Mi Band 2 is the second generation wearable of the Chinese company Xiaomi. With the experience and the great success achieved with the first generation of Mi band, Xiaomi offers this new improved version of the market in many ways.
First of all, if you decide to buy the product, know that you will come home inside a small box of square shape along with the rubber strap that is also black (but can be replaced with others available on the net and at times the best bill ) and to the USB Adapter for PC recharging via USB port. Xiaomi strongly recommends recharging the Mi Band 2 by using the wall socket (smartphone socket) so that the device can be damaged by irreparable damage.
Once the Mi Band 2 is connected to the wrist, you will immediately have a functioning product that can provide you with the most important information for which it was designed: the current time, the steps taken, the distance traveled, the calories burned and the heartbeat. This information will be displayed on the small half-inch OLED display, and to switch from one display function to another, use the soft touch button below it.
The Mi Band 2 display is always off and only when pressed on that button will be "awakened", thus guaranteeing a record rating for the category, a true trademark of this wearable. In fact, there are few smartbands that can reach up to 20 days of autonomy, even with intense use: in the course of the day you will often interact with the bracelet, even just to know the time or for example to make a heart rate measurement. In this regard, it should be noted that the integrated heart rate sensor only perform spot measurements.
For a 360 degree use of Mi Band 2, you must download it from the Google Play Store or Apple Store and install the Mi Fit applet companion on your smartphone. For Windows Phone does not exist, but on the Microsoft Store there are a couple of apps produced by independent developers that offer more or less the same features. First, with the Xiaomi app you can download any Mi Band 2 firmware updates that usually improve and optimize the accuracy of the various monitoring tools. It is not uncommon to read in the firmware changelog of improvements to algorithms that perform the various measurements.
Also thanks to the Bluetooth connection, Mi Band 2 sends accumulated data to the app by freeing up space for new ones. Data, once again with the app, will not be lost and indeed you can continue browsing within a very clear and simple graphical interface. Also, if for any reason you miss the Mi Band 2 inside a room, thanks to the "Find my band" function, you can make it vibrate within 10 meters.
The only information that can only be viewed through the app but still collected by Mi Band 2 is sleep monitoring data with its main stages: deep sleep and light sleep.
Always through the app you can set the Mi Band 2 to receive vibrations based on certain events. For example, you can make it vibrate when you have been sitting too long (so-called sedentary notifications) or if you get notifications from an app (such as whatsapp) on your phone. In the latter case, only the app icon will appear on the display and for this reason the purchase of the Mi Band 2 is recommended only to those who do not need to read additional information about the notifications received.
The price of the Mi Band 2 is particularly competitive and is hardly a better device to a lower figure. It is not a premium product, indeed it is a entry level - the best of the category - and is suitable for those who do not have big needs or is approaching the world of smart wrist devices for the first time. On the net you may have the first version of the Mi Band, but it's okay to lose, not only because of the absence of the display but also and above all because software level is far behind and overcome.