Another Fitness Band

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

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Mike Loveday

I started my journalism career in college as an entertainment writer and eventually moved into the Sports Editor position. After graduation I worked as a Stringer for the Wilmington Star-News and covered Track & Field and Lacorsse. After eight months I was hired as a General Assignment Reporter for the Topsail Voice. In 2006, I was hired by Student Sports as a general assignment writer and moved into the role of Editor for MDVarsity.com. Purchased by ESPN in July 2008, Student Sports relaunched as ESPNRISE.com and I was promoted to the Contact Sports Editor in charge of football and lacrosse. In 2009, I took over lacrosse full-time. I am currently the Founder and COO of LaxRecords.com and the Mid-Atlantic reporter for US Lacrosse and where I manage the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 voting panel and a staff of four freelance journalists.