The exercise tracker class might have risen to prominence by way of manufacturers like Fitbit and Jawbone however the one title that’s discretely come to dominate within the house – not solely in key markets like India, however globally – is Xiaomi.
Its Mi Bands have been round for the longest time, typified by a simplistic design language and easy-to-use performance, elegant battery life and impulse purchase-worthy affordability. Xiaomi dominates this house and with the Mi Good Band 6 ups the ante; borrowing increasingly more performance from its smartwatches to assist ship a superb expertise on a price range.
Design & Construct
TPU straps are available in a spread of colors
Tracker is hard-wearing
Bands might be tougher carrying
Xiaomi sticks to its age-old playbook with the Band 6’s design. You get the primary pill-shaped tracker, cupped in a TPU housing, whereas the strap itself provides a extra wristwatch-like really feel, full with an simply adjustable loop.
There are not any buttons on the tracker, as every little thing could be managed by way of the vivid AMOLED touchscreen. This time round, Xiaomi additionally provides some extra vibrant band choices making it just a little extra modern.
Essentially, it nails the ergonomics that are helped by its hyper-lightweight polycarbonate building, clocking in at simply 12.eight grams, which is barely a contact heavier than the Mi Band 5 however lighter than the Realme Band. It’s not too thick at 12.7mm, stays flush towards your wrist and doesn’t look overly ungainly, even in case you have slender wrists.
The again of the monitoring module is typified by an assortment of sensors that now embody a coronary heart price monitor and an SpO2 monitor – one thing that would come in useful throughout COVID occasions, though I’d advise utilizing a devoted monitor for extra exact measurements.
It depends on a proprietary charger design, as a substitute of a micro-USB or USB-C connector. The excellent news is that the magnetic latch system makes for painless and fast charging however you’ll need to ensure you don’t lose the charger.
Construct high quality is superior to the likes of key rival the Realme Band, as nicely its personal predecessors, however let’s be clear, that is no Fitbit Luxe – when it comes to building. It is stable sufficient that on a regular basis put on should not offer you trigger for concern and the included 5ATM water resistance means showering and swimming with it are each OK, as nicely.
The TPU materials used on the straps, in the meantime, is a special story; exhibiting potential for a lot sooner put on and tear than the tracker itself (though they’re fortunately cheap and are available in a spread of colors, making alternative straightforward sufficient).
Display now fills the entrance of the tracker
Elevate-to-wake feels sluggish
One of the spectacular elements of the Mi Band 6 is its display. Its 1.56in AMOLED is greater than most sensible bands whereas providing good contact response and a pin-sharp decision. It serves up 326 pixels per inch of sharpness – simply as with the common iPhone’s Retina Show – whereas its 152×486 decision and (as much as) 450 nits of brightness make sure that every little thing appears crystal clear, even when seen exterior.
The truth that the tracker’s proportions are so just like that of its predecessor whereas the show now fills the vast majority of that pill-shaped frontage (whereas the Band 5’s show appeared as a small rectangle within the centre) appears like a pleasant improve too.
The bezels aren’t the thickest (though they’re in no way the thinnest, both) and in day-to-day use they don’t seem to be seemingly one thing that’ll detract out of your enjoyment when swiping round on the Band 6.
The display is shielded behind tempered glass, for an added layer of safety. It even advantages from an anti-fingerprint coating, which works nicely in observe, as I seldom discovered the necessity to give it a buff.
As soon as enabled (because it’s turned off by default), the Band 6’s raise-to-wake function labored nicely sufficient, albeit extra sluggishly than I’d have favored. One has to actually transfer the Band, twisting the wrist and ready half a second earlier than the display lights up. As such, it is a wee bit gradual for protecting observe of time, despite the fact that this tracker does double as a timekeeping instrument.
Options & Software program
Wealthy function set
Tracks a variety of actions
Simple pairing & setup
Xiaomi has principally created a extra compact and inexpensive tackle the Mi Watch Revolve Lively, with the Mi Band 6. Certain, it doesn’t do every little thing the corporate’s smartwatches can however on the similar time, it retains the identical core performance and nonetheless provides a lot of the issues folks care about, tied to the identical Xiaomi Put on app (which works each on Android and iPhones). I examined this band utilizing an iPhone as my main system.
Pairing the system was fairly painless, although it would want an assortment of particular permissions that you’ll want to invoke manually (you are guided by way of this course of throughout setup).
It runs principally within the background and synchronises sporadically however there shall be occasions that you’ll discover that it hasn’t up to date in your cellphone. Synching inconsistency is maybe its greatest weak point of the Band 6 expertise however when it comes to skill, there’s truly rather a lot it could do.
Xiaomi helps a whopping 30 health modes — starting from the treadmill, freestyle, out of doors operating, biking, strolling, swimming, rowing machine, elliptical, indoor biking, yoga, leap rope, dance, indoor health, gymnastics, HIIT, core coaching, pilates, zumba, road dancing and stretching, in addition to some particular sports activities monitoring modes like cricket, bowling, badminton, boxing, basketball, volleyball, desk tennis, ice skating and kickboxing assist.
The band additionally doubles as a instrument for protecting time and also you get a few watch faces that function issues, relaying extra info just like the climate, your coronary heart price and your PAI (private exercise intelligence) rating. Notifications additionally sync up together with your smartphone and within the case of the iPhone will show the likes of WhatsApp messages, provide you with a warning to cellphone calls and different stuff, like emails too. You may even management music from the band itself when utilizing providers like Apple Music, not less than when it comes to fundamental capabilities, like play and pause.
Efficiency & Battery Life
Minimal UI animations
Combined success with computerized exercise detection
Stable battery life
Largely, the Mi Band 6 performs as marketed, which is extremely spectacular contemplating its worth. It is also is fairly responsive and easy to make use of, on the subject of navigating the person expertise. Xiaomi has restricted thrives like animations all through the UI to make sure that efficiency does not get slowed down, nevertheless, it appears like a much less premium product in consequence.
There’s computerized exercise detection, which in testing managed to constantly detect once I was enjoying desk tennis; one thing that even the Apple Watch Collection 6 wasn’t in a position to decide up on. As a lifelong desk tennis participant, I discovered this function to be enjoyable and helpful, though I already had religion in it working, primarily based on an analogous expertise when carrying the corporate’s Mi Watch Revolve Lively.
That wasn’t true of all supported actions although, with spotty reliability when testing it with different actions, which inserts with the Band’s extra inexpensive nature. The accuracy of a few of the metrics did not seem to match that of pricier smartwatches together with Apple’s and Xiaomi’s newest choices, however I did discover that it served up considerably higher outcomes than earlier iterations of the Mi Band.
Xiaomi claims 14 days of whole battery life and after dropping by 35 p.c after 4 days of damage, whereas bold, that time-frame does not appear out of the query (I am going to replace this evaluate with extra exhaustive figures after an extended interval of damage/use). That price of drain was additionally with coronary heart price, SpO2 monitoring and sleep monitoring enabled too.
The Mi Band 6 comes with a 125mAh battery, charging to 50 p.c in 39 minutes, in testing, whereas a full cost took 102 minutes.
Health & Sleep Monitoring
Pleasingly correct (versus Apple Watch Collection 6)
Wealthy sleep monitoring knowledge
Inconsistent automated synchronisation
Contemplating this tracker’s price range price ticket, it is truthful to imagine that traits like sensor accuracy will not evaluate to wearables that price greater than ten occasions as a lot, nevertheless, in observe, the Mi Band 6 proved to competently observe metrics to inside what I would contemplate a suitable margin, in comparison with the likes of the newest Apple Watch.
As talked about earlier, within the case of desk tennis and sleep monitoring it did a formidable job. Even the guts price and SpO2 screens reported figures just like the Mi Watch Revolve Lively. In fact, like most wearables, the Mi Band 6’s knowledge should not be used for any medical functions, they’re extra gimmicks and useful knowledge factors for private health objectives, greater than anything.
The depth of the sleep knowledge recorded is kind of spectacular, ranking your sleep utilizing some extent system. Every thing is damaged down into numerous buckets of sleep distribution: deep, REM, regular, gentle and awake. It even spits out a respiratory ranking, which is cool, even when it is difficult to actually gauge such a metric’s accuracy.
Once more, there isn’t any larger bugbear than the Band 6’s inconsistency with regards to computerized synchronisation with the Xiaomi Put on app. Fortunately, you possibly can kick this course of off manually from throughout the app if it’s good to.
Value & Availability
The Mi Band 6 is obtainable throughout Europe and India for £39.99/€44.99/₹3,999/US$42.30. That is greater than what you’ll pay for the OnePlus Band or the Realme Band and on-par with the Oppo Band, nevertheless, the Mi Band 6 nails the person expertise in contrast to every other sensible wearable in its section.
It may be bought from the Mi.com on-line retailer (UK/Spain/France/India) and likewise the likes of Amazon (US/UK/Spain/France/India), though color availability varies by market (e.g. within the UK it is solely obtainable in black). The Mi Band 6 can be obtainable in China.
There’s a motive why the Mi Band line is without doubt one of the best-selling trackers on the market. It’s indubitably a reduce above equally priced rivals.
It truly comes shockingly near the mighty Apple Watch in sure elements and kind of retains the purposeful and nice person experiences that the Mi Watch Revolve Lively brings to the desk.
On the similar time, this can be a light-weight, easy-to-wear wearable whose discreet and diminutive nature, means you solely actually discover it is there while you want it. It’s the final entry-level tracker for teenagers and adults alike.
Simply consider it hasn’t been designed for skilled use nor has it been designed for energetic medical monitoring. Regardless, Xiaomi made the suitable calls when growing the Mi Band 6 and as such, the very best price range sensible band has simply gotten even higher.
Xiaomi Mi Good Band 6: Specs
1.56in 486×152 AMOLED show
– Brightness as much as 450nits
– Protected by tempered glass w/ anti-fingerprint coating
Replaceable TPU straps w/ aluminium buckle
– Adjustable strap size = 155mm to 219mm
PPG coronary heart price sensor
SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) monitoring
Cellphone notification assist
Tracks 30 actions, together with: Outside operating, HIIT and Zumba
Supported languages: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Conventional Chinese language, Simplified Chinese language
Helps Android 5.Zero or iOS 10.Zero and above
14-day battery life