Kudos and big thank to Matthew Hitchcock (Microsoft PowerShell MVP and the Lead for Singapore PowerShell User Group) for bringing me one of this Microsoft Band from the US after his trip there for Microsoft MVP Summit (one of the perk as a Microsoft MVP! I am waiting for this chance to go too!).
So I collected this from Matthew on the day where we had our Community Technology Update (CTU) in Microsoft Singapore office. So it looks like this before I unwrap it.
Finally I ripped off the bag to unveil the surprise inside (of course I know what I was expecting!) but still there is “WoW” factor!
Matthew has helped to get extra charging cable and I am more than happy to buy it from him because I felt it is really helpful in this scenario.
- I could have one plug to my home computer and use it for charging when I am home during the evening.
- I could have the other one in my bag where I lug around everyday!
- I could use the one in my bag when I goes travelling.
- Act as a spare one if either one spoiled.
Now have a closer look at the FRONT OF THE BOX.
Now have a closer look at the BACK OF THE BOX.
Now have a closer look at the SIDE OF THE BOX. Now it tells you that this Band is friendly with all the three popular mobile platform but definitely have better integrate with Windows platform such as Cortana.
I really like the way Microsoft has done this sizing thingy as I have never come across this before! Prior to getting this Band, I did print out the sizing guide downloadable from Microsoft Store US site to do the sizing. Of course with my big size wrist, I am definitely not hanging on with anything below Large.
Now, after so many images, we are still UNBOXING it. We unbox it from one box to unveil another box.
Microsoft has packaged it in a way that you are like opening the next watch box such as Hamilton one. (Well, I am aiming for one too but for now, I am still going for Smart Watches.)
Connecting it for the First Time
First thing to do is to remove the cable from the box and connect it between the Band and your computer.
Take a look at the back view of the Band.
The next thing the Band instruct is to get the Application (Microsoft Health App) from the various store.
It will toggle between this message and how you can connect it via BlueTooth to it from your phone.
The overall setup is very easy and seamless, there is no complex games in it and no difficulty was faced during the process. For this, we give it a 5 stars out of 5.
Welcome screen of the Mobile Application.
Sign in with your Microsoft Account (Live Account) and you are good to go!
Upon successful pairing up the phone with the Band, you will expect this screen.
You are able to do some customization and personalization of the look on the face of the Band. Look at how the display changes when different colour and wallpaper is being selected. This will then be synchronized to the Band via Bluetooth.
It continues to get things set up……
So by default since this is the best time the Band was setup, there isn’t anything in the statistics.
Using it for the First Time
The next important thing after buying the Band and Setting it up is, to wear the band. So I put on the band for the first time on a Monday where I set off to work.
For whatever reason it is that the face of the Band has to be faced down, I wouldn’t know why and I wouldn’t want to pursue it. However, I only know that it is much easier to view messages coming in in a discreet manner compared if the face of the Band were to face up.
I took a long walk but was a little early so I stopped over at the cafe to have a cup of Milk Tea.
What I like it to measure?
So after wearing it for an hour before grabbing a cup of tea, this is the number of steps that I have walked and measured by the Band.
The things that I like how the Band gathered is:
- My Heart Rate
- Steps that I walked
- Calories Burnt
There are a lot more apps that can be connected to the Microsoft Band for now and definitely more are in the process of building. I have full trust with Microsoft that the next version of this band would definitely have significant improvement!