A few thoughts on the original Microsoft Band
(just got a used one cause my Fitbit Charge doesn't have heart rate sensor. Fitbit's build quality doesn't often inspire confidence)____________________________
I was doing a device top up and it dawned on me all the contact pins on the Band 1 cable are all exposed.
Guess I'll leave the cable not plugged in till I'm charging. Don't want to find out if my USB power supply is fused if the pins on the Band 1 cable are shorted by contact with metal/conductive surface. Yikes.
Tried Band 1 on right (dominant) wrist and it felt heavy. Switched to left wrist and it immediately felt better as left wrist has been used to watches weight in the past.
The Band does feel very lumpy on the wrist. I ended up affixing footwear comfort pads onto the left/right bulges (batteries?) of the Band to make it more comfortable to wear (Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Plus). Don't laugh.
First night with the Band and woke up forgetting which way I had worn the device so ended up pressing on the inboard release catch a few times wondering if the Band had ran out of batteries already. (How do you tell the release catch button from the Power Button?)
Will be interesting to see how to fit the bulky Band 1 under sleeve of winter jacket when I take it out for the first time.
The Band 1 is quite a shrunken down ankle monitor of a hulk of a device. I have small wrists and the whole flat display is nearly as wide as my wrist. It's nice to have a large display but when it makes the device so klunky...
Think the 'Pimp My Band' app for Windows Phone 8.1 is the only way to get the battery level of the device. Only way I've found now is to actually plug Band 1 into charge cable to get battery level. Guess I'll run the Band 1's power down to see if it has any low battery warning like the Fitbit has. #microsoftband #fitnesstracker