Xiaomi Mi Band 5

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 from Banggood

Back in 2019 I wrote about the wonderful Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and it is no secret, despite owning and reviewing many smart watches and bands in detail, that the Xiaomi Mi 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watches remain my favourites – one or the other being in use every single day. As the charge on the otherwise excellent Samsung tends not to last that long (3 days maybe), the Mi 4 gets most of my attention.

That is until my new Xiaomi Mi Band 5 arrived. I have high hopes for this upgrade.

Ok, some help for those who have no idea what I’m talking about, the OLED-based Mi5 is the latest smart band from Xiaomi – and the Mi 4 was until now IMHO pobably the best low-cost smart band on the market. Both have excellent charge life and a very wide range of faces available. If you refer back to my Mi Band 4 review link at the top you will see a SMALL selection out of the countless free watch faces I’ve used over time.

Xiaomi Mi Fit

Xiaomi seem to have improved the Mi Home APP since the last time I took a look and they’ve definitely improved the band – while the overall band size is the same size as the Mi4 if a little thicker, the display area is definitely bigger and the charging arrangement has changed for the better – no longer do you have to yank the module out of the band for charging as the tiny magnetic charger just clips onto the back – much easier.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 from Banggood

You CAN still remove the module if you want to change the default strap to any of a range of lovely, coloured (inexpensive) straps – but the Mi Band 5 is very slightly thicker than the Mi Band 4 so I would check advertised straps carefully before purchase. Mi Band 5 coloured straps ARE available and people have already dedicated entire videos to that subject alone.

Oh and I just found out about THIS: PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) score “to help you contextualize how physical activities contribute to your fitness” on the Mi 5.

Instructions are multilingual and comprehensive. As a Mi Band 4 user, I didn’t need them. The box is lovely and the whole thing looks more expensive than the price suggests. If you don’t like “plastic” straps – others are available from Banggood and elsewhere – even Amazon has a few.

Setup was easy – the App told me I could only have the Mi 4 OR 5 attached at one time – and that was pretty much it. I watched as the firmware was automatically updated to the latest version and a minute later I was in business with my new Mi 5.

The Mi 4 claims battery charge of 20 days and I regularly get 3 weeks or more out of it (with brilliance turned up) whereas the Mi 5 claims 14 days – I hope that’s an understatement – but then, the larger display HAS to impose SOME penalty. Time will tell.

As for handling bright daylight – judge for yourself… and yes, it has been in the hot tub with me, without problems – as has the Mi 4.

A random sample of free watch faces including analog from the independent MiBand5 app on Google Play this morning. For newcomers to the Mi – don’t confuse this with the Huawei or other bands with a choice of only 3 or 4 watch faces – the Mi4 and 5 have VAST selections of faces available and are water resistant (well and truly tested).

Due to Xiaomi being tight with storage you can only keep a few on the band at any time but downloading on your phone and syncing to the band takes seconds. Right… I’m going out tonight – time for a new watch face.

Free watch faces on the MiBand5 app

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5 thoughts on “Xiaomi Mi Band 5

    1. For this morning’s helpful response: I just found two apps on the Play store both called MiBand5 (as against MiBand4). The first failed miserably, the second works a treat. How many analog faces would you like… I can’t add images in here.. at least not on my phone so I’ve updated the blog.

      Pete

  1. How well will this work with an iPhone? Will there be many watch faces available for ios app that works with this on iPhone?

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