Let's hear it for the band: Microsoft's new wearable is proving hard to find

Let's hear it for the band: Microsoft's new wearable is proving hard to find
Last week, we told you that the Microsoft Band had gone on sale inside the U.S. The latest entrant in the competitive fitness band category is priced at $199. That is, if you can get one. Thanks to its ability to be used with Windows Phone 8.1, Android (4.3 and up) and iOS (7.1 and 8), the wearable can be sold to a vast majority of smartphone users.

That might be one of the reasons why the device cannot be found. There have been long lines forming inside the brick and mortar Microsoft Stores, consisting of buyers looking for the device. On eBay, one unit has fetched a bid of $475. And coming on the cusp of the holiday shopping season, it seems that there are a lot of people who want a Microsoft Band under their tree this year.

The Microsoft Band performs 24 hour heart rate monitoring and those with a Windows Phone 8.1 device can integrate their Microsoft Band with Cortana. Microsoft either decided to keep inventory down in order to create a buzz before Black Friday, or it just did not have a good handle on demand. If supplies of the fitness band stay well under demand, Microsoft could have this year's version of Tickle Me Elmo on its hands.


source: gdgtarena via WMPoweruser

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48 Comments

1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I need to read up on this band... Every site that I've seen seems to like it

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Same here. Might be worth looking into :o That'd be cool if it can pair with my Xbone so notifications don't take up my screen corners/be hidden, but can see them while I game :) Just need a Sony band or watch to do the same also lol

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What moron would pay $475 for a cortex-M4 with 128kb of ram and 64mb of ram on a band. The pebble steel has the same, CPU, ram, and storage as this band. The Gear Live is $199.

40. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Someone who wants to.

8. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

i found it to be truly uncomfortable. They say they want it inner wrist (screen down) and opposite of watch hand. For me and millions of right handers that puts the screen on my inner right wrist, ummm, how do they expect to use this and use a mouse? Turn it to outer wrist and the clasp is made of rubber and metal meaning it slides and sticks. Truly unbelievable how bad the design is IMO, i mean they use mice more than most over there at MS, i cannot fathom how this form factor made it out of testing. PS i went to buy it on opening day, played with it twice now, i am a huge fan of all the sensors but i simply see no way to use it comfortably or without breaking/scratching the screen

9. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

What kind of a**hole wears a watch on the inside of their wrist. You do know that's how watches aren't supposed to be worn, and that is basically equivalent to putting your belt buckle on the back of you so you don't bump into anything and scratch it.

14. tim123

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

The Band is design to be worn inside of the wrist because it easy to glace throughout the day especially since its a wide screen that doesn't support vertical view. Also wearing the watch on inside is common and considered more comfortable by some.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

While I don't wear it that way, it's not a new thing. Wearing it that way protects the watchface from damage more than with the face on the outside. It's more likely you'll bang the outside of your wrist than the inside. And to call someone an a$$hole for how they wear their watch? I think that speaks more about you than about them.

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'd say maybe try it on your left hand sir... I understand you are right handed but it wouldn't cause any discomfort on the left

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oddly I don't wear watches because the bands on my wrist tend to twist to the bottom of my wrist to begin with. Plus I don't have use for a watch on my wrist. I can not literally go more than 50ft without hitting 5 or 6 clocks. Hell right now in this room alone I have access to 7 different clocks. If I include the room I can see into, I can see 9, the next room has another 4. So for me clocks I could care less about. However. The one thing this does that no other watch does? Actually supports multiplatform, go figure. That alone puts it bounds above any smartwatch in use today. The fact it works on ios, android, wp, means everything. As a side note, I have not found one comfortable watch to date. I have tried over 1,000 probably, I get a gift watch each year by work, and still not a single one has lasted on my wrist for more than a few days.

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The Pebble line of watches also works across the big three platforms (IIRC they don't work with WP7 or BB but do work with WP8 and up, Android, and iOS). Also HP has a watch similar in appearance to LG's G Watch R that works across all platforms. It's pricey though, like $300-350 for the silver/stainless and $650 for the limited edition black.

39. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

it would have been nice but the battery is just 48hrs fitbit charge HR seems to be a better choice but we still have to wait for it until early next year

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Maybe it's just me but I'd pass the first version and wait for upcoming models.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup. Especially since MS has the reputation of experimenting on its early adopters like guinea pigs.

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Strange seeing your troll a$$ in a Microsoft topic talking complete nonsense. I think your master is calling you.. Better assume the position

17. Rydsmith unregistered

Really? - Xbox 360 RROD. - Windows 7 phones that were on the market less than a year before Windows 8 came out and made them completely obsolete. - Xbox One Kinect - Xbox One now down $150 from launch price when compared to the competition who is still at MSRP. - The Kin The list goes on....

21. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Really?? RROD - I'llgive you this one as it was pretty sh!t. Windows 7 still gets updates, some mfg still install w7.. I see nothing here but you grasping at straws Xbox kinect is a bundle and is still available?? Again grasping The Xbox one is down for a few reasons--kinect less bundle is 100 dollar difference and its around Christmas so 50 is incentive to buy.. Everything drops in this same manner. The kin? Boy are you grasping.. Who hasn't had failed products or over priced products? 1500.00 Google glass anyone? 1300. 00 I phones? The list goes on and on as you say

32. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

With regards to WP7, if they get updates then tell me what great features have come lately to WP7 ? Don't kid yourself those aren't 'updates' just some bug fixes. Tell me how many apps have launched on WP7 lately ? What about MS's own apps like Cortana ?

36. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I like how you sidestep everything else I said.. Smh.. I missed that he said phone, I was speaking about Windows 7 as I said which you missed as well

38. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.......so now you'll tell what I should reply and I shouldn't ....haha ! Not replying doesn't mean side stepping. You like insulting people when someone is genuinely trying to have conversation with you. You really are very shallow and daft, buddy. Funny how you put your mistakes on someone else. Not my fault that you misread he was talking about WP7 and not Windows 7. So naturally I assumed you were replying to him for WP7 too. People like you just like to put blame and find excuses. Hence, you don't go much further in your life. nuf said !

41. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Wait so I misread his comment but you were only assuming I was meaning wp7? Did my statement about even remotely go along with wp7? Hmm seems like someone else is redirecting their hateraid

47. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Phones with WP7 had hardware compatibility issues with WP8. And yes, it's a major flaw and drove out a lot of trust from MS' customers (I mean if they did it once, they can surely do it again, right?) But the thing is, Microsoft now MAKES their own hardware thanks to their acquisition of Nokia. So I bet they'll have more control over these things in the future. On the plus side, I hear current gen WP8 phones are upgradeable to WP10.

37. Rydsmith unregistered

- Windows 7 PHONES, not that hard to understand. The word was right there. - The Xbox Kinect bundle is available but all support for it was dropped outside of ONE first party game. - The Xbox is down due to being slaughtered by the competition who has yet to have a drop in price, in fact they launched a bundle that cost MORE than the Xbox bundle and yet still outsold it. - The Kin was an utter flop that Microsoft did a horrible job with. Google Glass is not a failed product, it is still in the explorer mode which is pretty much a public beta for those interested in the high barrier of entry. The iPhone is that price out of contract for the highest end models. Your post makes me wonder if you paid for your Xbox or if my tax dollars paid for it and why they really should bring back the downvote option to Phonearena. Boy...

24. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Your slams on people calling spades for spades are so original, it just screams "intelligence".

28. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Here we go.. Yet another troll shows up in a Microsoft article.. Shocked! Kid go play with your Skylanders game and leave this topic to adults

44. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Skylanders actually works. It's not a Microsoft product.

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Dude you don't have to hate on MS all these companies are great in their own way, be happy for choice some people from places around the world could only wish they were in your position. You're blessed act like it.

4. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

did not expect this....

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Expect the unexpected

18. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

expect what? No numbers were given...

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