Microsoft entered the wearables segment late last year by launching the Microsoft Band in the US. The device has finally reached UK shores and has been priced at £170 ($250).
The Microsoft Band can be purchased on Microsoft's online store and physical retail stores across the UK.
Is the Microsoft Band worth purchasing?
At £170, the Microsoft Band that comes with a cross-platform fitness tracker, may seem a bit over-priced when compared to the Samsung Gear Fit, which has been priced at £100.
However, since the wearable allows users to sync it with devices running on Windows Phone 8.1, iOS 7.1 and 8, and Android 4.3/4.4 via Bluetooth, the Microsoft product sure has an advantage.
Also, with inbuilt Cortana, the Microsoft Band lets users keep a tab on important activities, without depending on smartphones.
Moreover, Samsung's Gear Fit does not offer a personal digital assistant (PDA), nor does it have any voice assistance, hence users have to continually depend on smartphones for updates.
Other key features and tech-specs of the Microsoft Band include:
- Touch-enabled TFT full-colour display
- 64MB internal storage
- ARM Cortex M4 processor
- Optical heart rate sensor, GPS, UV Sensor, along with a host of other sensors
- Low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
- Microphone and Haptic vibration motor embedded
- Compatibility: Windows Phone 8.1 Update, iOS 7.1, iOS 8, and Android 4.3, 4.4 compatible
- Built-in Smart UV Monitor
- Ability to read text messages, and view incoming calls, even when on the move
- Email notifications and Calendar integration
- Two 100 mAh rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, that are claimed to operate for at least 48 hours in normal usage conditions
- Batteries can be charged to full, in less than 1.5 hours
- Dynamic accessibility to Microsoft Windows Store, Google Play Store and Apple App repositories
- The Band weighs 60 grams.
In the US, the Microsoft Band is priced at $200 (£135).