You can now buy the Microsoft Band from the Microsoft Store for $199 (US only)
You can now order the Microsoft Band from the Microsoft Store. The new fitness tracker and notification hub can sync with your Windows Phone, Android or iPhone. It can be yours right now for $199.99.
The Microsoft Band offers guided workouts, 24-hour heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, email alerts, calendar support and Cortana integration.
Are you buying? You get a complimentary $5 gift card to Starbucks and a screen protector when buying online.
- Buy Microsoft Band (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft Band sizing guide (opens in new tab)
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-Lumia 810 owner.
Microsoft isn't to blame though, it's Verizon that is dicking us around.
I love Windows Phone and rather than reward Verizon by buying the HTC One (as you said, the iPhone), I'll be switching carriers Nov. 7 if I haven't at least heard a rumor about the update from Verizon- going to AT&T for the Lumia 830.
Edit: her Icon is up to date and BT LE is not working on DP. You still need cyan.
Microsoft really need to start pushing out some high end phones to demonstrate Windows Phones real abilities. At the moment, I just feel like I'm on a smartphone platform that is all about the budget end of the spectrum.
Microsoft are the ones that are hobbling Nokia's innovation.
By the way, optical zooms on mobile phones are RIDICULOUS. The 1020 and the 808 before it were true game changers. Zoom without any real loss of detail, and amazing image quality.
all this is more than enough for me to control my music and it works great... I can't wait to get this band if it ever get released in the UK (I am sure many outside the US are looking forward to get the band)... that would be a perfect Xmas gift, if only MS could release it abroad soon... Hopefully they will release it outside the UK
Let me give you some facts that help you rationalize the situation...
1. The US is the #1 consumer nation in the world, using up (unfortunately) far more resources per capita than anyone.
2. Again, the Band works on all three top platforms.
3. US smartphone adoption rates are among the highest, if not highest, in the world.
4. Cortana (in it's fullest available form) is only available in the US.
I really think Microsoft hit a sweet spot between smartwatch with an overload of features and a fitness band that doesn't do enough. Everyone can be satisfied.
Also, what is the limitation of this band if we use it outside of US?
Band was charged but needed plugged in to start it up.
The watch should be an extension to your phone and provide convenience. The Apple watch is packed with stuff nobody needs. Who would want to watch pictures on that tiny screen? Who would want to be nudged by someone via a watch? (I personally think that is creepy). Who would want to draw doodles on the watch (looks really childish to me)?
While they got some things right, I think the amount of features they tried to load on that thing resulted in battery life they didn't even want to mention. Availability in 2015 leaves a nice window of opportunity though, because Apple did one thing: It took the smart watch from nerd to mainstream. Pretty much everyone I know did not have a last clue about what is out there on smart watches before the announcement and now they all talk about it. Microsoft could shake up the market if they would have a watch ready centered around Cortana with notification features, fitness tracker and basic navigation and music control. That is all it needs. And if it would work on all major platforms (including older iPhone models) AND be in stores in time for the holiday shopping business, priced at least 100 dollars below the Apple Watch, I bet they would be able to capture a nice big junk of the market before Apple could even get their watch out there. Now all that would be pretty cool for Microsoft." I guess I wasn't too far off. Now let's hope it rolls out to more countries soon. The opportunity is huge.
The Sprout from Hewlett Packard is a far worse name for a product!