It is difficult to distinguish the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 from the Mi Smart Band 4 at a glance. The two bracelets look like two drops of water with their thin plastic bracelet adjustable with a pin. Advantage, it is discreet on both large and small wrists and adapts to all body types.
No capacitive button on this connected bracelet. A button integrated into the screen allows you to go back or validate the actions (start training sessions, validate the change of parameters). Simple and effective although it takes a bit of practice to get used to.
With the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band, when it comes to settings, you have to learn to juggle between the bracelet and the Mi Fit application. It is first from there that the bracelet must be paired with the smartphone during the first connection. Then, it allows you to refine certain settings, such as the mode of unlocking the screen, the activation/deactivation of the relay of incoming calls and messages, or the programming of an alarm.
Here too, sporting goals are set that we want to achieve (number of steps and weight) and above all are displayed monitoring data of health data (activities, sleep, goals …). However, the interface would benefit from being more ergonomic. The first tab allows you to display the dashboards, but the other 3 are in fact only shortcuts to initiate a walking, running, and cycling exercise. A simplification would be welcome on this point.
On the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 itself, navigation is carried out with slides and backtracking or validation via the integrated key at the bottom of the screen. You can access the menu with a slide up or down to scroll through the information and actions: a number of steps, achievement of goals, weather forecast, heart rate, stress level measurement, control of the playlist hosted on the phone, stopwatch, etc.
A sub-menu is dedicated to activities, each of which can be activated in two clicks (choice and launch). In addition, the home screen is fully customizable with a choice of display of a measurement combo (steps, heart rate, etc.) or even the weather forecast (with wind and UV light), all in welcome sobriety.
The Mi Smart Band 5 is perfectly waterproof, whether it is immersed in the treated water of swimming pools or in seawater. The summer season requires, so we have generously tested the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 at sea and in the swimming pool. Here, you have to launch the activity from the bracelet for it to be recorded.
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For the swimming pool, an adjustment must be made before starting in the pool: choose the length of the swimming pool on the bracelet, namely 25 meters, 50 meters, or a personalized choice (practical for “small” summer pools). He is even able to recognize the practiced swimming, the breaststroke for our part. On that side, therefore, everything works.
Our only regret: that the Mi Smart Band 5 does not automatically detect the start of activity when you forget to mention it. A function that generally equips higher-end bracelets.
Data that does not overbid:
To assess the quality of the measurements taken by the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5, we used two data, sleep and the number of steps, and made a comparison with another bracelet worn simultaneously: the Fitbit Charge 4.
Result, not side, the Xiaomi underestimates the number VS those recorded by the Fitbit. The fault is probably less sensitive sensors than on the higher-end device. For people with their eyes fixed on their step goals, the Mi Smart Band 5, therefore, pushes them to go even further (no pun intended)!
On the sleep monitoring side, the Xiaomi Mi Band Smart 5 correctly detects the time to fall asleep and the time to get up. The same times having been recorded by the Fitbit. The difference comes in the analysis of the data.
For Xiaomi, the sleep time is longer, because the bracelet being less sensitive, it does not detect all the phases of nocturnal awakenings, which do not count in the overall sleep time for Fitbit. On this point, the Xiaomi can therefore be a faithful companion for your nights.
Mi Smart Band 5 Battery & Performance
If the manufacturer announces 15 days of autonomy, the latter obviously depends on the number of requests to which it will be subject. With one or two recorded activities per day and keeping it on the wrist day and night, the bracelet lasted 9 days without fail. A good performance is explained in particular by the absence of GPS, battery devourer.
The Mi Smart Band 5 has also made a big leap in practicality since it is no longer necessary to “reverse engineer” it to recharge it. While the Mi Band 4 was a case that nestled in its bracelet, and therefore had to be pulled out to recharge it, the Mi Smart Band 5 is in one piece. It can be recharged easily thanks to a magnetic charger which magnetizes with childish ease on the back of the device.
This greatly simplifies the task. It is easily set up in one movement and clips itself onto the recharging ports. As for the time needed to fully recharge it, allow an hour and a half for it to reach its maximum capacity.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 is aimed at a large audience wishing to measure daily activities in a fun way, without requiring watchmaking precision. The improvement in the screen size is appreciable and the data analysis detailed enough to make it a good everyday companion. In short, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 is a very good compromise for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on their wearable and for people who want a ruff and tuff watch that covers all your health tracking.
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