Microsoft’s first attempt at wearables was met with very mixed thoughts. On one hand the first-generation Microsoft Band proved to be a very powerful device when compared to its competitors, but on the other we just couldn’t get over its archaic looks. Microsoft clearly did something about it with the second-generation Microsoft Band, and get had a chance to go hands-on at Microsoft’s event today.
The new Microsoft band is not something Redmond would like to call a smartwatch, but it’s hard not to consider it one if you consider all it can do. This is not just your average fitness tracker but really a different approach to a mobile wearable that mixes the design of a larger fitness tracker, with the capabilities of a smartwatch. The difference here is that Microsoft is mostly targeting people that are well into fitness and offering unique capabilities like GPS tracking, something you can’t find on any Apple Watch, and jus tone Android Wear device. More information can be found on our original announcement post of the new Microsoft Band if you want to learn more, and you can pre-order yours today for $249.