It may seem that Xiaomi once again beat all and released the best device for your money. This is partly true, but buy the third generation of the Mi Band does not make sense.

About Mi Band 3 it is necessary to speak primarily from the point of view of utility. Sometimes I think the fashion for fitness trackers has passed, but the number of users Mi Band more and more. Don’t know what influences this. Can, affordable prices, or maybe people are just not interested in this topic.

Most of all buy a fitness tracker Xiaomi. You can talk about its functionality, but the real reason is one — the price. This is the cheapest device in this niche, unless, of course, not to consider unknown Chinese bracelets. Competitors have Mi Band not so much. Huawei does something, Samsung has the Gear Fit, and other models with the move and remember. In this model, Huawei and Samsung are more expensive than Xiaomi. It turns out that the market is cheap fitness bands, there is only Xiaomi.

I only had the first generation of Xiaomi Mi Band, but to buy the second and especially the third, do not want. I’ll explain why.

The first generation of Xiaomi Mi Band.

Initially I bought a Mi Band as a toy to understand what it is. At that time he was able to count steps and sleep, and perform the role of an alarm clock. He was able to vibrate when you receive a notification, but due to the fact that I have an iPhone and not an Android smartphone, this feature didn’t work. Since the first version of the core functionality has not changed.

The tracker is inaccurately considered steps and sleep. Initially, the wristbands Xiaomi was a smart alarm clock that decided for himself when to Wake up the owner. For some unknown reason, removed it. But I didn’t care because the vibration Mi Band was very weak, so I never woke up with the bracelet. The situation with the notifications I described above. The only useful application of the first version were alert on incoming calls. Convenient when the phone is on silent mode.

But the biggest problem is the lack of practical use. Well, I was per day 10 000 steps, what’s in it for me? Nothing! When Xiaomi scales calculate weight, this is good, because I can keep track of my belongings to the body. When the computer reports the distance and speed I traveled, I can appreciate your endurance. But I have nothing to say. It is an illusion of physical activity.

The funny thing is that bracelet still counts the calories burned. This is the most stupid information, because it is based on three indicators: height, weight and activity. But the bracelet doesn’t know what I was eating. Therefore, the information as it is, but in reality it’s useless, because it is not true.

2016. Xiaomi has released the Mi Band 2. The main innovation is a tiny display that obscures information. I have poor eyesight, so I’m used to big fonts and I think that you should not strain your eyes, when it can be avoided. The screen displays time, step count and heart rate measurement. Good reason for no updates.

2018. Tiny screen a bit more. Lo and behold, the bracelet can now display notifications. There are only three problems. First, on this screen it is uncomfortable to read. Second, interactivity. What’s the point? It turns out that the text can be read on the bracelet, and will have to answer from your smartphone. Easier to do everything through the phone. And the last problem — the lack of normal Russian fonts, because the global firmware is still not out. There are some custom firmware, but who wants to bother with them.

Mi Band 3 waited a long time, but Xiaomi just did not care at all and wants to give slightly improved Mi Band 2 in a major update. In the future there has to be a version with NFC, but it is still unknown whether it will support Google Pay. Something tells me that Xiaomi is all broken off and leave only some Chinese service.


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