5 Wearables The Microsoft Band Is Better Than (And Why)

Who’s wearables don’t stack up?

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1. FitBit Flex

The Fitbit Flex is a fitness tracking wearable band able to track metrics like heart rate, steps taken and distance traveled. While it is cheaper than the Microsoft Band, it has much less functionality including; no screen, no inbuilt GPS and no mobile notifications access. In addition, due to the lack of screen, it is impossible to control without a smartphone close by.

Image: © 2014 Fitbit

2. Gear Fit

Perhaps the device most similar to the Microsoft Band, the Gear Fit is a nice wearable. It features a curved touchscreen, mobile notifications, and the ability to track many kinds of fitness data. The problem however, is compatibility. If you don’t own a Samsung smartphone, this device simply won’t work.

Image: © 2014 Samsung

3. Apple Watch

The most high profile device on this list, the Apple is indeed a powerful device. It is hugely capable, fashionable, and implements a unique UI. However, this device like most smart watches faces terrible battery life. Furthermore, it is only water ‘resistant’, making it useless for fitness tracking in some sports, and is completely incompatible with non-Apple smartphones. Oh, and did we mention that it costs $150 more than the Microsoft band, and won’t be available for months?  

Image: © 2014 Apple

4. LG G Watch

As one of the first devices to be released on the new Android Wear operating system, the LG G Watch was reasonably well received. It has innovative voice controls, and is at least compatible with most Android phones. This being said, its battery life is poor, and its form factor can be described as ‘utilitarian’ at best and ‘boring’ at worst.

Image: © 2014 LG

5. Pebble Watch

First pitched through Kickstarter, the Pebble watch was very successful. Its e-Ink display allows the device up to a week of battery life, during which a user can monitor health stats, read notifications, and (of course) check the time. However, the Pebble’s greatest advantage, its e-Ink screen, also leaves it looking like a piece of black and white, pixelated 1980’s technology.

Image: © 2014 Pebble