The Microsoft Band 2 bears a resemblance to Samsung's Gear Fit, but, unlike the Gear Fit, it hasn't necessarily had its share of success with consumers. Microsoft has gone so far as to give Apple Watch trade-in customers a nicer credit toward a Microsoft Band 2 as opposed to other customers (in the spirit of bragging rights), in order to beef up sales. It's not surprising to see Microsoft want to compete with Apple in this arena, but let's be clear: the Microsoft Band 2 is called a "band" for a reason: it's not a smartwatch, and Microsoft shouldn't have such lofty expectations for a fitness band when smartwatches can track fitness and so much more.
Microsoft has cut the price of its Band 2 [to $175 once before], but, in case you missed the first sweet deal, the Redmond company has brought it back again. As was the case the last time, both Microsoft and Best Buy are offering the Band 2 for $174.99.
The Microsoft Band 2 features a curved AMOLED display that is living credit for Samsung's own curved Gear Fit design, but comes with 11 sensors, along with the usual notifications. The device's original $250-$300 price tag may have been a turnoff, but we have a feeling Microsoft will win more customers with a permanent price drop to $175 or even $150, for that matter.
Just to ease your mind, Microsoft is committed to the Band 2 and to improving the experience so as to attract more customers. In just the last few months alone, Microsoft has provided three major updates, bringing a GPS Power Saving Mode and Weight Tracking, Cortana integration and a Golf Tournament Mode, and greater tile customization and a more advanced health app to keep you moving and sharing your achievements. With all this expanded functionality in the Band 2, and the latest price reduction, the Band 2 is becoming even harder to resist. Maybe.