Had you asked me last night which device was winning, it was a pretty easy call… I am really loving the Microsoft Band 2. So when I went to bed and turned out the light, I was happy to click the appropriate buttons to set my Sleep cycle… which was really easy to learn on this device. I was glad that when I woke up in the morning I would know exactly how well I slept.
When I woke up I pressed the Action Button on the side of my Band and… nothing. The screen was blank. The battery, obviously, was dead.
I am not unreasonable. I know that batteries die. Heck, in the First Impressions article the other day I even stated that the Fitbit had a better battery life than the Band. Andrew at the Microsoft Store told me that the life span would be about two days. I was ready for all of that.
But let me show you an e-mail I got the other day. It came from Fitbit, and it came when I left the Microsoft Store having just given the new device a very short charge:
See that? Fitbit told me that my device needed to be charged. What did I get from Microsoft?
Silence… a dead device is what I got. And because I had left the charging cable in my car, I would not have an opportunity to charge it until I got to the office. Result? Right now my right hand says I have taken 3,747 steps and climbed 5 flights of stairs, while my left hand says I have taken 1,728 steps. Oddly enough, because the two systems count ‘flights of stairs’ differently, it also thinks I have climbed 5 flights of stairs.
Ok… so now I know. There is no warning or notice, there is simply DEAD BATTERY. I’ll know for next time. But if you guys are listening, hey Microsoft Band Team how difficult would a LOW BATTERY notification be?