Author andrewbares

Andrew is strongly invested in Windows Phone as a developer of numerous apps and a future employee with Microsoft. He takes a critical and unbiased approach to reviewing products and software. Even though he loves Windows Phone, Andrew will tell things as they truly are, without any sugar coating.

Apps DeepMix

If you already listen to Deep Mix, or if you’re looking for some background techno instrumental music to listen to while working, Deep Mix Moscow Radio 8.1 might be the FREE app for you. The app lets you listen to the music from Deep Mix, which can also be browsed from their website at deepmix.eu. With the app, you can…

review While running, the current duration is displayed alongside your heart rate and calories burnt

The Microsoft Band is a fitness watch that also has some smartwatch features bundled in. Let’s look specifically at the fitness and health features of the Band. To see how the Band compares as a smartwatch, check our separate smartwatch review. Overall, the Microsoft Band is excellent for tracking your fitness and health. There are a few minor issues, but…

review A calendar reminder on the Microsoft Band.

The Microsoft Band is a fitness watch that also has some smartwatch features. How does it stack up as a smartwatch alone? If you want something strictly for viewing notifications at a glance, the Band is perfect. But if you want a true smartwatch, the Band leaves more to be desired. Positives Having notifications on your wrist is awesome Watch…

Wearables Checking the battery on the Band

I’ve been keeping stats on the battery life of my Band over the past few days. How does it stand up to what Microsoft claimed? Quite well. Read on to find out. All claims are taken from Microsoft’s specs page on the Band. Claim: “48 hours of normal use” (no GPS) – Accurate! Timespan: 33.5 hours till 30% battery left…

review ms band rain

We know that the Microsoft Band is able to withstand rain, but is the touchscreen usable in the rain? I used a hose to simulate a light rain, and found the answer. Unfortunately, no, the touchscreen is not usable in the rain. The water on the screen severely impacts the capacitive screen, making it nearly impossible to swipe over to…

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I’ve had the Microsoft Band for nearly 24 hours now, and here’s my quick impressions. In that time, I ran a half marathon and did a little hiking to give it some fitness testing. I also used it around the house. After more use, I’ll post a full review. Quick Positives List Watch mode is quite nice (always displays the…

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The Microsoft Band was just released on Thursday, October 30th, and we have one! If you haven’t been following the news, the Microsoft Band is a hybrid between a Fitbit and a typical smartwatch. It has a touchscreen and lets you interact with Cortana, in addition to tracking your heart rate and more. My immediate opinion is: The device is…

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