Reaching home on a sunny spring evening with my iPhone battery nearly out was a perfect day to test out Microsoft band for running as a capable standalone device. The band has built in heart rate sensor, GPS making it a chunky but otherwise independent device capable for fitness tracking.
I went to my favourite area of Lake Naplas, a natural reserve area of Pest, not far from my living place in the XVI district of Budapest. Living in a big city, having sport in the nature without paved roads is increasing the enjoyment, even if after rains recently had to battle with high grass in some areas and due to uneven surface better to watch where to step. That is why my speed is limited a bit 🙂
To start tracking running is a few seconds job on the band – a joy compared to some of the smartphone app I am using with longer start times, bugs hitting tracking and freezing occasionally. Running is the 3rd tile for me, so tapping on it, push action button, agreeing to activate GPS and ready to go… Warmup honestly requires much more time. While running pulse and time is on the screen, every kilometer is marked with a gentle buzz and showing kilometre number on the screen for few seconds.
Map view of the app is nice, as usual you need to scroll down for further details in the summary tab, or go the the details. Your speed is marked with hare and tortoise and colours to have some fun in the sometimes too cleanish simple app interface.
Splits also marked for their speed category with average heart rate for that split, the graph shows speed, heart rate and elevation for the split ranges.
Verdict: If I may call this way – if you are not fancy listening music while on the run, or using a separate player, not your smartphone, than Microsoft Band is a great tool for amateur level fitness tracking.
Thanks for the sunshine mild wind and songbird while making my run:-) and for the traffic to reaching home before sunset 🙂