Starting this year I have been being more active and taking better care of my health by dieting and working out regularly (weights and some running). I bought my girlfriend a Fitbit Charge HR and while it is pretty great I came across this little $20 fitness tracker. Enter the Xiaomi Mi Band.

While the other fitness trackers do a lot more than this one, what you get for $20 is well worth it. The Mi Band does automatic sleep tracking and step tracking. The best part about it is that you don’t have to do anything. Sleep tracking is automatic and so is the step counter. This device also integrates perfectly with Google Fit so you can have all your stats on your Google account for easy access on any device.

When you buy the Xiaomi Mi Band you need to make sure you are getting the REAL on by Xiaomi and not a knockoff. There are plenty of imitations so if it says DAMI anywhere on the box or listing where you are buying it from this is a FAKE.

When you open the box you get the fitness module, band, and charging cable. You charge up the module with any USB charger and takes about 1 hour to charge to full.

Mi Band Package Contents
Mi Band Package Contents

You slip the module into the band and then download the app to your phone. Now I had an initial issue where I had trouble creating an account in the app but I just went to their website, created an account there, and then signed in on the app.

There’s not much else to it. Just wear it and check the app for your progress. If you want Google Fit integration you can enable that in the app settings. There are also 3rd party apps that you can use to make the Mi Band buzz for different notifications with different colors to let you know you have an email, text, or whatever else you want to have it alert you on. I did not use these apps as I have a Pebble but had I not had a Pebble I would have taken advantage of them.

Let’s go over the pros and cons of this little device.

Pros:

  • Small
  • Battery life (Over 50 days)
  • Inexpensive
  • Good build quality
  • Easy to use
  • Completely waterproof up to 50M

Cons:

  • OEM band broke the first day (still usable, just cosmetic)
  • Hard to find 3rd party or even replacement bands for it (have to use AliExpress or Ebay and order from China)
  • App is not very refined

That’s really all there is to it. The Mi Band is a no-frills fitness tracker that does what it is supposed to do. I had no issues with getting it to sync with my LG G4 and it updated the firmware on the device seamlessly on its own when a new update came out.

The bottom line is if you just want sleep tracking and an accurate step counter this is worth picking up. If you want more than that you will need to look elsewhere. However, there are rumors that a new one with a heart rate monitor is coming out soon. If it does I may have to pick it up. I posted some pictures of the screens and of the 3rd party band I use (purchased on EBay). Enjoy!