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Microsoft Band 2: Why We Want One

The updated Microsoft Band is sleek and powerful. It records more health data than you ever thought you needed.
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Curved Display 
Microsoft Band 2 feels like less of an awkward accessory and more of a comfortable bracelet. This is due to softer material and a curved, full-color OLED display. The cover is made of Gorilla Glass 3 for improved touch response and scratch resistance.

It's also easier to make the Microsoft Band fit you. The device now comes in small, medium, and large sizes, and you can tighten or loosen the strap to adjust as needed. It fit comfortably around my wrist and the touch screen worked well. The keyboard is tiny, as expected, but the device did a decent job of correcting mistyped words. That said, it would be difficult for someone with larger hands to navigate the keyboard. I'd choose the Band for its fitness features over its note-taking capabilities.

Curved Display

Microsoft Band 2 feels like less of an awkward accessory and more of a comfortable bracelet. This is due to softer material and a curved, full-color OLED display. The cover is made of Gorilla Glass 3 for improved touch response and scratch resistance.

It's also easier to make the Microsoft Band fit you. The device now comes in small, medium, and large sizes, and you can tighten or loosen the strap to adjust as needed. It fit comfortably around my wrist and the touch screen worked well. The keyboard is tiny, as expected, but the device did a decent job of correcting mistyped words. That said, it would be difficult for someone with larger hands to navigate the keyboard. I'd choose the Band for its fitness features over its note-taking capabilities.

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kstaron
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kstaron,
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10/23/2015 | 9:29:47 AM
Why do you want one again?
None of these seemed compelling reasons to pick a Microsoft band. Unless you are a Windows Phone user it suffers the same drawbacks as the Apple watch for non iPhone users. Pricey for what it can give you. The idea that an activity band can get destroyed in a rainstorm put me off buying it too. I want my watches to be waterproof (usually becasue I forget to take my watch off around water.) so I want the same for any wrist wearable. You could buy two or more fitness bands that do most everything except give you email reminder and texts from Cortana for the price of a Microsoft band. I just don't see the allure.
YesIDo
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YesIDo,
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10/14/2015 | 4:41:50 PM
Re: Solid offering
The MS Health app it feeds to is available on all platforms
dgerner437
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dgerner437,
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10/14/2015 | 2:37:45 PM
Re: Solid offering
Cortana is available with Windows 10 as well as Window 8 Family and Windows phone
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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10/13/2015 | 10:02:28 AM
Re: Solid offering
Right now Cortana is only available for Windows Phone 8.1 and later, but will be integrated with iOS and Android in the future. You can only respond to calls with a text message for Windows Phone and certain Android phones.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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10/12/2015 | 7:42:32 PM
Re: Solid offering
This is a pretty substantial upgrade. I feel like this new Band is kind of like a mix between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. Although Apple is making a pretty solid product like this, it's nice to see Microsoft making an effort to produce something people want. That's long been one of their downfalls in the consumer market. 
Michelle
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Michelle,
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10/12/2015 | 7:04:17 PM
Solid offering
The latest band looks like a solid offering. Can the calling features be linked with iOS and Android devices? Locking users into the Microsoft ecosystem for additional functions seems like a bad idea for customer satisfaction, but a good one for Microsoft device adoption.
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