Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks About The Apple Watch
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple Watch during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. Reuters/Stephen Lam

Apple Watch Sport and Microsoft Band 2 are two top-notch fitness wearables that meet various individual needs. Since Microsoft Band 2 has undergone a redesign and update, the wannabe buyers are now comparing it with Apple Watch Sport. Here is a look at both the gadgets.

Let’s compare the looks of both the devices first. Apple Watch Sport is an attractive smartwatch that has an anodized aluminium case. Unlike stainless steel, aluminium does not scratch easily and has very light weight. Compared to other stainless steel Apple smartwatches, the Apple Watch Sport, in its aluminium build, feels great to wear, notes GottabeMobile.

Microsoft Band 2, on the other hand, looks premium in its plastic and metal combination. It has a curved display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which is resistant to scratches.

Microsoft Band 2 also features a variety of functions and sensors like UV monitoring, GPS, barometer, calorie and sleep tracking, guided workouts and smart notifications. Apart from tracking our fitness needs, Microsoft Band 2 also displays texts, calendar, emails and call alerts to help you accomplish personal and professional tasks. The band is also compatible with all Windows, Android and iOS phones, says Microsoft.

However, this Microsoft fitness band offers limited smartwatch functions, but is a good choice for athletes looking for fitness-oriented bands.

Apple Watch Sport shares some similar features with the Microsoft Band 2. With the Apple Watch Sport smartwatch, you can track your heart rate, calorie burn, exercise tracker, and much more. However, there is more to this smartwatch than you had imagined!

You can sync your Apple Watch Sport with an iPhone and download several apps from the smartphone onto your watch. Apple Watch Sport provides access to Apple Pay, Siri, call or text notifications, changeable displays, and much more.

You don't need a phone with you to use the Microsoft Band 2 device. However, you'll need your phone when using the Apple Watch Sport. Microsoft Band 2 is offered at US$249.99 (AU$348.78) at the Microsoft Store, while Apple Watch Sport starts at $349.99 (AU$488.30) at the Apple Store, notes NerdWallet.

Based on aforementioned specs and features, Apple Watch Sport may cost more than the Microsoft Band 2, but is a fully functional smartwatch. Whereas, Microsoft Band 2 is just a fitness oriented band that has limited smartwatch functions.

Contact the writer at or tell us what you think below.