Test Xiaomi Mi Band 2: it is always better with a screen

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Introduction

Design and comfort

Screen

Software functions

Autonomy

Pricing and Availability

Conclusion

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Introduction

Gradually, Xiaomi Mi Band makes it more relevant. After two successful tests, the firm has this year decided to launch a Mi Band 2 with integrated OLED display, which is its only novelty. A screen that is expected to finally make the useful pulse sensor.

Design and comfort

After a Band Mi 1S quite similar to the Mi Band’s first name, which was finally there to make fans wait a bit, Xiaomi finally decided to overhaul its recipe and offers Mi Band 2 a little more modern . The first visual element that jumps us to the pupils, it is obviously the flat glass surface that replaces the slightly rounded surface and aluminum, where no one previously found that a system of LEDs to provide information to the user .

Here, the glass area integrates an OLED screen that displays some useful information, but also touch a round button at the bottom of this module. We will come back on it later, but simply tap on it to scroll through some data, without having to go through the Mi Fit app so.

The module of the Mi Band 2 earns a little – even strangely since we felt the opposite – thick (4.03 × 1.57 × 1.05 cm) from the module Mi 1S Band (3, 7 × 1.36 × 0.99 cm) and Mi Band (3.6 × 1.4 × 0.9 cm). The Mi Band 2 weighs 17 grams, which is slightly heavier than previous models weighing 14 and 13 grams. Obviously, we are talking only of the module, not the module and the bracelet together.

Let us just the bracelet. On this model, we have the feeling of winning a bit in quality and aesthetics, even losing flexibility. The fastening system has the same design of the touch button on the screen. In terms of design, this is equivalent to match his socks to his shirt, and it is very well seen from Xiaomi. The notches are fine and discreet on this new model, and we can safely say that all gaining “charm”.

Note that the Mi Band 2 is IP67 certified, and it has stood the test of successfully shower.

OLED display

The only question that arises is in Mi Band 2 is that the usefulness of the OLED display, which is equivalent to that we could see a Fitbit Charge HR for example. It allows no-frills access to data in real time, without having to leave the smartphone in the pocket. It is still much easier to be able to do that would check the time since the bracelet.

The screen is easily readable, but we regret that it is not possible to adjust the brightness or the display time. The only interaction with this screen is to press the touch button and scroll through the data.

So, besides displaying the time, the screen does not show a great interest in sports since session can not be displayed heart rate continuously.

Software functions

mid Fit

The application Mi Fit, it has not changed significantly either. Besides, she looks exactly the same as during our test of the Mi Band 1S, and you can download the version 2.1.4 of the Store (QR code of the record of Mi Band refers elsewhere to the -this). A version which seems to suit users very little since mid Fit gets a score of 3.1 / 5 on the Play Store.

No need to search for new products, and we will not dwell on this app. For those new, it presents a different way to previously where left to right we sailed (or the reverse) in the menu. Now the main page displays sleep-related data, daily activities, and weight (if you have a balance connected paired as the Withings Body Cardio) and just click on one of them to get detailed information.

As noted the last time, it is time Xiaomi looks a little to the ergonomics of the application, less damn what the competition is doing. When the progress made by example shown by Samsung S Health on its application, there is reason to be jealous.

given

With the integration of a screen, the Mi Band 2 earns a little interest. For example, the training is finally becoming relevant – it was not on the 1S – since one can start a measurement directly from the wrist. Previously you had to go through the application, which had no use for such sports racing. Since the wrist, and the Mi Band screen, it also has access to number of steps, time, or the percentage of recent battery.

Sleep data are available on the application, with details of the phases of light sleep or deep sleep, and are found quite relevant. Something new: whether or not to sleep, the app now displays a graphical update daily, weekly or monthly.

For the rest, it is difficult to say precisely whether the data of steps, heart rate or asleep minutes are quite accurate, but nothing has shocked us during the test period. Let’s just say it seems, once will not hurt, neither more nor less reliable than other bracelets connected manufacturers.

Autonomy

Regarding autonomy, Xiaomi announced 20 days in standby endurance through a battery of 70 mAh. This is less than for the Mid Band 1S and its battery 45 mAh, where Xiaomi announced a month of autonomy. There, the screen seems much weigh in the balance, and according to our use, we can expect a little more than 10 days of endurance. It will be less in the case of sports that require more use of pulse sensor.

Fully recharged on Monday afternoon, the Mi Band 2 shows remaining 90% on Wednesday afternoon, and 80% on Friday afternoon. On the basis of a loss of 20% in 5 days, the module should take 25 days. We were used to better in Xiaomi, but it’s really good.

To recharge, just remove the strap and place it on its “base” of USB charging. As with previous models, the Mi Band 2 is not supplied with an AC adapter.

Pricing and Availability

It’s always a bit problematic when it comes to offering a product Xiaomi. The product is marketed at about 60 euros price at Geekbuying or Amazon, and less than 40 euros in TinyDeal.