Highly affordable price
Android and iOS compatibility
Impressive battery life
Inferior wrist strap
Sluggish Mi Fit app
The Xiaomi Mi Band is a full-fledged fitness tracking solution that one can buy today even under Rs. 1,000 price bracket in India. However, its limited availability makes it quite difficult for all fitness freaks to experience its features.
Although people spend thousands on their smartphones and tablets, they don’t want to spend much when it comes to fitness, especially when buying a new fitness tracking device. It happens because of very less awareness of fitness tracking devices and their less number of features compared to smartphones or tablets. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi appears to have understood these facts in detail and thus partnered with a startup to bring its affordable Mi Band. Unlike many other fitness tracking devices, the Xiaomi Mi Band recently launched in India at a very affordable price of Rs. 999 to offer fitness tracking under all affordability. This continues the journey of the Chinese company that began in the Indian market in July last year. We have been using the Xiaomi Mi Band the day after its launch to test it in detail. So here begins our in-depth review.
What’s in the Box
The Xiaomi Mi Band packs in a box which is made of the same recycle paper material that the company previously used for packaging its smartphones. There is Mi branding on top of the box and rear side flaunts the affordable price.
Once unboxed, the Mi Band box shows an activity tracker unit on top and underneath, there is a rubberised strap, proprietary USB charger and a user guide. The number of in-box content is fair considering the price of the Mi Band.
The Mi Band comes with a standard black-colored band, though users can also choose any of their favourite color option after spending a few more bucks.
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Similar to other fitness tracking wearables, especially some popular fitness tracking bands, the Mi Band has a plastic built with a combination of aluminium and rubberised wrist strap.
Xiaomi has provided the activity tracker to let users track their fitness and sleep patterns. The tracker unit has a covering of aluminium alloy on top and a polycarbonate plastic cover is on bottom. The top side sports three multi-color LED lights to offer notifications and the tracker includes a vibrating motor to enhance its notification capabilities. Besides, there is a couple of pogo pins to let users charge the tracker through its proprietary USB charger.
The activity tracker can easily be attached to the provided strap through a gentle insert and push gesture. The company does offers capabilities to use the Mi Band tracker on a neck band but it has not yet been detailed in other markets, except China.
The proprietary strap of the Mi Band is designed with a “hypoallergic” thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material. The material that Xiaomi has used on the Mi Band strap is not as comfortable to wear on wrist as leather, cloth or steel but justifies the price and can be easily washable too. Moreover, the Mi Band is an IP67-certified gadget which simply means that users can wear it even when there is raining or at the time of taking shower.
Overall, the design of the Xiaomi Mi Band is quite simple and just similar to what other fitness tracking wearables offer in the current market. The device weighs about 13 grams and the activity tracker unit has 14mm width and 36mm height.