Why I Love My Microsoft Band and a Giveaway

by Robyn Wright on July 14, 2015

in Tech

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I have tried out lots of wearable devices over the past few years. They all have positive aspects to them and I really encourage everyone to try them out. However, I am currently wearing my favorite device to date, the Microsoft Band. (Disclosure: I was provided a Microsoft Band as part of the Microsoft Bloggers and they provided me another to give away. Opinions are my own.) Why is this my favorite? It really combines features that I actually use on a regular basis all in one simple sleek wearable! The Microsoft Band keeps track of my fitness and activity as well as helping me be more productive.

Features I Love of the Microsoft Band

  • Available for Multiple Platforms
    The Microsoft Band doesn’t just work with Windows devices, it also works with apps from the iTunes store and the Google Play store! Since I try out a lot of different phones and tablets this is really important for me. I can connect my Microsoft Band to just about any device I am using!
  • Microsoft Health
    Connect your Microsoft Band to Microsoft Health (free) and it gives you insights into your activity and gives you actionable insights. It also will connect with other services like MyFitnessPal, HealthVault, and RunKeeper. I love having all of this info in one place and my doctor likes being able to see all of it as well.
  • Multiple Activity Tracking Modes
    Activity trackers all have pedometers to track your steps, but the Microsoft Band can track your steps but also will track your 24-hour heart rate, your sleep, your running (it’s different steps than walking), and even guided workouts. This means all of your activity is tracked in the best method possible and still all in one place.
  • Be More Productive
    I can do a ton of things via the Microsoft Band that helps me be more productive and save time throughout the day. Right on the band I can preview my emails, see my calendar events, and use the timer and alarm to stay on track.
  • Cortana
    Yes, you can even interact with Cortana, the Microsoft Virtual Assistant (kind of like Siri or OK Google, but better), via the Microsoft Band. Ask her to find things, set reminders, add appointments, and even tell you a joke. This particular function is for those connected to a Windows Phone though – but they rock too!
  • Texts, Calls, Notifications, and Social Updates at a Glance
    Get notifications on your Microsoft Band of incoming calls, text messages, social updates, weather, and other things. No need to pick up your phone all the time, just look at your wrist. You can even reply to texts right from the band and even though it is small, it is still very easy to do.
  • Built-in UV Monitor
    This is a pretty cool extra feature that I didn’t know I would use at first but it really is handy. Just hold out your wrist to find out what the UV Index is right where you are. We all know we should wear sun block and such, but it isn’t something many of us are always good about. This feature is a nice reminder to help me do better at this and protect my skin from sun damage.
  • Easily Customized Screen
    I love that I can easily customize the color and pattern on the Microsoft Band with the built-in options. You can also change the order of the apps menu. Even better are the extra apps you can get to customize your Microsoft Band further by adding your own custom photo backgrounds and such. I can match my outfit or mood every single day!

Those are all things I use on a regular basis with my Microsoft Band. I love that the uses are continuing to grow via apps and updates as well and since it is with multiple platforms it seems to be endless. I know those that are regular readers know that I am a huge Microsoft fan, but I think even those that may not normally lean towards Microsoft products will really be impressed with the Microsoft Band. The retail price is $199 and I think very much worth every penny of that. Everyone I personally know who has the Microsoft Band is totally in love with it as well!

Microsoft Band

As I mentioned earlier, Microsoft has provided me another Microsoft Band to give away to one lucky winner here on my blog! Woohoo! Good luck everyone!

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{ 93 comments }

1 PinkLacedPoppy July 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

I like this a lot this would be something I could use to keep track of fitness better. Or the UV monitor I’m a biggie on that and I really could use that for keeping track of my kids UV time ;)

2 Clau1023 July 14, 2015 at 7:02 pm

I would love to win this. I would be able to view txt and updates without a cell phone or laptop..that’s just awesome!

3 Jeannine D July 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm

I love the multiple tracking modes. I really love the heart beat tracker

4 tannawings July 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I like the Built-in UV Monitor. This would be great because II am always thinking some days I dont need sunscreen when I likely do

5 yonawilliams July 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm

I like that it is compatible and connects to My Fitness Pal – that’s my go-to weight management app.

6 Christie July 14, 2015 at 8:01 pm

I love that you still can get your notifications on the band

7 AmandaSakovitz July 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I love how it tracks your steps

8 Rust July 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm

I like the Multiple Activity Tracking Modes, including sleep.

9 Sara C July 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

I would like to sync it to my phone or my laptop.

10 Thomas Murphy July 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

I would like the Multiple Activity Tracking Modes.

11 Nataly Carbonell July 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm

I like its Built-in UV Monitor and Multiple Activity Tracking Modes features!

12 marcicornelius July 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm

I like the easily customized screen

13 Olivia July 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

The Microsoft Health feature is something I find super useful!

14 Dawn Schamp-Monzu July 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Omg…I would use the “texts, calls and notifications” the most! I LOVE that feature! I have always thought “why would I want to wear one of these, but still have to stare at my phone?”. Now I know I don’t have to! Thank you so much for reviewing this Robyn! I am wanting this one for sure! I’ve been trying to win an activity tracker for awhile, but I REALLY want this one! God bless and good luck everyone!

15 pms3237 July 14, 2015 at 11:54 pm

I would give it to my son and I am sure he would use all the functions

16 erin dear July 15, 2015 at 6:24 am

The custom photo background is my favorite feature.

17 ginette4 July 15, 2015 at 6:36 am

I love that it tracks your heart rate

18 Rhonda Grisham July 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

I like that you get your notifications on the band.

19 Ellie W July 15, 2015 at 10:47 am

Built-in UV Monitor is awesome.

20 sandra July 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

maybe the activity tracker

21 Marty C. July 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I love the notifications feature. My Fitbit only does incoming calls.

22 Leigh Anne Borders July 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

I really love this band. It has alot of features that I like but if I had to go with one I would go with the heart rate tracker.

23 anita leibert July 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Previewing emails, texts and calls.

24 Ray Ray Cartucci July 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

it tracks heart beats and steps….that pretty awesome.

25 twenteries July 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Getting notifications on the band would be so much more convenient than carrying my phone around with me everywhere!

26 Tammy Horn July 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I like that you get the notifications right there on the band.

27 susitravl July 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Connects with MyFitnessPal.

28 Natalie July 16, 2015 at 6:55 am

My favorite feature is that it can track you heartrate and steps.

29 Jacqueline Cromwell July 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I love the idea of not only the activity tracker but the calendar and emails too!

30 missdeb1 July 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

I would use Microsoft Health the most. I see that you can connect to My Fitness Pal which I use now and the Microsoft Health would make it easier to keep track of my exercise. Thanks for the chance.

31 Lauren July 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm

I like the UV monitor.

32 Starla July 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm

This is so amazing and would be perfect for my new health journey. I love that you can Multiple Activity Tracking Modes! That’s so nice while exercising!

33 TheAngelForever July 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

I am the queen of sunburns even when I try to be careful. Love that this has the UV detector to help.

34 Mita July 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm

I like the notifications feature.

35 Heather Hayes Panjon July 17, 2015 at 9:53 pm

I like the Microsoft Health feature.. It would help me stay motivated.

36 LilyBiscuit July 17, 2015 at 11:15 pm

The Multiple Activity Tracking Modes would be really helpful.

37 Leul Wolde July 18, 2015 at 12:02 am

I love the fact it track your heart rate for the entire day.

38 Lisa Bell July 18, 2015 at 2:33 am

I love the multiple activity tracking modes!

39 Tabathia July 18, 2015 at 10:54 am

I would like the cortana feature best.

40 Daniel M July 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I like the Multiple Activity Tracking Modes

41 Lisa July 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm

I think the heart rate tracker feature is really cool.

42 Stacey B July 18, 2015 at 11:05 pm

I like like that it can connect to the Microsoft health program and also the heart rate monitor.

43 Karla R. July 19, 2015 at 12:06 am

I like that I can see my notifications.

44 David Scammell July 19, 2015 at 6:37 am

I like how it can track your overall health including sleep and general activity, but yet so simple to use.

45 Grady July 19, 2015 at 6:53 am

I love the Cortana integration with windows phone. I really hope that this will extend to windows ten computers so I can control my pc from my band. It will be useful when my hands are full in the kitchen.

46 scottsgal July 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

I like you can get texts and calls

47 Driver_King July 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I love that Band continues to innovate, such as with Golf tracking, Web Tiles, and Cortana!

48 Ronalee Duncan July 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

I am amazed at what this can do and it is now on my Christmas list. My favorite feature: Get notifications on your Microsoft Band of incoming calls, text messages, social updates, weather, and other things.

49 lee mckoen July 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

I really think the heart rate feature is great to track my workouts!

50 Vick July 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Amazing how far technology has came..

51 sjgadsby July 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

I would find the notifications of incoming calls, text messages, social updates, and weather useful.

52 melanied July 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm

I like the built in uv monitor.
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53 nanlara July 22, 2015 at 11:07 am

I like the uv monitor

54 Dawn Schamp-Monzu July 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Did I mention…..I WANT THIS SO BAD! hahaha

55 Olivia July 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm

I could really use this! Love how it can monitor your health!

56 Btty M' Ruiz July 22, 2015 at 11:06 pm

i love uv monitor

57 Birdiebee July 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

I would love the feature where you can review your Texts, Calls, Notifications, and Social Updates at a Glance.

58 dpapsis2 July 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

What a cool little device! I don’t think I’ve tried any wearable tech yet. This one sounds pretty cool! I think the UV Monitor is a good idea.

59 Leela July 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Built-in UV Monitor.

60 Liz July 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Not sure about the text alert thing but I like the heart rate tracking and sleep info!

61 Devesh Batra July 24, 2015 at 8:49 am

Looks much better than iFit

62 David Scammell July 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Love how customizable it is … and the tracking features are excellent. Add Cortana into the mix and you have a little slice of heaven! :-) I love mine and would love to win one for my wife!

63 melissa t July 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm

I love the UV monitor. I haven’t seen that before.

64 Monique July 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

I like that I am still connected to the outside world through text and social media. I have a fitbit and it does not do that.

65 Danielle Gosha July 25, 2015 at 10:41 pm

I think the most useful feature(s) is the heart rate monitor and the UV index reader. Great for joggers.

66 GlArthy July 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm

I love the ‘steps tracker’ feature I see in these wearable devices and would love to win the Microsoft Band and show off this: 10,000 steps/day ;)

67 Kelster July 26, 2015 at 11:23 pm

I love that it can track my heart rate.

68 Liz Newsome July 27, 2015 at 10:09 am

I like the notifications of email and text! My husband has a Band and loves it!

69 Cathy Bradford July 27, 2015 at 10:34 am

Text and calls at a glance, so I don’t have to carry my big bulky phone and the UV monitor so I do not stay outside too long

70 Laura Lynn Cagnina July 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

I love that it can track my heart rate!!!!

71 Laurels Bruner July 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

I work outside for a living and would love to know how many steps I walk in a day and how many calories I burn to justify that milkyway I crave

72 Shiney Aim July 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Would love this! Could help me track all my activity and help me increase it too!

73 Kat McQuaid July 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

I would like to be able to check my notifications without pulling my phone out of my purse or pocket.

74 steve weber July 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

My favorite is the UV monitor.

75 Jessica July 27, 2015 at 9:43 pm

The activity tracker would be most beneficial to me with my goals to be healthier!

76 Megan Zuchowski July 27, 2015 at 11:07 pm

I like that it syncs with a lot of your apps

77 Mary Schless July 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

I have been looking for an activity tracker for a long time. My coworkers all have FitBits and they come with mixed reviews. This sounds like exactly what I need.

78 Will Griesmer July 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm

The heart rate monitor

79 SuperLoopers July 29, 2015 at 3:45 am

Finally a band that will work with my Lumia

80 crobby July 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Sounds like a winner!

81 Jen Rodrigues July 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm

sysncs with apps!!

82 Heather Dawn July 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

I love that it has a built in UV monitor!

83 Metlina July 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm

I want one to build few apps to extend my phone :D

84 furygirl3132 July 30, 2015 at 7:44 pm

I love the Multiple Activity Tracking Modes and the built in UV monitor. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

Eloise
furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

85 texrat July 31, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I could sure use one, mainly for running stats.

86 Joy Autore July 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

I have been working to get healthier, this would give me the extra push!

87 kim w July 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Love that it works with MyFitnessPal! I returned another fitness band because it was the opposite of productivity for me!

88 Deidre ChinaDoll LeDoux July 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm

I love the activity tracker. That’s exactly what I need

89 Jeff Wright July 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm

love me fitbit but i wish it did more

90 DrTechenstein July 31, 2015 at 8:37 pm

I’d love to win a MS Band. Never see or owned a band of any kind

91 Angelica July 31, 2015 at 10:19 pm

The activity tracker is what I need. :)

92 Quientin August 1, 2015 at 10:30 pm

I would like to give it a shot XD

93 Jessica August 2, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I think the notifications would be most helpful. It would be nice not to have to check my phone all the time.

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