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Microsoft Band returns with new design, curved screenMicrosoft's fitness band returns with a more relaxing fit, adding a barometer for elevation tracking. What's it like? We slip one on.
[SOUND] Microsoft Band is designed for hardcore cyclists, golfers, and me, regular people who wanna get healthy. The band came out last year and introduced heartrate tracking all the time, had GPS, the ability to track sleep, and a lot of apps that added communication features, including some Cortana connected stuff if you had a Windows phone. This is the new band and what's different? Well mostly the design, before it was a little stiffer now this wraps around my wrist, feels more comfortable, the battery is now tucked underneath. And this has a curved screen so nice curved Gorilla glass. And it's supposed to be better for wet fingers, I'll test that some other time. Plus, it has a barometer so you can check out elevation, which is important for a lot of people that workout. The rest of it is not that much changed it seems. Four day battery life like before, but the differences are really about an evolution and thanking that if you had one of these before, you'll still be able to use a lot of the updated Microsoft software And also just on the Microsoft health app. Because a lot of what the band does is cloud connected. It's trying to track and guide your usage and your habits to be a little more helpful day to day. As it evolves it will be interesting to see how much Microsoft Band can be like that. The Band comes out in October, later in October, for $249. A little more expensive than the first band. But it feels better, and hey, it's not that much more than before. How this stacks up to a very large, growing, field of fitness trackers, and smart watches that are also fitness trackers, we'll have to test out. But very few are making the types of coaching and lifestyle claims that Microsoft is. I'm Scott Stein here, with the new Microsoft Band.