Microsoft Band 2 vs Microsoft Band: Why to upgrade?
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Microsoft Band 2 vs Microsoft Band: Why to upgrade? The Microsoft Band 2 looks better on paper but how does it compare to the first-generation Microsoft Band? There was a lot of noise about the older wearable, so it should be interesting to see if the Redmond-based tech giant listened to the complaints and made improvements.
The Microsoft Band 2 has certainly improvements and it is the better choice in the face of the first model because of its more pleasant design. The Microsoft Band had design issues because it was blocky, cumbersome and a bit too big to use. The company has modified key areas of the Microsoft Band 2 design to cater to everyday preferences.
One of the biggest differences in design between the Microsoft Band 2 and Microsoft Band is the display, which is now a curved panel on the newer model. The curved AMOLED screen is larger and much easier to use than on its predecessor.
The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating is effective on the wearable, as the first edition’s display tended to get scratched quite often. The elastomer band of Microsoft Band 2 comes with a redesigned latch that is easier to use and does not unclasp randomly. The band is also adjustable, which is a small, but significant bonus.
The slightly larger function button and home button of Microsoft Band 2 make navigation and use a bit easier and contribute to positive user experience. Though, the footprint of the device is quite large compared to other fitness trackers, the company improved the actual feel of the wearable and its bulkiness is no longer cumbersome.
The Microsoft Band 2 comes with a larger 0.5″x1.26″ touch screen, compared to the 0.43″x1.3″ display on the first model. The curved panel alleviates navigation and makes usage more seamless and comfortable. The resolution has not been given for the second generation of the Band, but most likely, it will be a bit higher than the original model.
The software giant is equipping the Band 2 with Windows 10 IoT and the updated Health app so that it can keep everything synced and organized without interference from the user. Cortana virtual assistant will be present on Band 2, which is another benefit that we have to consider. The users will be able to set reminders, workouts, send emails and work with their device through Cortana, which will turn hands-free use into a breeze.
The Band 2 is expected to include upgraded ARM Cortex CPU, with about 128 MB memory to back it up. The improvements to hardware lay more in sensors than they do processing power, as Microsoft outfitted the wearable with 10 different sensors: ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor and galvanic skin response, barometer to measure altitude, microphone, GPS, optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer and gyrometer.
However, the Microsoft Band 2 does not have waterproof certification. If you could use the device under water to track swimming, the new golf tracking features of the device would be outdone.
The Band 2 battery life is one of the other unchanged aspects. The previous model has an autonomy of about two days, and the newer model keeps itself in that time frame.
The Band 2 release date is set for October 30 and the price of the device is going to be $250, which is a bit expensive for a smart band.