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The Microsoft Band 2 is nicer-looking and smarter than its predecessor

By Ng Chong Seng - on 7 Oct 2015, 12:00am

The Microsoft Band 2 is nicer-looking and smarter than its predecessor

A year after releasing the Microsoft Band, Microsoft is now pushing out an updated version of the wearable.

The new Microsoft Band 2 has a new curved, 320 x 128-pixel AMOLED screen (protected by Gorilla Glass 3) that curves around your wrist comfortably. It has a continuous heart rate monitor, and is able to track your heart rate, calorie burn, and sleep quality. And if you use Microsoft Health, you can get actionable insights. A total of 11 sensors can be found on the Band 2, including GPS, UV monitor, and barometer, so it can also do things like track your running, biking, golf, and more; and record data like distance, speed, mapping, elevation, and personal bests.

The water-resistant, US$250 Microsoft Band 2 works with Windows phones, Android phones, and iPhones. You can get email, text, calendar, and call alerts on it on the go; and if you’re using Windows Phone, you can take notes and set reminders with your voice using Cortana. According to Microsoft, a full charge lasts up to 48 hours, shorter if you use power-intensive functions like GPS.