It is with sad news that I have to tell you that my Microsoft Band2 is dead. No more, shuffled off this mortal coil and, I have to say that I am truly gutted.

I stand by everything I said in my first review of the Microsoft Band2 back in January 2016. Except one thing, and it is possibly the thing that has finally killed it – The battery!

Over the past thirteen months, I have had my original band replaced 4 or 5 times – I have lost count. However, despite all that I still really loved the device. Now, after my call to Microsoft today, I have been told they have stopped producing the band. On the plus side, they will eventually issue a full refund. Which is really-good customer service, but they must have lost money on it overall.

The Microsoft Band2 did what it said on the tin, it was comfortable to wear and synchronised with my Windows phone.

The best features for me were the following:

  1. I liked the email and text message notification on the screen. It meant that I didn’t have to look at my phone every time an email came in.
  2. The band also give me an indication of an incoming call. I liked this for the same reason as above.
  3. As a golfer, the golf app worked brilliantly. It gave me distances to the flag and kept my score. It also worked without having to take my phone with me onto the golf course. I am really going to miss that!
  4. Like a lot of people, I like to be able to track my steps. It does make you go for a walk if you haven’t done enough and gives you a boost when you reach your step goal.
  5. In the early days, the sleep app was great. But again, the battery life usually meant it died during the night, so was pointless.

So, all in all I would say the Microsoft Band2 was a semi-success and I liked it. Although it will probably go down in history as a failure. Just a pity Microsoft couldn’t get the battery sorted. Would I buy one again. Yes, probably if they sorted the battery life out!

Where do I go next?

As I have previously stated in my blogs, I am a Microsoft lover, or shall I say was a Microsoft lover. Now the band is dead, I have to look at my other Microsoft device. That is my Lynx 10” Windows tablet and that has not stood the test of time either. Yes, it is a cheap tablet and the idea behind it is good but the Windows 10 touch screen interface lets it down because it is not responsive enough, and can be quite frustratingly slow. I have now stopped using it.

My dilemma now is where to go next. I like my Windows phone and that works well, but the apps let it down big time. I have recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy A6 7” tablet primarily to replace my aging Kindle. I have to say, the device is good and the integration with Office 365 has really surprised me. In a good way! The kindle app is probably better than Kindle itself and more user friendly. Oh, and the battery life is great.

My preference would be to stick to the one platform, like Windows. But unfortunately, this is not realistic. I haven’t mentioned apple yet, deliberately! As anyone who knows me will tell you. I don’t like apple. Yes, it works well, but I think it is very expensive and not good value for money. It also doesn’t integrate with other platforms very well.

Unfortunately, I am stuck with my Windows phone or I may have switched everything to Android. If anyone knows a good Smart Watch that works with Windows 10, I would be grateful to hear about it and your views?

In the meantime, I will keep looking!

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