Mi Smart Band 6 Review: The Gold Standard of Budget Fitness Bands?


With many elements of India in lockdown slowly opening up, I am positive many individuals need to get again to their health routines, whereas others are all set to begin new ones. This appears to be a superb time for Xiaomi to launch the Mi Good Band 6, the newest addition to its well-known health tracker lineup. The brand new Mi Good Band 6 options SpO2 measurement and now has the flexibility to trace extra workout routines than the Mi Good Band 5 might. Do you have to take the Mi Good Band 6 in your health journey, would you be higher off with a special wearable? I used the Mi Good Band 6 for a few weeks, and right here is my overview.

 

Mi Good Band 6 value in India

The Mi Good Band 6 is priced at Rs. 3,499 in India, however homeowners of any earlier Mi Good Band mannequin can avail a Rs. 500 low cost, dropping the value to Rs. 2,999. Xiaomi is promoting the Mi Good Band 6 solely in black with a black strap, however you should purchase completely different colored straps to customize your health band.

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The Mi Good Band 6 is able to logging extra kinds of exercises than the Mi Good Band 5

 

Mi Good Band 6 design and specs

Similar to earlier Mi Good Bands, the Mi Good Band 6 has two elements, a capsule-shaped core and a TPU strap. The Mi Good Band 6 at first appears similar to its predecessor, the Mi Good Band 5 (Evaluation), however the distinction is clear the minute the show lights up. Whereas the Mi Good Band 5 had a small rectangular show, the one on the Mi Good Band 6 stretches to the perimeters of the capsule and has very skinny bezels on the prime and sides. The AMOLED show now measures 1.56 inches and has a decision of 152×486 pixels. It additionally has tempered glass on prime and an anti-fingerprint coating which helped preserve the unit smudge-free, in my expertise.

The capsule is detachable however you do not actually need to do that since you’ll be able to cost it utilizing the included magnetic charger. The underside of the capsule has pins for charging the 125mAh battery within the band. Xiaomi hasn’t bumped up the battery capability over the Mi Good Band 5 resulting in some apprehensions earlier than testing because of the bigger display screen. Proper above the charging pins are sensors for coronary heart charge and SpO2 monitoring. There are not any bodily buttons on the Mi Good Band 6, and all navigation is touch-based. Xiaomi has made the Band 6 waterproof upto 5ATM, actually it will probably additionally monitor swimming.

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Stress monitoring is a claimed characteristic of the Mi Good Band 6

 

The Mi Good Band 6 helps Bluetooth 5 and will be paired with a smartphone working Android 5.0 or above. You too can pair the Mi Good Band 6 to an iPhone working iOS 10 or above. You should use the Mi Match app or the Xiaomi Put on app. It’s also suitable with the favored Strava app. I used the Xiaomi Put on app, which is identical one I’ve used with the Redmi Watch and the Mi Watch Revolve Energetic for his or her critiques.

Mi Good Band 6 options and software program

The Mi Good Band 6 is feature-packed. Xiaomi claims that this wearable has 30 completely different health modes and might robotically detect six kinds of exercises. You may monitor steps, distance, and sleep on the Mi Good Band 6 together with SpO2 and stress monitoring, in addition to menstrual cycle monitoring. The Mi Good Band 6 can even calculate what Xiaomi calls a PAI (Private Exercise Intelligence) index primarily based on completely different well being parameters.

Pairing the app with the Mi Good Band 6 is sort of simple, and a variety of the band’s settings will be modified via it. You may choose which widgets seem on the Mi Good Band 6 and in what order. There are a variety of widgets to select from however solely six will be added to the Band 6. Whichever ones you select, you’ll be able to check out all of your exercise parameters within the app. Equally, you’ll be able to choose which apps can be found on the Mi Good Band 6 to be used.

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The underside of the band has the well being sensors and charging contact factors

 

Well being monitoring options may also be configured utilizing the related app. You may choose the frequency of coronary heart charge monitoring, toggle all-day stress monitoring, and likewise allow the sleep assistant, which will increase the frequency of coronary heart charge monitoring when you sleep. With the Mi Good Band 6, Xiaomi has additionally launched a respiratory rating metric which is at present in beta. The Mi Good Band 6 makes use of its SpO2 sensor to trace your blood oxygen ranges when you are asleep. Most of those options are disabled by default, and you will must spend a while inside the app to set the gadget as much as your liking.

Within the Xiaomi Put on app it’s also possible to choose which apps in your cellphone can notify you utilizing the Mi Good Band 6. You may even arrange the band to unlock your smartphone and vibrate for incoming calls/ messages.

Mi Good Band 6 efficiency and battery life

I used the Mi Good Band 6 for 2 weeks to check its accuracy and battery life. When it comes to monitoring accuracy, that is among the many greatest wearables you may get on this value phase. I counted 1,000 steps manually as I walked, and the Mi Good Band 6 registered 1,002 steps which is a negligible deviation. To test distance accuracy, I walked 1km on a treadmill utilizing the Mi Good Band 6’s treadmill mode,, and it measured the identical studying. This gadget additionally allows you to save the gap studying from the treadmill exercise.

I wore the Mi Good Band 6 on my proper wrist and an Apple Watch SE on my left to check their coronary heart charge monitoring accuracy whereas understanding. The Mi Good Band 6 displayed coronary heart charge readings in the identical vary because the Apple Watch SE (Evaluation), with solely occasional minor deviations, which is suitable. Sleep monitoring on the Mi Good Band 6 was additionally correct, with the gadget precisely logging the time I went to mattress and once I awakened. The app provides a breakdown of deep, mild, REM, and awake durations, together with a respiratory rating (primarily based on SpO2 readings) if this characteristic is enabled. You additionally get suggestions to enhance respiratory. SpO2 monitoring on the Mi Good Band 6 was pretty correct as nicely, returning readings in the identical vary as these of a typical pulse oximeter.

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A magnetic charger makes it handy to cost the Mi Good Band 6

 

Xiaomi claims 14 days of battery life however you’re impossible to hit that for those who train 5 days per week and monitor all parameters commonly. Many of the options of the Mi Good Band 6 are disabled by default, so it doesn’t monitor coronary heart charge constantly, present app notifications, or monitor stress until you need it to. I set the Mi Good Band 6 to trace my coronary heart charge each 5 minutes, enabled app notifications, sleep rating, and idle alerts, and tracked my exercises 5 instances per week. With these settings, the Mi band 6 lasted for eight days earlier than needing to be recharged. In case you allow PAI, anticipate battery life to drop even additional, because it requires your coronary heart charge to be logged each minute.

Charging the Mi Good Band 6 was simple. I didn’t want to tug the capsule out of the band. The magnetic charger hooked up to the underside of the band fairly securely. charging it from zero to 40 % in half-hour and to 83 % in an hour. Battery life is decrease than that of the Mi Good Band 5, so you will want to cost it extra steadily.

Verdict

After testing the Mi Good Band 6 for 2 weeks, I can say that it’s a good health band and its measurements will be relied on. It’s pretty correct in relation to monitoring steps, distance, in addition to sleep. Health monitoring has improved in comparison with the Mi Good Band 5 (Evaluation), and the Mi Good Band 6 can monitor a wider vary of exercises. The addition of SpO2 monitoring has additionally come at a superb time, letting you get fast readings at any level throughout the day.

Xiaomi hasn’t modified the battery capability of the Mi Good Band 6 in comparison with its predecessor. That’s one factor I want to see improved with the following mannequin. With the larger show and added options, battery life has gone down. Nonetheless it will probably final for between 8-10 days with affordable use, so it’s nonetheless a superb health wearable for the value.

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