Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Review: Excellent SmartBand for Fitness Tracking
When it comes to tracking your daily activities as well as your health status, the Mi Band 4 delivers as promised. It does so even at an affordable price
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The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is the newest smartwatch in the market. It succeeds the Mi Band 3 and arguably has the biggest upgrade in the series till date. In this article, we’ll be reviewing this fitness tracker and how it fairs against its competitors like Fitbit and Samsung watch.
So to find more, keep reading.
Design and Display
The Mi Band 4 comes in a very simple package. You get the Main band itself, the charging dock and a manual in the box.
The Unit we have comes in an attractive black colour and is quite comfortable to wear.
To get started using the Mi Band 4 for the first time, you will have to download the Mi Fit app on the app store to your phone and create an account there
Then, go ahead to activate your phone Bluetooth to initiate the pairing process. Once the device is connected, you can change the watch face and do other kinds of stuff from the app.
The Mi Band 4 maintains the OLED technology of its predecessors but with a significant upgrade. Last year’s Mi Band 3 features a 0.78 inch OLED display with 80 x 128 pixels resolution. But this year, Xiaomi takes it a step further, featuring a 0.98 inch AMOLED display with 120 x 240 pixels resolution on the Mi Band 4. Data can easily be viewed on the Mi Band 4 which is critical in fitness smartwatches.
For personalization, the Mi Band 4 comes with 77 colourful dial themes and eight different brands. The wrist band measures 18mm and it’s removable as we have seen on other Mi Bands.
The Mi Band 4 comes with a 5ATM water-resistant rating. This means you can take the smartwatch to a pool of water measuring 50 metres depth. Also, the device can track your swimming activity in a pool. It won’t be able to track your activity on open water like a beach. There are Black, Brown, Blue, Pink and Orange body colours to choose from.
Mi Band 4 Key Features Explained
5ATM Water Resistant Rating
One of the things that set the Mi Band 4 apart from many other feature-laden smartwatches available is its 5ATM water-resistant rating. It can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 50 meters, making it a charm when being exposed in rain, splashing, accidental submersion, showering, surface, swimming.
Notification Display & Reject Phone Calls
The Mi Band 4 shows if there is an incoming call as well as the caller ID once you are connected to your phone Bluetooth. It also shows all your app notifications once this is activated and synchronized to the watch.
Raise Wrist To Wake Up The Screen
The screen automatically lights up when you raise your hand. There is no need for tapping the screen to see real-time notifications including sports data, time and heart rate.
Count steps/Distance/Calories burned
Mi Band 4 helps you record all your activities in the day, calculate the distance you walk and calories burned. It equally takes care of your health, monitors your sleep, reminds you to have a rest and track your steps, mileage and calories for high-quality sports.
24 Hours Heart Rate Monitor
It tracks your heart rate continuously at every moment every day. Heart rate recording will start automatically once you wear it on.
Mi Band 4 Specifications
Model: XiaoMi Mi Band 4
Bluetooth version: 5.0 (Low energy)
Waterproof Rating: 5ATM
Compatibility: Android 4.4, iOS 9.0 or above
|Special Features||Health tracker: Measurement of heart rate, Sleep management, Pedometer, Calories burned measuring, Steps counting, Distance recording, Sedentary reminder
Other functions: Stopwatch, Alarm clock, Timer, Find my phone, Phone unlock, Event reminder, Do not disturb mode (works even without phone), Lock screen, Music controls on band
Alert type: Vibration
Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, Capacitive proximity sensor, optical heart rate sensor
|Display||Screen: 0.95-inch Color AMOLED Display
Touch key: Yes
|Battery||Battery type: Lithium polymer battery
Standby time: About 20 days
|Material||Mi-core material: Plastic + Alloy
Case material: TPEE
Band material: TPU
|Weight and Size||Band total length: 247 mm
Adjustable length: 155-216 mm
Product size (L x W x H): 21.6 x 10.8 x 12 mm
Product net weight: 22.1g
Inside the Mi Band 4 are sensors used for typical activity tracking. They are a 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometer motion sensors, a PPG optical heart rate sensor and a proximity sensor. You can sync your data to the Mi Fit companion smartphone app by using the Bluetooth.
Automatic sleep monitoring is also available which works 24/7 day and night. Since there is no GPS on the Mi Band 4, the smartwatch relies on the motion sensors to track metrics like pace and distance.
The device can track different workout modes such as walking, outdoor and treadmill running, cycling, swimming e.t.c. The smartwatch is programmed to track various swimming strokes like freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.
The Mi Band 4 is compatible with both iOS 9 or above and Android 4.4 or above operating devices. For the Chinese market, the smartwatch comes with a built-in microphone and NFC. So you buy from Gearvita in order to feat both features. The built-in microphone will enable voice commands and NFC is good contactless payment support.
Just like we’ve seen on other wearables, the Mi Band 4 now features the ability to control music playback on your smartphone.
Other features include weather forecasts, notification for upcoming events, messages, incoming calls, and calendar. Xiaomi’s artificial intelligence assistant – Xiao AI is installed in the Mi Band 4. The downside is that Xiao AI won’t be able to interact with you.
Battery and Price
The Mi Band 4 comes with an upgraded 135 mAh battery capacity. Xiaomi is promising a 20-day battery life on the Mi Band 4. On the smartwatch, the charging contact is located at the rear side of the monitor. And as promised by Xiaomi, the Mi Band 4 truly served me up to 18-day on a single charge.
There’s a lot to like about the Mi Band 4. For just $36.99, you get a fitness tracker that has waterproofing, a heart rate monitor, workout tracking, text and call notifications, sleep tracking, and an impressive battery life of up to three full weeks, depending on usage.
You can get the Mi Band 4 on Gearvita for just $36.99 if you use the coupon code-miband4