Xiaomi mi banda 2

Tras un par de meses probándola, en este nuevo artículo vengo a hablaros de la pulsera Xiaomi Mi Band 2. Como ya sabéis soy fan número uno de estas pulseras y ya os he analizado con detalle los dos modelos anteriores.

Si queréis saber más de estos modelos para poder compararlos con la Mi Band 2 lo podéis hacer pulsando en los siguientes enlaces:

  • Pulsera Xiaomi Mi Band al desnudo
  • Pulsera Xiaomi Mi Band 1S al detalle

Presentación

Aunque inicialmente los chicos de Xiaomi lanzaron la Mi Band 2 con un embalaje muy similar al presentado en la versión 1S, unos meses después del lanzamiento, concretamente el 26 de Agosto lo han cambiado y lo han hecho con un estilo más parecido a los productos de Apple como puedes ver a continuación.

No penseís que es una versión pirata ni nada por el estilo como en principio puede suceder más si has probado o visto alguno de los modelos anteriores. La Xiaomi Mi Band 2 con el nuevo embalaje es la misma pulsera con las mismas características y bondades.

También podéis ver el siguiente vídeo de mi canal de Youtube donde os hago un unboxing de la pulsera para que veáis en vivo y en directo el fantástico aspecto que presenta.

A mi particularmente este embalaje me gusta más que los anteriores. El color blanco y la imagen del producto en la tapa de la caja le dan un aspecto de ser un producto «más plus». Bajo mi punto de vista, este cambio va a hacer que las ventas de la Mi Band aumenten aún más.

En el interior de la caja nos vamos a encontrar lo siguiente:

  • Sensor de movimiento, sueño y frecuencia cardiaca
  • Goma negra (lo que es la pulsera en si)
  • Nuevo cargador de corriente USB
  • Guía de usuario rápido (en chino)

El manual de usuario incluido está en chino. Aun así, no debéis preocuparos por ello puesto que es muy sencilla de configurar y de emparejar con el teléfono móvil.

La pulsera Xiaomi Mi Band 2

Respecto al diseño, en esta ocasión no ocurre como con las versiones anteriores de la Mi Band. Han cambiado total y radicalmente el aspecto que muestra la pulsera tanto en el sensor como en la goma de la misma.

Lo primero y más destacable es que ahora el sensor (o parte tecnológica de la pulsera) incluye una pequeña pantalla OLED que sustituye a los tres famosos LED de color que indicaban, por ejemplo, el estado de la batería o el grado de consecución de nuestro objetivo diario, en lo que a pasos se refiere.

Ahora en dicha pantalla OLED se muestran los datos de la hora, los pasos, calorías, frecuencia cardíaca, etc. Esta funcionalidad la hace más independiente del teléfono móvil ya que para consultar esta información no lo necesitamos para nada.

Cuando nos llega una notificación al móvil, también vais a ver un icono de la aplicación que la provoca. Por ejemplo, si os llega un WhatsApp veréis el icono en la pulsera pero no podréis ver ni el mensaje ni tampoco interaccionar con la notificación (descargarla, contestar, etc.)

Al ser un sensor diferente obviamente el cargador USB también ha sufrido un cambio estético para que pueda encajar con dicho sensor. Eso si, es muy parecido a los anteriores pero cuidado ya que no es compatible con la Xiaomi Mi Band y Mi Band 1S.

La goma de la pulsera también ha experimentado un rediseño, tanto del aspecto físico como del enganche que permite sujetarla a la muñeca. Ahora se ve una goma de TPU más suave y menos rígida que la anterior por lo que es más cómoda en la muñeca ya que se adapta mejor a la misma.

Si tenéis gomas de la Mi Band original o de la Mi Band 1S que sepas que no os van a servir para reutilizarlas en la Xiaomi Mi band 2.

Lo que menos me ha gustado es que el enganche, al ser más fino, se suelta con mayor facilidad que el que llevaban los anteriores modelos. Esto puede suponer un serio problema y más si sois de los que os la quitáis y ponéis todos lo días.

De momento no existe la posibilidad de comprar las gomas originales en otros colores distintos al negro que es el que viene de serie. Existen gomas compatibles ya pero como no las he podido probar no quiero recomendarlas.

Os dejo a continuación algunas características técnicas que creo que os pueden interesar:

  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Impermeable: Si
  • Grado de protección sobre impermeabilidad: IP67
  • Capacidad de la batería: 70mAh
  • Tiempo en espera: Unos 20 días
  • Tiempo de carga: 3 horas
  • Compatibilidad: Android 4.4 / iOS 7.0 ó posterior

Nuevamente vuelve a ser resistente al agua. Como la he estado probando este verano, me he podido bañar el playa, piscina, etc. y no le ha ocurrido nada. También he de comentaros que la goma nueva es más resistente a arañazos y el desgaste es menor que las gomas anteriores.

La aplicación Mi Fit

Si estáis en iOS la aplicación para usar con la pulsera sigue siendo «la misma», es decir, la denominada Mi Fit que puedes descargar pulsando en este enlace.

Como habéis podido comprobar, he puesto la misma entre comillas puesto que ahora al emparejar la pulsera con el iPhone la funcionalidad que nos brinda va a ser mucho mayor, sobre todo en lo que a notificaciones se refiere.

Del resto de ajustes, lo interesante es que también podréis configurar lo que queréis que se muestre en la pantalla OLED. Mediante la opción «Mi Band display settings» de los ajustes podéis mostrar: La hora (cosa que es siembre fijo), los pasos, la distancia, las calorías, el ritmo cardíaco y el porcentaje de batería restante de la pulsera.

Ya, en función de si os gusta más o menos información, lo podéis configurar como queráis. No os lo he dicho, pero la pantalla OLED no es táctil. Para cambiar la información que se muestra, tenéis que deslizar (no hacer click) el dedo sobre el botón que trae el sensor.

Luego hay otra cosa muy interesante y es que cuando levantamos la muñeca hacia nuestra cara, gesto que hacemos para por ejemplo mirar la hora, la pantalla se enciende y nos muestra la información. Esto funciona muy bien y es de los pequeños detalles que más me han gustado.

Os dejo una pequeña galería de fotos de la aplicación para que veáis todas las funcionalidades más relevantes de la misma de primera mano.

Si sois usuario de Android estáis de suerte puesto que la aplicación os permite seleccionar las notificaciones de prácticamente cualquier app de vuestro teléfono y no está tan limitada como puede estar en iOS.

Conclusiones

Quiero concluir que la pulsera ha dado un salto cualitativo en lo que a funcionalidad y calidad se refiere. Ahora es un producto mucho mejor terminado y más acorde a lo que los usuarios están demandándole a este tipo de dispositivos wearables.

La inclusión de una pantalla para mostrar información de nuestra actividad y hacerla más independiente del dispositivo hace que esté varios pasos por delante de las versiones anteriores.

El sensor de ritmo cardíaco lo han mejorado un poco y parece que los valores son más próximos a la realidad pero siguen sin gustarme que no puedas configurarla para que te haga mediciones automáticas a lo largo del día.

La autonomía de la batería también se ha visto disminuida. Eso es normal dado que la inclusión de una pantalla hace que el consumo aumente. A mi particularmente esto no es una cosa que me moleste demasiado puesto que con un uso normal sigue alcanzando las dos semanas de duración sin problema.

Me gusta mucho el tema de mostrar la hora cuando levantas la mano hacia nuestros ojos, aun así, lo veo muy sensible y puede activarse de forma involuntaria con lo que contribuiría a que la batería se consuma mas rápidamente.

El enganche de la pulsera me hubiera gustado que fuese más solido. No me hubiera importado que fuese el mismo que el de sus hermanas anteriores. Aún así, no se suelta tanto como el que viene en las gomas no originales de la Mi Band original.

Si queréis un producto para regalar estas Navidades estáis ante él. Para pequeños, medianos y grandes es totalmente recomendado. Por el precio que tiene, estamos ante una pulsera que va a seguir midiendo nuestra actividad física (no profesional) y nos va a permitir evitar llevar una vida sedentaria. Y más ahora que con el nuevo embalaje le da una nueva dimensión y hace que sea un producto mucho más adecuado para regalo.

Puntuación 9.5 sobre 10

A favor

  • El renovado diseño de la pulsera Xiaomi Mi Band 2
  • La inclusión de una pantalla OLED
  • Una mayor independencia del móvil
  • Más cómoda en la muñeca
  • Integración con el sistema de salud de Apple en iOS
  • La duración de la batería
  • El nuevo embalaje
  • Precio ajustado

En contra

  • El cierre de la goma se suelta con algo más facilidad
  • No hace mediciones cardiacas automáticas durante el día

Donde comprarla

Yo la he comprado la Xiaomi Mi Band 2 nuevamente en GearBest a un precio en oferta de unos 25€ al cambio (gastos de envío incluidos y puesta en casa). El envío fue muy rápido y en unos 15 días más o menos la tenía colocada en mi mano.

Si queréis también podéis comprar la Xiaomi Mi Band 2 haciendo o también sobre la siguiente imagen:

Antes de terminar, os dejo los enlaces de otros artículos relacionados directamente con la pulsera Xiaomi Mi Band 2 para que les peguéis una lectura ya que seguro os resultan muy interesantes.

  • Qué hacer si se te rompe la goma de la pulsera Xiaomi MiBand
  • Cómo distinguir un recambio Xiaomi Mi Band original

Espero que os haya gustado el artículo sobre la pulsera Xiaomi Mi Band 2. En ese caso solo os pido que lo compartáis con vuestros amigos en redes sociales para que pueda llegar a más gente que seguro que está interesado en leerlo.

Como siempre, muchas gracias por vuestra atención y nos leemos en un próximo artículo!!

Adiós, os!!

Lectura del ritmo cardíaco

La nueva Mi Band 3 es capaz de registrar tu frecuencia cardíaca con cualquier actividad que realices (andar, correr, bici…) y detectar los cambios en tu frecuencia durante 24 horas y en tiempo real. A través de la aplicación Mi Fit puedes comprobar la frecuencia cardíaca de 24 horas.

Sin embargo, como es lógico, Xiaomi avisa que la medición en tiempo real consume mucha energía reduciendo la duración de la batería de la smartband.

También, puedes comprobar la frecuencia cardíaca (estática) en cualquier momento dirigiéndote al icono del corazón y pulsando el botón.

Se mostrará en pantalla un arco, que tienes que esperar a que se rellene en su totalidad, entonces el sensor se activará iluminándose 2 luces verdes en la parte posterior de la pulsera y comenzará la medición del pulso.

Contador de pasos

Otra función que debemos decir que nos sorprendió gratamente. Después de haber sacado a pasear nuestra Mi Band 3, aprovechamos para medir los pasos que contamos al mismo tiempo nosotros manualmente.

Bajo nuestra experiencia, los resultados son bastantes aproximados a la realidad, aunque no siempre son exactos al 100%.

Aviso: Es importante resaltar que, aunque la Mi Band es resistente al agua y puedes nadar con ella, NO es compatible con la medición de deportes acuáticos, por lo que no podrás medir ningún resultado con ella.

Contador de calorías

Si bien el contador de calorías en una smartband no es una función tan precisa, los datos mostrados siempre pueden ser orientativos de cara a una actividad física realizada.

Notificaciones

Cuando hay una nueva notificación la pulsera vibra e indica el nombre del remitente del mensaje y la aplicación de donde procede (Whatsapp, Telegram…). En el caso de mensajes, se muestra en la pantalla el inicio del mensaje (hasta 48 caracteres) y, si éste es corto (un «hola») puede leerse completamente.

La configuración de las notificaciones se realiza fácilmente a través de Mi Fit.

Monitorización del sueño

Registra con precisión información sobre la calidad del sueño cada noche, incluyendo datos sobre el sueño profundo y el ligero, para ayudarte a ajustar tus hábitos a la hora de dormir

La Mi Band 3 es capaz de registrar la calidad de sueño para mejorar tus hábitos a la hora de dormir. Podrás consultar los datos recogidos en la app Mi Fit, en ella se nos muestra fundamentalmente tres valores:

  • Sueño profundo
  • Sueño ligero
  • Tiempo despierto

Su funcionamiento es sencillo: debes configurar una hora aproximada de irte a dormir y otra al despertar, luego la pulsera detectará cuando te quedas dormido y cuando te despiertas.

Básicamente lo que hará la pulsera es detectar si hay movimiento o no y, en base a ello, calculará si el sueño es profundo o ligero y las posibles interrupciones durante el sueño.

Más funciones: cronómetro, inactividad, alarma…

La Mi Band 3 incluye hasta más de 30 funciones típicas que puedes encontrar en cualquiera otra pulsera de actividad, algunas de ellas son:

  • Cronómetro
  • Tiempo meteorológico: se sincroniza con Mi Fit y puedes ver la previsión de hasta 3 días.
  • Alarma: a través de Mi Fit podemos configurar la pulsera como despertador, iniciándose con una leve vibración que se intensifica con el paso del tiempo.
  • Alerta por inactividad: controlará si estás mucho tiempo sin moverte delante de la TV, la pantalla del ordenador… para que te levantes y ejercites tu cuerpo un poco.
  • Desbloqueo sin contraseña: al estar vinculado con tu smartphone no necesitarás desbloquearlo manualmente.
  • Gestión de las llamadas: visualiza en pantalla quién te llama y cuelga si no te interesa.
  • Localizador de teléfono
  • Recordatorio de objetivos diarios

Trucos y consejos para la Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Son tantas las funciones disponibles en la Mi Band 3 que hemos querido añadir este magnífico vídeo donde te explican 10 consejos para aprovecharla al máximo:

Aplicación Mi Fit

Podríamos decir que Mi Fit es el panel de control de la Mi Band. Asimismo, se puede conectar a la vez con otros dispositivos de Xiaomi como el reloj Amazfit, la bascula inteligente Mi Body Scale o sus zapatillas inteligentes.

Mi Fit

Mediante esta aplicación, disponible tanto para Android y iOS, podrás habilitar o deshabilitar notificaciones, establecer tus objetivos diarios o seguir el progreso de tus ejercicios o la calidad del sueño… Además de controlar otras funcionalidades en la pulsera como, por ejemplo, que se encienda la pantalla al hacer el gesto de ver la hora.

En general, estas son las funciones principales que Mi Fit puede realizar:

  • Estadísticas de entrenamiento: puedes configurar la actividad que vayas a realizar (correr, caminar, andar en bici) y otro tipo de ejercicios. También, puedes configurar opciones como la postura y el control de ritmo cardíaco.
  • Asistente de sueño: Mi Fit se encarga de analizar tu sueño y te sugiere cómo mejorarlo.
  • Saber más sobre tu cuerpo: esta opción está hecha para Mi Body Scale, con ella podrás registrar datos sobre tu cuerpo y elaborar a partir de ahí un mejor plan de entrenamiento e incluso revelar posibles riesgos en la salud.
  • Notificaciones que te hacen la vida más fácil: la alarma que se activa en tu Mi Band es de solo vibración ¡para no molestar al resto de personas! Asimismo, puedes recibir notificaciones de tus apps favoritas y configurar una alerta de actividad si has estado mucho tiempo inactivo.

Después de casi dos años de uso con mi Xiaomi Mi Band, decidí dar el cambio a la Xiaomi Mi Band 2. La app que he estado utilizando siempre ha sido en Android y ha funcionado y evolucionado durante estos años muy bien. Como siempre me gusta colaborar he ido reportando aquellos fallos que me encontraba.

Cuando recibí la Xiaomi Mi Band 2, lo primero, evidentemente era hacer una carga completa. Tras la cual emparejé por Bluetooth con mi móvil y app, y todo perfecto, incluso se actualizó el firmware de la pulsera a la versión 1.0.1.34. La app reconoce que es una Xiaomi Mi Band 2 y activa funciones que con la Mi Band 1 no existían (Pulsímetro, iconos de notificación en pantalla, formato de hora, fecha,…)

Mi sorpresa fue que tras unos días de uso (el uso normal al que sometía mi anterior modelo) el nivel de batería era sustancialmente bajo. Por mis cálculos mentales, la batería me iba a durar poco más de una semana. ALARMA!!!! ¿QUE ESTÁ PASANDO!!!??

No lo he comentado, pero compré una segunda Xiaomi Mi Band 2 para mi mujer. Hicimos todo exactamente igual, pero ella conectó la suya a un iPhone. Sorpresa cuando comparé los consumos: la mía ya estaba al 50% y la suya al 99%,…WTF!!!

Hice un ciclo completo de carga, es decir, agotar al máximo y volver a cargar al 100%. Nuevamente conecté al móvil,…y pasados unos 8 días ya tenía que volver a recargar. Increíble!!!, esto no era lo que yo esperaba. Evidentemente la otra Band 2 conectada a un iPhone estaba al 97%.

Comparé versiones de app’s, firmware,… todo estaba igual. En las mismas condiciones. Entonces ¿Por qué mi Band 2 consumía mucho más?¿por estar conectada a un Android (NEXUS 5)?. Muy extraño todo.

Por descartar el tema, volver a cargar la pulsera al 100% y esta vez la conecté a un iPhone 5C (del trabajo) y esperé 48h con un uso típico de la pulsera. Transcurrido ese tiempo la pulsera aún seguía indicando: batería al 100%.

INCREIBLE!!! ¿Cómo era posible?, la batería no se estaba consumiendo!!!. Si esto era así, tal vez con Android el consumo volvería a ser dramático, así que volvía a enlazar con mi móvil Android.

El pequeño detalle para el final: Cuando emparejé la Xiaomi Mi Band al IPhone, a pesar de estar en la última versión del firmware (1.0.1.34), en la pantalla de la pulsera apareció el icono de «una flecha» de upgrade de firmware durante unos pocos segundos y nada más.

Este último detalle me lleva a la conclusión que o desde iOS se actualiza algo más que en Android, o la actualización del firmware inicial que hice desde Android no funcionó correctamente y algo no estaba bien. Pero ya digo que tanto en Android como en iOS la versión del firmware era la 1.0.1.34.

Así que mi consejo es que si alguno tiene una Xiaomi Mi Band 2 y tiene problemas con la duración de la batería, busque un iPhone y compruebe se hace un upgrade y luego que vuelva a Android.

Y mi consejo para los señores de Xiaomi es que revisen los upgrades de firmware en ambas plataformas, porque en iOS la cosa funciona mejor en que Android.

Después de 4 días ahí va el porcentaje de consumo bajo Android:

UPDATE 2 OCTUBRE 2017

Bueno, decir que a día de hoy, teniendo las últimas actualizaciones, tanto de firmware de la pulsera, cómo la app movil en Android, tenemos ya una buena duración de batería.

Review Xiaomi Mi Band 2

A Xiaomi Mi Band 2 é uma pulseira inteligente que promete ser perfeita para quem deseja perder peso ou espantar os riscos do sedentarismo à saúde. Compatível com celulares Android e iPhone (iOS), o acessório monitora dados como batimentos cardíacos, passos e distância percorrida pelo usuário ao longo do dia. Tudo isso a um preço inferior a produtos similares: a partir de US$ 23 (cerca de R$ 73, em conversão direta) via importação ou por R$ 140 em sites brasileiros.

Se as habilidades “fitness” não forem suficientes, a Mi Band 2 traz ainda funcionalidades como notificações de chamadas e aplicativos, desbloqueio de celulares sem senha e até despertador. No entanto, será que o acessório é ainda uma boa opção de compra mesmo não sendo vendido oficialmente no Brasil? Confira este review completo do TechTudo com os prós e contras da pulseira inteligente da Xiaomi.

App ou pulseira inteligente? Veja qual é melhor para levar para a academia

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 pode medir batimentos cardíacos e contar passos do usuário (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

Veja ofertas e promoções da Xiaomi Mi Band 2 na Amazon.com.br

Design

Mesmo com as críticas positivas à primeira Mi Band, a Xiaomi se empenhou para melhorar e corrigir algumas falhas na construção da sua pulseira. A empresa ainda usa um material emborrachado e antialérgico, mas a fixação foi reforçada para evitar que o sensor fosse retirado pela parte externa do bracelete. Na última geração, essa falha fazia com que usuários perdessem o acessório durante atividades físicas mais intensas.

Por falar no sensor, um destaque da Mi Band 2 é uma pequena tela OLED que exibe informações como horas, progresso de atividades físicas, notificações e os batimentos cardíacos. A novidade permite que o usuário confira os dados da pulseira sem ter que recorrer a um smartphone, podendo utilizar tanto o botão capacitivo, como movimentos com o punho para navegar. Em nossos testes, foi possível enxergar tranquilamente o visor na maioria das condições de luz.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 pode medir batimentos cardíacos e contar passos do usuário (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

No dia a dia, a Xiaomi Mi Band 2 é bem confortável de usar. A pulseira padrão na cor preta é bastante discreta, tendo 23,5 cm de comprimento por 1,05 cm de largura, enquanto o sensor possui 1,57 cm de espessura. Quem gosta de personalizar o acessório pode encontrar braceletes com outras cores e materiais, como couro e metal, facilmente em lojas online.

Outro aspecto positivo na pulseira da Xiaomi é a certificação IP67 contra mergulhos de até um metro de profundidade por até 30 minutos. Ou seja, não é preciso tirar a Mi Band 2 em dias de chuva ou ao tomar banho, mas a fabricante não recomenda nadar com o dispositivo. Já o vidro que protege o visor frontal deve resistir a impactos leves, mas os usuários mais precavidos podem comprar uma película para aumentar a resistência.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 possui proteção IP67 contra água e poeira (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

Usabilidade: o que a Mi Band 2 faz bem

Uma pulseira inteligente, ao entregar dados sobre os hábitos do usuário, pode ajudá-lo a se organizar melhor para atingir suas metas de atividades físicas. Esse é um dos benefícios da Xiaomi Mi Band 2. É como ter um técnico no seu pulso lembrando que, por mais cansado que se sinta, ainda não se movimentou o suficiente.

Ao configurar a Mi Band 2 pela primeira vez, o usuário pode indicar quais metas de caminhada diária e de peso pretende alcançar. Feito isso, é só vestir a pulseira e seguir com as suas atividades normalmente. Não é preciso sequer manter o Bluetooth do celular ligado, já que o acessório armazena informações por algum tempo e uma sincronização diária deve ser suficiente.

Mi Band 2 pode registrar corridas e batimentos cardíacos em tempo real (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

Para quem pratica exercícios mais pesados, a pulseira da Xiaomi oferece um acompanhamento em tempo real nos modos caminhada, corrida, ciclismo e esteira. Ao ativar o recurso, o app Mi Fit mostra na tela do celular dados como distância, passos por minuto e frequência cardíaca, inclusive com alertas quando a atividade está forte demais para o seu coração. Ao fim, é possível ler um relatório completo com todos os dados coletados.

No quesito precisão, é possível dizer que a Mi Band 2 se sai bem na contagem de passos. Em nossos testes no modo esteira, os dados mostrados na tela do celular ficaram em uma margem de diferença aceitável em relação ao que é mostrado no visor do equipamento da academia. A discordância, contudo, está longe de ser um problema exclusivo da Xiaomi: até o Apple Watch, que custa muito mais caro, vai apelar para a sincronização com aparelhos para amenizar isso.

Xiaomi Mi Band pode acompanhar sono do usuário automaticamente com registro de qualidade (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

A Mi Band 2 pode ainda registrar a noite de sono do usuário, exigindo que ele apenas vista a pulseira ao deitar. Ou seja, não é preciso apertar botões e nem dar comandos no celular. Na manhã seguinte, basta conferir no aplicativo Mi Fit um relatório completo com as horas dormidas e dados de qualidade, como tempo de descanso leve e pesado.

De acordo com a Xiaomi, a bateria de 70 mAh da Mi Band 2 deve durar cerca de 20 dias com um uso mais simples. Durante os nossos testes, a pulseira conseguiu resistir 17 dias sem pedir recarga, mesmo conectada o tempo todo ao Bluetooth e com um uso diário do monitoramento cardíaco durante exercícios e ao dormir. Para recarregar, basta conectá-la à porta USB do computador por um tempo que pode levar entre duas horas e meia e três horas.

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O aplicativo Mi Fit e outras funcionalidades

Para configurar e sincronizar a pulseira, a Xiaomi disponibiliza o aplicativo Mi Fit em Português na Google Play Store e na App Store. Alvo de muitas reclamações no passado, o app recebeu uma atualização para versão 3.0 com funções e melhorias consideráveis na usabilidade. Durante os nossos testes, o pareamento da pulseira se mostrou bastante rápido e confiável.

Mi Fit permite que usuário veja gráficos com atividades físicas e também metas (Foto: Reprodução/Elson de Souza)

Na tela principal do Mi Fit, o usuário confere as informações relativas às suas atividades físicas, frequência cardíaca e horas de sono, sempre com curiosidades para tornar a experiência mais divertida. É possível ainda comparar seus resutados com a base de clientes da empresa para saber como está se saindo. Além disso, há a possibilidade de adicionar amigos via QR Codes e de tirar fotos com filtros para compartilhar seus feitos no Instagram e em outras redes sociais.

Ainda no Mi Fit, há a opção de escolher aplicativos para exibir notificações na pulseira, bem como ativar o recurso para chamadas e mensagens. Trata-se de uma ótima função para não perder nada importante com o celular no silencioso. Já em telefones com Android 5.0 Lollipop ou superior, é possível usar a Mi Band 2 para desbloquear o smartphone sem a senha, usando a proximidade, o que tende a ser muito útil na ausência de um leitor de digitais.

Mi Band 2 pode mostrar notificações de chamadas, mensagens e aplicativos (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

No que a Mi Band 2 deixa a desejar

Embora o Mi Fit tenha melhorado bastante, o app da Xiaomi ainda é bastante fraco no quesito motivação. Os únicos desafios propostos ao usuário são atingir sua meta diária e repetir isso durante o máximo de dias possíveis. Nesse ponto, o Samsung Health é uma alternativa bem mais desafiadora, trazendo ainda competições globais e confronto direto entre amigos.

Outra falha grave está no reconhecimento de sono em horários não convencionais, já que o recurso funciona apenas em uma faixa que vai do fim da noite até o início da manhã. Ou seja, usuários que trabalham em horário noturno e dormem durante o dia, por exemplo, não terão a qualidade de sono monitorada. O mesmo acontece com sonecas e cochilos rápidos durante o dia, que também não são contabilizados para as horas de descanso total.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 deve ser recarregada na porta USB do computador (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

Por enquanto, o aplicativo Mi Fit é capaz de exportar seus dados apenas para o Google Fit, no Android, e para o Apple Saúde, no iOS. Trata-se de uma desvantagem para outras pulseiras econômicas, como a Misfit Flash, que pode se conectar também ao IFTTT e outros apps como o Spotify para realizar comandos básicos.

Caso o usuário esteja disposto a gastar um pouco mais, é possível encontrar aplicativos na Play Store que prometem melhor sincronização de notificações e reconhecimento do sono diurno, entre outras coisas. Embora alguns tenham boas classificações dos usuários, não pudemos testar nenhuma dessas ferramentas. Portanto, seja cuidadoso antes de fornecer as suas informações.

Conclusão

Estatísticas e informações são, sem dúvida, materiais preciosos para quem busca cumprir algum objetivo. É este o principal valor que a Xiaomi Mi Band 2 pode agregar à vida de quem está buscando perder peso ou ser mais saudável. Afinal, ao conhecer melhor a sua rotina, o usuário pode aumentar o seu empenho para se movimentar mais e superar as suas próprias marcas.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 é uma das pulseiras inteligentes mais baratas do mercado (Foto: Elson de Souza/TechTudo)

De forma geral, a pulseira faz tudo o que se espera dela: conta passos com uma boa precisão, monitora atividades físicas mais intensas e tem vida útil de bateria bastante satisfatória. Sem contar as diversas outras vantagens como o sensor de batimentos cardíacos, integração com smartphones e o visor OLED. Quanto ao principal problema dela, a ausência de um monitoramento do sono 24 horas por dia, é possível esperar que uma atualização corrija isso.

Enfim, seja para quem pretende só experimentar uma pulseira inteligente ou para quem deseja pegar pesado nas atividades físicas, a Mi Band 2 apresenta um custo-benefício imbatível. Mesmo após um ano de lançamento, o acessório da Xiaomi ainda chama a atenção com seu preço que varia entre R$ 73 e R$ 140, enquanto outros produtos como o Gear Fit 2 e o Apple Watch custam R$ 999 e R$ 2.199, respectivamente.

Qual é melhor comprar: Smartwatch ou Mi Band? Opine no Fórum do TechTudo.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Preço A partir de US$ 23 (R$ 73)
Compatibilidade Android e iOS
Idioma Português
Tela OLED – 0,42 polegada
Funções Alarme, relógio digital, notificações, medição de batimentos cardíacos, pedômetro, monitoramento de sono, cálculo de queima de calorias
Conectividade Bluetooth 4.0
Bateria 70 mAh
Proteção contra água IP67
Dimensões 22,50 x 1,57 x 1,05 cm
Peso 17 g
Cor da pulseira Preta

The Xiaomi Mi Band fitness trackers are popular and that’s down to the combination of useful activity tracking features and affordable prices.

With the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 now out in the wild – our review is underway at the moment – we thought it would be interesting to compare this to the wildly popular Mi Band 2 from a couple of years ago.

The Mi Band 3 brings a couple of new features to the table, but is it worth buying if you already own a Mi Band 2? Read on below to find out which will be the better fitness tracker for you.

Design and display

To the untrained eye, it’s unlikely you’ll notice a major design change between the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and its predecessor. Both are thin and light activity bands that wrap around your wrist with a silicone strap.

There’s a small fitness tracker inside each that can be popped out of the bands and put into other ones if you want, for example, a different design at different points in your day.

Both trackers come in multiple color options for the bands, plus there’s a large amount of third-party bands you can get, so there’s a variety of different designs overall.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is a touch longer (it has a bigger display) but that’s not a major design change that will alter the way you use the fitness tracker. It’s still notably light and won’t strain your wrist.

In terms of screen, both offer OLED displays that are only black and white. Each is small, but the Mi Band 2’s is by far the smallest at 0.42 inches, while the Mi Band 3 almost doubles that to 0.78-inches.

The Mi Band 3 has a much better display with a resolution of 128 x 80 (the Mi Band 2 is just 72 x 40) as well as touchscreen functionality. But while only the newer model has a touchscreen, both have a touch key below the screen.

Xiaomi’s screens aren’t going to rival the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro any time soon, but if you’re looking for the better of these two products in terms of the design and display you’ll have to opt for the Mi Band 3.

Fitness

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Xiaomi has packed lots of fitness tools into both the Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3, but the newer device is better.

Both trackers will keep an eye on your daily step count and your sleep quality, and all of that data will appear in the Mi Fit app that you’ll be able to download to your smartphone.

There’s also a heart rate monitor on both fitness trackers that will keep an eye on your beats per minute, but you don’t get GPS features on either tracker.

While the Mi Band 2 is water-resistant, the company doesn’t actively recommend it for swim tracking like it does for the Mi Band 3. If you want a tool to track your swims, the Mi Band 3 won’t be the best but it will be better than nothing and much better than the Mi Band 2, which isn’t suited for pool use.

Specs and battery

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

One version of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes with NFC functionality, and that allows those in China to use the Xiaomi Pay service. That’s not available outside China, but Xiaomi may one day bring the service to other countries.

Most versions of the tracker don’t have NFC though, so that probably won’t be a major upgrade you have to worry about.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 also comes with a more reliable connectivity tech in the form of Bluetooth 4.2 (compared to Bluetooth 4.0 on the Mi Band 2).

Officially Xiaomi says the Mi Band 3 and 2 are both meant to last up to 20 days, and that depends on how much you’ll be using features on the tracker. After a week of usage we found the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 still had 85% battery left – that’s better than what Xiaomi estimates.

We have yet to complete our testing with the Mi Band 3, but we hope it will offer a similar level of battery life to the last-gen device.

Price

Truth is, both the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3 are impressively cheap considering what each can do. The Mi Band 3 is newer, so is a touch more expensive, but it’s still a very affordable price.

It’s on sale for 179 Chinese yuan (about $30 / AU$36) and you can buy it in the UK right now for £23 from Gearbest. The Mi Band 2 launched at £28/$35/AU$50 but in the UK we’ve seen the price drop to around £20, so it’s only a touch less than the newer product.

Takeaway

These products are so closely priced that we think it’s a no-brainer to go for the Mi Band 3.

There may not be much reason to upgrade to the Band 3 if you already own and like the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, but if you’re buying a new one outright and you can find it, go for the more recent tracker to get that better screen and waterproof design.

  • Our early look at the Xiaomi Mi Band 3

The new Mi Band 3 has arrived in India at a great price of Rs. 1,999 and it brings a new touch display, fitness features, notifications and more. However, does it bring enough enhancements to be worthy of an upgrade for someone who already owns a Mi Band 2? Well, that is the question we will be answering here as we put Xiaomi’s latest fitness tracker, the Mi Band 3, against its predecessor. So, if you were wondering whether you should upgrade to a Mi Band 3 or stick with your Mi Band 2 (Rs. 1,799), let us find out if the Mi Band 3 is a worthy upgrade or not:

Mi Band 3 vs Mi Band 2: Specs

Before we get into the real comparison, let us first check out the paper specs. In the table below, you will find everything that you need to know about these two fitness bands:

Name Mi Band 3 Mi Band 2
Display 0.78 inches OLED (120×80 pixels) 0.42 inches OLED (72×40 pixels)
Touch Enabled Yes No
Battery capacity 110 mAh ~20 days 70 mAh ~20 days
Water Resistance 5ATM (up to 50 meters) IP67 (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes)
NFC Chip Yes No
Bluetooth 4.2 4
Automatic Heart
Rate Monitoring
Yes No
Readable Message Notification Yes No
Reject Calls Yes Yes
Show Live Fitness Tracking Yes No
Daily Goals Yes No
Sedentary Reminders Yes Yes

Design and Build Quality

On first look, Mi Band 3 looks almost exactly like the Mi Band 2, however, look a little bit closer and you will find that the Mi Band 3 brings a ton of changes. Firstly, the tracker on the Mi Band 3 is a little bit bigger and now sports a rounded shape, different from the flat shape sported by the Mi Band 2. Although the strap on the Mi Band 3 is made from the similar thermoplastic elastomer material which was used in the Mi Band 2, somehow it feels a bit more solid and durable.

I also love the fact that Xiaomi has made it a little harder to remove the tracker from the straps which will surely prevent accidental tracker removal. Overall, the Mi Band 3 is constructed very well and evokes more confidence when it comes to the durability of the device than the Mi Band 2.

Display

One of the biggest improvements that the Mi Band 3 is bringing over the Mi Band 2 has to do with its display. Although the Mi Band 3 is sticking to the same PMOLED panel which was found on the Mi Band 2, the panel itself has become larger which allows the tracker to display more information. The display is also fully touch-sensitive which means that instead of interacting with the little touchpad at the bottom, you can interact with the entire display on the Mi Band 3. This makes it really easy to swipe between the different screens.

Coming to the size of the display itself, the Mi Band 3 sports a 0.78 inches PMOLED display with a resolution of 128 x 80 pixels which gives it a pixel density of almost 193 PPI. The text, although still monochromatic, looks crisps and is really easy to read. I have been using the both the Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3 side by side for a a week now, and I can certainly say that the Mi Band 3 also feels brighter and is easier to view in the direct sunlight. Overall, the display on the Mi Band 3 is far better than the one on the Mi band 2.

Improved Water Resistance

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes with a water resistance rating of 5ATM which means that the fitness tracker is resistance to water even when immersed up to 50 meters. That’s a huge improvement over the IP67 rating sported by the Mi Band 2 which could only withstand water immersion up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. What this means in normal life for you is that you can now take your Mi Band 3 for swimming if you want to without having to worry about the damages caused by water ingress.

Battery

The Mi Band 3 is bringing a 110 mAh battery which is almost 60% larger than the 70 mAh battery found on the Mi Band 2. That said, the larger battery doesn’t necessary means that you will be getting a better battery life as the Mi Band 3 also brings a larger and brighter display. As a consequence of the new display, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is rated for the same 20 days of battery life as the Mi Band 2. However, I am not disappointed as the 20 days of battery life is more than enough for me.

Features

Apart from the above-mentioned hardware improvements, the Mi Band 3 is also bringing a number of new features which were previously not present on the Mi Band 2. Apart from counting your steps, reading your heart-rate, and keeping track of calories burnt like the Mi Band 2, the Mi Band 3 can accurately track your sleep, show you real-time data while playing sports or exercising, and more. I am especially excited about the real-time sports data feature as it will allow you to monitor the physical state of your heart and speed during exercises, and adjust their intensity to avoid injuries.

Other than fitness tracking, the Mi Band 3 will also act as your smartwatch as it can deliver notifications for calls, messages, alarms, reminders, and more. You can even decide to pick or reject calls directly from the Mi Band 3 itself, as it supports caller ID which can show you the name and the number of your caller. Mi Band 3 also brings sedentary reminders where the band will tap you on your wrist to let you know if you have been sitting for a long time. Finally, now you can set up daily goals and when you achieve them, the Mi Band 3 will give you a gentle reward reminder.

Connectivity

Mi Band 3 is also bringing a bunch of improvements to the connectivity side of things. First of all, the Mi Band 3 uses Bluetooth 4.2 instead of the Bluetooth 4.0 found on the Mi Band 2. The newer Bluetooth standard in the Mi Band 3 will mean longer range and more importantly a better connection.

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Mi Band 3 vs Mi Band 2: Worth The Upgrade?

As you can see, the Mi Band 3 is better than the Mi Band 2 in every aspect that matters. It has a better display, better build quality, better sensors, and it brings a number of extra features which were not found on the Mi Band 2. It’s clear that even if you own a Mi Band 2, investing in the newer Mi Band 3 will be a wise decision, especially since it’s priced at Rs. 1,999, which is not a huge price jump from the Rs. 1,799 price tag of the Mi Band 2.

So, if you have been waiting for the Mi Band 3 and you were wondering if it’s better than the Mi Band 2, well, the answer is, yes, you should go for the Mi Band 3.

Buy Mi Band 3 from Amazon: (Rs. 1,999)

During the company’s 8th-anniversary celebration event, Xiaomi announced 3 new smartphones along with a series of new gadgets. One of the major attractions during the product launch event was the latest variant from the hit Mi Band series, Mi 3. The new band model, Mi 3 comes with an OLED capacitive touchscreen just like its predecessor Mi 2.

Mi Band 3: Price, Availability

The Mi Band 3 will sell for a price of CNY 169, which is approximately Rs. 1,800. Xiaomi has announced two variants for the Mi Band 3, one with NFC and one without it. The NFC version of the Mi Band will be available at a price ticket of CNY 199, which is approximately Rs. 2,100. This variant will be available sometime in September. The price details and availability of the latest Mi Band in the global markets is still under the wraps.

Mi Band 3: Major Highlights

As mentioned earlier, the Mi 3 Band sports a capacitive touchscreen panel and is also water resistant up to 5 ATM. The new band is tested to deliver a battery life of up to 20 days on a single charge. Xiamo has offered three color options for the band. The Mi band 3 provides a screen space of 0.78-inches, making it easier for the user to view call notifications or messages on the Mi Band itself. The Mi Band 3 has an integrated microphone, allowing the users to answer the calls directly from the Mi Band. The band is armed with a motion tracking sensor and health management systems and weighs 20 grams The latest Mi Band 3 supports devices running Android 4.4 and above or iOS 9.0 and above.

Mi Band 3 vs Mi Band 2: Should you Consider Upgrading?

Mi Band 2 was launched at the same time last year. Most of the feature from Mi Band 2 make it to the Mi Band 3. One of the major features of the Mi Band that remains unchanged is the functionality of receiving app and call notifications. Both Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3 feature motion tracking along with health management features. The Mi Band 3 has a water-resistant build. The Chinese company claims that their new band can withstand submerging in water as deep as 50 meters. So, you can now wear a wristband while swimming! Well, probably not a good idea. Besides, Xiaomi has not specified any IP rating beyond the 5 ATM rating. Similar to the Mi Band 2, the wristband can also auto-unlock connected MIUI smartphones for the wearer. Xiaomi claims the pedometer for this version has been improved. If that’s actually the case, the motion tracker integrated into the device should perform better as well. The Mi Band 3 also comes caller ID/ reject feature with an auto-reminder feature if you have been sitting for a long time.

The biggest noticeable difference between Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3 is the screen size. The Mi Band 2 sports a 0.42-inch OLED panel while the latter features a much larger, 0.78-inch capacitive OLED display. Despite the large screen display, the battery of Xiaomi Mi Band 3 impresses. This new display panel shows text message alerts and incoming call. The screen is also shared by the current time, steps taken, and heart rate count. The display comes with 128×80 pixel resolution. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 also includes a heart-rate (PPG) sensor and carries a triaxial acceleration sensor. There are embedded sleep monitoring features. Further, the wearable is fuelled by a 110mAh battery, nearly double the capacity of the battery of Mi 2, which happens to be 70 mAh. The Mi Band 3 is claimed to last for 20 days and same is said regarding Mi Band 2, which isn’t always the case. So, who is to say? For connectivity, there is Bluetooth 4.2 LE that makes the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 compatible with most of the Android and iOS devices. One major thing that is missing from Mi Band 2 is the NFC version which has been introduced by Xiaomi for the first time. This will help the users connect their smartphones with the wearable more conveniently. Now, this feature is something to root for.

The Mi Band 3 is not available in the global markets yet. So, there is too less information on the performance of the new wearable. Hence, waiting and sticking to your current Mi 2 wearable seems like a good and kind of the only option as of now.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 review: A super low-cost heart rate fitness band, but it’s got its limits

With the Xiaomi’s Mi Band 2, the Chinese company updates its original $13 fitness tracker with a slightly more expensive version, adding new features such as an 0.42-inch OLED display and a heart rate sensor. The 149 yuan price, which converts to around $22, £17 or AU$29, is a fraction of what you’d pay for similar products such as the Fitbit Alta…or, even, Fitbit’s less-expensive Zip. It’s not yet on sale on Xiaomi’s US website.

That said, after a week and half wearing the Mi Band 2, I’ve found that while it’s not as fully featured as the Fitbit Charge 2, it at least tracks heart rate, something less expensive trackers like Fitbit Flex, Alta and Zip don’t. The Mi Band 2 only tracks steps and sleeping patterns automatically and heart rate only gets checked when you select it in the band’s menu. You can’t calculate heart rate all day or during exercises, which makes it effectively nearly useless unless you’re looking to peek at your resting heart rate.

By comparison, the Alta, which costs five times as much, doesn’t bother with heart rate but does pack a lot more, such as automatic exercise recognition, calendar alerts and options for clock faces. On that note, the Mi Band 2 does connect to your phone to deliver alerts such as those from WhatsApp.

Because it only tracks steps, the Mi Band 2 doesn’t come with exercise tracking, which means it won’t keep track of how long you’ve been jogging or cycling. That’s less than ideal if you want your fitness band to help you with those activities, and there’s no barometer to track step climbing either.

The Mi Band 2 features a heart rate tracker.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 2

“The Mi Band 2 is excellent at tracking steps and sleep, at a very affordable price.”

  • Bright screen
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Android and iOS support
  • Long battery life
  • No feedback or encouragement
  • Import only
  • Proprietary charger

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi may be best known for smartphones such as the innovative Mi Mix, but it also makes a wide variety of other products, from televisions to drones. Sadly, the majority aren’t sold outside Asia, and many aren’t compatible with U.S. networks or systems. One Xiaomi product you can easily buy without such concerns is the Xiaomi Mi Band 2. It’s a fitness tracker with a heart rate sensor and a super-bright OLED screen, and a sequel to the simple, yet cheap original Mi Band. Extra features usually means an increase in price — but that’s not Xiaomi’s style at all.

There’s no shortage of fitness trackers, and although the Mi Band 2 is very affordable, has the wonderful simplicity of the original been lost — and does it still represent the value it once did?

Design and comfort

The Mi Band 2 looks very similar to the original Mi Band. There’s a central core module that pops into a slim, silicone strap, allowing you to swap it out for straps in different colors. Once the core is in place, it’s not going anywhere at all, and is more securely fastened in than the original Mi Band had been (its core would sometimes pop out unexpectedly). Although soft, the silicone isn’t floppy and is secured with a pop stud and small loop. The strap is also super secure, with almost zero chance of it coming loose or falling off.

The Mi Band 2 is easy to put on with one hand, and it’s considerably more compact than most modern Fitbit trackers, such as the Fitbit Blaze. Because of this it’s suitable for all wrist sizes, and doesn’t look out of place on the thin-wristed.

Once the Mi Band 2 is on, it’s quickly forgotten. It’s designed to be worn 24 hours a day to track activity and sleep, and it never became intrusive, uncomfortable, sweaty, or annoying. It happily slips under a shirt sleeve too. After wearing it on-and-off for a year, sometimes for a few weeks at a time, the silicone band still looks like new. It can really take a beating, without looking worse for wear.

Xiaomi has engineered the Mi Band 2 with an IP67 water resistance rating, so it’ll survive a swim, a shower, dust, and corrosion. I wore mine in the shower, and to wash the car (where it spent time in and out of buckets, being lightly sponged, and under a gentle hose spray) and it still works perfectly.

Perhaps the only odd thing is it would tend to slip round my wrist — I wear it relatively loosely — so the display is facing slightly away from my gaze. This centralizes the stud fixing under my wrist, so the movement may have to do with weight or the band’s center of gravity. The core module is larger than the first generation’s had been, but because it weighs only 7 grams, any additional weight isn’t noticeable.

Overall, the size makes it one of the most comfortable fitness trackers you can buy. One needs to wear a fitness tracker consistently for it to be of benefit, so comfort is extremely important.

Display and heart rate monitor

The most noticeable new feature on the Mi Band 2 is the display. Although small, it’s an OLED screen that’s incredibly bright, so it’s easily viewable at both night and when exposed to direct sunlight. It shows a variety of information, which can be customized through the supporting Mi app. Ours was set to show the time, steps taken, and heart rate measurement, but it’s easy to add calories burned, distance traveled, and battery status.

The excellent Mi Band 2 proves getting more tech doesn’t always mean paying more money.

A shiny panel covers the screen; it feels like plastic, and Xiaomi promises it’s scratch resistant and won’t attract many fingerprints. Despite being exposed to the elements on my wrist, it shows no sign of scuffs or marks, and it’s never a smudgy mess. During our first test of the Mi Band 2, our then current Fitbit Charge’s screen cover looked considerably worse for wear after only a few more weeks of use. A year on, and the OLED screen is equally bright and attractive, and has only picked up a few hairline scratches, which show in direct artificial light only.

Under the screen is a circular touchpad that cycles through the data feed. It’s not a button, and only requires a tap to operate. Get to the heart rate screen and it’ll start taking a measurement automatically. It’s an optical monitor, much like that used on other smartphones and wearables, mounted on the underside of the core. The company recommends that you wear the Mi Band 2 tightly against the skin when taking a reading. This is a good idea. I activated it by accident quite often, and due to it being loose on my wrist, I wasn’t getting any result. Although it can be used automatically during the night for improved sleep tracking, there’s no profile to use the heart rate sensor during a workout, except by starting it manually.

Mi app

Xiaomi’s official Mi app is compatible with Android and iOS, so regardless of the phone you use, the Mi Band 2 should work fine. It operated without a problem on both an iPhone 6S Plus and a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge originally, and with an iPhone 7 Plus for our later tests. While there were connection issues during our first review with the iOS app, these have been cured, and it synced and updated without a problem on the iPhone 7 Plus. The app has also been regularly updated throughout the last year, mostly with bug fixes and performance improvements.

The app is quite basic. It collects data from the band and collates it in a series of graphs, one for steps and activity, the other for sleep. These are then put into historical graphs covering the day, week, and month. Significant exercise periods are highlighted each day, with the time, distance, and calories burned all shown. Sleep gets a similar treatment, with the amount of time spent in bed, a deep- and light-sleep phase split, and the time you went to sleep and woke up.

You can set a daily step count target and an ideal weight you’d like to achieve, and in a recent app update, lets you select one of two running profiles — indoor on a treadmill, or outdoor. This adds in continuous heart-rate monitoring during your workout, a feature missing from the earlier version of the app. Select either profile, and it’ll deliver zone alerts when you reach a set heart rate, and a pace alert for running outside. It’s also possible to use the heart rate monitor automatically during the night to gather more data. Both these features will obviously affect battery life. There is an alarm, but it’s not smart enough to wake you during a light-sleep phase, and the band will alert you of incoming calls, system notifications, or if you’ve been sitting still for too long.

Tap the “Play” button at the bottom of the screen, then the Behavior Tagging menu, to find an extensive list of exercise and activity programs, ranging from ping-pong and sit-ups, to brushing your teeth and driving. These are trackers, monitoring movement and heart rate continuously, to help build a picture of your day. We question their usefulness, because anything you do doesn’t show up in historical graphs, and unless it’s walking or running, doesn’t count towards your daily goals.

The app is attractive, minimalistic, and very logically laid out. It’s easy to use, and the pertinent information, such as step count, is immediately obvious when you launch it. However, the Mi app is entirely devoid of advice, encouragement, or feedback on your wellbeing, based on the data it collects. This is unfortunate, as it’s how value is measured in the overcrowded world of fitness trackers. After all, there’s a good chance you’re wearing one because you want to get fitter, lose weight, or get better sleep. Some trackers want to help you reach your goal, and offer guidance and motivation. With the Mi Band 2, you’re on your own.

Accuracy and battery

After an early firmware problem that resulted in an inaccurate step count, the Mi Band 2 has been faultless in reliability and accuracy. Its step count is in line with competitors, with the difference between them maxing at 100 steps. The heart rate sensor had always agreed with the Apple Watch, with the pair usually coming within a couple of beats-per-minute of each other.

One of the best things about the original Mi Band was its long battery life, and although there is more technology inside the Mi Band 2, the battery is rated for 20 days without a recharge. In reality, I got to 20 days use with the Mi Band 2 and the battery still had 49 percent energy remaining, which is superb. The core module must be removed from the strap and fitted into a proprietary charger to top up the battery. It’s very reliable too. After not charging it for a month, then bringing it back into service, it accepted the charge and lasted for at least another month before running out of power.

Price, warranty, and where to buy

Xiaomi still doesn’t sell the Mi Band 2 through its own online store, but you can get one from China through an importer. We originally got ours through GearBest.com, a well-known online importer of Chinese electronics, where it’s currently priced at only $22 with free shipping. Our model from GearBest arrived by courier a few days after ordering, and had been extremely well packaged.

Worried about what happens if the band goes wrong? GearBest provides a one-year warranty and free repair service, provided the product hasn’t been damaged through misuse, along with a 45-day money back guarantee. Because the Mi Band 2 comes from China, there are return shipping charges to consider in this process, and although some are covered, situations vary, so do bear it in mind.

Our take

The Mi Band 2 costs a fraction of most big-name fitness trackers, yet matches them on features and design, making it ideal for the regular gym goer.

Is there a better alternative?

Because it costs less than $25, the Mi Band 2 has few challengers that can meet it head-on. The Misfit Flash costs about the same, but doesn’t have a heart-rate monitor or a screen. The Moov Now costs nearly three times as much, and also can’t match the Mi Band 2 on features. However, the Moov Now does have a great app, with plenty of different exercise options, which is worth the extra money if you’ve got it.

If you have a bigger budget available, and want a more comprehensive app and fitness experience, while retaining a cool design and beautiful screen, we love the Samsung Gear Fit 2.

How long will it last?

The Mi Band 2 is water resistant, the core module stays well protected inside the silicone band, and even after several months of wearing it, the entire product shows few signs of wear. The battery is also still going strong after this amount of time, providing around a month’s worth of use before needing a charge. If the silicone band does break, or you fancy a color change, there are many cheap alternatives available online.

Should you buy it?

Yes. It’s light, durable, inconspicuous, easy-to-use, has a beautiful bright screen, and at less than $25 it’s astonishing value for a heart-rate monitor-equipped band. However, we want value both in terms of price and from the feedback and guidance we get in exchange for wearing the band all day long. Xiaomi has updated the Mi Band 2’s app with more workout options, making it more useful than ever; but it lacks motivational guidance, or extensive individual exercise tracking.

Whether this bothers you depends on your level of commitment to exercise. If you want to know only how far you walked, how much you slept, and to check your heart rate on a run, the Mi Band 2 is an excellent choice. However, if you’re a fitness fanatic, and want to track specific exercises, get feedback on your progress, and encouragement to keep going, then the Mi Band 2 will disappoint. This is a common problem with fitness trackers though, and not unique to the Mi Band 2 or Xiaomi’s app.

Update: We’ve revisited the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 to see if it still represents the superb value for money that it did on its release, almost a year ago. Added in new Our Take sections. By Andy Boxall on May 18.

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