Following the impressive success of the original MiBand and the follow up Mi Band 1S, Xiaomi has finally introduced the Mi Band 2 and I am impressed.
I don’t know why there is such a hype around unboxing but I must admit it is kind of fun.
The Mi Band 2 comes in a compact cardboard box, similar to the previous models, that looks very environmentally friendly, the fact that they are not using any extra (unnecessary) plastic is worth praising.
Original Xiaomi Mi Band 2 silikon smartband - 23.5 x 1.05 cm / 9.25 x 0.41 inches
Mi Band 2 pod with OLED screen and touch sensitive navigation button.
User manual - mine is in Chinese but is supposed to come in English too.
The Mi Band 2 makes a good impression, the look and feeling is of a quality product. The Band is flexible, light and comfortable on the wrist. You can not use the charger or (leather) bands from the previous models because of a slight difference in size.
Xiaomi has kept all the functions of the predecessor and added a few more. The Mi Band 2 works with Android (4.4 and higher) and iOS (7.0 and higher) and is IP67 certified.
Hours deep sleep
Time of sleep, deep sleep and awake with graph.
Unlock phone - Android only
Third party access
Gesture wake up
A big thumbs up for the Mi Band. We have been using the Mi Band with nearly all functions activated and it uses around 4% battery a day, that makes a month usage per full charge realistic. According to Xiaomi it needs 3 hours to recharge, I’ll take their word on that.
Price and availability
We received our sample from Gearbest, at the moment they have a presale until the 30th of June for $42.98 with free shipping, there are already over 12,200 orders. There are third parties selling it on Amazon for around $55.
The Mi Band 2 is a great product with a fantastic price. With the newly added screen, IP67 certification, an impressive battery life and all the built in functions there is not much more I could expect from a wearable. I personally see no need for a smartwatch with the Mi Band 2 but it would be interesting to see what Xiaomi would come up with as a smartwatch.