Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 has been in existence for a while. It seems to be one of the cheapest ways to track your steps and read your heart rate which is why i've decided to publish this review after 3+ months of use.
Upon unboxing, you’re greeted with the device itself and then you have the strap underneath. Also included is the USB cable for charging the Mi band 2. No charger however.
The mi band 2 uses an OLED display which makes it easy to see the information on it indoors and outdoors. It was said to be resistant to scratches and fingerprint, however, mine has gotten quite a few scratch marks but nothing unsightly.
The strap has a nice rubbery texture that fits snuggly around my wrist and it’s adjustable to a fair degree. The strap definitely scratch resistant.
You turn it on by charging it and then you press the touch sensitive button to turn it on. It shows you 3 information by default, the time, your heart rate and the battery but you can obviously add more options.
Syncing the Mi band 2 to your smartphone is pretty easy, just go your playstore for android or Appstore for iOS and download the Mi Band 2 App, sign up, add device and you’re synced.
I had a couple of settings modified to suit my taste, like changing from showing just the time to showing the time + date and notifying me when i have an incoming call by vibrating. I also modified the settings to improve the accuracy of my sleep data.
The Mi Band 2 can do a whole lot more like notifying you when your Alarm goes off, yep you would never miss another appointment with this thing vibrating on your arm. You can also set it to notify you when you have a notification on all of your messaging Apps, social media apps, incoming email, SMS and Calendar.
You can also set the mi band 2 to vibrate when you have been idle for a while. This one is especially good for 9-5 peeps who sit down all day long in front of a PC.
You get the DND to turn off all vibrations temporarily and a location settings to help you find your band when it goes missing or something.
As for what it can display, you can show Time, Steps, Distance, Calories burned, heart rate and battery.
I have selected to only show what's most important to me.
So after about a week of using the mi band 2, i found the heart beat reader really reassuring and i have developed some rather unusual healthy habits like walking around more frequently. The mi band 2 is IP67 so you can actually shower with it, i personally haven’t but i have rinsed it and it worked perfectly after that.
As for the battery life, i personally lose about 1-2% of battery daily. However, for some modification in the settings, your battery life may change, not drastically tho. I’d say you should be able to use this device for 2 to 3 weeks on a single charge.
If you’re interested in buying one, the Xiaomi mi Band 2 costs $23. I got this unit from GearBest and remember you can enjoy 7% off for all Gearbest products with the promotion code (Except for Flash sale products). Coupon:GB7%OFF Valid until 30th Apr. 2018. They have a bunch of cool accessories for it too.