It seems that Xiaomi, with the help of its subsidiary Huami, is trying to saturate and conquer the wrist electronics market as much as possible. New items, which is important – successful ones, appear quite often. And those functions that are not implemented in Mi Band bracelets immediately appear in counterparts from Huami. Just a few months after the release of the bracelet, the Mi Smart Band 5 appeared, no, not even its competitor, but the development – Amazfit Band 5 from Huami. Let’s take a look at this fitness bracelet.
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Amazfit Band 5 specifications
- Dimensions: 47.2 x 18.5 x 12.4 mm, weight 12 g without strap, 24 g with strap.
- Display: diagonal 1.1 inches with a resolution of 126 × 294 pixels, touch AMOLED, 2.5D tempered glass.
- Materials: polycarbonate case, elastic polyurethane strap.
- Battery: lithium polymer 125 mAh, charging time 2 hours, average use time 15 days, 25 days in economy mode
- Determination of coordinates: using your phone.
- Sensors: optical PPG biological tracking, three-axis accelerometer and gyroscope.
- Wireless connection: Bluetooth 5.0
- Compatibility: Android from version 5.0, iOS from version 10.
- Functions: heart rate, stress level, blood oxygen, cycle tracking for women, pedometer, alarm clock, notifications, reminders, weather, 11 options for sports modes.
- Waterproof: up to 5 atmospheres, you can swim in the pool.
- Other: NFC, speaker and microphone are absent, vibration is present.
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Amazfit Band 5 delivery set
The device is located inside a stylish white box with a corporate logo and a color image of the bracelet itself. The design of the package is such that it will not be possible to secretly open it – you will have to pull out the side tape. This guarantees the safety of the device in its original form. There are only three items in the box: a thick, almost 200-page manual in 12 languages, a packed magnetic charging cable and a packed bracelet.
Amazfit Band 5 design
The appearance of the bracelet itself cannot be called revolutionary – there is no point in experimenting with what is already in demand – the design is almost identical to Xiaomi Mi Band 5. The elongated capsule of the electronic device is placed in a TPU strap. The complete strap itself is hard, there are many holes on it. This allows the bracelet to fit any hand – from a large man’s to a miniature nursery. And the straps can be changed to suit your taste.
The front side of the device is given to a color touch screen. At the bottom of it there is a touch button similar to a flattened ellipse. The Mi Band 5 has a round one. At the back in the middle are sensors for taking readings of the pulse and oxygen content in the blood. They shine in red and green. At the bottom, in a small depression, you can see a pair of contacts for charging the device.
Thanks to this design, now, to charge the bracelet, it is not necessary to get it out of the strap by stretching it. The round contact pad is magnetically attached to the device body.
The capsule itself is classic black, but the overall look can be noticeably diversified with the help of colored bracelets.
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Amazfit Band 5 screen
The device received a rather big screen with a diagonal of 1.1 inches. It is a bright AMOLED with a resolution of 126×294 pixels. There seem to be few dots, but they are not visible on such a small screen.
The front part is covered with tempered 2.5D glass with rounded edges. There is an oleophobic coating. This protection is enough to prevent scratches and fingerprints on the small screen.
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Amazfit Band 5 operating software
When you turn on the bracelet for the first time, it will offer to select a language from the list, Russian is available. And then you need to synchronize with the proprietary Zepp application. It is designed to work with Huami electronics. The Zepp app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
To connect the bracelet in the program, you must select the type of device, start the search and confirm the connection request on the bracelet. Zepp will then check the bracelet firmware version and try to update it if necessary.
The very first Zepp tab will show the amount of information collected by the bracelet. This is the pulse, and the oxygen content in the blood, stress level, information about activity.
The second tab got the strange name “Enjoy”. There are generally all the options available in the application, but not all of them are compatible with the Amazfit Band 5.
The third tab is Profile, which is dedicated to a specific device. There you can see sections for managing screen unlock, incoming calls, alarms, notifications. In the Store, you can choose the type of watch face to your liking or taking into account the rating of users. There are over 45 watch faces on offer so far, with two of them being customizable.
All fine-tuning is carried out precisely from the device profile in Zepp. For example, here you can set the behavior of the bracelet with an incoming call or from which applications to deliver notifications, change the order and set of menus in Amazfit Band 5.
Amazfit Band 5 functions
With vertical swipes, you can scroll through the available functions, entering them by tapping on the screen. Returning back is realized through the touch button at the bottom of the display or a horizontal swipe from left to right.
Status… Here you can see how many steps you walked and burned calories by comparing statistics for the last 7 days.
PAI… This section has appeared in wearable electronics recently. The bracelet analyzes the physical activity of a person and gives some points for them. Their weekly sum is the index. It is recommended that you earn at least 100 points every week. And the application shows the points scored not for the current day, but for the last week. This index should motivate a person to maintain an active lifestyle.
Pulse… In this menu, you can forcibly start measuring your heart rate, as well as view the history for the current day. This makes sense if the auto metering option is set.
Cycle. This is where the menstrual cycle of women is tracked.
In order for the section to appear on the bracelet, you must specify the female gender in the profile settings, then go to the Home page tab in the Zepp application, select the Cycles block and enter the necessary data.
SPO2 (Blood Oxygen Measurement). This feature is not only trendy for 2020 devices, but also useful in today’s pandemic.
The device can detect blood oxygen saturation. It is this function that is, perhaps, the main difference between the bracelet and its counterpart in the face of Mi Band 5.
Notifications. This is where your last unread messages and app notifications are stored. After viewing them, they will hide.
Stress level. The bracelet analyzes the condition of the wearer and somehow assesses the level of his stress, which can be viewed here. The measurement can be started manually or automatically via the smartphone app.
Breath. There is no analysis here, you just need to perform breathing exercises after the animation.
Developments. There are reminders of all your appointments or business. You can add them to the menu, at the right time you will receive a notification.
Weather. The smartphone app will tell you the current weather forecast and what awaits you this week.
Workout. It is offered to use one of 11 training modes, including: running, treadmill, bicycle, exercise bike, walking, swimming, yoga, jump rope, elliptical trainer, rowing machine and exercise. It is interesting that as soon as a person stops, the bracelet pauses.
When you start driving, sport mode will reactivate. This will allow you to more correctly calculate the speed and pace.
Additionally… There are less significant sections here: Timer, Music, Camera, Alarm, Settings and others. The function of remote control of the phone camera will be interesting. But it actively consumes battery life.
You can expect more features to come with updates to your device. For example, soon the Mi Band bracelets, like the Amazfit band 5, will be able to calculate body temperature based on heart rate readings and Liebermeister’s law.
Autonomy of Amazfit Band 5
Tests carried out by users confirm the claimed autonomy of the device. In heavy load mode: repeated daily measurements of blood oxygen level, heart rate and using active mode, the Amazfit Band 5 discharges approximately 10% daily. But in normal mode, using a pedometer, notifications and an alarm clock, the bracelet will honestly serve its 2 weeks. If you lower your heart rate, you can add a few more days to autonomy.
Water permeability of Amazfit Band 5
The bracelet is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, and the water must not be salty (sea, ocean). The manufacturer guarantees full functionality of the watch in case of splashes, rain or snow, while swimming in fresh water, as well as taking a cold shower.
Amazfit Band 5 turned out to be a slightly improved version of the popular Xiaomi Mi Band 5 bracelet. And if the appearance of the Alexa voice assistant from Amazon is hardly in demand in our area, then the function of measuring the oxygen level in the blood is especially relevant today. Externally, both devices are almost identical, the only difference is in the shape of the button under the screen. And additional functions slightly reduced the autonomy of the bracelet.
Amazfit Band 5 in official retail costs about 4000 rubles or $ 50, which is a quarter more expensive than Mi Band 5. Users are invited to pay a little extra for a very useful feature that appeared in Amazfit Band 5.
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