Are you looking for a basic fitness tracker but don’t want to spend a lot of money? The Xiaomi’s Mi Band 2 may just be the answer. You’ll get a basic fitness band with some smartwatch features, all for a very reasonable price. As you can tell from the name, this is the second generation of fitness trackers from Xiaomi. The first distinction is the OLED screen which is a huge improvement from the 3 dots of the previous model. I had ditched my Pebble and LG G Watch R and went back to mechanical watches. Yet, I still wanted the functionality of smartwatches without breaking the bank. Let’s see if the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 could fulfill just what I’m looking for.
.42 inch OLED Display
Shows Sleep, Steps, Heartrate, Time and Battery
Incoming call and notification alert
IP67 Water Resistance
70 mAh battery with up to 20 days standby
iOS and Android compatible
Between Php 1,400-1,800 on Lazada.com
Design and Features
Almost all fitness trackers look and feel the same. I mean you can’t really do much with a band that you put on your wrist. Just like phones, they may all look similar but there are still some design choices that make them stand out from the others. Xiaomi decided to improve on the 1st gen by including an OLED screen. This is a huge improvement from the 3 dots one would get in the previous model. At least now you can see your steps, heart rate, time and battery without the need to open the app. The band itself is light, fits well, and comfortable to use all day. One of the bonus features is the ability to get notifications from your phone. While it won’t display your message, at least it will vibrate and tell you if it’s a call or an app notification. I really wish they did include the option to display the message. The Xiaomi App is actually pretty good but a bit basic. It does show you all the important stuff like steps taken, calories burned, sleep data, history, notification settings and ability to set alarms which I really like. It does not have the ability to track different types of activities like weightlifting, cycling, swimming, etc. I compared step and heart rate tracking with a treadmill and my Galaxy S7 and it wasn’t far off.
One feature that could place the Xiaomi Mi Band at a competitive level along with more popular brands is the battery life. It is rated at 20 days. So far, I’ve actually been getting more than that. While Fitbit and other brands can only manage 7 days, by experience, the Xiaomi needs to be charged only once a month.
Fitbit, Garmin and Misfit may have the market share when it comes to wearables but they should start getting worried when the likes of Xiaomi are making good wearables at a fraction of the price. While it may not be as good as a Fitbit yet, it’s pretty close. The huge price difference plus the excellent battery life justifies its existence.
Call and App notifications
Limited activity tracking