Poké­mon GO re­view

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We had is­sues with the sil­i­con band sup­plied with the orig­i­nal Mi Band, which over time be­gan to weaken where the tracker was re­moved for charg­ing; even­tu­ally it be­came un­able to se­curely hold it to our wrist. But the poly­car­bon­ate band in­tro­duced with the 1S is much tougher. Even if you do have is­sues it’s rel­a­tively easy to get

hold of spare bands, and these come in var­i­ous colours should you not fancy the stan­dard black ver­sion we re­viewed.

Xiaomi says it has up­graded the pe­dome­ter al­go­rithm for the Mi Band 2, and much to our ex­cite­ment it has also tweaked the ac­com­pa­ny­ing Mi Fit app. We had real headaches try­ing to set up the Mi Band 1S, since the soft­ware avail­able in the UK Google Play store didn’t sup­port the heart-rate scan­ner, but with the Mi Band 2 we sim­ply logged into the Mi Fit app, paired the band and were good to go.

As be­fore Mi Fit syncs data with the band as soon as you launch the app. It of­fers the usual step-, sleep-, pulse-, dis­tance and calo­ries burned coun­ters, and you can track your ac­tiv­ity, sleep and heart-rate by day, week or month. The Mi Band 2 also lets you set alarms, idle alerts and have the Mi Band 2 warn you of in­com­ing calls and texts by gen­tly vi­brat­ing on your arm.

With the Mi Band 2 (as with the 1S) you can also add app no­ti­fi­ca­tions: you can choose up to five apps for which the Xiaomi will vi­brate to alert you to new no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Do keep in mind, though, that the more you use this fea­ture the lower the bat­tery life will be.

Set­ting up app no­ti­fi­ca­tions is frus­trat­ing, since there is no or­der to the list of apps you can choose and Mi Fit lists ev­ery ser­vice run­ning, but you do so only once. Worse is the fact Xiaomi hasn’t bet­ter utilised the new screen for app alerts. We ac­cept that the dis­play is too small for print­ing even just the sub­ject line of a no­ti­fi­ca­tion, but we’d like to see the icon of the app the

no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­lates to rather than the word ‘app’ when a new no­ti­fi­ca­tion is re­ceived.

The one place the Mi Band 2 con­tin­ues to fall down is third-party app in­te­gra­tion – at least in the UK. Though it ties in with Google Fit, one of the most at­trac­tive as­pects of Fit­bits and other fit­ness bands over here is the abil­ity to com­pete with friends – we don’t think many UK users will be fa­mil­iar with Sina Weibo. You can, of course, set your own ac­tiv­ity and weight goals us­ing Mi Fit, and by de­fault you’ll get no­ti­fi­ca­tions when you achieve these each day. But it’s not quite the same thing.

Ver­dict

With a new OLED screen the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 of­fers bet­ter value than ever. We’d like to see bet­ter in­te­gra­tion with third-party apps, but at this price the Mi Band 2 is im­pos­si­ble to fault. Marie Brewis

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

0.42in OLED screen Pe­dome­ter Op­ti­cal heart-rate scan­ner Ac­tiv­ity, dis­tance, sleep, weight, calo­ries burned track­ing Seden­tary re­minders; Alarms Call, text and app no­ti­fi­ca­tion alerts Blue­tooth 4.0 70mAh recharge­able bat­tery, 20-day bat­tery life Hy­poal­ler­genic IP67 sil­i­con band, 155- to 210mm ad­justable 40.3x15.7x10.5mm 7g (tracker only)

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