Wearable Tech - Xiaomi Band After 11 Months Use. Is It Still Usable?

in Geek Zone5 months ago



Mi band 6, 11 months later………

Just 11 months ago, I bought Mi Band 6 to kick start my fitness journey. It was the latest model at the time with a competitive price that I think was a steal. I needed it for swimming and was into a waterproof band. All things considered I got the band and was happy about it until about two months ago. I use this band almost everyday, especially when I am swimming and going to the gym. Shortly after, I bought another model mi band 5 for my mom which I will also tell you what happened to that. Now, if you are considering buying wearable tech, you can perhaps learn from my experience especially if you want to buy Xiaomi products.


For the record, I workout a lot and often being in the water a.k.a swimming. So the band has a lot of exposure to chlorine water. The band also received some serious falls and some drops here and there. When I use something and if it still works, it means the product is good just based on how I use it. I need everything rugged but not everything is built rugged. Not to mention, sometimes rugged gadgets are too expensive for broke people like me. Now, back to this review, the band also got a few splashes when I was at the beach but I am very cautious because I read, it’s not sea-water compatible.


Let’s get into details!


The first few months of using the band, it was somewhat seamless. I had issue once where the watch didn’t detect my movement in the water but it got resolved somehow, out of nowhere. Up until then, I keep using it whenever, wherever. Now, as you can see, the screen has slightly faded or something like screen burn-in. Although it’s not hindering the display, it is still annoying when the watch is dimmer. I don’t have a good feeling about the band and perhaps in about a year from now, the screen will die or have problems. I am giving it 5 months from today though. The wristband at the moment is even snapped in half and my replacement band is currently on its way. So, I still use them but also a bit cautious if the watch could drop at any moment and I didn’t notice it. It happened to my cousin who used the Huawei band. He lost the band at some public restroom because the band was also like mine and he didn’t replace it. He only realized an hour later that his band was missing. Other than the band and the display that starts decaying, all the application works just fine.Also, if you are going to buy this and have to register the band. Somehow, you have to remember the login otherwise, your data can’t be transferred when you switch your device. It happened to me and I lost a lot of my data after my swimming accident where I got my phone splashed with water and somehow was dying.


The latest model of xiaomi band is now mi band 7. It looks pretty much the same as band 6 only with a few additional features that you might/might not need. For me, as long as this band still works, I would oppose buying a new one. In fact, I would rather save up to get samsung galaxy or another high-end tier especially for the kind of sports that I do. I learned from my lesson and I don’t want the band to just stay for less than a year in my hands. I certainly expect better from the Samsung line. Perhaps if you just do it for the fashion and light sports, you can opt for this as once again, it is competitively priced. Only for under $80, you can already get a piece of wearable tech that does the job.


Now, with mi band 5, the experience has been quite awful. Just a few months after use, the band stopped functioning. My mom is also a frequent swimmer which makes the band receive a lot of pool water exposure. The display simply stopped working and was totally unusable. Unlike Mi band 6 that has a full display, mi band 5 comes with a button that turns on and off the display. It also stopped working and the sensor didn’t work either. My mom thought about bringing it to the store for a repair but I am pretty sure the repair cost would be more expensive than the band itself. That’s why, I haven’t got her a replacement because I am thinking that it may not be worth it to get mi band 6 which would eventually suffer the same problem that I have.

These days, I have not followed the latest wearable tech band but when I visited the store to buy earphones for my mom, I saw more products and more models from Chinese brands. Samsung galaxy was there too and I tried the one on display and it looks pretty sick. The price obviously made me think twice since even my phone isn’t as expensive as those watches. I definitely would consider them if this mi band 6 broke rather than getting mi band 7 which is only different by small features. I think even next year, they are going to release 6 and eventually more models out there, who knows?



  • It’s good enough if you are not doing any constant workout & no constant exposure to water.
  • It’s budget friendly band and better option and sleek design than its competitor under the same price.
  • I personally do not advise buying older models.

It’s my first time using xiaomi and I wasn't impressed. I heard good things about the phone but I doubt they would last a couple of months in my hands. I once broke my mom’s cause I stepped on it. So, it totally wouldn’t last in my hands especially for extreme conditions and use as well. I hope you find value in this review. We hardly review the things we buy after a certain time and to me these things helped to make some decision when buying gadgets.


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I'm also using fitness tracker, but I use the Oppo Band B1 version which I bought on sale for only $18.91. I bought it three months ago and I can say that my band still look like brand new. I've been using it to track my sleep, heart rate, and workout routine. The only thing I disliked in my band is the limited workout activities which you can use. I can still use the Free Training option though although it is not specialized about the way how did I workout. It is also water resistant, but I don't know if it can stay in pool.

I think it can stay in pool because my cousin has similar band and it's pretty durable. I am not sure how long it will last though, maybe less than a year if you constantly expose it to water.

honestamente siempre me a gustado mas el diseño que utiliza apple con relojes cuadrados pero xiaomi a sido gran competencia estos años tanto en telefonos como en relojes u otras cosas

Es cierto! su diseño es elegante y económico también.

With such a rate of use, rather lasted longer than expected, I think my band 6 is the most central point in quality-price, many times I see that ends up being the most chosen option pot someone who wants to acquire one, although of course, technically, version 7 brings some improvements built in, I think amazon has some interesting versions as well, although I do not know if with similar performance.

You're right. I think it's lasted longer than expected from this brand. I once again don't intend on upgrading because as long as this works and the display working fine there's no use to get a replacement.

It is a big investment, but it is worth it if it will last more than a year, by the way I found it interesting that the swimming problem is fixed, haha xiomi is miraculous haha.

By the way, how do you charge it?

I spent good amount just trying to find solution on youtube but somehow it was solved without me doing anything. It has its own magnetic cable to charge and you can use any adaptor since it doesn't come with one.

if i were mi band and i was on your wrist i would last forever.😍



I also like Samsung brands than the others. I once bought a phone from them and it lasted for three years from my frequent use day and night. I'd like to buy another one after it broke but their models right now are expensive, so I opt for another brand which I'm not impressed, yet still usable. I'm not a swimmer but I have to practice next wee and probably going to buy that one. Thanks for this. Now, I know that I have to avoid this brand, haha.

Xiaomi is getting expensive day by day which understandable because their brand is doing well and got nice reputation. I just have some problem with them with the size that they offer. I like something small for mobile phone and something more durable. Yeah, it can be scary with this watch so you'd better off getting anything high-end.

I have had the Mi band 5 for about a year and a half, I bought it along with my Xiaomi Noteo 10. At the moment it is still functional, but the plastic band has already burst, and I need to get the replacement. It should be clarified that I do not use it in water, so I can intuit that your band lasted longer than expected. At the moment I have not had any disappointment with the Xiaomi brand, maybe some frustration with one or another bug in the operating system, of course talking about the cell phone. But my experience has been good that even my girlfriend decided to buy a Xiaomi air fryer.

Hmmm, that's surprising actually. I guess when you don't use it in the water it could even last longer than mine? If it's the band that's broken, it's easily replaceable but like my mom with its screen, I think it's beyond repair and would be easier to just buy new 😂 and cheaper too.