The Apple Watch is already in the wild, which will put a lot of pressure on the Microsoft Band. But there are still plenty of Redmond fans out there looking to buy one, and now it’s finally possible to do so in the United Kingdom, as well.
If you live in the UK and you like what Microsoft has done with its fitness band, then you will be happy to hear that the device is now available for purchase from the Microsoft Store. Its price is currently set at 170 pounds, which is the equivalent of 254 US dollars, which quite expensive, considering that the device retails for just $200 in the US. But, I guess taxes and subsidies are to be blamed here.
The Microsoft Band has been released in the US on October 29, 2014 and has enjoyed great success since then. UK customers can now by it only via the Microsoft Store, but the device has been available for buy at Currys PCWorld, as well. To remind you of its specs, you should know that comes with a plethora of sensors – optical heart rate monitor, three-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, microphone, ambient light sensor, galvanic skin response sensors, UV sensor, skin temperature sensor and a capacitive sensor.
Microsoft claims that the battery can run for two days on a full charge, but we’re not sure if that’s true under heavy usage. In order to use the device, you need to have the companion app Microsoft Health installed, as well, and it currently works with Windows Phone 8.1, Android 4.3+, and iOS 7.1+ with Bluetooth enabled. However, you can also download the desktop app for Windows, and you also should know that it syncs data with Windows tablets and the Mac, as well, but at the moment there still isn’t an app in the Windows Store.
At the moment, the Microsoft Band is more of a fitness tracker than a smartwatch, but it does come with pretty smart features, such as the following built-in apps – Exercise, UV, Alarm & Timer, Calls, Messages, Calendar, Facebook, Weather and more. So, chances are that the second-generation of the Microsoft Band will get even more smartwatch features.
Also, if you will pair the Microsoft Band with a device running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, you will be able to use Cortana, as well. The same should be available for Windows 10 when it becomes official.
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