Today i did receive my Xiaomi Mi Band i bought from Aliexpress at Seven Sea Sale for only 18,90$ shipped.
If you know Xiaomi products thease come in some cardbox case. The Mi Band came in one too. Pretty stable well packed.
Inside you find the silicone like Band, the actual technical device already placed in the Band, some USB charger and some sheet of instructions in chinese.
If you read on the net about the band ppl say you have to charge it 1st. My came 1/3rd charged but i did it anyway. In about 2 hours the device was fully charged ( i did use the Meizu wall charger for that ).
One thing you need is some Xiaomi account. This can be created in english here https://account.xiaomi.com/
You can use an email adress and/or a phone number for that.
This account is needed to get the actual app for the Mi band and also for the App on your phone to register your band and sync it with your phone.
Ok after i downloaded the newest app for the Band, i had to put in some data. My gender, height, weight and age. It will also ask you how many steps you want to do every day but you can change that later aswell.
The app wants quite some rights and thouse you cant disable. I only found some options with push messages for it. Note my MX3 is not rooted.
The app itself is already translated to english, some fansites offer other languages aswell.
However put in the account there was still chinese words to read, because it came from the webserver of Xiaomi i guess.
It takes a while untill you find the options. Meaning the app is not that well done. You can check a lot stuff and overall you can do a lot with the Band but i think it could be done more easy to navigate through the app.
After i did sync the Band to the MX3 the app did a firmwareupdate for it over blutooth.
I have it now on and it did already notice some steps and sync it back to the MX3.
I will check how good the sleep watch is tonight. Something i really wanted the band for.
I would say for 19$ its a nice device to check how much you move how much you burned and how ell you did sleep.
You can set alarms on it and some other stuff too.
Dont know if i want to spend much more on this item. For a fintness Band it does the job quite well i would say so far and for 19$ you really cant go wrong with it.