Xiaomi Mi Band 2
£33 inc VAT xiaomi-mi.co.uk
The Xiaomi Mi Band and the Mi Band 1S were the best-value fitness bands we’d ever seen – until now. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 adds a 0.42in OLED display that lets you monitor your steps and pulse as well as the time, without ever needing to pick up your phone.
Unless you’ve ever tried to work out what three flashing lights meant on the Mi Band 1 or Mi Band 1S you won’t appreciate how useful an addition is the screen to the Mi Band 2.
Admittedly, the addition of the screen results in a decrease to battery life over the original Mi Band, but it’s still a class-leading 20 days from a 70mAh rechargeable battery. That’s Xiaomi’s claim, but it’s also in-line with our experience and one reason we’re not too bothered by the lack of a battery indicator on the screen. The only real down side here is the fact the Mi Band 2 still uses a
proprietary cable for recharging, so you’ll need to be careful not to misplace it.
In order to scroll through options on the screen Xiaomi has also added a button. This anodised button lies flush with the display, and is activated with a simple touch rather than a press. It’s large in comparison to the tracker itself, but we don’t think that detracts from the overall design. In fact, we think the Mi Band 2 looks much more like a premium device than the original ever did.
Okay, £33 is a little higher than the price of the Mi Band 1S which, at the time of our review, cost £22.04. But even at this price the Mi Band 2 offers fantastic value. More so when you consider that Xiaomi has within this budget managed to add an OLED screen, yet not lost any of the features that made the Mi Band 2’s predecessors so great.
The Mi Band 2 retains the optical heart-rate monitor (though not the irritating green light that would constantly flash whenever you took off the band) introduced with the Mi Band 1S, and as with both bands before it the Band 2 can also track your sleep quality and length. While we can’t vouch for the quality of our sleep, its timings do seem to be fairly in line with when we think we dropped off to sleep or woke up.
The Mi Band 2 remains a lightweight fitness band. The removable tracker itself weighs just 7g, and comes with a 155- to 210mm adjustable hypoallergenic band. As before, the entire thing is waterproof (rated IP67), and lifting it to your face (as you would a watch) returns a status update. (This is still just as tricky a gesture to perfect, however.)