Wearable Technologies’ are the new cool nowadays. They have everything whether it be checking your heartbeat rate to sleep and even measuring the amount of calories you’ve consumed for each and every feast. In any case, with such a variety of wellness trackers available, picking the best fit for you can be exceptionally troublesome. I think one about the most prevalent wristbands is none other than the Fitbit which comes up with various variants (Flex, Surge, Charge). And after that, there’s another the MiBand from Xiaomi. A comparison between the two is a must for someone who is going to invest the money and is also utterly confused while making a choice.
The major drawback for the Fitbit Flex is the battery life. You’ll need to charge it like every 4 days, and that simply is annoying. Whereas the MiBand can extend up to 21 days which is completely astonishing. Obviously, a few gadgets don much more battery lives, the Garmin Vivofit, for instance, goes on for well over a year. But as far as rechargeable trackers are concerned, the MiBand has taken the bar several notches higher.
Step and sleep tracking are the main reasons for the existence for these devices. The biggest difference between the two is the fact that FitBit requires you to manually tap the unit five times with hardly a pause in between so as to set it to rest mode which in an everyday use can be chafing. Some may prefer the manual method, but MiBand’s automatic sleep recognition (based on you not moving your wrist for some amount of time) which is pretty cool. Another feature that both bands include is the vibration alarm which vibrates instead of sending out a loud blaring signal so that not just you, but the whole city can wake up early.
The MiBand comes up with the customizable notification alerts show up on the band. This feature requires a special version of the official app installed. The MiBand bolsters over a hundred distinctive and diverse vibration designs for pretty much any warning that you could get on your device. The greatest thing is that you can set these on an app-to-app basis; for example – squint green for Whatsapp and blue for Facebook.
On the MiBand, there are three dots on the pill shaped tracker. These are to show the measure of steps you’ve completed out of your goal that is set as on the application. Instead of glancing every ten seconds you can just look at your band which will notify you what portion of your goal is covered. This feature is also on the FitBit except you need to tap the main segment to view your progress and when you reach the goal the Flex will celebrate by buzzing and flashing lights which in itself is very clever.
One advantage that FitBit has is that it can track the amount of calorie intake, which is a pretty good bet if you’re very serious about being active and monitoring every calorie.
Both the devices are water resistant.
The step counting accuracy by the FitBit and MiBand varies, but for the purposes of a daily activity tracker, the MiBand is a tad more sensitive than the other two. What matters though is that the accuracy (or inaccuracy) is consistent so you can best compare the results day-to-day. Both the devices are Bluetooth 4.0 compatible.
Most activity trackers fall under the high-cost category. The Fitbit is one of them tagged between Rs4000 to Rs 9000. The MiBand on the other hand costs at around Rs 2000. It’s a steal. Íf there’s one thing to take away from this comparison, it’s the fact that you could buy several MiBands for the price of one FitBit.
The FitBit application is more compatible and accessible than the MiBand application. The Fit Bit app works with iOS, Android, and even on your desktop. The MiBand works only with iOS and Android right now. Both the apps for Android work flawlessly and let you see insights about your activities and sleep. the MiBand’s statistics give a better insight to the activities and sleep other than a just number of steps you’ve taken. The Flex app has certain awards which you can unlock by taking enough steps in a day or a week.
The appearance of the MiBand is more appealing. It has a nice silver segment and the actual band is a solid black which makes the main section stand out as for the FitBit it is black and that’s all you can say about the appearance. The MiBand includes different colored bands (Green, Orange, Red, Black, Light Blue) and FitBit also offers colors (Black, Slate, Navy, Tangerine, Teal)
Well, the FitBit although being high-end variant fails to add a user or a quick start manual in the box whereas the Mi includes one. One extra thing which comes up with the FitBit band is that it has a wireless syncing dongle inside the box which the MiBand on the other hand lacks. Both the boxes include a USB Charger and the wristband of course.
The Xiaomi Mi Band beats the Fitbit Flex Fitness Band because it has a lot of handy features that keep track of fitness and sleep at such an affordable price. Plus, its battery lasts much longer and offers more stylish options including leather and wrap around bands than just various color options. But to be honest it all depends on what you’re looking for and which one’s better for you ultimately boils down to your lifestyle and preferences.