This is a concept of the Microsoft smart watch compared with the official super-popular Microsoft Band that was released late last year. The Microsoft Band wasn’t everything we’d hoped for in a smart watch, as it was geared more as a fitness tracker than a wearable, but the second generation that could release with the launch of Windows 10 might be able to compete with the likes of the Apple Watch
Microsoft Band 2 vs. Fitbit Charge HR vs. Jawbone UP4: Is Microsoft’s Second-Gen Fitness Tracker Better Than Rivals?
The wearable with its refreshed design and the much-awaited barometer will wow the customers. However, the refreshed Microsoft Band returns in a very competitive market, preloaded with the likes of Fitbit and Jawbone, among others.
The Microsoft Band 2 sports a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coated OLED touchscreen that goes around the user’s wrist. The Fitbit Charge HR features a tiny as well as an unobtrusive monochrome screen which is used to show off the present heart rate and time. The Jawbone UP4 waives a display. It depends on companion applications and mobile phones to look at the collected data.
The Jawbone UP4 promises seven days of battery life. Fitbit touts five days of battery life. Meanwhile, Microsoft claims 48 hours of battery life.
Fitbit is priced at $149. The Jawbone UP4 is priced at $199. The Microsoft Band is $50 more expensive than the UP4 with a price of $249.
The wearable device from Microsoft has Cortana support. Through this feature, the user gets reminders about upcoming meetings or a gentle shove to start exercising. Fitbit and Jawbone’s devices do not have personal voice assistants, making the Microsoft Band the only player and winner by default in this area.
Microsoft’s wearable incorporates built-in GPS, oxygen consumption and UV exposure monitoring. All three devices also come with built-in sleep tracking functionalities.
Microsoft Band 2 is the winner in most of the arenas. This device is already available for pre order and is scheduled to land on Oct. 30.