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More thoughts on the MICROSOFT BAND

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Microsoft has got it right with the Microsoft BAND. It’s a cutting edge, hi-tech product that works. It’s directly comparable with the Apple Watch – better in some respects, less so in others. The key thing is the 2 day battery life, the Apple Watch will hardly last you from dawn ‘til dusk. For that reason the Apple Watch simply can’t be a ‘proper’ activity tracker as, by definition, it can’t track your daily activity. If, like me, you do a lot of exercise then you realise that quality sleep is fundamental.

Turning from Apple to most of the other competitors in the ‘health & wellness’ market then these other competitors are simply not in the same league. The Microsoft BAND has built-in optical heart rate and GPS. These two ‘simple’ components are fundamental to tracking activity and even more obviously for tracking exercise. Even tracking your heart rate at night is VERY important, IMHO, as your resting heart rate is a great measure of stress and recovery from exercise. Recovery (adaptation) from exercise is fundamental in the effectiveness of that exercise.

The zealots from other manufacturers’ camps can argue all they want to. They’re wrong.

I have never reviewed a Microsoft product before and I own an iPAD.

The BAND does an awful lot of other stuff. I won’t dwell on this here too much as I have already reviewed the MICROSOFT BAND from a sporty/activity perspective (here).

Suffice to say you can do very much of the same things that other manufacturers can do:

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