The original Mi Bands by Xiaomi were the type of fitness trackers you couldn’t really say no to. They lacked a lot of the extra features that the high-end models have, but they were so affordable that it wasn’t really a problem. However, the problem became that other fitness trackers, the ones that had a number of other features, began to get cheaper. That is when Xiaomi introduced the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Activity Tracker, which not only came with a small increase in price, but all the features that would make it competitive. While it is the most expensive Xiaomi fitness tracker. it is still one of the most affordable waterproof fitness trackers on the market.
In terms of design, the Mi Band 2 keeps things simple with a basic all-black design, although you have the option to change out the bands for other colors. The band itself frames the small screen in silicone that not only keeps it from being damaged from sweat, but likely lends to its IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning you can keep this sweet little wristband submerged for up to 30 minutes if you want to.
The screen itself is a small scratch-resistant OLED affair. If you demand absolute crispness in your display, this probably isn’t the fitness tracker for you. The picture is slightly blurry, but as it only displays the time, your steps, how many calories you burned, and your heart rate, you will never find it hard to read.
While the display is supposed to turn on automatically when it detects an increase in heart rate, it also comes with a small touch button on the screen so you can turn it on and flip through all the display functions.
Features of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Activity Tracker
For features, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 has most of the function of all those other overpriced models, and does them fairly well. Not only does it track your steps, but it also has accurate sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and has the ability to recognize when you stop taking a leisurely stroll and start running.
While it doesn’t track the distance you walk over a period of time, it does connect to your phone via Bluetooth where it can show you incoming calls or notify you when you have a new message. It also syncs up with the Mi Fit app in which it stores your statistics on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. However, the app is pretty basic and the Mi Band 2 doesn’t have any connectivity with any third-party apps. Essentially what you can view on Mi Fit’s dashboard is your sleep logs (including waking times), your heart rates and last heart rate streak, calories burned, and steps taken. You will also be able to manually monitor your weight in the app, but it requires you to actually put in each change and that’s kind of useless.
The best part of the Mi Band 2 is actually the battery life. It boasts 20 days of standby, but if you activate Bluetooth and sync it to your phone notifications, that goes down to more like 14 days. However, 14 days on one charge is great. It is way better than your pricier FitBit, anyway.
Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Activity Tracker is one of the very rare cases where you get more than you pay for. As one of the most affordable bands on the market, you would expect functionality to still be bare bones like its predecessor. However, while it has some hiccups, you get a product with a number of great features for a price you can’t really say no to.