Review AmazFit Band, the simple and essential smart band

The most common mistake I personally came across was to consider the AmazFit Band as an evolution of Xiaomi Mi Band 2, a kind of bridge between the past generation and the future Mi Band 3, if ever you will see the light. Now I will explain why, but above all, all the details of this AmazFit Band in our full review made possible by sending the sample provided by Gearbest.com Thank you very much.

The sales package is fairly simple with no graphic detail except the AmazFit writing at the center of the white colored carton. Inside we will find our worn gadget, one Chinese language manual with the QR Code to download the application, which is the famous Mi Fit, and the USB charging cable with magnetic-type attachment resulting in a good balance once attached to the pins of the back of the band.

The design of the AmazFit Band vaguely reminiscent of Samsung Gear Fit 2 mixed with the most squares of FitBit Alta. In particular we have one 1,23 IPS color touch-color display (resolution 80 x 160) inlaid by a upper and lower profile in 316L stainless steel with bending of glass 2.5D and protection Corning Gorilla Glass third generation. The side profiles, however, are made of mirror-polished plastics, which, if in some sense matched with the general design of the band, on the other hand, make the box structure a bit "cheap".

The display size covers most of the wrist surface resulting very comfortable to wear and above all, easy to read about the information provided. The display can be activated via the gesture of the wrist rotation or through the small touch button located at the bottom of the display. Legibility is also guaranteed with quite extreme angles managing to clearly display the contents of the screen even under direct sunlight.

The touch is very responsive and all the colors are pleasing, but above all an added value we find in it anti-imprint finish. Another nice element is the touch button at the bottom of the display, which effectively avoids false touches that may occur during the day, but the only function associated with it is the awakening of the display.

Small parenthesis we dedicate it to the bracelet, in our case of opaque black color but it is also available in 6 different colors (at least on the official website), which is comfortable, without ever causing annoyance even when sweating is intense, thanks also to low weight of the whole AmazFit Band, which turns out to be about 32 grams including bracelet. Excellent closure made thanks to a metal clip that once anchored to the strap hole is really very firm. Finally the strap can be released from the AmazFit Band case so that it can be cleaned with more attention.

The back of the case is idMagnifying Magnifiers for Recharging and the PPG heart rate sensor of a slightly raised shape to ensure more accurate monitoring. Precisely from the outset that the AmazFit Band, as well as any other fitness trackers that allow heart rate detection, are not scientific tools but in our case the AmazFit Band was quite in line with personal parameters collected in professional environments. Therefore, a sensor that does its job well, providing you with an initial index of your health. Unfortunately you can not get continuous heart rate monitoring (only during tracking of an activity through App) that, although it has a positive impact on battery life, in a way loses its effectiveness and functionality.

But the AmazFit Band is in a sense also born for sport monitoring, and although there is no dedicated monitoring function, it is also possible to use it for swimming as the technology bracelet has waterproofness up to 50 meters (fresh water), allowing you to never remove the band from the wrist without worrying about taking a shower, for example.

The rhythm of today's life is always frenzied and often deprives us of little moments of relaxation. The AmazFit Band is designed for Accurately record the small sports actions that we do every day, recording the steps taken, heart rate, distance, calories, and sedentary. Also there is also the function of sleep monitoring, analyzing the quality. Through the display we will have an eye on time and date information as well as the steps taken.

By swiping from top to bottom we will get directions on the battery charge status as well as enable the DND function (Do Not Disturb) by choosing between two modes: the standard and the one that will be activated when the band detects that we went to sleep.

With a swipe from the bottom up we will access the functions as it is sporting state (house icon) where we will find information on steps, distance, heart rate, calories and sedentary. We could also read notifications (cartoon icon): this is a difference compared to the Mi Band 2 that just showed us a notification icon, while with the AmazFit Band we could read the contents specifying that the notification shown on the display of the band will be the same as shown on the phone's lock screen so we will not always read the content in the totality but we will at least have a clue of who sent the mail, message, etc. To notifications you can not answer but you can erase them from the band's memory so you do not get confused with the new notifications. I would also like to point out that you can notify us of any call (without showing us the caller ID, unless you install the modified version of the Francko76 MiFit app) where we could silence the vibration or reject it.

Another interesting feature is the possibility of see the weather details (cloud icon) today and the 5 / 6 days to come, providing us with information about minimum and maximum temperature, weather and location, which can be set to a fixed or depending on where we are located (taking advantage of the smartphone connection) . Then it is possible set different 3 alarms (clock icon), or time (stopwatch icon) an activity with the ability to set up to 20 stop points on monitored time, or set a timer that once started, 5 seconds before the expiration date will cause the AmazFit Band to vibrate, thus warning you of the expiration of time even if you are not staring at the display.

Finally we have the settings (gear icon) where we can select the "clock look (4 different styles), set the intensity of the backlight of the display, have information about the firmware version and Bluetooth address of the band, and then restart it.

The strength that Xiaomi has used with his Mi Band 2 is the battery's autonomy that does not force us daily to reload the wearable gadhez. Also for the AmazFit Band autonomy is a point in favor, despite the battery being a drive from 170 mAh that in about 2 hours and 15 minutes can be recharged from 0 to 100%. Well anyway we will have guaranteed at least 2 weeks of tracking considering approximately 90 / 100 daily notifications, 45 wrist gesture and / or display alerts, and at least 1 hour and a half of tracking a sports activity per week remaining always connected to the smartphone. Autonomy that is quite variable as it depends on many often personal-related factors, as it affects the backlighting, the number of notifications, the number of monitored activities, etc.

As you may have noticed the AmazFit Band does not speak Italian but only the simplified Chinese, although the information provided is quite basic and intuitive through the icons on the display. To analyze the data collected by the AmazFit Band we will use the Mi Fit application taking advantage of the integrated 4.1 Bluetooth connectivity.

Applying in a sense does not need any presentations, but I remember that we will have statistical data on sleep quality, heart rate, weight goal, or review activities carried out through the application. Activities that can be chosen between outdoor running, treadmill, cycling or walking, with details about the route being played (map on Google Maps) as well as speed, heart rate zone etc. You can finally set some parameters of the bands such as which applications receive notifications, set sedentary alerts etc ..

Perhaps the price is not justified if we take into consideration a Mi Band 2 or better yet an AmazFit Bip, but it is true that simplicity of use is suitable for all users who do not want to "snag" to enter the Italian or other language. The AmazFit Band is ready for use, puts it on the wrist, connects to the Mi Fit application and from that point on you will not take it out of your wrist as the waterproofness up to 50 meters will allow you to bathe or shower. To recommend it I would not know but for sure the AmazFit Band is a fairly comprehensive product for occasional sports but connected to their smartphone connectivity and need a large enough display to allow you to read the various notifications received and the great autonomy which will not make you slaves of continuous refills. If you are one another or you are approaching the world of wearable gadgets then you can go to the store Gearbest.com, one of the most complete and professional on the market.

8.6 Total score

AmazFit Band can be a notorious choice for those who do not need great sport-related monitoring but at the same time does not want to miss the connectivity side of any notifications. Excellent data collected by the heart rate sensor and optimum autonomy. No evolution compared to a Mi Band 2 because the AmazFit Band is destined for a niche of slightly different users who are approaching the floor plan in the world of wearable gadgets.

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Hi, thanks first for the review.
I would like to ask a question: can you have the caller ID in the notification if you use Mifit moddato by francko, or with the old method of setting the system language in english?
I'm considering buying this band as a gift, but first I'd like to know how it works.

Thank you

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I do not speak in Italian but according to you there will ever be an international version in English?

Luca Civiero
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Luca Civiero

How do you remove the strap? Where can I buy spare parts? Thank you!

Mirko Tallone
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Mirko Tallone

Hello there is a film to apply on the glass thank you?

Ioannis Glykos
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I was really excited with this good looking new band Amazfit. But a big letdown is that you can not start / start a training from the band. You have to get your phone, open the app and start it from there. This is not a lot of small trainings / work outs within the day, or even within an hour (like dancing, etc). Even my Huawei Color Band A2 can do this from the band itself ...... Read the rest »


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