Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite, our opinion after more than a month of use
For about a month I have been using the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite , a very interesting smartwatch, which has managed to replace my previous Xiaomi Mi Band 5 , especially because of its price and because it has greater precision when it comes to monitoring physical activities .
While the Xiaomi Mi Watch 5 already managed to do its job very well, the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite manages to do it even better. Its larger screen allows us to view more content at a single glance and also, its internal GPS , makes it possible to forget about our smartphone in outdoor activities.
But not everything is rosy, its system is somewhat simple, becoming a "Xiaomi Mi Band 5 with a large screen" for practical purposes . Good and not so good things, which we will see below in this brief analysis of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite.
The best of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite, our personal opinion
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite has a very good finish. It is quite light , just 35 grams and its strap made of TPU (silicone) is soft to the touch, even when we do sports and sweat tarnishes its surface.
Its screen, although small and with frames, has a fairly accurate resolution, 320 × 320 pixels , making it impossible to see the pixels at a distance of normal use. In addition, it has automatic brightness , which is a quite noticeable plus compared to the Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
Its use in general is quite simple. Thanks to its touch panel, we can move easily through the interface, accessing the application we want quickly and easily. In addition, it includes many areas that seem to be updated and expanded little by little.
In general terms, the Xiaomi Mi Watch is quite complete. Among its functions we find the possibility of monitoring sleep , our heart rate, training our breathing and monitoring 11 different sports : running, treadmill, cycling, indoor cycling, freestyle, walking, hiking, track running, pool swimming, swimming in open water and cricket.
In addition, as a great advantage over other cheaper wearables, the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite integrates its own GPS so we can leave our smartphone at home while we go running. In the tests we have carried out, we can say that its precision is quite correct.
As a last addition and probably what we liked the most about the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite we find its battery. This, being 230mAh , more than fulfills what Xiaomi promised, to such an extent that I have even been almost two weeks without having to charge it .
The worst of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite: things to keep in mind
If we take into account the worst of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite, that is, those characteristics that have not convinced us, we can say that they practically coincide with the same ones that any smart bracelet gets .
On the one hand we find a fairly basic system that does not even have animations. This causes that when accessing the applications or different areas of the interface, we do not know if we have really touched the screen or if the clock has been locked. Added to this is the impossibility of deleting applications, adding new ones or changing their order .
In addition,Xiaomi Wear , the application that we will use to link it to our smartphone, is also somewhat basic, providing very brief reports . Ideally, Mi Fit would also have been used, thus centralizing the data obtained by other Xiaomi products.
The loading system and the attachment of the straps are proprietary in both cases. On the one hand, we will not be able to use universal straps and also, to load it we will have to use its own charging base . In this section, Xiaomi could have integrated a conventional wireless charging.
Its screen, although it is quite correct, could have been an AMOLED type , even if it was one of the cheap ones. By having an LCD panel, the clock frames are too noticeable, which by the way, are much larger than they appear to be in their official images.
Finally, since it is a watch and therefore has a larger screen, the ideal is that Xiaomi would have involved Mi Home , allowing us to control our smart home, even if it was necessary to have our smartphone nearby to obtain the connection to Internet.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite, the opinion of XIAOMIADICTOS
After having tried the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and moving to this Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite, we can say that its differentiating contribution is very little . Before buying it, we must bear in mind that it is "a large quantifying bracelet."
Of course, if you like running or doing any other outdoor activity, its integrated GPS chip makes it a better option than the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 . There is no doubt that the main attraction of this watch is none other than improving the monitoring of our sports activity if we come from a bracelet.
Of course, we cannot deny that it is another great Xiaomi product that presents a very good quality / price ratio . For just over 50 euros we can buy it on Amazon with shipping from Spain and a 2-year warranty.
In summary, in favor of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite :
- Integrated GPS.
- Autonomy for more than a week of use.
- Good value for money.
- Quality materials.
Instead, the worst we see from the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is:
- Very basic software, both that of the Xiaomi Mi Watch, and that of Xiaomi Wear.
- TFT LCD screen with too many frames.
- Proprietary straps and loading system.