Xiaomi Mi Band 4, analysis: there is no one to shadow it

Xiaomi Mi Band 4, analysis If Xiaomi knows how to do something very well, it is to launch products of very good performance at a laughing price. And the Mi Band 4 was not going to be an exception. Dragging the popularity that previous generations already had, this new model improves the fair and necessary so that considering your purchase is certainly a good idea. Keep reading and I’ll explain why.

Mi Band 4: Xiaomi bracelet analysis

The bracelet activity has become over time a very popular and common element, making it easy to see someone on the street with a band that quickly identify as an activity monitor. And far from smartwatches, which have much higher prices, activity wristbands are affordable and offer interesting and practical information for our day today.

Even so within this sector, the range of prices and models is also varied: we have from the Samsung and Fibit bracelets, with a higher label, to the proposals of many Chinese firms (some unknown) that have also been encouraged to launch Your low cost proposal. In the middle point (for being already a really famous Asian brand) and with a very attractive price are the Mi Band , some activity bracelets of the Xiaomi firm that have managed to convince more and more people to such an extent that it is possibly one of the reference monitoring wristbands when talking about these types of gadgets.

 

With such a context, it is not surprising that the arrival of the Mi Band 4 has been surrounded by great expectation. The Mi Band 3 worked well and had a fantastic price so how could the approach be improved without the equation being broken? The answer is found in a fourth generation that keeps almost everything good about the Mi Band 3 with small adjustments and an almost invariable price. Who gives more?

Xiaomi Mi Band 4, analysis

What I like most about the Mi Band 4 bracelet

The Mi Band 3 was (and is) a very interesting proposal, so Xiaomi had it difficult to make a notable jump and that it would not skyrocket. The adjustments made I think are more than justified and sufficient for the Mi Band 4 to be a success again. The main change that you are going to observe will be found on its screen: now the Mi Band 4 has a 0.98-inch full color AMOLED panel, which stands out quite a bit compared to the 0.75 ″ monochrome OLED screen of its predecessor.

 

The panel looks incredibly good outdoors, thanks also to a fairly powerful 5-level brightness. Such is its solvency, that level 5 does not even use it, always alternating between 3 or 4 – 3 is perfect for indoors and 4 could be needed if you move a lot outdoors (sports, for example) to full daylight. Sensitivity is good (except in very specific situations such as when wet, where you can find that is not sooo thin) and everything moves quite fluently, although hopefully having a simple interface.

And is that the Mi Band 4 is simple both in design and approach. By sliding to the right or left you can control the music you play on your phone (I love that in addition to synchronizing with local tracks, it also serves for streaming music like Spotify) and up or down you access the menus with the different options and watch functions. It will be there where you access the Training sections (running outdoors, treadmill, cycling, walking, exercise and swimming in the pool – remember that this Mi Band 4 is submerged up to 50 meters), Heart Rate, Notifications, Weather, Status (where you can see in one sitting the steps, distance and calories consumed of the day) and More (where are the alarms, do not disturb mode and more settings, among other options).

 

The heart rate monitoring is undoubtedly the best features that have this bracelet. You can choose if you want the bracelet to “read” your beats every minute, every five, every 10 or every half hour and even ask for a warning if it detects that you are going over a certain frequency – without practicing any sport, of course. It is an option that lowers the battery, but this is so extensive – a little below I will talk about it, neglect – that its consumption will not even be a problem for you.

 

In addition to sleep control, the bracelet can also ensure your rest. This type of gadgets does not replace (never) professional material, but it can give you a good idea of how you rest to try to adopt habits that improve your sleep. He has me completely hooked, I recognize him: every morning I look at how I have rested, how much sleep I have had and what physical sensations I have related to the type of rest I have had. It is a vice.

 

And if everything is so simple, where are the options and settings of the clock handled? You will be wondering. Well, from your own application called Mi Fit – you don’t need to have a Xiaomi phone to install and use it, quiet. Although your organization seems a bit … chaotic, once you learn where all the options for personalization and access to the data are, everything is easy and bearable.

What I like most about the app is that it has multiple options, allowing you to customize the bracelet quite a bit. It also offers you a lot of information, for example, about training, graphics, positioning (synchronizes with the phone’s GPS, eye, the bracelet does not have) and other data. If you like to keep track of your workouts in detail, you’ll like what you’ll find here – always keeping in mind that this is not a specialized sports watch, don’t get confused.

 

Personalization is also present in the physical appearance of the bracelet. As everything is concentrated on the pill, you can exchange the straps as someone who changes socks – you will be surprised by the wide offer that exists for the Mi Band. Best of all, the Mi Band 3 bracelets are worth 4, so those who are thinking of a generation change have no excuse.

 

Impossible to talk about the things I like most about this Mi Band without mentioning the drums. The manufacturer promises about 20 days of autonomy of his device, but I can already tell you that if you do not use it too intensively the battery could stretch even more. In the video that you have a little above I tell you a practical case of use to give you an idea of ​​its possibilities, but here is another one: in 6 days of use (starting from a 100% load), with sleep monitoring Continuous, heart rate control every 10 minutes, brightness in level 4, sports practice two days and receipt of notifications, the capacity has only dropped 40%, so I still have a 60% battery left in the Mi Band. Crazy and the best things about this device, without a doubt.

What I like least about the Xiaomi Mi Band 4

I have told you about all the wonders of the Mi Band 4, but Xiaomi’s personal gadget also has some negative considerations, in my opinion, that you should keep in mind.

The first one has to do precisely with its application and it is that in the video that you have a little above and I comment: on the one hand the Mi Fit application has thousands of customization options that I like a lot, but, on the other, It establishes a dependence on the clock so large that at the same time it disenchantsYou have to do everything through the app, from setting the alarm (on the clock you can turn it on or off, but the time itself is set in the application) to choose how often you want your heart rate monitored. It goes without saying that on the clock you cannot consult any kind of story: if you want to see how you slept last night, you have to enter My Fit and if you want to check the calories you consumed in yesterday’s race, anyway.

 

This meager dosage of information is especially evident in the notifications, for me, possibly, its most deficient aspect. The Mi Band 4 allows you to receive notifications of notifications on your phone – again, you can decide from the app which notices you want to receive and which not – but these are rather “short”. When a WhatsApp or Telegram message arrives, two or three short lines of text are displayed (no support for emojis, by the way) and at the moment when a second arrives, it does not even show information, indicating only that “there are 2 messages »(or whatever number).

 

The app’s own organization, as I mentioned a few paragraphs above, is also a bit odd for me: on the one hand you have a tab called “Training” where you see the same activity that you access to see how you have slept – can you explain it to me? someone? – while in the “Profile” section you can set goals (for example, what weight you want to reach) and access the bracelet settings. A mixture as you see somewhat chaotic concepts that I do not find orderly or meaningful, but which you will get used to soon, quiet. From the application, you can also change the wallpapers of the Mi Band 4, because yes, this generation (since it is in color) allows you to choose between different wallpapers to give it a different touch. In general, I find them all too colorful or childish – hey, a matter of taste – in addition to the fact that when installed they leave more in evidence that the screen is a square of less than one inch and not all the black front that is seen.

 

This, by the way, no longer has the curved edges as the Mi Band 3 had and leaves aside the slit for the button, something that some will find a success (at the aesthetic level it is cleaner, no doubt), but that I personally miss to guide me better when it comes to touching the screen.

 

The absence of greater customization possibilities when consulting our sports data could also be inconvenient for you. As I said before, the bracelet gives enough data about the sports practice, but you will not be able to choose for example what information you want to see on the screen when they are in full activity. By default, the order (vertically) is time, distance, rhythm – on the first screen -, heart rate and training area – by sliding your finger up and continue reading. I would have liked to be able to choose what information I want to see on the clock when I move, because for example I must know my pulsations and I like it to be shown on the first line.

 

Many people complain that the Mi Band 4 does not have automatic brightness adjustment. It could indeed be an added advantage (although it is likely to decrease in the battery) and it would take away from having to access the Settings (which are several screen touches) every time you want to change the level. You are rarely going to be changing this quality so often that your manipulation bothers you, but put to ask, it could well be a benefit to take into account for the Mi Band 5.

 

Another detail that could be improved in the next generation is its charger. First, because its shape forces me to always take the pickup from the bracelet – and yes, it is not complicated, but, hey, I would rather not have to do it – and second, and most important of all, because it is proprietary, so that If you lose it or forget it, you are sold – and no, you cannot use the one in the Mi Band 3, if you are wondering. Yes, I know, it is likely that you only charge the Mi Band once a month or two at most, but, well, put to order, it would make things even easier if your charger were different.

 

In short, the Mi Band 4 is still a good product that was the Mi Band 3 only with improved performance. I’m generally not in favor of jumping from one generation to another of the same product  so happily , but given the ridiculous price of the bracelet -34.99 euros, which cost some jeans, go- and for all that offers, I dare to venture that I could compensate you even having the Mi Band 3 for the improved screen and battery extension.

If, on the other hand, you have never had an activity bracelet, it is undoubtedly a fantastic option to release yourself, both for performance and, again, for its low cost. There is no one here to shade you.

 

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