Well, there is a great option that only costs around $30.00, and it's called Xiaomi Mi Band 2. But does it live up to what you’re expecting? Let’s check out this amazingly inexpensive fitness tracker, and you can be the judge.
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The Mi Band 2 may not be very pretty to look at, and the silicone band may look cheap, but it’s a very durable piece that’s light, easy to clasp and comfortable to wear. It’s not only water resistant but also sweat, dust and corrosion resistant. Pretty cool! Water resistant isn’t the same as waterproof so remember you can’t swim while wearing this band. If you don’t want a black band, that’s no problem. Originally, the band was only available in orange, green and blue; but now there are more interchangeable colored bands to choose from that are sold separately. The wristbands are inexpensive too so you could buy one in each color and be fashionable every day!
The scratch and fingerprint resistant, monochrome, OLED display is small. Yet it’s still larger and brighter than its predecessor, and it does a nice job of showing steps, heart rate, the time, battery life, distance and burned calories; it’s all easy to read whether you’re in sunlight or at night. Sadly, there isn’t any touchscreen; however, there’s a handy touch-sensitive button which controls the screen. Believe it or not, this button is more desirable than having to tap once or twice on the screen. This awesome touch-sensitive button is a more dependable, faster way to communicate with the easy-to-use band.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a simple device that tracks activity, sleep and heart rate.
If you’re a hardcore runner, then this gadget might not be for you because there aren’t any extra features or a GPS for precise monitoring of your runs. But if you’re a person that just likes to run occasionally, this entry-level fitness tracker should do the job. Compared to the Mi Band 1, this device is more accurate when it comes to counting your steps and can keep up with the accuracy of the well-known trackers, too. However, it still doesn’t have a feature that counts stair climbing; so when you climb any stairs it’s counted as only steps and, therefore, underestimates your calories burned.
Xiaomi created a new interface for their app upgrade. When the Mi Fit app was first released, it had performance and syncing problems; but those have been fixed, and now the app connects, performs and updates smoothly. Mi Fit also has a very clear layout, is attractive and simple to use.
When you open the app, you’ll notice a dashboard that displays today’s activity, the most up-to-date heart rate measurement, your night’s sleep and your most recent series of goals you achieved. In each of these categories, you can view graphs by day, week and month. Under each graph’s timeline, you’ll find that it’s broken down into sleep, activity and walk. For activity and walk you can survey distance, steps, burned calories and time. However, unlike other fitness apps, there isn’t any way of grouping or editing this data. We think it’s awesome that the app allows you to set a weight goal as well as a daily step goal.
Go into the “Behavior Tagging” menu by tapping “Play” in the app, and you’ll discover a broad list of activity and workout programs; they range from driving and brushing teeth to sit-ups and table tennis. To provide a description of your day, each one will constantly track your heart rate and movement. However, not everything you do is displayed in these graphs, and if you’re not running or walking, it won’t be counted toward your daily goal. So we’re not entirely sure how useful things like brushing your teeth or making your bed really are.
There’s a neat feature that didn’t exist in the previous version of Mi Fit. There are two profiles for running to choose from outdoor and treadmill (indoor), both with constant heart rate tracking. Each profile will give you a zone alert for achieving a certain heart rate and, if you’re running outdoors, there’s also a zone alert for achieving a certain pace. How cool is that?
While there isn’t any feedback, encouragement or advice from the app, you can get all of these by sharing your progress on social media or social fitness platforms.
We all know how frustrating it may be when the vast majority of your family and friends have a different fitness tracker than you. Imagine all your crowd challenging and motivating each other on the Fitbit platform and leave you out of it? Well, the super good news is that from now on you can connect your favourite Mi Band directly to inKin with no more third-party apps, and take your revenge.
Sure, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 isn’t without its flaws—but what fitness tracker is? Maybe it lacks other features that the big-name trackers have. But when you figure that the Mi Band 2 is just as accurate as those big names for a lot less price, how could the average person who uses a gym go wrong?