What is the Xiaomi Band? - dummies

What is the Xiaomi Band?

By Ashley Watters, Abshier House, Abshier House

The Xiaomi Band is a great option in the wearable fitness craze. One of the main attractions of this option is the low price point. The Xiaomi Band currently retails for approximately $14.99. Compared to fitness bands with similar features, the Xiaomi Band is a steal. Other popular options, such as the FitBit and Misfit (among others), will cost you at least $100, however, most are considerably more. If you are looking for a low-cost option to get yourself moving, the Xiaomi Band may be a great fit for you. Keep reading to discover what you will get for your money.

The Xiaomi Band is a cost-effective tracker that provides you with all the information you need to
Credit: Image courtesy of Mi.com
The Xiaomi Band is a cost-effective tracker that provides you with all the information you need to meet your fitness goals.

Xiaomi Band hardware

The Xiaomi Band is available in a variety of color choices. You need not sacrifice style for practicality. This device is compatible with the Mi 4, Mi 3, Redmi Note 4G, Android phones running 4.4 or higher, and iPhones with iOS 7 or above. The ultra-light flexible body of this device comes complete with a polycarbonate casing and aluminum-alloy sensor in blue, green, red, and orange.

The Band is water and dust resistant. The incredibly thin body is designed for comfort. The Xiaomi Band is designed to feel almost as if it weren’t there at all. On a full charge, you can use your Xiaomi Band for up to 30 days of constant wear.

Unlike some competitors, the Xiaomi Band is meant to function as a tracking or alert device. The Band itself is not equipped with a display.

Are you one of those people who constantly loses things? As long as your Xiaomi Band is within Bluetooth range, you can use the app to make it light up and vibrate to help you locate it.

If your device is equipped with MIUI or Android 5.0 and above, you can use your Xiaomi Band to unlock your device. Rather than worry with passwords, you can simply unlock your device while wearing your Band. Your device senses your Xiaomi Band and unlocks. If prompted by someone not wearing a Xiaomi Band, your device will require a password before unlocking.

Xiaomi Band features

To take advantage of the features offered by your Xiaomi Band, you will need to download the Mi app. If you have not already done so, click on the link below that best suits your device.

The fitness features on the Xiaomi Band include the following:

  • Sleep tacking and alarm

  • Caloric burn tracking

  • Distance traveled

  • Activity level assessment

  • Speed tracking

  • Sharing abilities to compare data with friends

  • Incoming call alerts

You can view up to a year’s worth of data in the app to gain real insight into your trends and identify areas of need or improvement.

Your Xiaomi Band will vibrate to notify you of incoming calls, but you cannot take action using your Band. In order to answer or respond to a call, you will need to access your phone.

Check here for tips on making the most of your Xiaomi Band.