The Microsoft Band is a new fitness tracker from Microsoft and after reading some of the initial hands on articles, it seems like a better device than the upcoming Fitbit devices.
The two things that stand out for me are that it will work with iOS/Mac, Android and of course Windows plus it will work with Apple’s HealthKit and the Health app for iOS. That’s a big thing for me because Fitbit has decided not to support Healthkit which is unfortunate because I’ve been a Fitbit Flex user since it came out.
It’s something that I would consider upgrading to because it does track heart rate, sleep, steps, UV monitor, and notifications. Now that I work out regularly, the Fitbit Flex just doesn’t do it for me anymore. It really just tracks steps. I do all sorts of workouts ranging from cardio, plyo, yoga, resistance training and the Fitbit Flex can’t track a lot of those things.
There are a few things that I have noticed that may or may not bother me.
- It looks a bit bulky. The Fitbit Flex is light and it’s not too heavy on my wrist.
- From the Microsoft Band’s website video, a lot of the people wearing it have it upside down. One guy had it on top of the wrist.
- The orientation of the screen is odd when worn on the wrist.
These things may not be a deal breaker for some but I think that you would have to try it on to see how it feels.
It’s a compelling device for me but I may just save the money for the Apple Watch.
Links of hands on articles on the Microsoft Band:
* The Verge
* Windows Central
Michael Loop on his brief thoughts on the Marvel Phase 3 announcements:
I think of retcons as bug fixes. It’s the writers not only making sure the stories all fit together, but also that the stories are relevant and entertaining. When you add the fact that comics are a visual medium, you understand that Marvel wasn’t just buying a catalog of heroes, they were buying a whole universe of compelling and tested scripts and story boards.
I never thought of it that way but it makes sense.
Speaking of superhero movies, Jason Snell has a nice run down of both Marvel and DC movies for the next six years.
It’s a good time to be a comic book fan but are we getting oversaturated with these movies? For me the short answer is: nope.
Marvel just announced today their Phase 3 movies and I am beyond excited.
Here is a list of Phase 3 movies:
- Captain America 3: Civil War on May 6th, 2016
- Doctor Strange on November 4th, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5th, 2017
- Thor 3: Ragnarok on July 28th, 2017
- Black Panther on November 3rd, 2017
- Captain Marvel on July 6th, 2018
- Inhumans on November 2nd, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War Part One in May 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War Part Two in May 2019
I hope that the Black Panther makes a cameo in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
I too have had issues with a couple of apps that have had issues and I wasn’t sure if it was iOS 8.1 or the apps themselves.
Greg Pierce who develops Drafts 4, mentioned that iOS 8.1 shipped with a bug affecting apps that use iCloud.
I have had these issues with Drafts and Day One. I hope that Apple fixes these in the next release soon.