Microsoft’s Windows Phone handling complement has mostly missed out on a smartwatch and aptness tracker fun, though with a new Microsoft Band it’s finally in a game. And what’s more, a Band indeed works with some-more than only Windows-based mobiles: it syncs with your iPhone or Android phone too.
In terms of features, a Microsoft Band covers a field. It has common aptness tracker facilities like step tracking and some-more prerogative facilities such as GPS and a heart rate monitor. And it also offers facilities some-more typically found in smartwatches such as a colour touchscreen, notifications and payments when you’re in Starbucks.
If that sounds good to you, afterwards there’s some-more good news: it’s accessible today. That’s if you’re in a US and we have a gangling $199; UK and Australian prices haven’t been announced, though a US cost translates to around £125 or AU$230.
The cosmetic rope boasts an tractable tag and a full-colour touchscreen. It’s dust- and splash-resistant and powered by dual 100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer batteries that give we 48 hours on standby.
Don your using boots or bound on your bike and a Band uses GPS to record a lane you’ve run, biked, or hiked. There’s a stopwatch and path timer when you’re on a track. You can set a aim for a series of stairs or calories we wish to bake by in a day, or follow guided workouts set by experts a likes of Gold’s Gym or Men’s Health.
Even when you’re not operative out a Band is looking out for you: it monitors your heart rate 24 hours a day, annals how prolonged and how good we nap and how mostly we wake, and checks UV levels when you’re going out in a sun.
The information collected by a Band is synced adult with an online use and app called Microsoft Health — not to be confused with Apple Health or Samsung’s S Health, of course. As good as operative on many phones, Microsoft Health plays good with others, joining adult with other aptness apps and services including MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and MapMyFitness.
That’s where many aptness bands stop. But since a Microsoft Band syncs with your phone, it can also offer we notifications about new messages, events and amicable network updates, display your incoming calls and texts or a brief preview of new emails and reminders from your calendar. When we get a new summary we can glow behind a pre-set response (although that doesn’t work if we have an iPhone). There’s an alarm too, to arise we adult or let we know when it’s time for your subsequent appointment.
Or if we cite to be composed when you’re in a zone, spin on a do-not-disturb mode and we won’t get any notifications.
When you’ve finished operative out and you’re prepared to prerogative yourself with a venti sugarcino, a Band stores your Starbucks label sum so we can indicate your wrist to compensate but reaching for your wallet.
The Band works with Cortana, a voice-controlled Windows Phone personal assistant. As prolonged as we have a Windows 8.1 device in your pocket, we can speak to a Band and foreordain records or set reminders. Cortana also gives we updates on stream information like trade conditions, sports formula or a weather.
To use a Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health, we need a Windows Phone device with a 8.1 update, an iPhone using iOS 7.1 or 8, or an Android phone using 4.3 or 4.4. You need Bluetooth to span a Band with your phone.