I may have spoiled the review with the title, but let’s get to the review to find out why this is the best budget fitness band and why you should go there.
From the first Mi Band to the fourth generation, Xiaomi has come a long way. After using Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3, I was not very interested in the last one. But the AMOLED color screen of the Mi Band 4 has changed my mind. The previous Mi bands were simply bland, with a monochrome display, which made them less attractive. This time Mi Band 4 had an attractive feature, a color display.
After using it for a few weeks, I wanted to give it more time because I wasn’t sure about the battery life. So I waited longer and tested it. Well, it’s been five months, and I highly recommend this group if you are looking for a portable gadget on a budget. Let’s see why.
Design and construction
I’m not a fan of the Mi Band 3. Black and white display, the belt was easy to remove and the strap fell off easily. A friend of mine lost his Mi Band 3 because it ended up getting too loose and ending up somewhere. However, Xiaomi has improved Mi Band 4 with difficult to remove.
Speaking of how to remove the tire, I had a hard time removing it, and then I got used to it. A little strength and you can take it out. The strap itself is soft and easy to put on. It is comfortable on the wrist, but the tightening can have an impact, which is obvious.
The straps are available in different colors in Xiaomi stores and third-party manufacturers. You can also change the “face of the tape” and do it the way you want. You can also use custom images as a band face in Mi Band 4.
The display of the Mi Band 4 makes it attractive. It is clear, and the view outside is better than the previous one, and also beats other expensive competitors.
The colorful display AMOLED screen comes with a touch screen and a capacitive home button, which allows you to navigate the interface.
The most exciting part of the display is that you are no longer tied to standard band faces, unlike other smart fitness bands. Xiaomi is finally adding many band faces, which you can choose from the Mi Fit app. But I don’t find these group faces as exciting as I expected. I still like the stand, because they are well designed. But you can also use custom images, such as your photo or a scene.
The Mi Band 4 has a lot to offer, considering the price. Here is a list of features that you can find in Mi Band 4:
Mi Band 4 supports notifications from various applications. You can turn on notifications from the apps you use on your phone through the Mi Fit app settings. Select the apps you want to be notified about on your band and Mi Band will notify you about these apps. Several applications support this feature, but emojis are not yet supported and only “****” stars will appear instead of this emoji. But it is useful to display notifications when your phone is away or in your pocket.
Speaking of notifications, you can also set reminders and alarms from the Mi Fit app or from the group itself. You can also activate a reminder if you are sitting for too long; the group will sense it and push a notification so that you can move. It is known as “inactive alerts”, which you can enable in the settings.
You can enable and disable some application notifications for the display of the tape for other applications.
Facebook instagram, SMS and calls instagram supports alarm notifications, WhatsApp, Instagram, SMS and calls. Other system notifications can be turned on or off from the Mi Fit app.
The group also receives weather information from trusted weather providers and leaves it to you on the group. It shows the weather of the day and the forecast for up to four days of the week. It also indicates the location and weather conditions.
There is a heart rate monitor in Mi Band 4 and it calculates the heart rate continuously, from time to time or manually, depending on the configuration of the Mi Fit app. To read “almost exactly”, you need to tie the band slightly above the wrist bone and tap it to read the heart rate. It shows an almost accurate heart rate measurement, but it is not a reliable device for reading heart rate if you are a patient.
The smart fitness bracelet offers many fitness features such as a heart rate monitor, step tracking, various types of exercises and cycling.
The Status tab shows the status of your workout, the calories you burned and the steps you took throughout the day. You can press “Status” to get all the information about your routine that the group is measuring. Here are the options that you will find under the Status option:
The “More” tab contains other features that you get with Mi Band 4. Here is a list of the features that you will find in Mi Band 4:
As the name suggests, in DND (Do Not Disturb) mode, you can turn off all notifications and distractions. You can enable it via the MDN option under the More tab and disable all notifications.
You can also set the alarm in Mi Band 4. Under this option, you can find alarms of a different time that you can activate. You can also set alarms from the Mi Fit app.
This is one of the features I use the most. I can easily move the music forward and reverse, control the volume and play or pause a song. But one thing that bothers me is the activation speed, it’s not fast. You have to wait a few seconds and then it will activate the music control.
The group also has a stopwatch function with options to record laps. You can press the Start button and then use the flag icon to record each round.
You can also set a timer. Set the time and press the play button, the timer starts.
You can use this function to find your phone. If you have lost your phone, use this function to ring it. This only works if the group is connected to your phone.
In the Chinese version, Alipay is available.
You can change the tape views under this setting. The strip faces can be selected from the default faces. If you want to add custom band faces or choose from a wide range of band faces, you need to edit it from the Mi Fit app.
The Settings app contains more options and features for Mi Band 4. Here are all the features it has under the umbrella of the Settings app.
The group has the recent Bluetooth 5.0 version, which offers more connectivity features than the previous one.
The Mi Fit App
You can connect your Mi Band to Android and iOS. It comes with the Mi Fit app on both platforms, which you can download for Android (on Google Play Store) and for iPhone (on Apple App Store).
With the price in mind, Mi Band 4 is a perfect choice for anyone looking for fitness features. The band is a huge improvement over its predecessor, the Mi Band 3. If you are looking for a smart fitness bracelet on a budget, the Mi Band 4 is the right choice without any hesitation.