An activity tracker for the masses
Xiaomi's Mi Band has been available in China for a while now, but the activity/sleep pattern tracker will soon be available in Singapore when it launches next Tuesday (Dec 16) for S$19.99 (as usual, you'll only be able to buy it from the Xiaomi website).
At that price, you might think you're only going to be getting a glorified step counter and, to be fair, it's true that the Mi Band doesn't have as many features as other, more expensive activity trackers, like the Jawbone UP (S$189.90), the newer Jawbone Up24 (S$249) or the Fitbit Flex ($129) but it does boast much of the same core functionality.
On top of tracking your steps while walking and running, it can also monitor rope jumping and sit-ups, and it will track your sleep patterns when worn on your wrist at night too.
It is also IP67 dust and water resistant, and you can set it to alert you with timed alarms, or to vibrate when you're receiving an incoming call. If you have a Xiaomi phone, you can also use it to automatically unlock your phone when you're nearby.
Best of all, Xiaomi says its battery will last a whopping 30 days on a single charge!
The Mi Band sports a minimal, sleek design, consisting of an oblong black plastic sensor module with an aluminium top, fitting into a rubber wristband. The module and band together weigh only about 13g, so you'll hardly notice it when it's on your wrist, and the wristband itself is also pretty comfortable to wear. It doesn't get sticky when wet with water or sweat, and it has enough adjustment holes to accommodate most wrist sizes.
The Mi Band has a sleek aluminium top and comes with a simple but comfortable black rubber wristband.
Here is how the sensor looks like when removed from the wristband.
The tracking module can be removed, letting you clean the wristband or, if black isn't your thing, swap out the band for a more colorful option:
These colourful wrist bands are also available. They remind us of Apple's silicon iPhone cases.