I had known about the Fitbit and products like it for a while. But seeing its price always made me hesitant to get one. Recently, over the summer, my sister came to visit Shanghai and told me about the Mi Band, a cheaper alternative to the Fitbit. It was only a fraction of the price of a Fitbit so I thought, ‘Why Not?‘ My nonchalant attitude towards the product quickly changed as we started using it.
The first couple days were spent marching around the house testing the accuracy of the Mi Band. We looked like a couple union workers on strike, walking around and around in circles. Then we tried to see if we could trick it by sitting and just stomping our feet. Nope. It won’t have any of it. What started as a test soon became an addiction.
Through the Mi Fit app, you can set a goal for yourself of how many steps you want to achieve. Though just a silly number, I found myself pushing to reach my 10000 steps a day regularly. However, what was more remarkable to me was just how much I actually did walk every day. In the past month, I take about on average 13000 steps a day, which translated to roughly 750 calories burned.
Besides tracking steps, it also has a sleep tracker, which is a bit amusing in itself. In this portion of the app you can see your cycles of deep sleep, which may tell you the reason why you feel groggy during the day. Both this section and the step tracker sections can be zoomed out to let you see average numbers based on the week or the month.
The third portion of the app is a weight tracker, however, this section requires you to manually enter the number. Unfortunately, it is not as magical as the other two sections but still good to have this data in one place on the app. Here, you input your height and weight and it will calculate your BMI for you as well.
The battery life is definitely a huge asset of this product. The company claimed that its standby battery life is 30 days. From my usage in the past month and a half, I had a battery life of 40 days. Of course, given the nature of batteries this battery life may diminish over time, but as it stands the claim of its 30 days holds more than true.
There are some differences in features on the app if you download the Chinese version versus the American. In the Chinese version of the app, you have a friends list. Here you can see the progress of your friends and also nudge them, which causes their band to vibrate. The nudge button is definitely a great way to annoy your friends!
The Mi Fit app also can be linked to your WeChat account, in which your stats can be ranked among your friends on WeChat. Just another way to make fitness, more of a social experience.
All in all, for 20 bucks from Amazon, this Mi Band is definitely worth the try. Though it may lack the prestige of the Fitbit, it covers the basic necessities. You can find a link to the product . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HERE！