The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 is another addition to the burgeoning lineup of the world’s number one wearable brand. It’s proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to access your daily health and fitness metrics from your wrist, and you don’t have to sacrifice fancy features either.
The market for affordable wearables is constantly expanding, which is a good thing given the current climate, so while price and convenience may be light, this watch is definitely not a featherweight on features.
Available colors: Interchangeable band colors are available
Compatibility: IOS and Android, Mi . app
Battery life: 14 days
Screen type and screen size: 1.62 inch AMOLED
Water Resistant: up to 50 meters
Heart rate tracker: yes
sleep tracker: yes
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 enters our best fitness tracker (Opens in a new tab)Rounding off as a tried and tested budget purchase recommendation. We were surprised by the sheer number of features available in the model but didn’t find the watch quite easy to use at times, and the screen can be unresponsive as well. But it looks great on your wrist and has a look not unlike a Fitbit watch.
Below, we detail the highs and lows of this model and offer our verdict on whether this fitness watch is worth your hard-earned bucks. Find out the best place to wear a fitness tracker (Opens in a new tab) Or find out everything you need to know about the Smart Band 7 with our full review.
Price and availability
The MSRP of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 varies by location, as it’s listed as £54.99 on their main website, and you can add changeable strap colors at checkout for £4.99. mi (Opens in a new tab)It ships worldwide, and you can also buy this watch via third-party retailers like Amazon at discounted prices under $50.99.
We think the price of this fitness tracker is reasonable considering the number of features available, great battery life, and the accessibility of an app.
Design and display
The Smart Band 7 is the new and improved sibling to the Smart Band 6, with some fancy features thrown into the mix to add a bit more bang for your buck.
It looks almost identical to the Fitbit, with a large, crisp 1.62″ HD AMOLED display that delivers 25% larger and brighter screen than its predecessor Xiaomi Smart 6. The screen size measures the width of our wrist from top to bottom, and an improved interface design allows you to read your stats Basic instantly without scrolling or fussing.
The fitness tracker is easy to set up. You can download the Mi Fitness app directly to your phone and sync the watch (after charging it for the first time) with the app. From the Profile tab, you can set up your information such as weight, age, and height and navigate your connections to other apps like Strava or Apple Health.
The touchscreen design is useful for on-the-go choices and ease, allowing you to swipe up, down, left, and right to access apps and features. swipe down for notifications or swipe up to access your main apps like heart rate, sleep, oxygen monitoring, and exercise mode; You can choose the apps you want to access from the Mi app, and they will automatically update your watch. Swiping left and right will also give you access to features like music, daily goals, and a quick workout mode.
The display offers always-on mode and custom watch faces, and you can use interchangeable straps to switch up your style.
While the watch is designed for quick start selections, the app is where you can set up more detailed data analysis (like your goals and feature settings) and access a comprehensive health and fitness dashboard. There are a wealth of features to cover up, but we do our best to break them down below.
The Smart Band 7 is stacked with health features like heart rate, sleep and all-day blood oxygen monitoring, as well as capturing stats about stress levels and VO₂ max during workouts.
You can select to take a real-time heart rate reading by simply swiping to the heart rate feature on your watch. Scroll again, and you can perform a one-minute guided breathing meditation that will instantly update your stress analysis readings, capturing how long you’ve been in green, orange, or red stress areas throughout the day.
Via the Device tab (found in the Mi Fitness app), you can cycle through all the available features (listed as widgets) and set goals. For example, you can track your blood oxygen in the all-day mode and receive an alert on your wrist if levels drop below a set percentage. we love Relax reminderThis prompts us to perform the breathing exercise when stress levels reach above 80 during the waking period.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 tracks metrics in real time; You can view live results in the health tab of the app, including information on sleep, time spent standing, or the number of steps, in the form of a detailed graph. You can also compare the results in a daily, weekly, and monthly summary to help you notice patterns in your lifestyle.
Furthermore, you can track your sleep by time spent in REM vs. non-REM sleep stages (Opens in a new tab) To help you gauge the quality of your snooze periods. It’s worth noting that you have to turn on advanced sleep monitoring in Mi Fitness settings to access the REM sleep feature.
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From the Band 6’s 30 fitness modes to over 110, the Band 7 has undergone an undeniable revamp. The watch also has a water resistance of 50 meters if you want to take your wearable for a swim.
The watch works like most basic fitness trackers. Access your workout mode from your app, select options like walking, indoor running or outdoor cycling, and easy-to-use GPS maps will start to track your route. The watch will then measure your heart rate, speed and calories (Opens in a new tab) Counting, total time straight from the wrist to the app. Access extensive exercise modes from your wrist, including discover activities like jump rope and yoga (Opens in a new tab).
We liked the training load analysis – something you don’t always find on smartwatches. It tells you whether to increase or decrease activity based on previously recorded exercise data. It measures EPOC (Excessive Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) – an effective measure of how long it takes your body to recover from exercise, resulting in more post-exercise calorie burn, according to Sports Science Journal (Opens in a new tab).
The watch can then recommend a refund when it thinks you need it and provide general assessments of how hard you are working.
The feature we love is the PAI (Personal Activity Index). Use HUNT . Fitness Study Project (Opens in a new tab) Data, Xiaomi uses continuous heart rate monitoring to help you raise your heart rate above 100 throughout the day, which earns you PAI points. It is claimed (through study) to reduce the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Female Health Department
The number of wearables is now responsible for your menstrual cycles and tracks your cycle to provide important information about your energy levels and mood. Not only does this matter for your well-being, it can also help you prepare better for workouts.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 didn’t add this as an afterthought. Alternatively, the app lets you track symptoms and forecasts in a calendar format, and even track your fertility and ovulation status throughout the month. From the app, you can add reminders and log your period history, which can help you identify patterns throughout the month, and help you scale or decrease your workouts.
If those features alone aren’t enough, you can also access additional widgets such as weather, smartphone notifications, flashlight, night mode, target alerts, timers, parking alerts (alerts that tell you to move when you’re stationary for long periods), And the Sync your music.
We were impressed with the Xiaomi Smart Band 7’s battery life. It can easily go up to two weeks without charging, depending on how many features you use throughout the day. What’s more, it only takes a few hours to charge the battery, so you don’t leave yourself with the mess you’re chasing after battery life.
Aside from basic metric tracking, we’ve run into some teething issues with more advanced monitoring features like sleep analysis and exercise data.
You may feel immensely rich from data analysis if you’re new to fitness trackers, so we recommend prioritizing your basic stats first, and focusing on calories, step counts, workouts, and daily movement goals.
Each feature breaks down tracking information into minute details. For example, your step count shows the time you spend walking slow versus fast. Heart rate data is divided into heart rate zones (Opens in a new tab)Including aerobic exercise (Opens in a new tab) and anaerobic exercises (Opens in a new tab). Stress monitoring also breaks down your results, this time into minutes spent in areas of mild, moderate, and severe stress — and it keeps going.
Everything comes on a detailed (albeit small) sliding scale. It makes a comprehensive health and fitness tracker, but in an effort to cover it all, some features need accuracy. On most occasions, our sleep data recorded 3-4 hours of sleep starting at random times like 2:00 AM or 5:00 AM and gave very different results than other trackers we have been using along with the Smart Band. As a result, the deep sleep and rapid eye movement data were out of the way.
Unfortunately, exercise mode was a bit off pace in places, resulting in excessive calorie and mileage burn in most workouts – we wish we could burn 150 calories in 10 minutes of moderate activity!
However, the fitness tracker’s calorie count is known to be somewhat unreliable regardless of its cost, especially when measuring from your wrist, and it’s not unusual for calorie-burning data to be unfamiliar.
Some users may experience responsiveness (or lack of) the touch screen. We found it hard to navigate the workout situation when we’re sweating, which is very frustrating in the middle of class. The watch’s display is made of tempered glass and an anti-fingerprint coating, and we wonder if this might affect the sensitivity.
We’ve checked some reviews on Mi website and Amazon and found that some of our issues are reflected by users identifying recurring issues, but we think these can be an easy fix by Mi.
Aside from a few light touches, we found the watch to work well with our lifestyle. One-minute guided breathing meditations help slow you down during the confused rush of a bus or the last thing before bed. We also enjoy the extent to which the watch can be customized, allowing you to divide tools, watch faces, and even your watch strap according to your requirements.
If you want to maximize the features without paying hundreds of dollars, then the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 fitness tracker is for you. Reliability is still missing in places, and there is definitely room to improve exercise and sleep features. However, the sheer availability of data tracking increases the potential for problems during daily use, and it’s unusual to find this level of quality and detail for $50.
If this product is not suitable for you
If you have some serious money to spend and need a jewelry upgrade too, the $400 Oura Ring Generation 3 (Opens in a new tab)It is our favorite find (pictured above). It is positioned as more of a health and sleep tracker but it tracks exercise and has a workout mode to record live training. The health and sleep capabilities are amazing, and we couldn’t get enough of this form during testing.
If you prefer an accurate approach to fitness tracking, Withings ScanWatch (Opens in a new tab) Combines a beautiful traditional wristwatch with easy health and fitness tracking. He can even take ECG readings on the spot.
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