Microsoft has been making quite an effort to support both Android and iOS with their apps, but their hardware is also quite supportive of different mobile OS’s. The Microsoft Band supports both Android and iOS, and from today health nuts can pre-order the Microsoft Band in Australia.
The Microsoft Band is the second generation, addressing a number of hardware design issues with the original. The Band is available in 3 sizes and can track a lot of your fitness needs such as heart-rate, calories and sleep as well as your location with the in-built GPS when you go running. The Microsoft Band also supports alerts for email, text and calendar alerts.
- Band material: Thermal plastic elastomer silicone vulcanite (TPSV)
- Display: 1.26 x 0.50 in (32 x 12.8 mm) AMOLED Display with 320×128 resolution
- Battery life: 48 hours of normal use; advanced functionality like GPS use will impact battery performance
- Average charge time: Full charge in less than 1.5 hours
- Battery type: Li-Polymer
- Operating temperature ranges: 14° to 104°F (-10° to 40°C)
- Maximum operating altitude:-300m to +4877m
- Warranty: 1-year limited warranty. Additional statutory rights may apply in your country.
- Optical heart rate sensor
- 3-axis accelerometer/gyro
- Ambient light sensor
- Skin temperature sensor
- UV sensor
- Capacitive sensor
- Galvanic skin response
- Additional technology: Haptic vibration motor
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
- Supported mobile devices: Windows Phone 8.1 update2 or later, iPhone: 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iOS 8.1.2, and Android 4.4 or later phones with Bluetooth
The Microsoft Band will sync with your Android device using the Microsoft Health app which is available from Google Play. The Microsoft Health app will let you view your stats, get a map of your ride, and get insights on your performance.
For all that tech and functionality though, the Microsoft Band isn’t cheap with a $379.99 price tag attached to the unit. It’s pre-order only, but that pre-order period will be brief with units expected to be arriving in users hands by the 21st of January. If the Microsoft Band sounds like your cup of tea, then head over to the Microsoft store and put your pre-order in now.