Discover our full review of the Xiaomi Mi Band 7

xiaomi mi band 7

Xiaomi has made a name for itself in the IoT space with its affordable and feature-rich Mi Band series. This year, its latest Mi Band 7 looks to live up to that reputation with the integration of a larger screen, improved tracking capabilities and new metrics, all in an increasingly simple and understated design. Although it’s a little more expensive than usual, it’s still an impressive fitness tracker, great for getting a better overview of your health, sleep and fitness. However, it still lacks the security of a smartwatch. Design Large 1.62-inch always-on screen Improved charging design Compact, elegant and discreet design At first glance, you may not see much difference between Xiaomi Mi Band 7 and Xiaomi Mi Band 6, but there is one crucial difference: the screen size. While the 6 iteration measured 1.56 inches, the Mi Band 7 comes with a 1.62-inch AMOLED display that the brand claims increases the viewing area by 25%. It’s also brighter, at 500 nits, and this increase makes it much easier to use outdoors, especially in direct sunlight. Another interesting development is the introduction of always-on display technology. As the name suggests, the panel can stay on at low brightness to provide constant access to the time, fitness tracker bars, and any other watch interface widgets. Underneath the Band 7 you’ll find the usual array of sensors and Xiaomi-exclusive charging ports. Unlike previous generations, the modified charger design means you no longer need to remove the tracker from your wristband to charge it. The Mi Band 7 has lost none of its efficiency, with its pill-shaped design that we’ve come to know and love over the years. It is quite compact on the wrist, with a flat structure that makes it discreet. As with previous generations, a variety of flexible silicone bands are available to offer a bit of colour, but overall it’s a fitness tracker that isn’t too flashy. Software and features No third-party apps, payments or virtual assistant Good basic features (weather, calendar, music control) A wide selection of watch cases The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is first and foremost a connected bracelet, which means that no is as smart or competent as the most advanced sports smartwatches on the market. That’s because it lacks some key features, such as the ability to use built-in NFC for payments, voice assistant support, and access to third-party apps. However, it perfectly fulfills its role as a companion to your smartphone. This translates into mirroring notifications, available on both iOS and Android, in addition to performing basic tasks like checking the weather, calendar or controlling music playback. . The gesture-based user interface is generally easy to understand, closely mirroring the core functions of Wear OS watches with quick and customizable accesses. There are a handful of watch cases natively showing off that big, bright AMOLED display, and more are available to download via the companion app. Overall, if the smart features are relatively basic, the Mi Band 7 makes up for it in the area of ​​fitness tracking. Health and fitness tracking Excellent health and fitness tracking Continuous blood oxygen tracking and SpO2 alerts Slightly random sleep tracking The Mi Band 7 further enhances its budget-friendly fitness tracking capabilities . The focus is on the SpO2 monitor, which is now capable of continuously monitoring blood oxygen and issuing alerts in the event of worrying drops. In addition to this cool feature, it also has heart rate, stress, sleep, and general fitness tracking capabilities. The latter is shown as an Apple Watch, with an analysis of steps, hours of activity and calories burned. Sleep tracking isn’t as reliable as competing smart bands. While it provides all the standard metrics (time awake, REM, light and deep sleep, total time in bed, and time to fall asleep), we found that it’s not as advanced when it comes to automatically ending it. More than once during testing, a quick trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night ended the sleep tracking prematurely, resulting in the loss of several hours of data. It’s not a panacea, but it can be quite frustrating. In terms of exercise, the Mi Band 7 supports 120 sports, which is 30 more than the Band 6, and covers the most popular forms of exercise: walking, running, cycling, walking and swimming, as well as more specialized options such as chess. For more traditional exercises like running and cycling, Xiaomi has added new training metrics with recovery time and VO2 Max tracking information, all viewable through the app. The data on offer is still not as deep as high-end devices like Garmin, but the Xiaomi costs much less and covers most of the key areas. For running, this includes lap distribution, average pace, cadence, and heart rate, as well as the new metrics mentioned above. The only real downside to tracking on the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is the lack of built-in GPS, which means you’ll need to take your smartphone with you when you exercise. Battery life 14-day distorted battery life Sacrificed data collection to improve battery Always-on display reduces battery life by 50% Xiaomi Mi Band 7’s battery is larger than its predecessor ( 180 mAh vs. 125 mAh), but with the addition of a larger display, there isn’t much difference in terms of overall battery life. The company claims it can last up to 14 days with light use and nine days when heavy. However, during our testing, with advanced tracking, Sp02 monitoring, heart rate and more, it only lasted 7 days before needing a recharge. We noticed that it gets worse when the always-on display is on, our battery died in just 3 days. As for the recharge, it only takes an hour. Price Xiaomi’s Mi Band collection has always been appreciated for its affordability, but this price has slowly increased over the years, as it is in 2022. The Mi Band 7 will cost you €69.99, or €30 more than the Mi Band 6 sold at €39.99. A larger screen and improved tracking justify the advantage, and it’s still one of the cheapest and best-performing devices on the market. You will find it directly from Xiaomi and retailers such as Amazon, Boulanger or La Fnac. Conclusion The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is still one of the best trackers, with an attractive price and an impressive range of sensors for tracking health, fitness and sports training. While its always-on display technology is a big drain on the battery, its new larger screen is a welcome addition, helping to improve its interface while making text easier to read. In the absence of new connected features, the real improvements are mostly in terms of fitness monitoring, with daily SpO2 analysis or even new training metrics. Its increased price compared to the Mi Band 6 and lack of built-in GPS may disappoint, but it’s still an excellent tracker that’s affordable and good enough to keep an eye on your overall fitness. Specifications 1.62 inch AMOLED screen 490×192 326ppi Always-on display Brightness up to 500 nits 2.5D tempered glass Polycarbonate body Interchangeable antibacterial TPU strap from 160mm to 224mm Aluminum alloy buckle Vibration motor Sensor of optical frequency Heart rate sensor Oxygen saturation Blood saturation sensor Water resistance 5ATM 120 sports modes Bluetooth 5.2 LE 180mAh 14 days of autonomy 2-pin POGO magnetic charging 46.5mm x 20.7mm x 12 .25 mm 13.5 grams Compatible with Android 6.0/iOS 10 and later

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