06-09-2015 09:43 AM
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  1. AaHaa's Avatar
    First rumours incoming! If Microsoft is going to use the same release cycle for the Microsoft Band as the Surface, we can expect a new Microsoft Band this summer :) I'm pretty excited since my girlfriend just got a Fitbit and I finally "get" what fitness bands are all about. I'd like one for myself, but being the Microsoft fanboy I am I decided to wait for a Microsoft Band that's actually available where I live. So needless to say, I'm pretty happy with these early rumours.

    What would you like to see in the new band, though? I'd love some some integration with various apps (WhatsApp and stuff) to read notifications and some nice media remote control features. For me, that's the whole point of wearables that go on your wrist: checking notifications and skipping through music while I'm cycling so I don't have to pry my huge 1520 from my skinny jeans-pockets and break my neck (okay I don't actually have skinny jeans, but they definitely feel skinny since that 1520 is so huge).
    05-27-2015 02:41 PM
  2. DroidUser42's Avatar
    I want to see more devices integrate into MS Health. A the moment, it's little more than a one-trick (device) pony. You know, things like Bluetooth weight scales, stuff like that.

    I'd like to see more curve to the display part for better fit to the wrist. I'd also like to see a HR sensor that is moved (or at least movable) to the side for better HR monitoring. Scratch resistant bezel.
    05-27-2015 06:14 PM
  3. NBrookus's Avatar
    Most of my requests are software improvements at this point with food tracking and estimated daily calorie burn at the top of the list.

    Hardware-wise, I think the form factor needs to be revisited. The Band just doesn't fit very well on many people. A more flexible band would fix sizing issues for most, and allow better adjustments based on time of year... my wrist is just enough bigger as it's gotten hotter to make my Band too tight in height, while still being too wide.
    jleebiker likes this.
    05-27-2015 07:06 PM
  4. jmerrey's Avatar
    I'd like to see a different form factor as well. Maybe the same basic design, but with a square face that used 2x2 tiles. Wider, more flexible band obviously. I'd also like the head to be made of the same material as the clasp. The existing plastic is too scratch prone.
    jleebiker likes this.
    05-27-2015 07:42 PM
  5. flamingoodmedia's Avatar
    I was thinking a more circular, comfortable fitting band making use maybe of curved screen technology ? I'm really happy with v1 of the band except for the much reported skin rash issue ... with the notification centre tile turned on there's not much the band won't notify you of ... I liked it as is but it feels like a v1 design, most things are right but a curved screen or a square screen around be tops :) also please allow 'run' to be what you need it to be with metrics to back that up I.E I only track walks so to choose a workout would be useful, and sound ... add sound !
    jleebiker likes this.
    05-27-2015 08:24 PM
  6. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    There is a lot of low hanging fruit with the software side, but little or none of that should depend on v2. Hopefully, much of the low hanging fruit will have been plucked by the time v2 debuts.

    v2 Hardware improvements:
    1) Curved display
    2) Lower profile
    3) Wireless charging/non-proprietary charger
    4) Longer lasting battery
    5) No corrosive metal on any skin contact points
    6) Better water tolerance
    7) Additional sensors
    Penecho, toddsay and jlzimmerman like this.
    05-27-2015 09:51 PM
  7. Penecho's Avatar
    5) No corrosive metal on any skin contact points
    Especially that!!! lower profile + water resistance would be nice too of course.

    And I would totally go for like 1GB of internal Storage or something like that so I can have some MP3's on it to stream to my Bluebuds X... (so I won't need to carry my phone around with me).
    05-28-2015 02:58 AM
  8. Pete's Avatar
    Tap to sync (via NFC) would be good for me. It's always a pain when my phone and band loses the Bluetooth connection (especially waking after sleep).
    05-28-2015 03:07 AM
  9. jleebiker's Avatar
    I would HIGHLY suggest people to go to the Uservoice site to vote for and add comments. This is the official site for Band feedback.

    Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band: Hot (285 ideas) ? Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band

    Personally, I would vote for a better fit. I tried it for a while and loved all the capabilities, but the the FIT killed it for me. I had to return it.

    A close second would be waterproofing, but let's face it, how many of the sensors will work in water? I just want it to be able to survive the incidental dunkings and whatnot that is typical of my everyday life.
    James8561 and jlzimmerman like this.
    05-28-2015 05:03 PM
  10. Mike Majeski's Avatar
    I'd like to see a curved display, similar to the Gear Fit.

    I would also like to see it use a standard phone charger for charging. Nothing more annoying than going on a weekend trip and forgetting your band charger.
    05-28-2015 05:50 PM
  11. FredBloggs007's Avatar
    05-28-2015 06:08 PM
  12. realwarder's Avatar
    I've never heard of a band failure due to water. Have seen videos of it in bowls of water and mine has got wet on numerous occasion.

    Is water that really a big deal? If you're not planning on swimming it should be rated good enough for life now.
    05-28-2015 07:06 PM
  13. realwarder's Avatar
    Notifications that sync with the phone in terms of read/unread. If I read it in one place then don't show me again.

    More email/message content displayed. Email for sure. For forwarded emails all I see is the header.
    05-28-2015 07:09 PM
  14. RWD's Avatar
    Better form factor, better materials, waterproofing so I can wear it while swimming in the ocean. My assumption is that voice integration with apps will come with Win10 .
    tbsteph and jleebiker like this.
    05-28-2015 10:46 PM
  15. arjunan's Avatar
    Microsoft Band 360 : Cause the first one was an experiment


    Microsoft Band One:The band that does it all.
    jleebiker and James8561 like this.
    05-28-2015 11:35 PM
  16. ScrubbyXD's Avatar
    I would like little arms that come out and do the dishes for me. Scooping the cat box would be nice too. Perhaps it could kill me while I slept.
    kevin shea and NBrookus like this.
    05-29-2015 02:35 AM
  17. vineet_vpns12's Avatar
    I would like to see a world wide launch this time, not just U.S patient.
    AaHaa, jojoe42, Penecho and 1 others like this.
    05-29-2015 02:43 AM
  18. jojoe42's Avatar
    Waterproofing, durability improvements and music controls. Those are probably the main things that stopped me from buying the first one (besides the fact it wasn't available internationally :P)
    05-29-2015 05:00 AM
  19. Yazen's Avatar
    First rumours incoming! If Microsoft is going to use the same release cycle for the Microsoft Band as the Surface, we can expect a new Microsoft Band this summer :) I'm pretty excited since my girlfriend just got a Fitbit and I finally "get" what fitness bands are all about. I'd like one for myself, but being the Microsoft fanboy I am I decided to wait for a Microsoft Band that's actually available where I live. So needless to say, I'm pretty happy with these early rumours.

    What would you like to see in the new band, though? I'd love some some integration with various apps (WhatsApp and stuff) to read notifications and some nice media remote control features. For me, that's the whole point of wearables that go on your wrist: checking notifications and skipping through music while I'm cycling so I don't have to pry my huge 1520 from my skinny jeans-pockets and break my neck (okay I don't actually have skinny jeans, but they definitely feel skinny since that 1520 is so huge).

    1. I would like to see less of it : My wrists are large yet the Band looked *slightly* chunky. I can imagine that this proportionality would be less attractive on skinnier wrists.
    2. Better battery life
    3. Scratch resistant exterior : The original Band was ridiculously susceptible to scratches.
    4. More health data exposed on their app : Take for instance stress levels. Nice to be able to correlate data such as stress and sleep, etc.
    5. Most importantly, accurate continuous HR monitoring : The intervals of the original band were not the best.


    Original band was great, but it would be nice if Microsoft would release a not so fitness oriented device. Not necessarily a smartwatch, but I could dream can't I? Surface Watch
    05-29-2015 06:51 AM
  20. bo_woods's Avatar
    I wanna see a more beautiful, aesthetically appealing design. The first band was a chunky, somewhat ugly black thing....

    WAIT!!
    Is Microsoft going to make another ugly black thing again, with slightly better life this year for 2, and then finally make a excellent and beautiful product the 3rd time?

    The surface pro 1 was a chunky, black thing also 😔
    Yazen likes this.
    05-29-2015 06:57 AM
  21. NBrookus's Avatar
    I absolutely do not want a curved screen. That part of my wrist is flat. A curve there would just bang into more stuff and get caught on more things and be even less comfortable. I do wish the screen weren't so long. Something more squarish would not poke out beyond the width of my arm. I'd be totally on board with something more like a wrist wrap and less like a handcuff if they could make it more flexible and lower profile for the non-display part.
    05-29-2015 08:23 PM
  22. DroidUser42's Avatar
    I'd like more screen real estate so more can be displayed. Either increase the width of the band, or narrow the margin on the display.
    05-29-2015 10:15 PM
  23. DroidUser42's Avatar
    I absolutely do not want a curved screen.
    I'm hoping the screen itself remains flat, but starts to curve at the ends. Right now, the ends of the display module are completely off my wrist and "poke out". Getting those ends under control would go a long way to make the Band seem less clunky.
    05-29-2015 10:19 PM
  24. bo_woods's Avatar
    I'm hoping the screen itself remains flat, but starts to curve at the ends. Right now, the ends of the display module are completely off my wrist and "poke out". Getting those ends under control would go a long way to make the Band seem less clunky.
    What if the display will be flexible???? 😲.....probably not, but it would be cool
    FredBloggs007 likes this.
    05-30-2015 10:35 PM
  25. 920Walker's Avatar
    This is a quirky addition, but a touch screen and speaker or Bluetooth audio connection that work with a preinstalled Band app that lets the wearer play their musical instrument of choice. Keytar on The Band.
    05-30-2015 11:10 PM
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