Redmi Smart Band Pro is a hybrid fitness band with some smartwatch qualities. The budget offering from Redmi is boasting an AMOLED panel with all gestures function. Coming with all fitness tracking features, this smart band is set to compete in the already popular fitness band market. In this Redmi Smart Band Review, we are going to dig into its performance, usage, and battery life.
Redmi Smart Band Pro Design and Display
Coming to its design, Redmi Smart Band Pro boasts a rectangular body with no physical buttons. The smart wearable has a 1.47″ AMOLED panel which is protected by a 2.5D curved glass. It is also 50 ATM water-resistant and I found no problem using it during rain. It has a maximum brightness of 480 nits and on my usage, I found the sunlight readability to be good.
With inkier blacks and flaunting colors, the display is more than enough for a fitness band. It looks of a nice quality for the price. With no physical buttons, the band relies on gestures for functioning. The elongated display and design look good for viewing notifications or exercise data.
Redmi Smart Band Pro UI and Companion App Review
The smart band greets you with typical Xiaomi UI and looks beautiful to look at. You can set the menu to be in the list or grid style. For me, I love the grid style for a better view. Swiping from up takes to the notification panel while swiping from the bottom brings the menu toggles. To go back from any ongoing actions, you have to swipe from the left side. And there is a double-tap to wake function always activated. There are all necessary monitoring menus that you can sort by Mi Fitness App.
Talking about the companion app, it is good with all the necessary info on the front page. Also, pairing the app with the band is easy. You get a bunch of Xiaomi/Redmi bands and watch to choose from in the app. It also keeps your workout location details as the band doesn’t have an inbuilt GPS. There is also an option to connect with Strava. You get access to dozens of bands from the app and you can also set your custom pictures too. Another good thing is that you can set multiple pictures which change every time you wake the band or just tap it.
Heart Rate Monitoring
Redmi Smart Band Pro comes with an active heart rate monitoring function. I tested it along with my Amazfit GTS Mini 2 and found the results to be fairly accurate. The interface also looks nice and heart rate monitoring works during all of the exercises. You can manually set it to monitor within every 30 mins, 10 mins, 5 mins, or every minute. There is also a notification option to be aware when your heart rate goes above the set level during exercise. The results come accurate mostly. Hence, the band is a reliable one.
Blood Oxygen Monitoring (SPo2)
Blood Oxygen monitoring has been an important topic in the covid era. SPo2 monitoring on this band works most of the time. It requires the tight wearing of the band and steadiness with no movement. The results seem mostly accurate but they cant be compared to a medical-grade device in terms of a proper reference.
The band is pretty good at sleep tracking too. It gets the exact time you slept and woke up and calculate the hours within. Plus it can also detect afternoon naps. For general info, the band shows it while for the detailed info, you need to view it on the Mi Fitness App.
Besides the normal health and exercise tracking, the band also comes with other useful features. You can also use it as a shutter button for your camera. I found the music control to be quite handy. Other features include an alarm, stopwatch, flashlight, women’s health tracking, etc. The most useful one is the find phone feature through which you can ring your phone. And yeah, you cannot pick up calls on the band but you can reject or silence the calls from it. While silencing will only silence the vibration on the band, not the ring on the phone.
Redmi Smart Band Pro’s battery life is great. The band gets charged in one hour and a half. As claimed, the battery will easily last for 2 weeks on normal usage with light exercises. During my usage period, the battery level was 43% after 10 days of usage. So, that proves the band’s battery life to be superb. Even with heavy workouts every day, it should last a week or so. There are no complaints in this regard.
Redmi Smart Band Pro stands as a value-for-money smart wearable. With more display space than Mi bands, the band tends to fit in the smartwatch sector. It doesn’t feel heavy and the strap also didn’t get any rashes during my usage period. It provides you with accurate results of steps taken and the sleeping hours too. SPo2 Monitoring would not be medical grade accurate but for general usage, it is okay. The battery life is insane and you should not worry about anything on that. If you are a fitness freak, you’ll be happy to find so many exercise modes.
The companion app is a detailed one but can be a bit buggy and syncing takes some time. If you reinstall the app, it takes more time to connect your band and the negative reviews on the Playstore say it all. but there is room for improvement. The smart band is a great value for the price while the app could be better in my opinion.
So, should you buy it? Yes, if you are just looking for a normal smartwatch/band with enough exercise modes, SPo2, and a great display, you can go for it. Or else, you can wait for Mi Band 7 too.
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