The Mi Band 3 is the best yet, adding a larger display, improved waterproofing and a higher-capacity battery, as well as the ability to read messages onscreen and track specific activities.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band 3 is a fitness band with the ability to track exercise (steps taken, distance moved, calories burned), sleep (deep, light and total sleep) and heart rate (automatic or manual), over the past day, week or month. You can track fitness data in the free Mi Fit app, and the Mi Band 3 can additionally hook into Google Fit.
The design and display
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 isn’t going to floor you with its design, but it does look better than previous fitness trackers from the company.
It’s notably light on your wrist at 20g, which means we didn’t really notice we were wearing it. The dimensions of the tracker are 17.9 x 46.9 x 12mm, so this won’t feel like wearing a smartwatch – it’s a lot smaller.
The screen is bigger here than on the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – it’s a 0.78-inch OLED panel that sits lengthways along your wrist. It’s a touchscreen, so you can swipe your finger across it to scroll through the menus, although we found that feature quite temperamental.
There’s a touch key at the bottom of the screen which you can hold down to activate features, or press to go back. This worked quickly whenever we gave it a quick tap when navigating the menus.
The screen itself is black and white, with a faint blue tinge to the white, so you won’t be getting a vibrant readout of your stats, but the resolution is good at 128 x 80 pixels.
This waterproof smartwatch can be taken for swimming or into the shower, as it’s also waterproof to 50 meters – that’s a useful feature, and one you won’t find in some trackers that cost a good deal more.
As for battery life, the Mi Band 3 easily delivers over a week’s worth of usage from the 110mAh battery.
It takes a smidgen under three hours to fully charge the band.
Large OLED panel
Water resistance up to 50m
Heart rate monitoring
Automatic activity tracking
Incredible battery life
Tracking isn’t always accurate
Screen visibility isn’t great outdoors
Xiaomi’s Mi Band line has always been about offering fitness-tracking tech for a very low price and the Mi Band 3 is no exception.
If you’re looking to buy a new fitness tracker you’ll find plenty of options at a variety of different prices, but you’d struggle to find a device that’s cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi Band 3.
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