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Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review – The Best Cheap Fitness Tracker Yet

by Linus 6

The market is full of fitness-related products but the Xiaomi Mi Band series is one of the most popular in the world. The latest iteration of the product brings some significant upgrades like the Oled display but keeps an affordable price. Learn more in our full review.

Thanks to Oppomart for sending Xiaomi Mi Band 2 for a review.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review: UNBOXING

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The Mi Band 2 comes in a typical Xiaomi-style cardboard box. The contents include the fitness tracker, a bracelet, a very convenient charging cradle and some Chinese paperwork.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review: DESIGN

At the first glance, the Mi Band 2 follows a familiar design language but there are some significant upgrades.

First of all, we have an OLED display, which is power-efficient and it displays info like clock, steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, distance walked and various notifications from your smartphone. You can navigate through the information displayed with just one capacitive button and I found it to be very simple yet convenient.

As for the band itself, I found it to be very convenient to wear all day long. Also, it is durable and it does not seem to wear off anytime soon.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review: FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY

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I found the step counter to be precise as it counted my steps accurately.

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As for heart rate monitor, it takes less around 10 seconds to measure it. I compared the results with my Galaxy S7 edge, which also has a heart rate monitor, and the results are very similar.

A really cool feature that I could to be working just fine is the ability just to lift your wrist to light up the display. Also, you can set the band to automatically unlock your smartphone.

Other features worth mentioning are that the band has a sedentary reminder, notifications of missed calls, messages or various apps. Also, the band can track your sleep patterns, vibrate as an alarm clock and so on. All of those features sync with your phone using the Mi Fit app that is simple and easy to use and I didn’t have any connectivity/syncing issues with my phone (tested with the OnePlus 3).

Last but not least, the Mi Band 2 is IP67-certified, meaning that it is splash-proof and dust-proof.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review: BATTERY LIFE

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The Mi Band 2 is said to give you around 20 days of battery life.

It delivers in reality for sure. In fact, I have a feeling that the battery could last for a longer time. I’ve used the band for 10 days and it used just 25% of battery life!

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Review: CONCLUSIONS

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Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is an upgrade we have been all waiting for.

It brings all the great features the previous models had and it takes one step further with the integrated low-power OLED display.

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The Mi Band 2 has never let us down during our review. We found it to be accurate measuring the fitness activity, the band’s user interface is simple yet fast, the Mi Fit app is simple and easy to use and the battery life of the device is great.

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All in all, the Mi Band 2 is the best Xiaomi’s fitness tracker yet. Also, it is probably the best cheap fitness tracker at the moment and it can be highly recommended.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is an upgrade we have been all waiting for.

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  • bro-reac

    Thanks for the review. You rock.

  • deeeeeezy

    Thanks for the review Linus. I lost my 1S band last month and just bought a 2 from banggood using your referral link and coupon. Now I look forward to getting it!

  • Decon

    I bought it from oppomart, get tracking number now. Thank you

  • eliHd452

    Are these cheap fitness band accurate at measuring heart rate/ steps? Or are they just an expensive $40 LCD watch where you need to charge it every 3day??!!

    • MKBS

      From reviews I have read, the measurements are pretty accurate for personal needs. However, these kind of products aren’t suitable for performance athletes who would measure every single bit of detail to improve their performance.

      Also, Xiaomi quotes that this Mi Band 2 has 20 day battery life. The review above (and others as well) say that this quote is very reasonable and honest. In fact, the above reviewer reckons that it could last longer, as he mentioned that his unit used only 25% of the battery in 10 days. So 75% battery remaining after 10 days would project a 40 day battery life. Definitely worth it if you need one!