The Mi Good Band 6 is Xiaomi’s latest addition to the sequence that propelled it to the numero uno place within the health band section. This explicit section has been rising over the previous few years, however in latest occasions, have seen numerous new choices being launched on a really frequent foundation by manufacturers each identified and unprecedented. Staying related and aggressive, due to this fact, is more durable than ever earlier than. Does the Mi Good Band 6 have what it takes?
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Design and show
The newest providing sticks to the identical design and type issue as its predecessor, the Mi Good Band 5 (overview), which is each a very good and a foul factor. Good, as a result of nicely, the Mi Good Band 6 is kind of cozy to put on over lengthy intervals, and even options the identical handy magnetic charging mechanism because the earlier mannequin. And dangerous as a result of the design has began trying a bit dated by now, and probably wants a little bit of a refresh.
That’s to not say there’s nothing new within the newest mannequin – fairly the other actually. The Mi Good Band 6 comes with a bigger display screen, up from 1.19-inches within the earlier mannequin to a extra beneficiant 1.56-inches. The touch-enabled AMOLED show is kind of vivid, sharp, and conscious of the contact too, and due to the larger measurement, can accommodate extra content material. Xiaomi has achieved an nearly 50 % bump in display screen measurement by altering the form of the show, which is now oval-shaped and spans the fascia edge to edge. The general look of the system, due to this fact, hasn’t modified, and also you get the identical capsule-shaped core together with a slim silicone band. You get a black band within the field by default, however you should buy extra in several colors from Xiaomi. In reality, the straps that had been launched for the Mi Good Band 5 work with the brand new mannequin too.
Behind the system, you’ll see the varied sensors and a pair of pins the place the magnetic charger hooks up. And whereas I’m as regards to design, price mentioning that the Mi Good Band 6 is water resistant as much as 50m.
The Mi Good Band 6 brings forth the identical set of options as its predecessor, together with a bunch of latest ones. The primary and one of the vital notable is the addition of an SpO2 monitor, which is a characteristic that’s been of very excessive curiosity throughout pandemic occasions… since retaining observe of blood oxygen ranges has turn into extraordinarily necessary. Not simply that, there are a bunch of updates on the health monitoring aspect too.
The band helps 30 sports activities modes, and might auto-detect six of them: strolling, outside working, treadmill, biking indoor rowing, and elliptical coaching. Sleep respiratory high quality monitoring has been added as nicely.
In fact, the Mi Good Band 6 additionally provides monitoring of steps taken, steady coronary heart fee, sleep monitoring with REM, and stress monitoring. It will possibly throw up idle alerts, options respiratory workout routines, and might even observe feminine well being. And so far as the same old capabilities are involved, just about your complete suite is there – alarms, climate, stopwatch, timers, music management, and distant digicam shutter. It’s a complete characteristic set that appears prefer it doesn’t miss out on a lot. I do miss an always-on display screen although.
App and connectivity
The Mi Good Band 6 can pair with an Android or iOS telephone by way of the Mi Match app as regular, however this time, you possibly can alternatively use the Xiaomi Put on app too. In reality, the latter provides you an choice to import your knowledge from Mi Match, which ought to be helpful in case you’ve been utilizing one of many earlier fashions of the Mi Band. The Xiaomi Put on app is identical one which works with each Mi Watch Revolve and Mi Watch Revolve Energetic, in addition to the Redmi Watch. I’m speculating right here, however perhaps the model needs to maneuver fully to the Xiaomi Put on app for its wearables, and that is simply the transition section.
The Xiaomi Put on app syncs with the Mi Good Band 6 and shows all of your knowledge in an easy-to-read format. I confronted no points with pairing or syncing. The app is split into three principal screens, with ‘Standing’ displaying your exercise, ‘Exercises’ to allow particular exercise modes, and ‘Profile’ itemizing your paired gadgets and permitting to manage all of the settings for the band. You’ll be able to allow alerts for incoming calls, set targets, allow app notifications, set alarms and consider the battery stage of the related band. And with the Mi Good band 6, you even get the choice to say no incoming calls with a personalised SMS, straight from the system.
Price mentioning is the truth that many options, together with primary ones like ‘increase to wake’, and superior ones like all-day stress monitoring, are disabled by default. You’ll have to dive settings to allow them, and a few of them are buried fairly deep.
Coming to look at faces, there are fairly a number of choices out there to obtain. The Mi Good Band 6’s elongated display screen doesn’t translate nicely for analogue watch faces, so just about all the ones out there to obtain are of the digital selection. You’d additionally see fairly a number of watch face choices displaying characters from Chinese language animated movies, anime sequence, and cartoons. I can’t say I’m a fan of ‘Fox Spirit Matchmaker’ or ‘The Outcast’, however since these get their very own set of choices within the watch face part, I’m guessing they’d be fairly fashionable in China. Possibly Xiaomi ought to try to listing choices to swimsuit Indian tastes as nicely, however that stated, there are ample generic choices out there too, overlaying classes like trend, easy, formal, science and know-how, and many others.
Utilization and battery life
Utilizing the Mi Good Band 6 on a day-to-day foundation is easy, and other than enabling the settings you need, all you mainly have to do is strap it to your wrist and let it do its job. Due to the brand new edge-to-edge display screen, the capacitive button beneath the display screen, as seen on the earlier mannequin, is now gone. So you possibly can faucet on the display screen to wake it up, after which use swipes and faucets to navigate. The system interface is easy and intuitive, and primarily contains a vertically-scrolling listing of icons, representing numerous options and capabilities. Swiping left or proper shows widgets (climate and music by default, respectively), and these will be customised by way of the app.
The Mi Good Band 6 does a good job of capturing bodily exercise, and the added new options ought to be fairly helpful for individuals who need to monitor their well being in a greater means. I discovered some elements like SpO2 and evening sleep durations to be barely iffy, however I’m not going to carry it in opposition to the system – the fact is that almost all of those health bands and trackers do have variations within the knowledge they seize. In any other case, the information metrics and the insights offered by the exercise knowledge captured by the Mi Good Band 6, particularly over a very long time interval, ought to assist you to not solely perceive your physique and ranges of bodily exercise higher but in addition take corrective steps to make sure issues enhance.
The Mi Good Band 6 is powered by a 125mAh battery that may be charged by way of the cable that includes a magnetic connector. Charging is tremendous handy, because you don’t have to yank out the system from the strap, and the charger simply will get attached magnetically to the again of the tracker. Juicing up takes below 2 hours, and the battery is rated to last as long as 14 days. Xiaomi’s Mi Bands are identified for his or her lengthy battery life, and the Mi Good Band 6 isn’t any totally different. Primarily based on my expertise with it, you possibly can count on about 10-12 days simply, with primary utilization. Nevertheless, do understand that the superior options like steady coronary heart fee monitoring, sleep respiratory monitoring, and many others, impression battery life considerably. And should you use its train modes steadily and for longer durations, and maintain the aforementioned options enabled, you may find yourself charging it as soon as each 4-5 days.
It received’t be too far-fetched to say that similar to the smartphone section, competitors and rivalry within the health band section have turn into extraordinarily intense in latest occasions. Xiaomi’s Mi Good Band sequence has been extraordinarily fashionable through the years, and never with out good motive. The gadgets within the vary have at all times provided strong worth for cash, because of their compelling options and inexpensive worth tags. And I’m glad to report that the Mi Good Band 6 isn’t too totally different… for essentially the most half at the least. Its asking worth of Rs 3,499 means it goes up in opposition to not simply health bands, however people who use the watch type issue to ship related options. The Mi Good Band 6 nonetheless ticks the suitable containers although, and due to new additions just like the SpO2 sensor, doesn’t miss out on something a person may need in a primary health tracker. Price a purchase, this one.
Editor’s score; 4 / 5
- Giant AMOLED display screen
- Comfy & light-weight
- Full of helpful options
- Worth for cash
- Staid seems
- No always-on show
- Superior options drain the battery