Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro review: excellent at this price

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro review: excellent at this price

Smartwatches are getting, well… smarter. Apple adds great new features to the Apple Watch every year, and the Apple Watch series 8 is a compelling option for iPhone users. google has Finally launched the Pixel Watch which is a great entry in the market. And Samsung has the Galaxy Watch 5, which is considered by many to be the best smartwatch for Android users. So the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro has an uphill battle ahead of it.

The Smart Band 7 Pro is designed to be the Apple Watch for Xiaomi users and has some compelling fitness tracking features. It also appears to bridge the gap between Xiaomi’s past fitness trackers and today’s smartwatches. Oh, and it costs much less than the competition.

How close is the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro to really competing with the Apple Watch Series 8 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 5?

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro

Rating: 3 stars

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advantage

  • Cheap
  • Good battery life
  • Good basic fitness features
  • decent design

cons

  • not very accurate
  • software is not great
  • a little slow at times

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro design and display

The first thing that strikes you about the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro is its design. The device does not look as fashionable as the apple watch or the pixel clock. Instead, it feels like a happy medium between traditional fitness trackers, with a longer screen that’s closer to the bandwidth than other devices. Of course, given the price, it’s hard to complain about wanting a premium design.

However, that doesn’t mean it looks bad. I don’t really care about design at all. I prefer the look of full-fledged smartwatches, but I still think the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro is relatively attractive. Sporty, but good looking.

The device has removable bands and by default comes with bands that match the body color. Speaking of the body, there’s a metal-looking top half and a plastic bottom half, with the fitness tracking sensors on the bottom.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro HealthImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The screen of the device is 1.64 inches and it looks pretty good. It gets bright enough for most situations and looks relatively detailed. You can enable an always-on display, which will basically only show a clock when you’re not actively using it, but this will take a toll on battery life.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro specifications and sensors

Under the hood, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro offers a number of health and fitness sensors, including a heart rate monitor and a blood oxygen sensor. There’s also an accelerometer and gyroscope for activity tracking.

It’s a solid selection of sensors, but not as good as other options. Many devices these days offer an EKG sensor and a temperature sensor, and I hope to see these features in more and more devices in the near future.

For basic fitness tracking, the Smart Band 7 Pro gets the job done perfectly fine, just not with incredible accuracy. The device did the job of basic heart rate monitoring, but it didn’t seem to track sleep very well. For example, he said that I slept 8 hours and 21 minutes a night when my Apple Watch only detected 7 hours and 39 minutes. It’s 40 minutes different, and I trust the Apple Watch much more than the Xiaomi device.

Performance of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro DesignImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The performance of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro… is not very good. The device stuttered a lot from the time I first set it up, and it was a relatively frustrating experience overall.

Now, for the most part, smartwatches do things in the background, and you’ll just look at your watch and track activity without intervention. But if you want to do things like start workouts, you may need a little more patience than with other smartwatches.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro battery and charging

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro comes with a battery that Xiaomi claims can last 6 days of heavy use and up to 12 days of typical use. In fact, I was able to use the device for much longer than an Apple Watch or Pixel Watch without having to charge it, which is a big deal.

Of course, there are things that will affect the battery life of the phone. In particular, if you turn on the always-on display and tweak some of the fitness tracking settings, you’ll notice lower battery life. But even then, you should be able to get at least a few days of use out of the Smart Band 7 Pro, which is very useful.

However, the charger is a bit of a hassle to use. Unlike the puck-shaped Apple Watch or Pixel Watch chargers, you’ll get a pin-based charger that you need to line up to use properly. Considering the fact that you only have to charge every few days, it’s not that big of an issue, but still something I hope Xiaomi improves on.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro Software

The Smart Band 7 Pro comes with a custom Xiaomi operating system, and it’s not… great. It’s hard to navigate, forces you to scroll through random menus, and often doesn’t register your touch correctly. It also looks a bit dated.

Once you get used to it, the software still does mostly what you’d like it to do, and you’ll learn how to access the features you use regularly.

The Smart Band 7 Pro too comes with alexa, which is a nice addition. That lets you control smart home devices and access information from the web with your voice. The device is a solid option for those in the Amazon ecosystem.

Conclusions

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro is not as premium as other smartwatches out there. The design is a bit bland, the software experience isn’t great, and the fitness tracking isn’t very accurate. But then you take into account the price. In most regions, the device costs around $100 and seriously blows away the competition at that price.

the competition

There really isn’t that much good competition in the sub-$100 price range. If you’re looking for a smartwatch and want to spend as little as possible, this is a great option.

Should I buy the Xiaomi Smart Band?

Yes, but only if you don’t want to spend more on something more premium.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro

Rating: 3 stars

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BGR may receive a commission

advantage

  • Cheap
  • Good battery life
  • Good basic fitness features
  • decent design

cons

  • not very accurate
  • software is not great
  • a little slow at times

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