XIAOMI MI Watch REVOLVE ACTIVE: VERDICT
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve can be described as quintessentially Xiaomi. Although it offers many impressive features and hardware, the device has its limitations. Its fitness tracking, display, build, and durability are all highlights.
It does not provide a full-fledged smartwatch experience and sleep tracking is poor. The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active-Active is a great option if you’re looking for a fitness monitor at this price point. If you don’t like the design of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active, the Amazfit GTS 2 and GTS 2 Mini may be more suitable.
XIAOMI MI WATCH REVOLVE DETAIL REVIEW
Wearables are not something that Xiaomi is unfamiliar with. The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is one of the most popular sub-Rs. 5,000 wearables. Xiaomi’s success can be attributed to the same reason throughout its entire product line. Features rich products at an affordable price.
This was evident when the Mi Revolve, a wearable with a lot of features, was launched by the company a few months ago. Read our full review of the device to learn more. The company now offers a new version, the Mi Revolve Active. Here’s our opinion after using the device for some time.
DESIGN AND BUILD
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active has very little in common with the regular version. You get a 1.39 inch AMOLED dial with a metal case. Two buttons are located on the right, ‘Home” and ‘Sport”. The rear panel is made of plastic and includes optical sensors and charging points.
The silicone straps can be interchanged, which is always a positive thing because it allows users to repair them if necessary.
The Mi Watch Active Revolve Active is also waterproof up to 5ATM. Although we couldn’t test it to the limit, I did put it in a bucket of water to see if it worked.
It is very well made. It feels solid and sturdy. It is solid and sturdy. I have only had one incident where it was accidentally bumped against a wall. It is important to note that although the large display is beautiful, there are some issues. It may be too big for people with small wrists, as it can make the device look ungainly. It is also difficult to wear while you sleep due to its size. For those who need to track their sleep quality with SpO2 monitoring, this can pose a problem.
DISPLAY, UI and ALEXA
The display on the Mi Watch Revolve Active Active measures 1.39 inches. It can look ungainly on small wrists, but it is easier to read. It is bright and easy to read even in bright sunlight. The AMOLED panel has vibrant colours and a high response time. Swiping was easy as well as other gestures. The Xiaomi Wear app allows users to download additional watch faces.
It is easy to use the UI. Swipe down for notifications and swipe up to quickly access settings and actions. Scrolling left and right allows you to scroll through widgets like heart rate, stress levels or sleep. The Xiaomi Wear app allows users to rearrange these widgets and hide them. You can access the list of workouts by pressing the “Sport” button. The “Home” button will bring you back to your watch face.
Overall, the experience was good with the device and it was easy to get used to the UI. The Mi Watch Revolve Active includes Alexa as a key feature. Alexa works exactly the same way as any Echo device. You can summon the digital assistant by long pressing the ‘Home” button.
The wearable does not have a speaker so Alexa can only respond to text messages. You could also ask questions about conversions, weather and other things. You can also use it to control your Alexa-paired IoT devices. The wearable is dependent on pairing with the smartphone because it does not have Wi-Fi or LTE capability.
My first impressions of Alexa showed that it is not able to support all functions. You can’t use Alexa to access specific functions or start a workout. This would increase the user interface and make it easier to set up specific workouts. A spokesperson for Xiaomi assured us that the features would be included in a future update. The company has not yet set a date, but it says it will be available in the coming months.
The wearable does not have the ability to make calls or receive notifications. It only has caller ID and the option of cutting calls. It does not display notifications and users cannot respond to them via the wearable. Although this device is relatively affordable, I believe users should be able to send pre-set messages. The wearable already features an Alexa microphone, but Xiaomi could have added speech-to text functionality.
APP AND PERFORMANCE
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Active pair with the Xiaomi Wear App. The app, like most wearables, allows users to access their history and obtain detailed information. You can also modify the settings of your device from there.
Information is presented in the form cards. Each card will display the most recent recorded reading at a glance. Tap on any card to see more detail. You can also access older data by tapping on it. You can sort the cards by order and hide any they don’t need, like the female health tracker.
Although the feature is gradually becoming more common in wearables and other devices, few people have ever doubted a male’s choice to enable it. The Xiaomi Wear app would allow me to track my periods even though I have indicated that I am a male.
The app tracks female health independently of data gathered by the wearable. To make predictions about your cycle, the system only needs information such as your cycle length and last period date. It seems that the app takes into account information like pain levels, bleeding, and mood before making predictions. This is a great thing, as it can have a significant impact on periods.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch has a wide range of activities that can be tracked. You can track running, cycling, and other activities, as well as more challenging activities like dancing, hiking, sports, and so forth. There are many activities that you can do, and it is great.
The wearable was used to track my seven-minute workouts, as well as a little bit of cycling, since swimming was not an option. The seven-minute workout is based on a predetermined routine. It gives me an idea of what to expect. The Mi Watch Active Revolve Active was able to track heart rate and was consistent with expectations.
The app will inform users about the duration, intensity, calories burned, heart rate, and average heart beat. It is comparable to the other devices in the range. It also provides a ‘workout performance’ rating, which can be used to help users assess the effects of their training. It also gives an estimate of the user’s recovery time.
Although the “workout performance” index is a nice addition, I would like the app to give tips on how to improve it without being too hard on yourself. It is still a vague metric, and I have no idea how it gets to a rating. With the addition of elevation and route tracking, cycling offers the same stats as Freestyle. The wearable’s GPS makes route tracking very precise.
The Mi Watch Revolve Active’s route tracking is perhaps the best feature of the wearable. It was able not only to track which side of the road I was on but also accurately tracked a wrong turn that I took into a park.
Was able to track my elevation while cycling, as mentioned previously. Although this is a great addition, the results were too skewed for my taste. Problem was that the scale of graphs would change depending on readings, especially along vertical axis. A big spike in one workout may not be so obvious if compared to another. The graph cannot be expanded.
The Mi Watch Revolve Active does a good job with activity tracking but it is not very good at sleep tracking. I got results that were a few hours off. The watch also failed to track afternoon naps. It does provide detailed information such as sleep rating and length, but it is not able to do so. Poor tracking makes it useless. This is also a problem that plagued the Mi Watch Revolve standard model. It’s disappointing to see that Xiaomi has not worked to fix any flaws.
The Mi Watch Revolve Active’s battery life is probably the most impressive feature of the wearable. The wearable claims to have a battery life of 14 days, which is pretty impressive. The wearable can actually last longer without needing to be recharged if it isn’t using its tracking features.
The magnetic base clamps to the bottom of the wearable and charges it. It is still more powerful than other charging bases and it is being phased out.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Active Revolve Active can be described as quintessentially Xiaomi. Although it offers many impressive features and hardware, the device has its limitations. Its fitness tracking, display, build, and durability are all highlights. It does not provide a full-fledged smartwatch experience and sleep tracking is poor.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active Active is a great option if you’re looking for a fitness monitor at this price point. If you don’t like the design of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active, the Amazfit GTS 2 and GTS 2 Mini may be more suitable.
- Accurate GPS tracking
- Battery life is long
- Large display
- Poor sleep tracking
- Unable to answer notifications or take calls
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