This week’s sponsored post by GearBest is the Xiaomi Miband.
The Miband was available for quite some time and is still the affordable and do have quite a few features even though the price is about $20(retail), which is less than your Jawbone or Fitbit bands. At this price range, you might be thinking that the band is merely a glorified step counter right? How wrong you are. Besides tracking steps, it can monitor rope jumping and sits up. It monitors your sleeping patterns when worn on your wrists at night too. The Miband has a “alarm” function where it can wake you up after your sleep.
With IP67 dust and water resistant and the durability to survive at 70 the Miband can be worn with you almost everywhere you go. The band also is a “notification center” notifying you of incoming calls by vibrating. A notable feature is that the Miband can automatically unlock your Mi phone when you are nearby. Xiaomi has touted that the device can last up to 30 days on a single charge which is quite impressive.
The Miband syncs via your phone through their app. The app is basic with a profile showing your average steps, total days using the app and total km walked as well as height and weight. That’s on top of the main screen of graphics showing how close you are to hitting your daily steps target, a timeline of activities as well as the usual weekly chart. There’s not much in the way of long term motivation but you can set up the app to send you a notification after 9.30pm every day with your day’s progress with a similar alert each morning to detail your sleep.
Unfortunately, Gearbest still refuses to give us a review device.
- Weight : 13g
- Module size : 36mm X 14mm X 9mm
- Requires Bluetooth 4.0 device
- Compatible with iOS and any Android device running kitkat and above
- Miband unlocking requires MIUI or Lollipop and above
Gearbest is currently having a sales, as usual, selling the Miband at $16USD. The band comes in 6 different colours. You can find them here.
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