XIAOMI MI SMART BAND 6 REVIEW

Impressive health và wellbeing features, but falls down when it comes to lớn workouts

ByCat Ellislast updated 26 August 21


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If you"re in the market for a cheap fitness tracker, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Bvà 6 is well worth adding to lớn your shortlist. It might look unassuming at first glance, but it boasts some impressive features you"d expect to find in a much more expensive device (such as all-day bức xúc tracking và a pulse oximeter), and its screen is exceptionally bright, vivid & responsive. When it comes to lớn workouts, we found its connected GPS disappointing, và the band wasn"t always particularly comfortable, but for casual use it"s a great alternative sầu to lớn a Fitbit that offers a lot more than you might expect.

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ForLightweightAffordableExcellent display
AgainstNo on-board GPSWorkout data inaccuraciesUninspiring design

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If you"re in the market for a cheap fitness tracker, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 is well worth adding to lớn your shortcác mục. It might look unassuming at first glance, but it boasts some impressive features you"d expect khổng lồ find in a much more expensive device (such as all-day găng tracking & a pulse oximeter), and its screen is exceptionally bright, vivid & responsive. When it comes to workouts, we found its connected GPS disappointing, and the band wasn"t always particularly comfortable, but for casual use it"s a great alternative sầu to a Fitbit that offers a lot more than you might expect.


Pros+

Lightweight

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Affordable

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Excellent display


Cons-

No on-board GPS

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Workout data inaccuracies

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Uninspiring design


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Unfortunately, there are some downsides. The fact that there"s no on-board GPS is no surprise at this price point, but the connected tracking proved inaccurate during our kiểm tra runs, tacking 500m onto lớn the distance of a pre-measured 5K jaunt. It"s also not the most comfortable device for long-distance runs, as the band is tricky lớn fasten tight enough lớn prsự kiện small, distracting movements.


These quibbles won"t be an issue for more causal users though, & if you"re looking for an affordable Fitbit alternative that offers more than simple step-tracking, the Mi Smart B& 6 could be just the ticket.

Xiaongươi Mi Smart Band 6 price & release date

Very affordableAvailable from Xiaomày & approved retailersReleased in India in August 2021

The Xiaomày Mi Smart B& 6 was released in Europe on March 2021, & costs €49.99 (approximately $60 / £40 / AU$80), and will be released in India on August 30 2021 for Rs 3,499. It"s available lớn buy direct from Xiaomày (opens in new tab), và from approved retailers. In India, it will be available from Amazon (opens in new tab).

That makes it one of the cheapest fitness trackers from a major br&, and means you"re getting a lot of features for your money.

Xiaomày Mi Smart B& 6 design

Almost identical to Mi Smart Band 5Brighter, crisper displayWater resistant khổng lồ 50 meters

As you’d expect at this price point, the Mi Smart B& 6 is a no-frills fitness tracker, with a slim silicone b& & long, narrow. In fact, it’s almost identical to lớn its predecessor, with the exception of its brighter, crisper screen. The case is fractionally longer (47milimet rather than 46mm), but the two are practically indistinguishable.

It’s available in six colors (blachồng, orange, yellow, olive sầu, ivory và blue), and if you’re fond of your Smart B& 5, you’ll be pleased lớn learn that the similarities in kiến thiết mean you can re-use your favorite strap with the new device.



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Unfortunately, we found it’s not the most comfortable device around. Despite the Mi Smart Bvà 6’s slender case và strap. The buckle’s pin-and-hole design makes it tricky khổng lồ get a good, firm fit, which means it’s liable lớn move sầu ever so slightly mid-workout.

The touchscreen is responsive sầu though, with a resolution of 152 x 486 pixels that makes text & icons super sharp & clear. It’s shaped lượt thích a running traông chồng (rectangular with round ends – a shape also known as a discorectangle or obround if you want khổng lồ get technical), which is intended lớn maximize the usable space.

There’s a variety of faces lớn choose from, many of which can be customized with shortcuts, such as a quiông chồng liên kết to lớn your preferred workout type so you can begin tracking with a tap.



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It has a water resistance rating of 5ATM, meaning it’s suitable for showering, swimming and snorkelling at depths up lớn 50m. Just make sure you remove sầu it before taking part in any high-tốc độ watersports.

Xiaomày Mi Smart Band 6 smartwatch features

Impressive health and wellbeing toolsEffective sầu sleep trackingAll-day tracking reduces battery life dramatically

When it comes to lớn everyday use, the Xiaongươi Mi Smart Band 6 has some impressive features you’d expect lớn find in a much more expensive sầu device. These include blood oxyren tracking (complete with spot-checks), căng thẳng monitoring (using changes in heart rate), sleep tracking, breathing exercises, and period tracking.

There’s no on-board storage for music, which isn’t surprising for such a compact device, but you can use the Mi Smart B& 6 khổng lồ control your phone’s truyền thông media playbaông xã, saving you the trouble of digging it out of your pocket. Just make sure you give sầu it the necessary permissions during thiết lập.

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You"ll receive sầu điện thoại thông minh notifications on your wrist (though there"s limited room for lengthy texts), but unsurprisingly for a device this affordable, there"s no ability to reply to texts or take calls. Nor can you issue voice commands; there"s no Alexa or Google Assistant here và, more to lớn the point, no microphone.

Sleep monitoring worked well enough in our tests, closely aligning with those from a much more costly Polar device. The Mi Smart B& 6 doesn’t measure REM sleep, but it tracks deep & light sleep effectively enough lớn determine how many sleep cycles you experienced, & any waking periods during the night.


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It’s worth bearing in mind that features like sleep tracking và all-day căng thẳng monitoring take a toll on battery life, though. Xiaomày claims the watch can keep running for up to lớn 14 days with normal use, but enabling the bells và whistles could tryên ổn that by around half. That’s still a respectable measure for a fitness tracker (most Fitbit devices only last 7-10 days between charges), but could be disappointing if you’re expecting longer.

Fitness tracking

Overestimates distance during cardio sessionsHeart rate monitoring appears accuratePAI fitness score is somewhat vague

The watch features connected GPS (before you start a workout you’re warned that it won’t track unless there’s a connection lớn your phone), but in our tests it wasn’t particularly accurate. For example, although it appeared correctly drawn out in the tiện ích, our regular 5K route (as measured on a map) was recorded as over 500m longer than the true distance – a worrying large margin of error.

This may have sầu been an issue with our phone, but the watch’s pace measurement was off as well, occasionally failing to lớn register variations.


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Auto-pause works well though, halting tracking after just a few seconds while you wait at pedestrian crossings, & workouts are ended and saved by holding an inhỏ on the screen, so there’s no risk of you accidentally cancelling tracking mid-run.

There were a few smaller annoyances. For example, the watch will buzz gently with each mile or kilometre, but also when you hit step goals or trigger a PAI alert, leading lớn notifications so regular, it’s impossible khổng lồ know what they mean without glancing at the screen.

PAI is a score that represents your overall cardiovascular health, và is calculated using changes in your heart rate. Exactly what the number means in real terms is rather vague, but with regular exercise you should see it rise in line with your improving fitness.


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Heart rate measurement was accurate though, very closely matching that from the Polar Ignite 2, with no unexpected spikes. Both watches also produced almost identical results for heart rate training zones. If you train using time and heart rate rather than distance, the Smart Bvà 6 could be a great little tool.

Companion app

Simple, but well designedLimited social tools

The Mi Smart Band 6 connects to lớn the Mi Fit app, which has a refreshingly clean, uncluttered design and is easy lớn navigate. Linking the watch is a simple matter of setting up a Mi Fit trương mục with some basic data (name, age, height, weight, gender), then tapping ‘Profile’ và selecting ‘Add device’. A small firmware update was necessary with our Review unit, but this didn’t take long.

If any of your friends own Xiaongươi fitness trackers, you can connect your accounts by scanning a QR code within the phầm mềm, Instagram style. This allows you to see their activity và sleep data, but sadly that’s where the social functions kết thúc. Unlượt thích Garmin Connect, for example, there’s no ability to take part in group challenges and earn badges.


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A large part of the phầm mềm is dedicated khổng lồ tracking activities using your phone rather than a watch. Tap ‘Walking’ , ‘Running’ or ‘Cycling’ & the phầm mềm will begin monitoring your workout accordingly, using your phone’s GPS and pausing tracking when you stop for a moment. Not particularly useful if you have sầu a dedicated watch, but handy if you only own a Xiaomày smart scale.

In an unusual move sầu, most of the customization options for the Smart Bvà 6 are only accessible through the device itself. The tiện ích is limited lớn reviewing your fitness & wellbeing data, but this is no bad thing, and avoids the reams of menus that often clutter fitness apps associated with sports watches and trackers.

First reviewed April 2021

Buy it if


You"re on a budgetYou"d be hard pressed lớn find a device more capable than this for such a low price. You"re really getting a lot of bang for your buông chồng, và the screen alone is worth the cost of admission." data-widget-type="deal" data-render-type="editorial">

You"re on a budgetYou"d be hard pressed to lớn find a device more capable than this for such a low price. You"re really getting a lot of bang for your buck, và the screen alone is worth the cost of admission.