Microsoft has had a huge couple of weeks. The updates have been broad, impacting a whole lineup of products and solutions from the company. One of those announcements was Microsoft Band, the lifestyle and fitness wearable that has a huge number of sensors and Cortana. The device went on sale yesterday and it has pretty much sold out of your local Microsoft store and for sure online.
The Microsoft Band, while innovative in design, fundamentally isn’t bringing anything terribly new to the wearable market, especially the fitness market. Fitbit has somewhat been the standard when it comes to fitness wearables but Jawbone’s Up has also been there as has Nike’s Fuel Band. But really, when you do a stare-and-compare, you think Fitbit.
When it comes to Smartwatches however, the game is pretty much wide open. Apple is introduced the AppleWatch two months ago and it was immediately compared to the Fitbit line up and every Smartwatch that any Android based manufacture had ever produced. What you get past the distortion field however and really look at the AppleWatch, it has some serious flaws. Like deal breaker flaws. I’m going to look at three of them: Cross-platform support, price of entry and ease-of use.
What I’m not going to do is compare the Microsoft Band to anything from Fitbit. Frankly, there are a lot of people who only want a step tracker or calorie tracker. They produce some fantastic solutions that, while certainly more limited when compared to the Band, do a great job. I’m on my 2nd Fitbit in 5 years (they take a beating and keep on keeping on) and it is the only wearable I’ve ever used or considered until the Band was released a couple of days ago. I think the only way you can do a proper comparison of a Fitbit product to the Band is if you compare the upcoming Surge. But if you need integration to your Windows Phone and other apps, I think the Microsoft Band will be better.