- Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active/inactive, sleep (including deep sleep)
- Needs to connect to a device running Bluetooth 4 and Android 4.4 or above
- Requires the installation of the free app ‘Mi Fit’ on your chosen Android & Bluetooth device to track your data
- Waterproof in a few feet of water for up to 30 minutes
“More than I expected for the price” says one of the reviews on Amazon for this simple but effective activity tracker. I agree. I spotted the Mi Band in a 'Which?' magazine comparison of fitness wristbands in early 2016 and I was intrigued by its simplicity. Although it came bottom of the pile it wasn't far behind products costing 5 to 10 times the price. At the time of writing you can order the Mi Band for as little as £14 on Amazon and £9.79 on Ebay (from Hong Kong), both with free postage. I purchased mine from Ebay, which was a little daunting when the only instructions were in Chinese. Thankfully there is plenty of help online in English, with several You Tube reviews, one of which I've included below. Once I'd downloaded the app to my phone, enabled Bluetooth and synchronised I was off and running, stepping and dancing like nobody was watching.
As you'll notice from the picture the Mi Band doesn't have a digital display, which I consider one of its strengths not a weakness. The more information an activity tracker has the more we look at it and the quicker the battery runs down. Certain products end up needing to be charged every day, or even more frequently, which can interrupt recording your data. The Mi Band lasted for 2 weeks before I finally gave in and charged it up again. The battery life is claimed to last 30 days, which is astonishing. Admittedly you end up looking at your Smart phone a lot more to check your activity, which runs your phone charge down.
After using the Mi Band for a month I was very impressed with its accuracy monitoring my data. It scores 3.8/5 stars on Amazon from 108 reviews and I'd definitely say it was a 5 out of 5 from me. The step count has been very accurate and the device knew exactly when I fell asleep and woke up.
This version I'm reviewing doesn't come with a heart rate monitor but there is a version of the Mi Band that does, which currently costs £17.48 and free delivery on Amazon. You can also get additional wristbands in different colours to house the Mi Band ‘brains’ making it look funky in addition to being highly functional.
Here's a You Tube review from ‘Techy Agent’ about the Mi Band from May 2015 (just over 8 minutes) where he discusses the fitness tracker's features:
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.