Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review
Wearable electronics are the fanciest of the lot. The credit goes to all the sci-fi and James Bond films that we’ve grown up watching. With Google Glass and smartwatches, this fancy dream is now closer to reality than ever. However, it still costs a lot to own them. However, if you need something light on your pocket, and maintaining your fitness level is one of the to-do lists, Xiomi has launched Mi Band to fill in that segment.
Back in 2014, Xiomi launched its first Mi Band fitness tracker. It was a simple wearable band with a metal pebble which kept track of your sleeping habit, calories burnt, distance covered and other such fitness parameters. The app was compatible with Android and iOS and the band was fairly inexpensive as compared to other fitness bands available in the market at the time. The simplicity was the selling factor here. The three lights blinked as per your goals, or the band vibrated when you received calls and that was about it. There was a bit of competition from Micromax’s Yu Fit, which at the same price point, provided same features, but came with a display. Nearly two years later, Xiomi has finally launched Mi Band 2, which provides a 0.42 inch OLED display, and does everything that its predecessor did, and more.
The screen is scratch resistant display which shows you all the information that was previously available only on the Mi Fit app. Since the band now displays time as well, it evicts the need to wear a watch. Along with time, it also shows the number of steps taken, heart rate, battery level and calories burnt. You have a circular touch sensitive portion on the band which helps you toggle between all the display options. The rest of the design is pretty similar to what it was in the previous generation. Xiomi has not changed the design much, keeping it consistent with its brand.
Not only the design, but the charger and band strap are pretty similar to its earlier version. The battery life is an important factor and Xiomi promises upto 20 days of battery life with just 3 hours of charging. This seems exceptionally good for 70 mAh battery with a display. You have Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to pair your devices and it is compatible with Android 4.4 or iOS 7.0 and above systems. Along with the company’s official Mi Fit app, you can sync the band’s data with Apple Health or Google Fit. Since the band is rated IP67, it should do fine under rain and morning showers. The band can not only track fitness but can also notify you about incoming calls, alarms, SMS or even third party apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. It also enables you to unlock your device when it is in proximity. It will be available in blue, black, orange and green straps for approximately 149 Yuan. However, there is no word yet on India availability and pricing.
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by techtalks @TechTalks August 1, 2016 5:59 AM UTC