Mi Smart Band 5 review
Mi Smart Band 5 is Xiaomi’s latest offering in the category of fitness bands. This wearable succeeds the Mi Smart Band 4 and has a slightly larger screen, as well as new features such as a dedicated women’s health tracker, stress monitoring, breathing exercises, remote shutter, and personal activity intelligence index (PAI). to help users assess their general physical condition. Also for the first time, Xiaomi has introduced a magnetic charger to its fitness band, eliminating the need to remove the capsule from the strap for charging.
After using the My Smart Band 5 For several weeks, here is my full review of whether or not this new wearable is a good buy.
Mi Smart Band 5 design
The general aesthetics of the new Mi Smart Band 5 has not evolved much compared to its predecessors. It still has a capsule with a color display and a thermoplastic elastomer strap with a loop buckle. It’s said to have roughly 20 percent more display area than the Mi Smart Band 4, but that’s hardly noticeable. There is a touch-sensitive button below the 1.1-inch (126×294 pixels) AMOLED touchscreen, which has a 16-bit color range. This is a degradation of the 24-bit color gamut of the Mi Smart Band 4 screen. However, the maximum brightness has increased from 400 nits to 450 nits.
The weight of the Mi Smart Band 5 is only 11.9g and it is comfortable on the wrist. There also appears to be a coating to prevent fingerprint smudges. There are two contact pins on the back for the magnetic charger. My Smart Band 5 feels premium in terms of build quality, and the strap or buckle was not loosened in my time with this device during review.
Mi Smart Band 5 interface and software
Xiaomi offers more than 100 watch face options on the Mi Smart Band 5, classified into categories such as training, art, science and technology, business, fashion and more. There are some great options to choose from, including animated ones, and this helps make the otherwise bland display look quirky. These watch faces can be accessed in the Mi Fit app by going to Profile> Mi Smart Band 5> Store.
Users can swipe up or down on the touch screen to view their steps taken and calories burned, their PAI, heart rate statistics, notifications, stress level, breathing level, and menstrual cycle monitor. Swipe left displays notifications, while swipe right offers shortcut widgets that can be customized with the Mi Fit app. The weather and music widgets are displayed by default, but you can add others like an alarm, a stopwatch, and even workouts.
Apart from allowing you to read email and text notifications, Mi Smart Band 5 also allows you to reject and answer calls. Its interface is simple and easy to understand. The text is legible and the brightness is adjustable.
Mi Smart Band 5 has a number of software features including the ability to use it as a remote shutter for your paired smartphone’s camera. A world clock function has also been introduced so you can see the time in different cities, and a new dedicated breathing guide can train you to calm down and concentrate better. There is a stress monitor that can calculate your stress level based on your heart rate variability data. It informs you if you are relaxed or tense. Xiaomi has also introduced a menstrual cycle tracker that offers reminders about your period dates, ovulation days, and even your fertile period.
There is a new PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) index that shows you how active you need to be to stay healthy. This is calculated using gender, age, heart rate, and other data points. This new system is designed to help users stay motivated, and you must keep your score at or near 100 for the device to consider you “eligible.” It gives you daily scores based on your workouts and also offers suggestions based on the collected data.
I had no difficulty pairing the Mi Smart Band 5 with the Mi Fit app on a Samsung Galaxy Note 20. The app home page offers complete details such as the number of steps walked, the PAI score achieved, the stress level and the current phase of the menstrual cycle. . There is a profile tab that allows you to select watch faces, customize training goals, and choose which apps to receive notifications from. You can even set up alarms, event reminders, and inactive alerts through the app. There is a band search function that can help you locate your device if it gets lost. The Mi Fit app also allows you to customize your heart rate monitoring. You can choose the measurement frequency, the alert value, and even whether the band should monitor activity while you exercise. You can also enable random stress monitoring to measure stress levels when you are resting.
Specifications and Features of Mi Smart Band 5
Mi Smart Band 5 offers 11 professional sports modes compared to six of its predecessor. These are: outdoor running, treadmill, cycling, indoor cycling, walking, elliptical, rowing machine, yoga, jumping rope, pool swimming, and freestyle. The fitness band monitors your heart rate during activities and determines when training has stopped to automatically pause tracking.
A 5ATM waterproof rating means the band can be used in a pool. I used it while swimming and even in the shower, and the Mi Smart Band 5 survived both tests without a hitch thereafter. It is worth noting that Xiaomi cautions against using this device in a sauna or while diving. It also includes 512KB of RAM and 16MB of storage, and it supports Bluetooth 5. Onboard sensors include a three-axis acceleration sensor, a three-axis gyroscope, and a PPG heart rate monitor. Mi Smart Band 5 is compatible with phones with Android 5.0 or iOS 10.0 and higher.
Mi Smart Band 5 performance and battery life
I used the Mi Smart Band 5 for several weeks and had no major problems. The touch interface is satisfying and the training modes offer detailed data based on the exercise you choose. For example, the swim mode offers stroke rate and also records stroke types. Jump rope mode counts jumps and rowing machine mode counts strokes. The various watch faces with the option to customize the default ones are a great addition. The recently introduced heart rate tracker and stress tracker managed to produce verifiable results.
I also found no obvious problems with sleep tracking, and the readings seemed to align with the quality of my sleep each day. Xiaomi has added REM detection to the Mi Smart Band 5, resulting in more detailed information about your sleep quality. The new breathing mode is helpful when you need to calm your nerves. Users can choose to perform guided breathing exercises for up to five minutes. We are also very pleased with the accuracy of the period cycle data and fertility reminders. This could be helpful for couples looking to conceive.
The PAI index may be a nice addition for lovers of competitive exercise, but it really didn’t motivate me as much as I expected. The score accumulates throughout each week and users must be close to 100 to maintain a healthy rating. I didn’t find myself keeping track of the PAI index or worrying if it was close to 100 or not. Also, it consumes a lot of battery capacity, you are even warned about that when you first enable this feature.
The Mi Smart Band 5’s battery lasted for about nine days with half an hour of activity every day, automatic heart rate monitoring and notifications turned on, and PAI enabled as well. I also kept the brightness on the maximum level at all times. By default, most of these features are disabled, and if left like that, the Mi Smart Band 5 should easily last more than 10 days per charge. The magnetic charger means you don’t need to remove the pod from the bracelet to charge. It took approximately 2 hours and 13 minutes to fully charge the handheld.
To test the accuracy of the step and distance tracking, I manually counted 1000 steps while using the Mi Smart Band 5. The exercise band counted 998 steps. I also covered a distance of 1 km, checked beforehand with a car odometer, and the Mi Smart Band 5 calculated it to be 983 m. Both results are not far off the mark, and the Mi Smart Band 5 proved to be a reliable indicator for step and distance tracking.
The call notifications and alerts were quite reliable, but on some occasions I noticed that the alerts did not arrive even when the Mi Smart Band 5 was paired with the Mi Fit application on my Samsung Galaxy Note 20. It would also be nice if the wearable could allow to respond to text messages with smart replies or even emojis.
The Mi Smart Band 5 has all the basic elements expected of a fitness band. It is accurate enough in tracking and can easily last more than a week per charge. It offers useful new features like stress and menstrual cycle tracking. The PAI score did not motivate me much, but that will be subjective for each user, depending on their priorities. Priced at Rs. 2,499, Mi Smart Band 5 is more affordable than the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Fit 2, which priced at Rs. 3999. The Samsung wearable offers 70 watch faces to choose from, while the Mi Smart Band 5 offers 100. The former also doesn’t track stress and menstrual cycles, and only offers five training modes.
My Smart Band 5 clearly stands out for its price and should prove to be a reliable purchase for most people. If you are looking for an exercise band that offers accurate tracking, reliable training data, and decent battery life, you can definitely go for the Mi Smart Band 5.