Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Content

  1. TECH SPECS
  2. Positioning
  3. Equipment
  4. Appearance and first inclusion
  5. Controls
  6. Screen
  7. Working hours
  8. Fitness functions
  9. Impression and conclusion

TECH SPECS

  • Display: 1.39 inches, AMOLED, 454 x 454 dots, 326 ppi dot density
  • Dimensions: 45.9 x 53.35 x 11.8 mm, weight 32 g
  • Materials: glass fiber reinforced polyamide
  • Strap: thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Adjustable length: 130 – 220 mm
  • Communication: Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, Beidou
  • Sensors: Heartbeat, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic Sensor, Barometric Pressure Sensor, Light Sensor
  • Battery: 420 mAh, magnetic adapter-charging included
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM
  • Working temperature: -10 to +45 degrees
  • Supported systems: Android 5.0, iOS 10 and newer
  • Colors: black, blue, beige

Positioning

Xiaomi positions the Mi Watch as a sports watch. The official website uses a slogan that is not entirely clear to me: “Mi watch – six updates for a sporty style, which we should strive for.” In English it sounds like this: “Six upgrades for a sportswear style worth emulating”, that is, “Six updates to a sports style worthy of emulation.” What is meant, I do not really understand.

As I understand it, the Mi Watch is for those who want more options than the Mi Band fitness bracelet can offer. Plus, the watch, of course, looks more solid.

Xiaomi highlights the following as the main selling points:

  • Large screen with Retina-resolution, Always-On. The screen is bright, you can comfortably watch the data even on the sunniest day.
  • Classic design. Here, of course, everything is subjective, but I never liked the same Apple Watch, largely because of its rectangular shape.
  • Built-in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Xiaomi talks about 16 days of work. I’m talking more about 10-12 days if you actively use all the functions.
  • Continuously working heart rate sensor.
  • There is an oxygen sensor in the blood. A super popular topic after Apple added this sensor to the watch, and COVID began to choke the population.
  • There are many categories for sports, there is a count of jumping rope.
  • Compact design, does not cling to clothes, weighs only 32 grams, tactilely pleasant materials.
  • Track and evaluate sleep, stress and energy levels.
  • Many different dials.

Equipment

In a stylish box, on which all the advantages of the watch are painted, there are:

  • Watches
  • Charger
  • Instructions

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest priceXiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest priceXiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The oxygen sensor is one of the main selling features of watches.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Appearance and first inclusion

As usual, read the photo captions. In general, I will just note that the watch is made of tactilely pleasant materials. Even if you walk in them all day, the hand practically does not get tired. Despite the fact that the watch is plump, it does not cling to clothes.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Still, the packaging is stylish. This is not a shame to give.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Initially, the screen is covered with a film with a motivating slogan.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The sensors are also glued, do not forget to peel off before using.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

There are many sensors, and there are also contacts for connecting a charger.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

When you switch on for the first time, the watch will prompt you to select a language …

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

… And download the Xiaomi Wear app. You can find it directly in the app store, or you can use the QR code.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The next step is to add the watch to the app.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The watch looks great on the hand. It’s probably not clear from the photo, but the screen looks very good. Especially against the background of a fitness bracelet. Obviously, it is a cut above in quality.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The strap is comfortable. Apparently, they made a ribbed structure for beauty. I would recommend taking either blue or beige. Looks more interesting, creates a color accent and refreshes any look. Although under the suit, of course, you should take black or blue. Here, by the way, the question. Under a sports jacket it is quite normal, but, in my opinion, with a strict suit, all these smart watches (like Xiaomi, that Apple, that Samsung) look somehow inappropriate.

In the application, you will need to set the gender, weight and other parameters. The process is simple and fast.

Controls

The watch has two buttons responsible for navigation. The “Home” button is used to activate the screen, pressing it again opens a list of all available applications. Also “Home” is used to return to the home screen.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The “Sport” button, in turn, is needed to quickly switch to the workout screen.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Also, to wake up the clock, you can use a double tap on the screen. Navigation is also possible by swiping across the screen. Swiping to the right will open the heart rate monitor screen, followed by the sleep screen, and so on. Vertical swipe down – for notifications, up – settings, etc. The interface is smooth, easy to scroll.

Screen

The watch screen is cool. It is a high resolution AMOLED for a 1.39 inch diagonal. The resolution is 454 by 454 dots, the dot density is 326 ppi. The brightness is 500 nits. The watch is perfectly readable from any angle.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The screen has 5 levels of brightness.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

But there is auto brightness. This is a useful thing if you do not want the clock to dazzle at night.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

There is a function to activate the screen when you raise your hand. Works well, unnecessarily well. You can simply twist your wrist and the screen will turn on. Sometimes it’s convenient, and sometimes the clock lights up wasted.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Of course, there is an Always-On mode.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The brightness and style of the Always-On screen can be fiddled with in the settings.

The user has many dial options available. Some are pre-installed, others can be downloaded online. It’s cool that there are both informative dials where you can display your heartbeat, steps, stress, etc., or just beautiful or laconic.

In general, it is convenient to read information and notifications on the screen. The round screen imposes its limits. By the way, pay attention to style and poetry. If there is enough oxygen in the blood, then the color is green, if the amount is average, then the color is yellow, and if there is little, then the color is not orange, but the color of orange. Why? Well, perhaps they are trying to please the user in this way. They say there is little oxygen, but the oranges are cool. Think oranges!

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Working hours

Xiaomi claims up to 16 days of battery life, and in power saving mode – up to 22 days. In general, they are not lying, it all depends on the settings. For example, the backlight time can be set to 5 seconds or 20 seconds. This also includes wallpaper. As you remember, for AMOLED screens, the black color does not consume power, therefore, a laconic dial will be more economical, and a colorful one, on the contrary, gluttonous.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Also note that the maximum brightness is 500 nits, coupled with the backlit maximum duration, the battery will melt. Also, the Always-On function, the operation of the sensors for measuring heart rate, how often do you measure oxygen saturation, whether the watch is connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone, how often notifications fall on it, etc., affect the battery life. Brightness and screen time affect the operating time the most.

My measurements do not pretend to be true:

  • at maximum brightness and duration of illumination with a juicy dial (and in general, the dial shone for a long time, as I took pictures) plus Bluetooth, frequent measurements of oxygen in the blood, Always-On – 5 days
  • screen 10 seconds, maximum brightness, Bluetooth, Always-On, sensors are active – discharge 7-10% per day, that is, 10-12 days.

The watch has excellent battery life in my opinion. A magnetic mount is used for charging.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Initially, the charger is packed, but there is a tip for easy removal of the polyethylene. Pay attention to it, because without it, it is problematic to tear off the packaging.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

USB to any connector, and charging went. The watch is fully charged in about 40-50 minutes.

The adapter is magnetic, the watch will jump by itself.

Fitness functions

Overall, the Mi Watch has the typical set of fitness features found in modern watches. For this reason, I propose to focus on the main highlights that make the Mi Watch stand out from the crowd.

Oxygen sensor. It is clear that many manufacturers have had an oxygen sensor before, but Apple and the coronavirus have made it popular. Xiaomi promises some completely new blood oxygen level analysis. I don’t know about the fundamental novelty, but it measures quickly.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Built-in GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, Beidou. With a price tag of 9 rubles, the presence of positioning systems is a cool thing. GPS only works if you activate it or start a workout, or in the app on your smartphone. Xiaomi promises that the watch can record 500 hours of GPS training. Accordingly, once every 50 hours it is necessary to synchronize with a smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest priceXiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Stress and heart rate monitoring.

In the comments, they asked whether the sensor accelerates quickly during training or lags behind. In my opinion, the sensor works quite accurately. He performed well on exercises and jumping rope.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

The watch also has stress monitoring. Stress should be considered when not exercising. Xiaomi promises that they themselves will filter and distinguish when you are exercising or just stressed out. And then on the smartphone, the graphics will be cleaner. This information is rather useful not in the moment, but in general, at the end of the month to see what and how. Basically, this should prompt you to think about your health.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

Sleep monitoring.

It’s great that the sleep schedule can also be viewed on the watch screen, but it is more convenient to do this on a smartphone, since there is a screen where all your statistics are simultaneously visible.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest priceXiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest priceXiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest priceXiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

In total, the watch can distinguish between over 100 different activities, including swimming and swimming with fins, kayaking and even archery and kite flying. But if distance is measured while swimming, then your overall activity is monitored when shooting from a bow. I cannot comment on the launch of the kite, since the weather was not flying. And I don’t have a snake.


Impression and conclusion

For its money, Mi Watch is an excellent product in which Xiaomi tried to anticipate all the wishes of the user. There is even a flashlight when the screen turns white at maximum brightness. Out of curiosity, I read Western reviews, trying to come up with cons. I noticed that the reviewers for some reason are trying to compare the Mi Watch with the Apple Watch. And they complain, for example, that there is no app store or built-in mp3 player. Such functionality is already a different price category.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest priceXiaomi Mi Watch review: great features at a modest price

And what applications are needed on the watch? Video player, or what? The watch perfectly shows the time, measures various health parameters, counts jumping rope and swimming in the pool. At the same time, they work for a long time and look good. Probably, for Mi Watch to become my dream, there is not enough NFC (my main bracelet is Mi Band 4 NFC, and I love the opportunity to pay from the bracelet). Well, an mp3 player, of course, would be in the subject. Then you can go to the store without a smartphone, only with a watch in hand. But miracles do not happen, and if you add such functions, then the watch will cost 15 thousand already.

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