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Microsoft’s New Product Hand-On Band

mrngThe Microsoft Band is an exciting band. This band is a combination of Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smart gadget and it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware.

It has many applications most importantly; it doesn’t do just one thing. If it were a fitness-only device, we wouldn’t use it. If it only had a few lightweight apps, we wouldn’t use it. If it were just a sleep tracker, or a heart-rate monitor, we wouldn’t use it. But it is a combination of those features. It enough to fit into my daily life.

That’s to say that wearing something on your wrist is annoying. Having something else to keep charge is annoying. And having one more damn screen in your life is annoying. So, any device that wants to take up that spot has to more than balance out the debits that it will make on your arms and psyche.

Part of the new Microsoft Health platform, Band is a capable and fun device. For $200 it does quite a lot. Once more apps are available for the gadget, and the hardware reaches its second generation, the company could have a pretty popular little doodad on its wrists.

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