Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by Jude Simeone
I have been testing the Mi band 5 and Galaxy Fit 2 for the past 3 weeks, so today, we’ll be diving deep into what these two have to offer. These two are considered some of the cheapest smartband with lots of features that can help you reach more fitness goals. In this comparison, we’ll compare the design, fitness tracking, battery life, notifications management and other attributes that can be found on both smartbands.
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Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 vs Mi Band 5 Specifications Compared
|Samsung Galaxy Fit 2||Mi Band 5|
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|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Fit 2||Mi Band 5|
|Device type||Fitness smartband||Fitness smartband|
|Predessesor||Samsung Galaxy Fit 2||MI BAND 4|
|Released date||September, 2020||June, 2020|
|Display size||1.1 inches||1.1 inches|
|Display resolution||126 x 294 pixels||294 x 126 pixel|
|Dimension||46.6 x 18.6 x 11.3mm||46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45mm|
|Strap size||20mm||155 - 219mm|
|Screen protection||Tempered glass||2.5D Tempered glass|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 5ATM|
|Yellow, teal, navy blue, mint, green, orange and black|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0 LE||Bluetooth v5.0|
(Support charging dock)
|GPS||No (connected GPS)||No (Connected GPS)|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||No||Yes|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||No|
|On-screen workout modes||No||No|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes||Yes, 11|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||Yes||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||FreeRTOS||Proprietary OS|
|Chipset||MCU Cortex M33F||--|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-Polymer battery||Non-removable Li-Polymer battery|
|Battery life||Mixed usage: 21 days|
Continous tracking: 14 days
|Standby: 3 Weeks+
Mixed usage: 20 days+
Continous Usage: 14 days
|Charging type||Wireless charging|
|Charging time||About 1hr+||About 1hr+|
|Battery saver mode||No||No|
|Text response||Yes (preset replies)||No|
|Payment system||No||Ali Pay
|Compatibility||Android 5.0+ RAM 1.5GB+|
iPhone: iPhone 7+, iOS 10.0+
|Companion app||Samsung Galaxy Wearable app||Mi Fit App|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Interchangeable band||Yes||155 - 219mm|
|Voice command||No||Xiao AI Voice(China)|
|Samsung Galaxy Fit 2||Mi Band 5|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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|Official Site||Official Site
Galaxy Fit 2 vs Mi Band 5 – Design
- Design: Both Smartbands are very lightweight and durable
- Display and Navigation
- Galaxy Fit 2 User Interface
- Mi Band 5 User Interface
- Number of Watch Faces
The design of both Mi Band 5 and Galaxy Fit 2 look sturdy, not so attractive, but overall a decent design for a cheap smartband. Both Smartbands have a casing made of thermoplastic, hardened glass covering the screen, and silicone straps.
Both bands are also extremely lightweight, meaning, you can wear any of these all day long if you so wish. However, it’s recommended to remove the band once in a while to reduce and dry up trapped sweat.
Both smartbands are also rated 5ATM which represents 50 meters waterproof rating. In other words, it’s safe to wear any of these two under the shower, pool, or ocean.
Both Mi Band 5 and Fit 2 have 1.1 inches AMOLED powered display that is rich in colors and easy to read. Although, not so easy to read outdoor under direct sunlight. Furthermore, both smartbands feature a touchkey alongside touchscreen support for easy navigation. To go back on Galaxy Fit 2, you need to tap the touch key button, while with the Mi Band 5, you can swipe right or press the touchkey button to go back to previous page.
The Galaxy Fit 2 has a fine interface that I find very easy to use. You can swipe left or right to scroll through the widgets. There are 12 widgets in total which include the heart rate, sleep, weather, alarm, and more widgets. When you swipe down, you get to see the quick panel section which allows you to increase screen brightness, turn off vibration, music control, and more.
Mi Band 5 also has a fine user interface that is easy to navigate. Swiping up or down will allow you to scroll through the widgets lists. You can also access widgets added to the shortcut list by swiping right or left. You can always add widgets like heart rate tracking, camera control, music playback, and more to the shortcut list from the Mi Fit app.
Both smartbands offer a variety of Watch faces that allow you to see important details like heart rate data, time, and date. Galaxy Fit 2 has 80 watch faces compared to 57 watch faces offered by Mi Band 5. However, I like the uniqueness of each watch face offered by Mi band 5 compared to what is available on the Galaxy Wearable store. I like that you can store up to 6 watch faces on the Mi Band 5, and you can also edit editable ones which isn’t possible with Galaxy Fit 2.
Galaxy Fit 2 vs Mi Band 5 – Fitness Tracking
As smartbands, both Mi Band 5 and Galaxy Fit 2 are fitness-focused. These two are designed and equipped with sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate monitor which enables tracking for sleep, heart rate, calories, and steps. Each of these two also features, stress measurement, preloaded sport modes, and can track your outdoor activities with connected GPS.
- Steps tracking accuracy: Mi Band 5 is consistent
- Sleep Tracking Accuracy: Both smartbands are consistent
- Heart Rate Tracking and Accuracy: Both smartbands are quite accurate in tracking my heart rate Both Mi Band 5 and Galaxy Fit 2 will track your heart rate continuously or intermittently depending on your settings. Both will show your resting heart rate, minimum, maximum, and average heart rate. I did test the heart rate tracking accuracy of both smartbands with Galaxy Watch 3. The result showed very little differences and sometimes the same figures which points to a consistent heart rate tracking.
- Stress Tracking and Management
- Preloaded Sport Modes
- Outdoor Activity Tracking: Connected GPS
- Other Activity Tracking: Menstrual cycle, PAI and Sedentary reminders
Step tracking is the basics of both Mi Band 5 and Galaxy Fit 2. When I tested the step tracking accuracy of both smartbands against Galaxy Watch 3 which Samsung’s most sophisticated smartwatch, I noticed that Mi Band 5 was consistent and more accurate in tracking my steps compared to Galaxy Fit 2 which wasn’t so consistent in accurately tracking my steps.
Both Mi Band 5 and Galaxy Fit 2 will track your sleep in four stages; deep, REM, light, and awake stages. Mi Band 5 will also track naps lasting 20 minutes or more during the day. I also tested the sleep tracking accuracy of both smartbands against Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, and the result was very consistent with slight discrepancies. So, I’ll say both smartbands track sleep accurately.
It’s nice to also note that both smartbands feature stress monitoring and when you’re stressed, you can use the built-in guided breathing sessions to help reduce stress.
Both Mi Band 5 and Galaxy Fit 2 feature preloaded sport modes. However, while you get to choose from only 11 preloaded sport modes on Mi Band 5, Galaxy Fit 2 offers 90 preset sport modes which are a lot more to choose from. A maximum of 10 sport modes can be accessed at any time from Fit 2.
While both smartbands lack inbuilt GPS, you can still track outdoor activities with connected GPS to your phone. After the workout, you can easily view the routes, locations, cadence, and other related stats from the respective apps, Mi Fit app for Mi Band 5, and Samsung Health app for Galaxy Fit 2. I did test the outdoor activity-tracking accuracy of both smartbands alongside Galaxy Watch 3 which has an inbuilt GPS, the result was pretty very close on all three devices.
Other activity tracking features include sedentary reminders, both smartbands will alert you when you stay idle for too long. Moreover, Mi Band 5 features menstrual cycle tracking for women which can be set from the Mi Fit app. It also features PAI which is similar to Fitbit Active Zone Minutes. With PAI, you gain points when your heart rate is elevated for a period of time, the longer the more points you gain. This can help improve your cardiovascular health and overall fitness.
Galaxy Fit 2 features a handwashing reminder app that will alert you and guild you to wash your hands for 25 seconds. This can help prevent Covid-19 which currently ravaging the world.
Both smartbands will allow you to receive notifications from apps on your phone. However, while Galaxy Fit 2 feature preset quick replies that allow you to reply to messages, Mi Band 5 only shows the notification.
Meanwhile, Mi Band 5 features a camera controller that allows you to control your phone camera. This comes in handy when you want to be part of a group photo.
Other features you’ll find on both smartbands include do not disturb, weather alert, alarm, and timers.
Battery Life – Mi Band 5 has a longer battery life
Both smartband guarantee multiple days of long battery life. I tested the battery life of both smartbands with everyday usage, the same number of apps notifications turned on, continuous heart rate tracking, and a couple of outdoor workout tracking. As a result, I got 14 days with Mi Band 5, while Galaxy Fit 2 lasted 10 days.
As per charging duration, while Galaxy Fit 2 takes 1hr 9 minutes to charge to full, Mi Band 5 takes 1hr 18 minutes to charge to full. Both smartbands come with magnetic chargers.
Battery Life – Mi Band 5 has a longer battery life
Galaxy Fit 2 Pros
- Lightweight and sturdy design.
- Bigger display (bigger than Galaxy Fit).
- 90 preloaded workout modes.
- Up to 10 days long battery life.
- A decent fitness tracker.
- Cheap, yet good quality.
- Features quick reply that allow you to reply to notifications.
Galaxy Fit 2 Cons
- Lacks inbuilt GPS.
- Lacks ambient light sensor.
- Lacks always-on display.
- Lacks remote camera control
Mi Band 5 Pros
- Lightweight and compact design.
- Larger display than its predecessor.
- A comprehensive fitness tracker.
- Long battery life.
- Cheap, yet great quality with loads of features.
- Features remote camera control.
Mi Band 5 Cons
- Lacks inbuilt GPS.
- You can’t reply to notifications.
Which is Better?
In my humble opinion, Mi Band 5 is a better smartband than Galaxy Fit 2. It has a better user interface, longer battery life, camera controller, menstrual cycle tracking, and it’s cheaper.
On the other hand, Galaxy Fit 2 offers better ways to manage notifications, more sports modes, watch faces, hand washing app and it takes a little less time to charge.
Both smartbands have their respective ups and downs, it boils down to what you want more. But in all, any of these two will make a decent investment that can help you stay fit and reach more fitness goals.
Hi! I’m Jude, the creator and chief editor at Smartwatchseries.com
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