The reviews will start from what I missed in my first impressions with the new Huami product, you read so well. The Mi Band series for Xiaomi is made by Huami. The latest generation Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is a very big step forward compared to previous models, although I admit that I initially claimed that this is not the case.
After spending 48 hours with the band, I published my first impressions and I forgot about the key issue, visibility in the sun. Fortunately, Rafał reminded me in a comment about this drawback in three and I compared both models. The visibility in the three, and in Mi Band 4 is literally an EMPTY! The new generation offers the ability to adjust the brightness of the display to your preferences, there are five levels to choose from. On the third level, the band "shines" just as much as Mi Band 3, which has no adjustment. When we set it to the maximum, i.e. 5 level, it shines much stronger, and thus, in full sun you can read the message without the need for "creating a shadow". This is a huge plus and for him everyone should seriously consider change.
The same construction for years
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 has the same design outline as previous generations. In the new model, the charging connector, "from side to back" has been moved for the first time. Information about the shift of the nest went to the network many weeks before the official premiere. Personally, I hoped that moving the connector to the back would allow charging without removing the silicone band. Unfortunately, this is not the case to charge the Mi Band 4 you still need to pull it out of the silicone. Whenever I need to pull out the electronics for charging, I have the impression that the thin walls of the silicone band will tear and will be broken. For now, knocking is good, but in five it must be changed!
20 days on one charge, it's good, but the same result is achieved with the Amazfit Verge Lite smartwatch
The AMOLED screen has an 0,95 inch diagonal and offers a resolution of 240 x 120 pixels. It is very readable and as I mentioned there is no problem with visibility in the sun. There is no need to shadow your hand to see what message has just been displayed. The only minus of the display is that I stick out. It was made in 2.5D technology and overlaps with a silicone band. The fact that it looks beautiful, but is exposed to destruction. Every time we catch Mi Bandem something, the display accepts it. Personally, this doesn't bother me, I prefer a more elegant finish, but I realize that when doing physical work it is exposed to cracking. Several times happened to hook the door, hit the wall and survived everything. After each accidental impact I anxiously checked for cobwebs, let there never be!
The larger, colorful display did not adversely affect the drainage of the battery, it is still mountains 20 days on a single charge. At first, it seemed like a good result, but in the meantime I received a watch for testing Amazfit Verge Lite which also can withstand so much without the need for charging. It is a more advanced device and allows for more, so the result of four seems to me weak.
For the first time in the history of the Mi Band series, you can record your swimming training
Mi Band 4 has Bluetooth in the 5.0 version and a version with the NFC module is available. Do you see NFC and think about contactless payments? With Mi Band 4 you can pay for public transport, but only in China ... The function does not work outside the territory of the Middle Kingdom. However, it is possible to use NFC in Poland if you have a Mijia smart door lock. You can pair the lock with the band and open the door automatically when you put the Mi Band 4 band with NFC on the lock.
The band is IP68 certified and you can swim with it to a depth of 50 meters and thus record swimming training. In addition to swimming, the band allows you to monitor cycling, hiking, running, elliptical cross trainer and gym exercises.
What else can Mi Band 4 do? Monitor sleep and introduced the ability to control music
On the band's display you can read notifications from the application, e.g. from Messenger. It is not possible to reply to a message or answer a call, to do this we still have to reach for the smartphone. However, a function has been introduced so that you will not have to reach for the phone, namely controlling the music being played. When we're on the home screen, just swipe to the right and you can change the song, pause or adjust the volume. Sleep monitoring works the same as in three, it's a pity there is no intelligent wake up waiting for us to be in the "light sleep" phase. The Mi Band 4 also has a stopwatch, countdown timer and "find my phone" function, once activated, a paired smartphone will "howl" to locate it more easily.
Is it worth buying Mi Band 4? YES!
I wrote about it at the beginning and will write again in the end. In my opinion, replacing any version of the Mi Band with the latest Mi Band 4 will be a good choice. The AMOLED display means that you can read the message in the sun. The screen is also larger, thanks to which it can contain more text messages / messages from Messenger. Take!
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 band is officially available in Poland for 179,90 in the store Computronik. If you want to buy cheaper, then you can on Allegro. When placing an order, please note the shipping time and location. Sellers often do not have the goods at home and ship directly from China. Of course, the cheapest is to order at AliExpress, Mi Band 4 is available for $ 22,99, i.e. the equivalent of PLN 90. It doesn't matter which version you buy, CN or Global. The Chinese version has been automatically uploaded to Polish when pairing with the Mi Fit application.
Dark pictures and no armband visible? Check here unboxing Mi Band 4.