Louis van den Berg
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
In the class of affordable health trackers, there are 2 rising starts. The Huawei Band 4 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
The price is definitely one of its major advantages. The low price and packed features makes it great value for money.
Battery and charging - One of the most competitive advantages the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has in its class is magnetic charging. Which is not only a massive improvement over previous versions, it is also better than the Huawei Band 4 Pro.
The battery life is great, but depending on how heavy you use it, it will last around 7 to 10 days, if you switch on all the features, but can last longer than that if you use less.
Stress Level Tracking - In our modern lives this is a great feature, and it also helps you learn about yourself. I was able to easily see what people and situations stresses me out more than others. This will also give you insight into your cortisol levels, which has some negative effects on your health like weight gain over time.
Remote Camera control - This I thought was a fun feature, and it comes in very handy when we take family photos and everyone including me needs to be in the photo.
What is it lacking?
GPS - It does not have an onboard GPS, which means you need your phone with you in order to use the GPS tracking when you are running or cycling. This does not only impact the battery of your phone, but you could just use an app on the phone to do the same thing.
SpO2 reader - It does not have an SpO2 reader built in, which is a feature I would have liked to see. This is very useful especially during very hard workouts, or if you feel a bit dizzy just to check if your body is getting enough oxygen.
Over all the Xiaomi Mi Band 5, is a great product for the price. And if you don't need the SpO2 reader and onboard GPS, this is definitely the health tracker for you. Afterall, it costs less than an Apple Watch band.
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