Microsoft Band: Unboxing and hands-on tour of Microsoft's new 'smart' wearable
Late last night, Microsoft in a surprise move announced the Band, a new health and fitness wearable that includes a heart rate monitor, UV sensor, Cortana integration and a gorgeous color touch display.
Perhaps even more impressive, the $199 is available today from Microsoft Stores and online. Stock is limited and, unfortunately, the Band is U.S. only for now as Microsoft tests out the waters.
I managed to pick one up this morning. Here is a full unboxing, tour, and how the Band interacts with Windows Phone.
There is a lot going on with this device, so expect a few articles following up this one that will answer your questions! For now, check out the HD video and the photos.
My quick review? The Microsoft Band is the real deal. Very high-quality device, excellent display and it is chock full of features that will make you 'wow' a few times.
Do not forget to bookmark out Microsoft Band topic page, which has all our coverage, description, and even our new Band forums!
- Microsoft Band - All You Need to Know
- Microsoft Band community forums
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Also hoping music playback controls will make their way to the Band.
I think this one is in the right direction, but it is too large for my taste: http://global.timex.com/timex-ironman-one-gps
So, if the MS Band had just 4Gb of internal memory and an independent music player with basic controls (shuffle all, etc) that din't require the phone to operate, it would be perfect.
WHO WANTS A SMARTWATCH, NOT ME. MICROSOFT's BETTING YOU DON'T EITHER!
Let's get on the BANDwagon! :-)
I guess digital-giants Apple Samsung get confused by those ideas hoho
(and a question, where should I tell you the name of a game to be introduced in windows central?)
Do you have a source for your claim that we can get any notification on the band? Thx!
The Facebook app used to look more "modern" in the beginning.
But then Facebook required Microsoft to change the apps' design to meet Facebok's guidelines across all platforms.
I understand Microsoft wants consistency across all devices.
But they should go along their design principles and make the apps on all platforms "modern".
This is my concern with Nadella's multi-platform stuff.
They sell out to the other platforms!
By the way I talked with an US store rep, and she told me that the warranty would be broken if I got one outside the US... Kinda sad.
And I see this as Nadella's fault.
They always have a glitch in their marketing.
Why didn't try simply choose https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
Band has a internal gps or do I need to use the band connected to my phone?