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Review: Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – Is It the Best Fitness Tracker for the Budget

Fitness trackers became one of the hottest gadgets in the world. They monitor your activity levels, track walking distance and calculate calories burned.

Couple of months ago, we got the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness tracker and discovered that it was possible to get great product at an affordable price, especially when considering other trackers in the markets such as Garmin’s and Samsung’s.

Xiaomi’s fitness tracker comes with a small, scratch-resistant LED screen. The screen has a single button that allows switching between time, pulse and pedometers. The tracker can hold up to 30 days without charging, and that depends on how much you’ll be using features on the tracker. Charging is done via USB connection. Straps can be replaced and the tracker is water resistant even at the shower. You can receive alerts for calls, messages, and alarms from Android devices. The tracker also monitors the quality of sleep and can display the data in the Mi Fit application, Xiaomi’s management application.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – Fitness Tracker // Technical Specifications

  • Battery – 110mAH. Enough to work for about 30 days without recharging.
  • Optical heart rate monitor.
  • Weight – 20 grams (with original strap).
  • The screen is 0.78 inches with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology.
  • Water resistance – yes, even in the shower.Test
  • Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity
  • Operating systems support – iOS / Android

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What’s in the box?

In the box you will find the fitness tracker body, a strap, a charging cable and a manual. Note that this is a dedicated charging cable that you probably do not have at home.

What can (and should) be added to the purchase basket in addition to Xiaomi’s fitness tracker?

The trackers come in multiple color options for the bands, plus there’s a large number of third-party bands you can get including glass screen shield, straps – plastic, metal, leather and more.

xiaomi mi band 3 fitness tracker

Xiaomi’s fitness tracker – behind the scenes

This fitness tracker sends a vibration alert when it detects that an hour has passed while sitting without moving. By measuring the pulse during sleep, the tracker will show data related to the quality of your sleep.

  • The band is made of hypoallergenic materials and is suitable for sensitive skin.
  • The tracker is durable at between 20 and 70 degrees Celsius.
  • You can set an alarm clock through the app.
  • You can set the “display clock” mode without pressing the button. In this mode the clock will be displayed when you raise your hand to look at it.
  • You can set a daily steps target. The tracker will inform when the target is achieved.

fitness tracker xiaomi mi band

Things to consider

This fitness tracker does not measure pulse continuously, only when it’s activated. For non-athletes, this function is sufficient. Professional athletes will have to find another solution than the one Xiaomi is offering.

The screen of the tracker is relatively sensitive to scratches and fingerprints can be seen but this can be easily solved by purchasing a screen protector (link to purchase).

The strap is very durable and does not require high maintenance. After 3 months of intense usage, the tracker does not show large wear marks.

The fitness tracker that measures pulse and a number of steps, can also be used as an alarm clock, works with Android devices and iPhone through an application that gives even more control over your device.