Xiaomi Mi Band 5 vs Amazfit Band 5: Which fitness band offers best value?
Xiaomi's latest and immensely popular fitness tracker Mi Band 5, aka Mi Smart Band 5 globally, and the Amazfit Band 5 have been out in the market for quite a while now. Both the budget fitness trackers debuted this year and are packed with a lot of health and fitness-related features.
Let's see how both the fitness bands stack up against each other.
Design and display
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 boasts a 1.1-inch AMOLED dynamic color display (126 x 294) and is 5ATM waterproof. It offers more than 100 watch faces including fifty-four IP featured themes.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
Similarly, the Huami Amazfit Band 5 features a 1.1-inch HD color AMOLED touchscreen with 126x294 resolution and over 45 watch faces and two built-in custom watch faces to choose from. It also comes with a 5ATM waterproof rating.
Amazfit Band 5
Verdict: Both the bands are nearly similar but the Mi Band 5 offers more watch faces and strap options over the Amazfit Band 5
Health and fitness tracking
Both the fitness bands support 11 professional sports modes including Indoor Cycling, Outdoor Cycling, Outdoor Running, Treadmill, Jump Rope, Power Walking, Pool Swimming, Yoga, jump rope, Rowing machine and Freestyle. Both support 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep quality monitoring, guided breathing exercise, PAI health assessment system and women's health tracking feature that records and predicts the menstrual cycles and sends smart notifications reminders.
The Amazfit Band 5 also features a SpO2 sensor for measuring blood oxygen saturation levels to understand the physical state during intellectual or physical work for a long time, high-intensity workouts or in high-altitude and low-oxygen environments.
Verdict: The Amazfit Band 5 has an extra point with the addition of a SpO2 sensor.
The Mi Band 5 is backed by a 125 mAh battery that offers 14 days of life in normal mode and lasts up to 21 days in power saving mode. It comes with an all-new magnetic snap-on charging solution.
The Amazfit Band 5 is also fuelled by a 125 mAh battery that lasts for up to 15 days in typical usage and 25 days in power-saving mode and can be charged via a magnetic USB charger.
Both the trackers take about two hours to completely charge.
Verdict: In terms of battery life, there is a small difference between the two bands.
Connectivity and other features
The Mi Band 5 and Amazfit Band 5 support Bluetooth 5.0 BLE and are compatible with smartphones running Android 5.0 or iOS 10.0 and above. Both support smart features such as weather forecast, timer, alarm, remote phone music and camera control, notifications for call, message, app, Do not disturb and idle alerts.
Additionally, the Amazfit Band 5 comes with Alexa built-in for voice controls, allowing users to set alarms and timers, check the weather, control your smart home device and do more with voice commands.
Verdict: The Amazfit Band 5 supports Alexa voice assistant which is lacking on the Mi Band 5.
As for the pricing, the Mi Band 5 is currently priced at USD35 (approx. Rs 2,600). The Amazfit Band 5 was priced at USD45 (approx. Rs 3,300) at launch but now it is down to just USD30 (approx. Rs. 2,200).