Activity & Sleep Tracker
The data collected by the Mi Band synchronises with a mobile app via Bluetooth. The Mi Fit app is available on the App Store / Play Store as a free download.
Once you have the app installed, you need to pair your Mi Band with your mobile. The process was somewhat clumsy and we had to try it several times before it found the device. Once you are paired, you don't need to keep Bluetooth on as the Mi Band will collect data and then sync with your mobile when you next switch on Bluetooth. However if you want to use a notification feature, available through another app, you need to keep your Bluetooth on. This has no effect on the Mi Band battery life, but we noticed it affected the mobile battery life. You do need to open the Mi Fit app to sync the data with your mobile.
Vibration Notification Feature
My son, found the notification feature of the Mi Band the most useful. There are a few apps available that allow for more features for the Mi Band. He uses the Mi Band Tools app (only available for Andriod) which allows him to select which apps he would like to notify through the Mi Band. The Mi Band vibrates a few seconds after your selected notification on your mobile. As a mother I love this feature, my teen is now responding to my calls and sms messages, where previously he was unaware he received a message.
We think there is definitely room for improvement within the native Mi Fit app and hopefully as the band becomes more popular the company will improve the app. For example it would be very useful to set the notifications within the native app, rather than using another app for this feature.
Great Built Quality
So far, the Mi Band seems very robust. My 15 year old has not removed it since he got it and even wears it in the shower. We were however disappointed with an additional colour band we purchased (it was not an official Mi Band silicone band) as it only lasted a week before it fell apart. The black silicon band that came with the device seems durable and hasn't caused any irritation on his skin.
Mi Band Alarm
I've set up another feature on my Mi Band, which allows you to intelligently unlock your phone when your Mi Band is in its proximity. You set up this feature in the Mi Fit App.
We've been very impressed with the quality of the Mi Band and will continue to review its performance.