Microsoft's first fitness tracker was a clunker, but the Band 2 is more refined, with a comfortable design and a thoughtful software platform that has gotten better over time. Even so, there are still some kinks Microsoft needs to work out, and the short battery life in particular might be a dealbreaker for some.
- Much-improved design
- Microsoft Health is useful, thoughtful
- Guided workouts are still great
- Third-party app selectionis getting better
- Battery life is still short
- Interfacecan be a little obtuse
- GPS can take ages to find you
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (1)
- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsWired60Review: Microsoft Band 2Simplify the design, drop the price.Engadget80Microsoft Band 2 review: Still flawed, but a step in the right directionThe Band 2 is more refined, with a comfortable design and a thoughtful software platform that has gotten better over time. Even so, there are still some kinks Microsoft needs to work out, and the short battery life in particular might be a dealbreaker for some.PC Mag70Microsoft Band 2Like the original, the Microsoft Band 2 fitness tracker is full of useful features and valuable stat-tracking, but it's simply uncomfortable to wear.PC World70Microsoft Band 2 review: This health-oriented wearAs the Zune did, I think the Band 2 will attract a small camp of devotees. But they’ll be looked at askance by mainstream users, who won’t be able to fathom a world in which they can’t use the latest apps. Both sides will be completely convinced they made the right choice.SlashGear70Microsoft Band 2 ReviewIt's tracking you in ways few other wearables ... offer. Those ... committed to the quantified self might well be able to overlook the clunkiness that comes with that. Everyone else may well find wrist satisfaction in a more traditionally watch-styled alternative, even if the data isn't as rich.Yahoo80Microsoft Band 2: The Best Fitness Watch for PeoplThe Band 2 is one of the most successful fitness wearables ever made. It strikes a unique halfway position on the spectrum between fitness band and smartwatch.phoneArena80Microsoft Band 2 ReviewEverything points to a solid offering here with the Band 2, but there are still opportunities that could make it better. ... We won’t deny it’s a pricey thing in the space, but its design and chock-full of features gives it enough justification.Windows Central80Microsoft Band 2 Review - Health and fitness unshaOverall, the Band 2 is a winner, and it shows Microsoft is serious about this new category of technology.The Verge80Microsoft Band 2 review: An identity crisis on youPersonally, I would pass on the hardware and gladly use the software with some other device. Which may just be what Microsoft is angling for, anyway.Digital Trends50MICROSOFT BAND 2 REVIEWA greatly improved design fixes flaws from Microsoft’s first wearable, but quality issues dog the Band 2.
- 90AVERAGE USER SCORE1 Reviews13xforever90November 25, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There has been a lot of reviews out there about the Band 2, so I'll just touch on some points that are not often brought out.This is a generational iteration on the device. I'd say, this is a 1st-gen product, and not a prototype that the original Band was. As with all 1st-gen devices, it still has some limitations and annoyances, but the improvement is very noticeable and pretty much positive across the board.Unfortunately, the overall superiority of the device in its category is smeared by the price hike. MS walking a very thin line here with the price/value ratio, and I really hope that we will see it drop down by the next version.I also wish that MS would implement more of the competitor's features (like a reminder to move every hour, automatic movement classification outside the manual activity tracking, optional permanent geo tracking with exportable routes, etc).Also, no, you still can't use it to its full potential if you don't have Windows Phone or live outside the handful of NA/EU countries (or if you have to use non-latin communication in your life).
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