Fitness bracelets are trendy, not just for athletes. Even I carry so far the very popular “Mi Band” which I use not only to count my steps but also to inform me of incoming notifications.
Especially this feature is very valuable for me and thanks to the high battery life, the Mi band has become a “smartwatch killer”.
Now I have ordered the very inconspicuous sounding and new generation of fitness bracelet is Xiaomi Mi Band 3 in our review.
The next generation fitness trackers Xiaomi Mi Band 3 in the test, excellent performance for the not expensive money. So, let’s see the main specs of Mi Band 3.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3: Specifications
|Xiaomi Mi Band 3:||Specs|
|Screen:||0.78 inch OLED screen with 128 by 80 pixels|
|IP standart:||5ATM or 50M waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 20 days|
|Size:||247 x 216 x 14.0mm|
Xiaomi Mi Band 3: Design and Appearance
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness in our analisis wristband looks like many of the competing products at first glance. It is a small unit with a black gloss front under which the display is hidden.
The usual silicone strap is firmly connected like to Mi Band 2. I have chosen the black version for this test in a classic way, but there is also the fitness watch in blue, and red.
The bracelet is large enough so that it should fit even on stronger arms/wrists, also the closure is good to use with one hand.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness bracelet is charged via a special charging device which can be attached to the back of the watch. This allows the watch to be waterproof.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not specify exactly how deep the clock is, it is merely spoken by “Water Drop Proof”.
The normal everyday life, wash your hair, take a shower, etc. made the band without problems.
By the way, the wearing comfort was good. The band does not depress and is not too heavy for my taste. You also do not feel the heartbeat sensor on the back.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3: Features
The most important thing is certainly the app and the functions. The most important functions are the pedometer, the heartbeat monitor, and the sleep monitor.
In addition, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness in our test also features a display that shows the time, as well as some notifications and things like heart rate, steps etc.
The most important function of Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is the presence of an NFC chip. But there are two versions of a bracelet with a chip and without it, and everything depends on the price. Therefore, it is very convenient for wireless payment in stores.
The display is monochrome and qualitatively more of a “better calculator display”, but less so. So at least the watch will last for about a week with a full charge.
The watch’s display is activated either by pressing the button on the side of the bracelet or by the classic “arm lift” movement. Surprisingly, this is even recognized very reliable, maybe a little too reliable.
If you wear the Mi Band 3 overnight, it can happen that the display will occasionally come on when you move your arm.
This can also be disabled via the app, this should bother you too much.
Incidentally, the heart rate sensor measures your heart rate not only on request but also occasionally by the way and creates a diagram of the day.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3: Application
Let’s get to the Mi-Fit app. Here I was massively surprised! A fitness bracelet without recognizable manufacturer with shipping from China with what kind of app do you expect?
Fortunately, the application Mi-Fit app is no different from previous versions, so everything is clear and simple.
Surprisingly, the Mi-Fit app is really good! On the one hand, the app is completely English on the other not only functional good, but also visually successful with pretty animations and graphs.
Your steps of Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness bracelet 2018 are collected over weeks in a diagram, the same applies to the sleep monitor, which automatically detects when you go to bed and get up again.
The Mi Band 3 can distinguish between deep sleep and light sleep. The usual alarm clock is also on board.
Upon request, you will also be notified when receiving notifications. Here the tape vibrates briefly and on the display, the logo of the App is displayed with a short info, for example, WhatsApp from whom the message comes.
Unfortunately, this only works with selected apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Those who use alternative messengers like Telegram, unfortunately, look into the tube.
Incidentally, these notifications also work under IOS.
Finally, the fitness data can also be exported to Google Fit (Android) or Apple Health (IOS).
How exactly does the Mi Band 3 tape actually count? That’s not easy to answer. To test this, I went with the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, the Mi Band 2, a Samsung Galaxy S7 and an LG G5 a track to see how far the values are similar.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 in the analisis has counted least steps with 1042 but is about the same with the other pedometer. The S7 has counted 1255, the G5 has 1051 and the Xiaomi Mi Band in 1037.
Important as well as with most other cheap fitness bracelets also this model counts partly normal hand movements as steps.
Here I can compare the data only with my MI band and the times in which I really went to bed.
The sleep monitor is OK, but I think the new Mi Band 3 is a bit more accurate. Nevertheless, the detection is okay.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3: Conclusions and Reviews
For around $30 you can not go wrong with this Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness bracelet. Sure for professional athletes, there may be even better models.
But for those who just want to watch something in everyday life or maybe just go jogging every now and then, this fitness bracelet/fitness watch will do a perfectly adequate job.
Bottom line, I can recommend the next generation Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness bracelet accordingly.
The accuracy of the step count is okay, however, one must expect that also “normal” hand movements in everyday life, if appropriate, also counted as a step.
However, this does not end with a fitness bracelet in this price range!
Nevertheless, for someone who just wants to compare his values with the previous day, this is probably less of a problem.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
New generation Xiaomi Mi Band 3 release date is already officially presented, and you can already buy the device at the good and cheap price for only $33.59.
But as it is a novelty in the market, I think that in a few weeks the price will fall to the official one. If you want to get faster, then it’s better to order now.