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Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Offers Great Value For Money & Is A Must-Have Budget Fitness Tracker

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Xiaomi's Mi Band line of fitness bands needs no introduction. They're undoubtedly one of the most popular Xiaomi products in India and rightfully so. It's a typical Xiaomi product which costs half as much as the competitors' product, and still gives them a run for their money. I've been wearing Xiaomi's new Mi Band 4 for more than a week and I think it offers incredible value for money.

Design & Display

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Offers Incredible Value For Money© MensXP/ Karthik Iyer

When it comes to activity trackers, almost all of them look more or less the same. They all have the same generic-looking fitness trackers design with a simple black band and polycarbonate case. Well, the Mi Band 4 is no different. It looks very similar to the Mi Band 3 and the one that came before that, save for a few subtle changes.

The display is what makes each fitness band different from the other and the AMOLED display on the Mi Band 4 truly saves the day. It's a 0.95-inch RGB AMOLED display and it's a huge upgrade even if you're coming from the Mi Band 3's smaller black-and-white panel.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Offers Incredible Value For Money© MensXP/ Karthik Iyer

It's a touchscreen display, so you can use most of the on-device navigation through swipes and taps instead of having to fiddle with the touch-sensitive button at the bottom. It also gets really bright, so using the Mi Band 4 under direct sunlight isn't an issue either.

The Mi Band 4 is also very comfortable to wear and I didn't have any issues wearing it for an extended period of time. I used the silicone band that ships with the Mi Band 4 and is very usable. If you don't like it though, let me tell you that it's very easy to get a third-party band.

Fitness Tracking & Smart Features

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Offers Incredible Value For Money© MensXP/ Karthik Iyer

So, is Mi Band 4 a good activity tracker? Yes! The Mi Band 4 can keep a track of all the basic metrics like the steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned throughout the day, sleep, and more. It doesn't have a built-in GPS, but I am not complaining because of the price. And honestly, the connected GPS works very well and I usually carry my phone with me even when I am working out.

Speaking of workouts, I am very happy to report that the Mi Band 4 can track a lot of exercises. Be it running on a treadmill, cycling outside, walking or even swimming, the Mi Band 4 can track all of them. Of course, you'll find a lot of options on other sophisticated activity trackers, but this is pretty good considering the fact the Mi Band 3 lacks a few of them. It's an upgrade and I'll happily take it.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Offers Incredible Value For Money© MensXP

As for the smart features, well, the Mi Band 4 can essentially do most of the things a smartwatch can do. It can relay calls, text messages, emails and just about any other notification that gets your phone buzzing. You can reply to messages or interact with those notifications, but honestly, that'd be too much to ask from a fitness band with such a small display anyway.

Being able to customize things like the vibration pattern, schedule auto screen wake up etc. is great. And now that the Mi Band 4 has a colour display, you can actually set good-looking watch faces and they'll look fantastic on the AMOLED panel.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Offers Incredible Value For Money© MensXP/ Karthik Iyer

Also, all the tracking data can be viewed and managed via the Mi Fit companion app. The app is fairly straightforward to use for the most part, but certain things like workout history can be a little tricky to find. I am just glad that you can sync your Mi Fit data with Google Fit and use that to keep track of everything.

And as far as the battery life is concerned, well, none of the Mi Bands in past have had any issues with battery life and same is the case with this Mi Band 4 as well. I was easily getting upwards of 2 weeks of usage on a single charge. The most I've went without charging it so far is 18 days, but your usage may vary. I just wish charging the tracker itself would have been a little easier. I hate that I have to pull out the tracker from the band and then charge it.

The Final Say

Xiaomi has launched the Mi Band 4 for Rs 2,299, and that's exactly what makes it stand out. It's an incredible asking price for everything that it brings to the table and makes it very easy for me to recommend it over the competitors from the likes of Samsung and Fitbit. 

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Offers Incredible Value For Money© MensXP/ Karthik Iyer

Yes, it's slightly more expensive than the predecessor, but just the addition of a color AMOLED panel itself justifies that. If you're looking for a basic fitness tracker to keep track of your fitness activities, the Mi Band 4 is the one to get. It offers some great features at an incredible price.


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