Last month, the mailbag brought a number of goodies including a new smart wrist band for Maureen, the Xiaomi MI Band 3, supplied by GearBest. Several weeks later, this little fitness band is in full time use, as Maureen absolutely loves it. The battery lasts a week or more between charges, which is far more than can be said for some other bands out there including pretty colour bands that are essentially useless because of short battery life - no such problems here.
Here’s the link:
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Smart Bracelet: https://goo.gl/hKj4PN
First hurdle: the instructions are in Chinese, not a word of English. Well, the watch has an ID in English on the side but that’s about it. XMSH05HM. On plugging the diminutive device minus strap into the supplied USB charger lead, encouragingly the time came up as 4:50 with some Chinese (I assume) text underneath. This was at 10am in the morning.
The watch comes complete with plastic bracelet, charging lead, Chinese instructions and the actual watch module.
Some hours later after a day at the poolside here in Galera - intuitively, the watch (which has no controls), paired with Bluetooth on my Smartphone almost immediately. Once I found the official Mi Fit app on the Android PlayStore it took only minutes to update, after un-pairing with the phone and pairing with the app (that’s what I get for rushing in) it was just fine and has stayed paired since.
For the most part I had little idea what the update was doing but it looked reassuring and soon Maureen's new band was running in English, showing heart rate (via the built in sensor), correct time (24-hour format) and date, notifications, steps, weather and also communicated with the phone app without any problems.. there is also a stopwatch in there, sleep monitoring and probably more.... but now, Maureen won't part with it to let me tinker.
The unit is also waterproof. We're not looking at a 5-minute surface review here, she is wearing this constantly.
Antonio pointed me to an additional app called “Notify and Fitness” in the Google PlayStore which he uses with his MI 2, predecessor to the Mi 3.
This band came in black as you can see. The module has a solid feel - very nice. I have ordered spare (cheap) bands in 3 different colours m ore for variety than need. More colours are available on Ebay.
Longer term tests - the unit works reliably - no surprises.
A link for the (slightly more expensive) international version for you and before anyone asks, I am not on their affiliate program and no, I don’t benefit from the links…
https://goo.gl/kQuxdg Coupon: SD8C7KTH1T Coupon Price: 32.59USD