a collection of pre-loaded images that currently includes the logos from the major sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL). You also have the ability to use a portion of an image from your Windows Phone Pictures Hub.
If you only want one tile or no tiles, double tap on the round tile you want deleted. You can reposition the tiles by touch and if you ever want to restore a tile you deleted, tap the + button below the preview image. Tapping the + button will send you to your Windows Phone Pictures Hub and if you want a sports logo, just hit the back button, select the logo and it will be added to your wallpaper creation.
When the dust settles and you have your wallpaper ready to go, you can save the wallpaper for future use (it will be stored under the Save tab on the wallpaper menu) and send it to your Microsoft Band.
While I liked Band Pro, I also see it as a work in progress that has a lot of potential. While it has a nice selection of wallpapers and gives you the ability to use your own images, the interface is a little cumbersome and the round tile images are a little limited.
It is our understanding that more images are in the works for Band Pro, which will help the app's appeal. And while you do get used to all the tapping around to build a wallpaper, the interface could be more fluid, especially with the round tiles.
The only other issue that some may have with Band Pro is the lack of a trial version. It would have been nice to have seen a time limited trial or maybe a trial version where you couldn't save wallpapers available to let Band owners try things out before buying. Maybe even put ad-support on the trial version to make that option available.
While the overall feel is one of a work in progress, Band Pro lays a nice foundation for a customization app for the Microsoft Band. If you give Band Pro a try let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also head over to this Windows Central Forums Discussion and chat it up with the developer.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
Do u guys think Microsoft band always catches more dust near the screen edges?
Mine is catching more dust because of the screen protector I have in place. I'm trying out the Skinomi screen protector which is has a two-piece design. You have a decorative piece that protects the frame of the Band's face and a clear piece that covers the display. There is just enough spacing between the two where dust can collect. The screen protector that came with the Band is one piece and does a better job of things but leaves the area between the microphone/sensor and band exposed. I like how Skinomi wraps around the sensors and protects as much of the face as possible.
Pimp my Band for now. This, once it improves.
Is there any actual apps that aren't customising apps.... Like is there a wpc app were you can read wpc articles on your wrist?
because there are not enough crazy people who want to do that :P
To be fair I haven't actually seen one in real life yet so I haven't got much of a clue on what it is like to use, but from all the videos iv seen of people typing on it and scrolling through menus etc it looks like it could work well to be able to read through a few news articles on your wrist.... Maybe some sort of auto scrolling text?? I'm quite excited to try one when they get to the uk next month
It was not made to read full articles. Skim headlines plus some text would make sense. About as much as I see with my RSS reader. It was made for quick interactions (about 10 seconds) although that is just a guideline. Btw, it does have a "scrolling" text function built in. Basically it will show you each word separately which allows them to be bigger.
Just wait, the SDK for band is being run through beta right now. There is a Win Cen article on it. I'd post a link but my breaks almost up.
I'm dying for music/sound controls on my Band. Volume, Play/Pause, Skip. I'll pay monies!!! Does the SDK not include this or something?
Fitbit flex or trade it in for a MS Band?
Update to Band Pro App has been submitted to Windows Phone Store Certification and awaiting Certification. Looks like since few days App updates are stopped and there is a significant delay in certifying app. Earlier it was a matter of few hours now it is more that 24 hours. I had fixed issue specific to HTC One M8 and random issues of wallpaper not syncing to the Band. Will keep you updated. Please bear with me until we get the new update certified by MS Windows Phone Store Team.
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