Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Recently, fitness bracelets have become more and more popular. If the usefulness of smartwatches is still in question, then the same cannot be said about fitness bracelets. They perform the main task of calculating the calories burned without any problems. And you will not argue with the fact that many of us need to exercise regularly?
Surprisingly, the Chinese company Xiaomi has managed to become the most famous manufacturer of fitness bracelets. People are crazy not so much about the functionality of such devices, but about their cost. At the same time, the range of such gadgets is constantly expanding. And if a couple of years ago Xiaomi it produced fitness bracelets only under its own brand, now the most advanced devices are sold under the trademark Amazfit. Our rating will tell about those and other devices. You can safely buy any of the considered gadgets, it is unlikely that you will then be disappointed in the purchased fitness bracelet.
Rating of the best fitness bracelets Xiaomi
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best fitness bracelets Xiaomi||1||Xiaomi Amazfit Cor||RUB 4,449|
|2||Xiaomi Amazfit Arc||RUB 2,499|
|3||Xiaomi Mi Band 3||RUB 1,689|
|4||Xiaomi Mi Band 2||RUB 1,179|
Xiaomi Amazfit Cor
Budget fitness bracelets may not appeal to some customers due to their monochrome display. What can we do, we are used to smartphones and other devices that include a color screen. But what can I say, even some bike computers now have such a display! This is why many people want to carry a color screen gadget on their wrist. And that is exactly what Amazfit Cor possesses, which opens our rating.
This device is slightly larger than any budget fitness tracker. Due to the large size on the front panel of the device, there was a place for a 1.23-inch display. Its resolution is 160×80 pixels. This parameter is enough for displaying time, date and some other important information. Moreover, unlike budget models, Amazfit Cor tries to display at least the first line of a letter or message received on the user's smartphone. Also there are additional applications, thanks to which, for example, a weather forecast can be displayed on the screen. The only problem is that the display was created using IPS technology. This means that you are waiting for an insufficiently deep black color. But this is even more troubling due to the fact that such a technology is not highly energy efficient. However, with the default settings, you can achieve approximately 12-13 days of battery life. In this mode, the screen backlight is activated every time you raise your hand. If the backlight is not on, nothing is visible on the display – this is typical for IPS. Everything is readable under the bright sun without any problems – the backlight copes. Although it is noticeable that at this moment the screen does not look as good as its OLED – analogue.
The device signals the receipt of notifications with a tangible vibration. Well, it is held on the hand with a silicone strap. Recharging is carried out using the cradle. There is no inconvenient USB-connector here, and therefore even an elderly person, whose hands do not obey in the best way, could cope with connecting the charger.
Fitness bracelets are usually not sparing. They can be used in the rain, and ideally even would like to be able to swim. And this is not to mention the fact that the user's hand will sweat regularly if the owner of the gadget really starts exercising. In short, it's no surprise that Amazfit Cor received a waterproof case. It complies with the WR50 standard. This means that the shower and rain will not damage the device. You can swim in a fitness bracelet, but you should refuse diving.
Synchronization with a smartphone is carried out via Bluetooth 4.1. There is also a built-in heart rate monitor – it works with an LED that can be seen on the back panel. It turns out that this tracker can be used to count steps, get acquainted with the calories burned and fix the heartbeat. There are, of course, other functions here – for example, timer, stopwatch and alarm clock.
For the sake of cost reduction, the manufacturer abandoned the GPS chip. Because of this, you will not be able to save your run route. However, no one bothers to use your smartphone for this purpose. But even this is not the main problem of the device. Even the international version of the fitness bracelet Amazfit Cor does not have Russian. However, the firmware of the device is as simple as possible – instead of labels, icons are most often used, so you are unlikely to have serious problems with mastering the gadget. By the way, you can download third-party firmware on the Internet – it is distinguished by the support of the Cyrillic alphabet.
- There is some water resistance;
- Convenient use;
- The price is not terribly high;
- Smartphone notifications are supported;
- A color display is used;
- The heart rate monitor works without any problems;
- Long battery life.
- Not the best fastening of the strap (it can easily break);
- Confused by the absence of the Russian language in the menu;
- Sweat affects the correctness of the heart rate monitor.
Xiaomi Amazfit Arc
Another fitness tracker in our ranking, distributed under the sub-brand Amazfit. It is sold at about the same price – the buyer needs to spend about 3 thousand rubles. However, this does not mean that this bracelet is identical to the model discussed above. It is enough to take the device in hand, as you can immediately feel the difference. The fact is that the weight of this model is only 20 g – about one and a half times less than the parameter possessed by Amazfit Cor. In this case, scratch-resistant glass is also used here. Not to mention the silicone strap, which also has no special differences. The display had the biggest impact on weight. The fact is that a very small OLED panel is used here – its diagonal does not exceed 0.42 inches. And it is not even its size that confuses, but the lack of flowers. However, many fitness bracelets have just a monochrome screen – it is quite enough to get acquainted with the current heart rate or the number of steps taken. But at least partial reading of incoming messages will have to be abandoned – the device can only notify about their receipt, for which vibration is used.
The modest OLED display has a definite plus. When using it, even a miniature battery with a capacity of 70 mAh is enough for at least a week of battery life. And if the use of the fitness bracelet is not too intense, then ten days can be achieved. However, the gadget will remind you of a long sedentary position, thereby urging you to the next workout – you can hardly restrain yourself for a long time.
Otherwise, this is a typical fitness tracker. The pulse is measured by him using an LED located on the rear panel. This means that excessive sweating can affect the accuracy of the readings. But sweat will definitely not penetrate into the case. Like any other type of moisture – this is evidenced by the IP67 certificate. You can't just dive with such a device. You can regret the lack of a GPS chip, which is why it is better to forget about saving the route of your run. Among the wireless modules, only Bluetooth is present here – it is with its help that synchronization with a smartphone is carried out.
The weak point of the device is its strap. It is made from a very thin and unreliable material. For many buyers, it lasted only six months. After such a period, he was torn in one of the holes. The trouble is that strap replacement is not possible. After this, you have to buy a new fitness tracker, because carrying it in your pocket is almost pointless.
- Long battery life;
- Convenient use;
- There is a good heart rate monitor;
- There is a moisture protection according to the IP67 standard;
- Minimum weight;
- Charging time does not exceed half an hour;
- Sleep monitoring is available.
- The small display is monochrome;
- The cost may seem overpriced;
- After a while the strap breaks (not sold separately);
- The firmware does not work perfectly on all copies.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3
At the moment, this is the most recent fitness bracelet that the company Xiaomi sells under its own brand. This means that the buyer does not expect any pitfalls – the device is close to ideal. With an eye on the price segment, of course. It is foolish to wait in a gadget for 2 thousand rubles. GPS chip or something similar. But what can I say, there is not even a color display! Instead, a monochrome OLED panel is used, the diagonal of which is only 0.78 inches. The resolution of 128×80 pixels is barely enough to show the current heart rate, the number of steps taken or the level of completion of a certain task. Well, as a start screen, a clock is used here, which at the same time indicates the current date (the day of the week is not forgotten, which is issued instead of the year).
Most fitness bands on the market today come with a silicone strap. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is no exception. Fortunately, the strap is quite reliable. Although you can find reviews on the Internet that mention the fact of the strap becoming unusable, only they are extremely rare. Much more often people write laudatory reviews, talking about well-implemented moisture protection. The manufacturer claims the IP68 standard. But in fact, it is slightly lower – it is not recommended to dive with the device, even at a shallow depth.
The fitness bracelet turned out to be very light – its weight does not exceed 20 g. The product uses its own firmware. It is impossible to get lost in the menu. If you install a special client on your smartphone, then regular synchronization will be carried out. Also, the device will signal about incoming letters, messages and calls. Including calendar notifications are supported, which is good news. And such a small gadget is able to show the weather forecast!
Synchronization with a smartphone is carried out via the wireless standard Bluetooth 4.2 LE. The device also includes a heart rate monitor – the LED is on the back panel. The readings are very accurate. But exactly the moment your wrist sweats or you decide to go to the shower. This is understandable, because moisture distorts the texture of the skin and veins, in connection with which the system begins to experience problems.
It remains to add that the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 received a 110mAh battery. At 20 grams, this is quite unexpected! With such a battery, you can hope for several tens of days of battery life.
- Low cost;
- Good water resistance;
- They hold a charge for a very long time;
- There are a large number of interchangeable straps;
- The screen is quite bright;
- Good work of the heart rate monitor;
- There are additional functions like an alarm clock;
- Sleep monitoring is available.
- The small size of the display will not suit everyone;
- The screen is monochrome;
- Step counting is not always accurate;
- Sweat and other moisture can affect the performance of the heart rate monitor.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Our rating could not do without what must be the most popular creation of the company Xiaomi. Seriously, the Mi Band 2 is able to boast more active sales than any smartphone released by the same company. Well, how else, if this fitness bracelet is at the same time one of the cheapest devices distributed under the brand Xiaomi?
It is easy to guess that for 1300-1500 rubles you will get the minimum functionality. However, notifications of letters, calls and messages are in place. The built-in heart rate monitor also works fine if your wrist is not wet. What else can you ask for from a fitness bracelet? Of course, there is no GPS chip here, which is why activity monitoring is essentially limited to counting steps. But on the other hand, the product turned out to be very light – the weight barely reaches seven grams! At the same time, there was a place inside for a 70 mAh battery, a full charge of which is enough for 15-30 days of battery life, depending on the intensity of use.
This fitness bracelet easily pulls out of its strap. As a result, you can change it by purchasing an accessory in a different color. It will be necessary even if something happens to the strap. And this will definitely happen faster than the device itself fails. Although you can drown it even on the very first day of use – moisture protection is implemented here only according to the WR30 standard. This means that the gadget is not afraid only of rain – it is better to remove the device even before taking a shower, not to mention swimming in the pool.
Not everyone will like the display used here. It has a diagonal of 0.42 inches. Because of this, only one information is displayed on it – either the readings of the heart rate monitor, or the time, or the number of steps taken. Well, to get acquainted with the results of past workouts is offered in a special client application installed on a smartphone. Synchronization with it is carried out using Bluetooth 4.0 LE. It should also be noted that the screen is monochrome. It was created using technology OLED, thanks to this, such a long autonomous work was achieved.
Perhaps you can find fault with the charging time. It reaches exactly three o'clock. However, this should not be considered a serious drawback, since connecting a network adapter is very rarely required – no need to compare a fitness bracelet with a smartphone.
- Long battery life;
- There is a good heart rate monitor;
- The picture is clearly visible even under the bright sun;
- There is protection against splashes and rain;
- Very low weight;
- A large number of strap color options;
- Low cost.
- The water resistance could be more complete;
- The display is small and monochrome;
- The glass is not protected from scratches;
- The heart rate monitor malfunctions if the skin becomes wet.
This is a list of the best fitness bracelets among those produced by Xiaomi or its subsidiary. Note that our rating may remain relevant for a couple of years. It is hard to imagine that in the future Xiaomi will come up with devices in a similar form factor, which will receive wider functionality and incredibly long battery life.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.