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4/24/2015
10:10 AM

Microsoft Band, Health Updates Look To Compete With Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the focus on media attention this week, but Microsoft's Band update looks to challenge the device.

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nomii
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5/11/2015 | 3:35:31 AM
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I think at this stage apple doesn't have the advantage of their flagship OS which they used to have in their other product. Apple has a large customer base because the users are comfortable with their OS interface. In such a small screen of smartwatch, the OS hardly matters at the moment.
PedroGonzales
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5/9/2015 | 7:14:15 PM
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The good thing of consumers now is the variety of choices.  Apple can't say that they are bring the best choice because so many players are launching their own type of solution.   I think the market will be fragmented with device and niche market that Apple couldn't meet the demands of everyone, but with apple entry other providers are offering their own types of smartwatches.
nomii
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5/7/2015 | 2:10:31 AM
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@PedroGonzales: I agree with you, I think there is a little but a huge difference in both apple and MS sale strategy. Apple is selling an expensive product with is a watch along with health monitoring features whereas MS is selling a cheaper health monitoring feature which has a watch as well. Now it's up to the user what they are more attracted to but on paper MS looks like a better option at the moment.
PedroGonzales
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5/1/2015 | 7:02:23 PM
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I think Microsoft is playing safe by using its power already established health framework (since Google health is out), I think they really have a change to make a huge impact with HealthVault.  Off course, it is no Iwatch.  I believe healthvault is the only portal that has partnerships with a lot of health network and provide a huge connectivyt with health monitoring devices 
nomii
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4/27/2015 | 6:31:56 AM
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@PedroGonzales: I think there are many features which are available in both MS and apple products. The difference is that MS hasn't called it as a replacement of conventional watch due to which it is not getting much critical reviews secondly it also costs lesser than apple.
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4/25/2015 | 3:44:27 PM
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Thanks to Apple's unclaimed "pusle oximeter" I have found more interest in this offering from Microsoft and surely they will deliver. 
PedroGonzales
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4/24/2015 | 11:18:04 PM
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I think that the Microsoft band has many excellent items what will attract a more broader set of individuals than the Iwatch.  Also, since it comes with their health dashboard, think about seniors at retirement homes or people who need to keep track of their health due to a chronic condition they will be able to track their health in much improve ways.
AlR157
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4/24/2015 | 2:52:25 PM
Fitness is only a small part of the Band.
I have yet to see mention of the MS Band's phone, email, facbook, IM, stocks, search, calendar, UV, weather, and more features. The days of pulling your phone out of your pocket every time it beeps/rings/chimes/vibrates are over. A quick glance at the band is typically all you need.
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4/24/2015 | 12:28:22 PM
Microsoft Band's Competition
In my opinion, the Microsoft Band is more in competition with Fitbit as a fitness/smartwatch, than with the Apple Watch, which lacks the GPS needed for serious fitness tracking. Although the three bands have their unique strengths, Microsoft and Fitbit are more like each other than like Apple.  Craig Herberg
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