Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review : Low Budget Smartwatch with Competitive Quality

Since the XIAOMI’s release for smartwatch series, it has always been exhibited the needs of XIAOMI’s users packed in affordable price. It is hard to find comparable products by others brand. Especially, because in XIAOMI Mi Band 3, it is not only going to offer a top-end fitness tracking experience but also very relevant design that is attractive, cheap, and may suit well for you. And to get you insight of this product, here is the Mi Band 3 Review for your purchase consideration.

Mi Band 3 Review: Design and Display

There is no specific satisfactory design from XIAOMI Mi Band 3, but it does look better than previous series. Surprisingly, the weight is notably light which is 20g. While its dimensions are 17.9 x 46.9 x 12mm. Even if it’s a lot smaller, we won’t recognize it once wearing it.

Display

Mi band 3’s screen is bigger than latest series which around 0.7-inch. This is OLED panel that sits lengthways along your wrist. By touchscreen, it means that it is you can swipe your finger across it and scrolling through the menus easily. Well, this is not the easiest device to interact with, sometime, it takes a few taps or drags on the screen to get into menus we need. However, as time flies, we got used to the device.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review - front face

Further, most of Mi Band 3 Review suggests that the screen is still black and white with a faint blue tinge to the white. Besides, the resolution is wide at 128 x 80 pixels. This means that the screen is little bit larger in order it can show the stats on it. The wider the screen is, the more stats will appear in detail.

Waterproof Design and Straps

Next big thing in this Mi Band 3 Review is that we don’t have to be worry if we bring XIAOMI Mi Band 3 into either swimming or to the shower. This is because this watch is also waterproof to 50 meters. It’s enormously useful feature for the Mi Band fans and they won’t find in some trackers that have ideal price rather than it.

There are 3 different bands for this type namely black, orange and blue design. Talking to the straps, it made of silicone and it comfortable to wear along the day. On the other side, it doesn’t look particularly stylish. It is because XIAOMI itself does not offer any other materials for straps yet. Even that, we still expect there will be answer regarding straps in upcoming type.

Mi Band 3 Performance and Software

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review - water resestance

Accuracy of Step tracking in XIAOMI Mi Band 3 is no doubt. Some users claim that you are never going to get a perfectly accurate result from a wrist-based tracker like this device, and you would never have been regretful in choosing this device as your tracking fitness.

In addition to this accuracy, there is also heart rate sensor that is located on the rear of tracker, directly touching your skin. This system is not always-on, so you need to set it first in order to make it constantly recording your heart rate. And then you can get the result in the Mi Fit app.

Moreover, Mi Band 3 is not equipped GPS. Thus, you don’t need to expect more to get accurate data from the device. It is not going to be problem for casual runners, but it won’t be good deal for runner athlete. However, it can be solved if they use their smartphone as running tracker properly.

On the other hand, Mi Band 3 review also suggests that the watch is also designed to track another sport’s activity such cycling and swimming. Finally, this device might be becoming your partner for recording your heart rate during doing your sports.

Spec and other features

XIAOMI Mi Band 3 offers sleep tracking feature even if it is limited but it’s useful for basics. Meanwhile, the design is slim and light where we did not even conscious it during in bed. This feature is useful for anyone who used to be aware their sleeping patterns ideally. Because they would know what time they need to wake up and when they are in deep and light sleep.

There is also additional NFC in Xiaomi Mi Band 3, for Chinese version only. This will allow you to use it for performing payment without contact. Hopefully, this model is also release in every country in order Mi Band’s users get that functionality.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review  Low Budget Smartwatch with Competitive Quality

Talking about forecast information, it is displayed by default. You might get prediction on when the high and low temperatures for the day and the next couple of days. Besides, there are also variety of notifications beamed to your wrist for instance calls, texts, alarms, reminders, etc.

Mi App and compatibility

XIOAMI Mi Band 3 series is equipped with Bluetooth 4.2 technology which is compatible with smartphone running Android 4.4 and above. It is also compatible with iPhones running iOS 9.0 and above. Moreover, Mi Fit application is connected directly with your phone when you need to setting Mi Band 3 by your hand. This is what makes Mi Band 3 Review powerful.

Furthermore, you are also able to start tracking sessions from within the app. You could also set how the Mi Bands 3 works through the settings and moreover, you can set the vibration for notification whether for phone calls, tracker and many more.

The important want, XIAOMI Mi Band 3 does exactly what you need, even if there is not detail breakdown data to keep you motivated and advised you, at least you could do better on what you plan in the near future.

Tenacity Battery life of Mi Band 3

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 has 110 mAh battery. If the tracker is active for two weeks or even more, it had 70% battery left. Meanwhile, XIAOMI claims its Band will last for 20 days in standby mode. In real practice, it withstands longer even when in use. Thus, users don’t need to recharge this every single night. However, charging up the XIAOMI Mi Band 3 isn’t the easiest thing to do. You need to pop it out and slot it into the charger right away. So, it does not match with your ordinary micro USB or USB-C cable

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review - Low Budget Smartwatch

No need to worry, once charge battery up to 50%, its rapidly move to 100% which is approximately 30 minutes. Even if there is such fast charging mode, you won’t have to charge XIOAMI mi Band 3 often. Before leaving, just make sure the charger always by your side is because you could not use other chargers from others devices.

Mi Band 3 Review: Price and Availability

To continue this Mi Band 3 Review, this device was exhibited in May 2018. However, Mi Band 3 hard to avail globally as demanding of the Mi Band users. For instance, to get basic model, in Chinese’s price is around 178-180 yuan which is approximate £20 / $30 / AU$36.

Since the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 released, it is not officially available neither in UK nor in US, but you are able to obtain it from Gearbest which use code HKBAND to get discount under $18 for this model. Moreover, there was also highest cost version for Mi Bans 3 which have additional only feature is NFC in China for 199 yuan (around $33 / £23 / AU$40). You may check from Gearbest for US and UK.

Read the successor of this smartwatch, XIAOMI Mi Band 4 in this link.

Originally Written by: Reno Prasetyo
Edited by: Eko Prasetyo

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