Microsoft Band 2 Hands-On Review
Recently reviewed and tested at the BuyBackWorld facilities, the Band 2 is Microsoft’s second-generation smartwatch unveiled in October, 2015. The fitness tracker is the upgraded version of the introductory Microsoft Band released in October, 2014.
Like the original, the Band 2 allows smartphone pairing and is compatible with Windows, iOS, and Android. Both versions offer colorful touchscreen displays, three size options, sleep tracking, and, when you need a break scaling mountains, also serve as regular watches.
The first-generation, all-black band offered a discreet feel with no physically appealing features. But, as seen below, the Band 2 boasts metallic edges and a slightly curved screen for a sleeker, more fashionable build.
The original Microsoft Band was equipped with a 320×106-pixel LCD screen measuring 33x11mm. The Band 2’s new AMOLED screen has an improved 320×128-pixel display to go along with slightly enhanced 32×12.8mm dimensions. The second-generation band also advertises a longer 48-hour battery life.
A new barometer sensor that can track your elevation also sets the Band 2 apart from its predecessor. The 11 total sensors are as follows: optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, galvanic skin response, a built-in microphone, and the new barometer.
BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: The multipurpose, versatile Microsoft Band 2 is one of the best of its kind on the market and a sensible investment for those shopping for their first fitness tracker. With a metallic brim and an enhanced, curved screen, the Band 2 sits more comfortably on the wrist and is more visually attractive than its predecessor. But with just one additional sensor, it does not offer significant performance upgrades. Those satisfied with their first-gen device may want to hold off until Microsoft proves it can present a more compelling alternative with the Band 3.
If you’re interested in making the upgrade, you can always sell your used Microsoft Band to BuyBackWorld to offset the cost.