I’m currently rocking the original Pebble Smartwatch while slowly saving up enough dough to buy the Apple Watch when it drops next year. All that to say, I’m a fan of wearables.
The Microsoft Band was quietly announced today, and for the price, it looks pretty decent. What the MS Band has that other smartwatch/fitness/activity bands lack is built-in GPS.
From the Microsoft Band page:
Built-in GPS: Measures the distance you’ve run and tracks your pace and route. Save your favorites to retrace your steps and challenge yourself later.
With other fitness trackers/smartwatches, I still need to either hold my phone, strap it on my arm, or stick it in my shorts pocket to take advantage of the phone’s GPS. With the MS band, it can track and record distances, pace, etc. without being wirelessly tethered to my phone.
That means I can leave my phone in the car, clip my iPod Nano to my shirt (I need my tunes), and let the Microsoft Band track my run activity.
Forgot to mention the Microsoft Band works with Windows Phone, Android AND iOS…+2 cool points.
Apple (and the rest) needs to step up its game.