The grand debate of the fitness trackers has always been in the talks. Some are Team Mi Band while some remain staunch Fitbit loyalists. With the release of their latest Mi Band 2, Xiaomi has been lauded for creating one of the most competitive smart bands. The recent Fitbit Alta is also a significant competitor which brings us to the debate of which band is better. Surely with strong followers, each brand has its own market but the question still remains.
Who wins the fitness tracker battle? Fitbit or the Mi Band?
Charging and battery life
The Fitbit Alta battery lasts for about a week in one time battery charges. Whereas, the Mi Band lasts upto two weeks and more thanks to its 70mAh battery. The Mi Band surely wins the round when it comes to battery life. When it comes to charging, both the bands have their power adapters, however, the Mi Band can also be charged by the Mi Band 1 power adapter. Fitbit can charge directly but its fixed way takes some time.
The Mi Band has come to be known for its value for money. While the Fitbit sells at a whopping 13,000/-, the Mi Band is considerably much less, priced at only 999/-. So for price, they are not the same level.
Both the bands are similar in the design concept. Fitbit Alta is quite similar to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2. Both the bands possess removable rubber strap features with dual button fixed ways. The sizes too are similar, making them even in design.
While Fitbit Alta uses TPU material and also uses Aluminium allow, the Mi band uses solid elastic materials which is better for your skin. The Fitbit has two buckles but the wristband remains difficult to tighten and its anti slipping function makes hiding dirt easier.
The Fitbit Alta also a feature of fast unlocking the wristband. You can replace your wristband freely. There are options of rubber wristbands, leather or even metal wristbands. But with each of these special material bands priced exorbitantly, like the rubber wristband at $33, the leather band priced at $60 and metal wristband at $100, one can hardly accept these prices and would instead rather go for an Apple watch.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 also supports wristband unlocking and is more convenient and faster than the Fitbit Alta. The Mi band also comes in black, blue, green and orange wristbands but not many material options.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 comes with IP67 rating for water resistance. Both of the bands are water resistant even after dipping into water for a short time and you can still wear them when taking a shower or washing your hands, but doesn’t necessarily mean you should go swimming with it. Although the Fitbit can withstand regular water activity like splashes, showers and sweat, it is not recommended to be completely submerged in water.
The Fitbit Alta has basic functions such as pedometer, distance recording, calorie burn counter, activity timing and sleep monitoring. It can also show phone calls from Android and iOS phone, messages and calendar reminder, but doesn’t haven a heart rate sensor. The Mi Band also can be used for phone by downloading the Xiaomi sport app which supports Android versions 4.4 and over, and iOS 7.0 and over with bluetooth version 4.0. It has basic functions such as phone calls, app notifications, SMS alerts to name a few. Unlike the Alta, the Mi Band 2 has the heart rate sensor and can also support running heart rate guidance which is a step further than the Alta. Both the bands have excellent softwares. They can set up your sports goal, monitor your sleep quality and also map your walking steps.
Main body comparison
The Fitbit look has always been super sleek and smooth with its design. It uses a lot of stainless steel material looking much more higher end and luxurious than its competitor. Xiaomi Mi Band uses Polycarbonate and engineering plastics. It is scratch resistant and prevent fingerprint coating. The display uses the black effect and the back has a grinding texture for it to fit better with the skin. The Mi Band has 0.24 inch OLED screen, the Fitbit Alta is about an inch larger and can show more content however they both are at a disadvantage in sunlight. When you use Fitbit Alta, you only need to lift your wrist or click the top of the wrist strap, the screen will be on. But Xiaomi miband 2 support gesture recognition and it can also support lift wrist with screen on.
So in conclusion, we are in a bit of a pickle. Fitbit and Xiaomi Mi Band are both excellent brands with impeccable smart bands. The Fitbit Alta is surely a brilliant device and the Mi band is surely fantastic too albeit it has its flaws. They don’t have much difference with their design, however with the Mi bands heart rate sensor, longer battery life and obviously, pricing, the band would be a perfect option for those who like to keep a daily tab on their fitness. The Fitbit Alta is however for those who are serious athletes and looks good while doing so.