I saw the leaks for the new Microsoft fitness band earlier this week, but did not expect the release of the actual product with so little fanfare or so quick.
I was skeptical at first upon hearing that yet another company was jumping into the wearable space. I was even more skeptical when I heard it was Microsoft (reminiscent of the Zune).
But after reading the story and watching the video on The Verge, I have to say I'm curious about Microsoft Band. I have a Nike Fuelband and like it, but the MB has several added features like notifications and heart rate monitor that intrigue me.
I'm not crazy about the design (it's a little too blocky for me) or how the time doesn't rotate but it's a 1.0 product, and I think it has some potential. When I watched the video I kept thinking this was the product I was hoping Apple was going to announce.
I like the style and some of the features of the announced Apple Watch, but I like my analog watches and don't want to replace them. I want something I can add to my lifestyle, which is why the Fuelband has been on my wrist for almost a year now.
The smartwatch/wearable space is going to get interesting over the next few years as customers vote with their wallets (digital or old-school).
Review of the Microsoft Band on the Verge.