The best-selling models currently are theHonor Band 5 and the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, both valid models and with an overall low cost. If we don't know which one to choose between the two models, you've come to the right guide: here we will show you the strengths and weaknesses of both models, so you can easily choose the best smart bracelet according to our needs and needs.
Honor Band 5 or Mi Band 4: who wins?
Both smartband models are very beautiful and most of the choices will be of an aesthetic nature or personal taste, but it is still worth taking a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both models, which we can also find on sale on Amazon: Honor Band 5 (€ 36) and Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 (€ 35).
Design and convenience
The Mi Band 4 maintains the shape of the previous Xiaomi smartband models, with a rounded shape and comfortable both to wear and to see. The Honor Band 5 features a more square design, which gives a better feeling to the eye (vaguely reminiscent of Garmin smartbands). On both bracelets there are enough slots for all types of wrists, even for very large people of size (who will have to use the last holes, those that offer the maximum diameter).
In the case of the Mi Band 4 we can also quickly change the strap and then choose a different color or even a different material (such as the metal strap for example); this is undoubtedly a plus, especially if we want to customize our smart bracelet to the maximum.
Display and touchscreen
Both models have a 0.95-inch-sized AMOLED color touch screen, clearly visible in any ambient light condition and with the possibility of raising and lowering the brightness.
On Mi Band 4 we can change the dial by choosing from the predefined ones or by downloading new watch faces from the Mi Fit app, so as to fully customize our smart bracelet. On Honor Band 5 only 8 dials are available and it is not possible to add more.
About touch sensitivity much better Honor Band 5, which is always precise in reading the touches of the fingers, something not always obtainable on Mi Band 4 (which tends to skip a few touches too, especially with wet or dirty hands).
Another feature much discussed on smartbands is the battery life, which can make the difference when we use these devices intensively.
From this point of view Mi Band 4 is a guarantee of durability, given that it mounts a 135 mAh battery and with this capacity it can go up to 20 days on a single charge (obviously much depends on the use we make of it).
On the other hand, the Honor Band 5 has a smaller 100 mAh battery, which allows you to reach a maximum autonomy of 10-15 days (also based on what we leave on, such as the pulse oximeter or the constant heart rate monitor).
On both devices, however, the charging is very fast (about an hour), therefore it is better to recharge them often or as soon as they show less than 30% of the remaining charge.
We now come to the most interesting part of the entire guide, that is, the features that the two devices offer the user.
Both have pedometers and heart rate monitors, but in the case of the Mi Band 4 we also find a convenience activity sensor, able to identify the type of training performed and to adapt the sensors to it so as to have very accurate fitness readings; this activity sensor is also able to identify between different swimming styles, which makes it a truly complete tool for outdoor physical activity or for more intense workouts.
On the other hand, the Honor Band 5 can boast an integrated oximeter (pulse oximeter), which also shows the blood saturation in real time and allows you to adapt your training according to the limits of our body, so as not to exaggerate and ruin everything. To this we also add the Huawei TruSleep, Huawei's innovative sleep monitoring system, which carefully measures the quality of our sleep and also provides very useful tips for treating common sleep disorders.
If, on the other hand, we are interested in tracking the heartbeat, both have a function of continuous heart rate monitoring, which also allows us to monitor our health and report dangerous pressure increases or those related to feverish states.
Now that we have seen what are the strengths and weaknesses of both smartband models, we can choose the one that best suits our needs, so that we can immediately start exercising and monitor both sleep and our state of health.
If we are users who are very attached to physical exercises, we advise you to focus on the Mi Band 4, while if we want to check our health, the Honor Band is better.
Themed Mi Band 4 we can also read our guides Mi Band 4, from Xiaomi, the cheapest FitBand smartwatch is Apps to improve the Mi Band and add functions.
If instead we look for alternatives to Mi Band 4 or Honor Band 5, just take a look at the models in our article Watch with pedometer and notifications: alternatives to the Mi Band 4.