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Fitbit Charge HR vs Mi Band 2: Which Should Be Your Workout Buddy?

02 October 2017 | Joel Vijay

The world of fitness trackers was once dominated by one name – Fitbit. With its eye for detail and variations to suit both world-class athletes and those who prefer a more sedentary lifestyle, Fitbit has made fitness watches and trackers that we love. The Fitbit Charge HR comes as one of the entry-level fitness trackers the brand has created. But now, there are new players in the sports-tech category. One of the biggest to gain popularity recently comes from Xiaomi.

Enter the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – the ultimate Fitbit killer. Armed with similar specs to the Fitbit Charge HR at a fraction of the price, the Mi Band 2 seems like a sure contender. Let’s look at what the strong points of both these gadgets are and pinpoint which is best.

Pro tip: We consider the most important aspects a fitness tracker needs and its uses.

Features

The biggest deciding factor when choosing a smart band or fitness tracker is the specifications of each. Here is a table to decide what the specialties of each contender are:

Fitbit Charge HR Xiaomi Mi Band 2

OLED Display

Yes Yes

Pedometer (Steps)

Yes Yes

Heart Rate

Yes Yes

Time

Yes Yes

Call Notification

Yes Yes

Sleep Tracking

Yes Yes

Customisable Notifications

Yes Yes

Calories Burnt

Yes Yes

Wireless Sync

Yes Yes

Battery Life

5 Days 1 Month

Food Log

Yes -

Interchangeable Strap

- Yes

Looks

Yes, looks are subjective. But in the case of looks vs function, the Mi Band 2 outshines the Charge HR thanks to its sleek and seamless design. The Fitbit can be described as ‘stout’ compared to the slim Mi Band 2. The Charge HR’s textured strap may not suit every user either.

As there are plenty of options for Mi Band 2 straps in the market now, wearers are spoilt for choice. There are even companies like Mijobs that specialise in making hundreds of types of straps with a variety of colours and textures to suit your taste.

Battery Life

Here is where one outshines the other by leaps and bounds. We would expect the battery life to be around the same capacity for both the Fitbit and the Xiaomi. But the truth is they’re opposite. While the Charge HR’s battery life goes up to 5 days, the Mi Band 2 wows by reaching up to 1 month of use. This is recorded based on a moderate amount of use.

Price Tag

With a famous name like Fitbit, you know the Charge HR’s price tag is going to be a world of difference compared to the Mi Band 2’s. The Fitbit Charge HR retails for around RM500 while the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 retails at around RM100. So if you’re looking for a budget fitness tracker, you know which one you’re gonna get.

Ultimately, both fitness trackers do the job well. Depending on what look for in a fitness gadget, you may want to try both out. Or you could try these options below:

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