Microsoft Band vs Band 2 comparison: What’s the difference between the old and new Microsoft Bands?

Microsoft has unveiled a new fitness tracker / smartwatch called the Band 2. You can pre-order one straight away, and it costs the same as the old model: £199.99. That’s the same as aFitbit Surge: expensive for an activity tracker, but not for a smartwatch. Here we compare the old and new models in our Microsoft Band vs Band 2 comparison.

DESIGN

The biggest changes are in the Band 2’s design. While the old one was rigid, bulky and pretty uncomfortable, the new one has a curved screen and a flexible band. It should be more comfortable, but there’s still the issue of the landscape interface with no portrait option. Wearing the display on the inside of your wrist could be a solution, but could also play havoc with the heart-rate sensor.

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