Xiaomi is not a particularly well known brand currently but they will be soon if they keep bring out great products like the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and the Mi Mix, both of which are awesome and worth checking out. Xiaomi is a Chinese company that produces electronics and they make some great stuff. The Mi Band 2 is one of those great products. It’s the second generation of the Mi Band and it is very reasonably priced (way under $50). This makes other wearables like the Fitbit and Samsung Fit 2 look extortionately priced. Xiaomi are slowly shaking up the tech industry by massively undercutting all of the best selling products with reasonably priced products that are just as good, if not better. If you are looking for a fitness tracker then be sure to consider the Xiaomi Mi Band 2.
- Great battery life.
- Cool design.
- Lots of features.
- Very reasonably priced.
- Standard tracking app isn’t that great.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – Features
Much like any other fitness tracker that you can buy you get a heart rate monitor, a pedometer, a sleep tracker ad a clock. While most of those are common features on other fitness trackers, Xiaomi have tried to improve them and make them better than the competition.
The pedometer in the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 has an algorithm that has been tested and improved from the Mi Band 1. This helps to filter out movements that aren’t steps so that your step count is as accurate as possible. Pedometers are notorious for counting steps when you move them just a little and Xiaomi have really combatted this so that small movements won’t be added as steps.
Using the heart rate monitor, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 can tell when you’ve fallen into a deep sleep due to a drop in your heart rate. This helps it to track how well you’re sleeping and can show you when you were in REM sleep to help give you a better idea of whether you are really getting enough good sleep. In the MiFitness app you will be able to see when you fell asleep, when you woke up and also when you were in a deep sleep.
As well as tracking your sleep and fitness, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is useful for other things too. It can act as a smart lock to your Android phone. This means that when your phone is close to your Mi Band 2, it will not need a passcode or fingerprint to unlock. Depending on how many times you look at your phone, this will be more to useful to some people than others. Like other fitness trackers, it will also tell you about when you have a phone call, notification or message. It can’t tell you who is calling or texting you due to the small display on the Mi Band.
With a water resistance rating of IP67, you don’t have to worry about it getting wet when you wash your hands or shower, just don’t go swimming with it as that will probably break it.
One other feature the Mi Band 2 has is that it will notify you if it thinks you’ve been sitting down for too long by vibrating. This is handy to remind you to keep active during the day when you are sitting at a desk all day long. Breaking up the day with short walks will make you feel much better. It will also vibrate when you complete a goal, like walking a certain number of steps for instance.
A feature that didn’t impress so much was the calorie tracking. It always under calculated the amount of calories burned by not taking into account the user’s weight or basal metabolic rate. This meant it used a standard calculation that was far too general and would be way off when calculating the amount burned throughout the day.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – Battery
Xiaomi claim that the the Mi Band 2 can last up to 20 days on a single charge. While this isn’t quite the case, it does come pretty close and you can probably expect to get between 10 and 15 days use out of it at a time depending on how many notifications you get on a daily basis and how often it measures your heart rate. Obviously, if you are always receiving texts and calls while working then don’t expect to get 15 days use from one charge.
To charge the device you need to pop the the sensor out of the band itself to plug it in. This can be a little annoying but there are so many other fitness trackers that you need to do this for too so it is nothing out of the ordinary.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – Tracking Software
The standard software that Xiaomi make for this device isn’t that great to be honest. It is good for displaying the number of steps you’ve taken and your sleep data but that is about it. It won’t continuously track your heart rate even though the Mi Band can, you need to tell it to measure your heart rate and it will only do it once, not continuously unless you select workout mode.
If like many others you are greatly disappointed by the standard Mi Fit app then don’t worry there are alternatives available that are much better. Tools & Mi Band is the app I suggest you download and use, it has a much better interface and can track your heart rate continuously if you wish, it is even able to sync with Google Fit. Tools & Mi Band has so many different options that I can’t list them all, you really should download this app if you want proper tracking and functionality from your Mi Band 2. Please note that the Tools & Mi Band is only available to Android devices. For iPhone users, you should be able to use the iPhone Health App to track your fitness stats.
Overall I was disappointed with the app but Android users can be saved with the 3rd party apps, the same cannot be said for iPhone users sadly.
Is the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Worth Buying?
Yes! Putting the standard app aside, this is a really great device that has a lot of features to offer at an incredible price. The battery is amazing, it tracks steps better than a Fitbit, it looks awesome and you can track lots of different aspects that affect your fitness. What is not to love? This is a great device at a great price and it would make a good gift for a fitness fanatic. Check it out on Amazon using the button below.