Have you heard about Microsoft's new smart watch? It not only beat Apple's iWatch to the market, it's also rumored to be a FitBit killer.
FitBit is a company is known for its products of the same name, which are activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable devices that measure data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics.
So what's the big deal with this smart watch? Let me break it down for you.
The Microsoft Band looks a lot like a FitBit, but it's got a built-in touch screen that works like a smart watch. The Band also connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and shows you text messages, emails and updates from Facebook and Twitter.
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The Band also has sensors embedded in the wristband to monitor your heart rate, calories burned, how many steps you've taken and can even monitor your sleep.
It can also tell you when to get out of the sun with its UV index sensor, and it has a built-in stopwatch. The Band even has Cortana capabilities.
Another great feature about the Band is that you may not have to charge it every day, unlike the iWatch. The downside is that the Microsoft Band doesn't have a big screen like the iWatch or other Android watches that are already on the market.
The Band may have a decent chance on the market, and at the starting price of $199 it lands squarely between the fitness trackers and smart watches, just like its design. Check out my smart watch comparison chart to see how the competition compares.
You can also see how the Band is designed to work in multiple situations in the video below.
And you can see it Microsoft Band itself in the photos below.