I ordered Xiaomi Band 2 long back as part of a collaboration with the GearBest website and received it via Hong Kong in a week. Recently, Xiaomi launched one of the latest versions of Smart Band which is names Mi Smart Band 6 which has features like never before in a price range that will make you run to the online stores or retailers to buy one immediately.
The first thing that attracts you is the slim packaging which in my case because of review unit was already opened and things were not as they used to be in the new mint condition package. Anyhow, the 6 is marked in silver colour and a lot of features are mentioned on the sides of the package as well as the rear side in multiple languages. The package contains a fitness tracker itself, wristband, a charging cable and a user manual that has the most weight. The charging cable magnetically attaches to the fitness tracker and charges the device in about 2 hours fully.
The second thing you need to do is to install the Mi Fit app on your phone as there is no physical button on the tracker so only using the app you will access all the features the band 6 has. Once the app is installed then you can easily pair the smartphone with the fitness tracker to take care of your health and the band too. The band is water-resistant up to 5 ATMs so you can easily bath or swim in the same.
Despite its small size as being a band the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 has a 1.56'' AMOLED Full-Screen display which makes it really vibrant as its 326 PPI high-resolution display. The battery on the device easily lasts for around 10-15 days based on your usage. I really liked the edged screen which makes it so good to touch and feels premium in the first look itself. I tested a lot of SpO2 (Blood Oxygen level monitoring) which is just the equivalent of Oximeter which became very popular during these Covid times. The only thing is currently you have to keep the device stable to get the right stats and it almost takes the same time as the oximeter takes. The main screen is touch-enabled and left and right scrolls happen to see various settings and up and down scroll also happens as you browse through various options.
I really liked the sleep tracking and heart monitoring on this little gadget. Most of the information will be displayed on the smartphone screen but the phone display also shows you a week's data for comparison purposes. This can help you to plan your day based on the PAI (Physiological Activity Indicator) score you achieve every day. This score is calculated out of 100 and based on your activity throughout the day you get to increase it. There has been a subsequent increase in the functionality that this little gadget offers from stopwatch to timer, alarm to world clock, a flashlight to find the device. Mi Band 6 also offers menstrual cycle data tracking for women wearing the same which is an additional feature not seen in many Smart Watches and Bands from various other brands.
The band even has a Pomodoro Timer which you can get more information from any of the Youtube channels. It basically means that for the next 25 minutes you concentrate on the work at hand and only after that time you are allowed to go for a short walk of 5 minutes and again focus on the task for the next 25 minutes. This improves your work efficiency and after 4 cycles you are allowed to take a longer break and are widely used by many productivity gurus around the world.
There are around 30 fitness modes that the band can track like Pilates, HIIT, Zumba etc and 6 of them it can measure automatically. It also measures your stress levels, provides you information on weather, controls your music, controls your camera, gives you lessons on breathing exercises, along with 3 watch faces to change too. Overall it's a small package giving plenty of information and tracking that you can't expect in a band of this size. There is no GPS functionality in this band and that's what has kept the price also within the reach of every person.
The only problem I faces which using the band is that the silicone band material didn't suit my sensitive wrist when I continued to wear it for 2-3 days without taking it out. I felt itchy on my wrist for some time so I took it out regularly going forward which solved the problem and loosened the slot by a pin. There must be some other wrist bands to fit the fitness tracker available in the market which you can replace with. I saw some for some of the bands on takealot.com but they were more expansive than the Mi Band2 fitness tracker I had.
In the end, Mi Smart Band 6 is a nifty gadget within the price range of around R799 and may be available for a little bit less during the online store sales that happen for the MIA Africa website from time to time.
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