August 6, 2018 By James L. Weaver
A few years have passed since the first intelligent wristbands and hardeners appeared on the market, but I still can’t see for myself. There are people who have been wearing them since they first appeared on the market and cannot stop praising them, there are people who will never give up analogue watches and they do not want another notification screen, and there are people who simply have no idea why they should wear them and what I would actually give them.
I, although I am a talker, also had a big problem with what such a device really gives. I have been wearing wristbands more or less regularly for three years and I would like to summarise today what I think makes sense and what does not. Attention: I am not going to talk about smartcards today! These are more expensive devices, some of them calmly perform the functions that wristbands perform, but they are much more expensive.
But before we move on to the various functions that make my life easier, I will briefly talk about the wristbands that I use as examples to discuss. The two that I have chosen as having the best price/performance ratio is almost the cheapest in their category. It’s a very popular Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and less popular, but perfectly complementary Moov Now. The first costs about 133 PLN (or 74 PLN if we want to wait for the shipment from China). There are also a few cheaper offers at Ceneo.
the second one is around 220 PLN and in total, they complement each other perfectly – one of them can do whatever the other one is unable to do, and vice versa.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
You have certainly seen this device on someone’s hands – it is very popular in Poland, probably because of the price. It is a rubber band with an oval removable sensor, a sensor with a simple display and an apothecary. It also has the function of measuring heart rate and vibrations. This band works well for everyday use, as a watch and a measure of the basic activities about which in a moment. It’s a bit worse with its fitness functions. However, it is charged via USB with a special adapter, the battery lasts officially for 20 days, but I never managed to do it. Real for a week.
You have to know me from the appearance, a lot of people wear them.
Moov is a little strange wristband, because without any display. It is also a sensor inserted into the rubber but operated properly only by means of a pharmacy. Nothing shows, nothing vibrates. This means that the battery lasts for up to six months! The strength of this pharmacy is its training applications, so it is good where the latter does not demand it.
Moov Now looks strange and everyone asks what it is like 🙂
Since I briefly discussed the two athletes, let’s go to what the wristbands can do and how they do it, and whether I think it makes any sense in my personal opinion.
The basic feature of devices worn on the wrist is usually to give time – we know it since the First Communion… at least my generation knew it – we were given watches, not drones 😀
Here, the wristband works, although it is usually neither elegant nor super comfortable. The wristbands show this in different ways and do not look elegant either, although you can even buy leather strips for Mi Band. But it will still not look elegant, let’s not deceive ourselves. The time shown vertically is also quite small, although some wristbands are slightly wider or show it horizontally.
Mi Band: Shows the time, but in the sun it is practically invisible.
Moov: There is no display, not suitable for this purpose.
Does it make sense? Rather yes, although normal or hybrid watches are better suited.
Measurement of daily activity
This is one of the most important reasons why people buy such wristbands. They think that thanks to this they will start to move and lose weight 😉 And sometimes this is really the case. The wristbands can measure the active time as well as the steps if the phone is not doing so. Some also have idle alarms. Frankly speaking, this function is even useful in my opinion.
Mi Band: Measures steps, measures active time. After an hour of sitting motionless, it vibrates and displays an idle alarm that prompts you to move.
Moov: Does not measure steps, only daily activity (minutes)
Does it make sense? At the beginning you eat a lot about it, then you forget about it a bit unless you really pay a lot of attention to diet and exercise. Good for those who want to test it, but often have their phone set up.
(3) Measuring sleep quality
Many people are curious how their dreams look like – when they sleep and when they don’t, and so on. Most wristbands can measure this without any problems, they do so on the basis of how much you drill while you sleep. Some of them automatically detect the beginning of sleep, although it is not ideal, on the basis of hours and movement (or lack thereof) it approximates the time of falling asleep and waking up.
Mi Band: Measures sleep, automatically detects sleep time
Moov: Measures sleep, automatically detects sleep time.