Mi Band 3: Unboxing & Review

A Worthy Mi Band 2 Successor?

As far as fitness bands go, Xiaomi’s line up of Mi Bands has been one of the best selling in the world. Ever since the company launched the (admittedly pretty basic) original Mi Band, it has caught the eye of a mass audience thanks to the aggressive pricing strategy by the company. I’ve used every Mi Band the company has launched, and we got the Mi Band 3 from China that I have been using for quite some time now. Well, the Mi Band 3 has arrived in India at a price of Rs. 1,999 on Amazon and Mi India. So, without further ado, let’s get to our Mi Band 3 review:

Design and Build: Exceedingly Xiaomi-like, and I Love It

As far as the design and build of the Mi Band 3 is concerned, Xiaomi has gone with its tried and tested design philosophy, improving upon the Mi Band 2 in some key areas, and that really makes a difference in what the band looks like, and how it feels on the wrist. Arguably, the Mi Band 3 fixes two of the biggest flaws in the Mi Band 2 design — the non-touch enabled display, and the eyesore of a button. The Mi Band 3 comes with a touchscreen display, and a button that’s more like a depression in the panel. The button here manages to easily blend in with the rest of the glass panel on the front, and manages to look almost low-profile.

Mi Band 3

You begin with a text, you sculpt information, you chisel away what's not needed, you come to the point, make things clear, add value, you're a content person, you like words. Design is no afterthought, far from it, but it comes in a deserved second. Anyway, you still use Lorem Ipsum and rightly so, as it will always have a place in the web workers toolbox, as things happen, not always the way you like it, not always in the preferred order. Even if your less into design and more into content strategy you may find some redeeming value with, wait for it, dummy copy, no less.

There's lot of hate out there for a text that amounts to little more than garbled words in an old language. The villagers are out there with a vengeance to get that Frankenstein, wielding torches and pitchforks, wanting to tar and feather it at the least, running it out of town in shame.

One of the villagers, Kristina Halvorson from Adaptive Path, holds steadfastly to the notion that design can’t be tested without real content:

I’ve heard the argument that “lorem ipsum” is effective in wireframing or design because it helps people focus on the actual layout, or color scheme, or whatever. What kills me here is that we’re talking about creating a user experience that will (whether we like it or not) be DRIVEN by words. The entire structure of the page or app flow is FOR THE WORDS.

If that's what you think how bout the other way around? How can you evaluate content without design? No typography, no colors, no layout, no styles, all those things that convey the important signals that go beyond the mere textual, hierarchies of information, weight, emphasis, oblique stresses, priorities, all those subtle cues that also have visual and emotional appeal to the reader. Rigid proponents of content strategy may shun the use of dummy copy but then designers might want to ask them to provide style sheets with the copy decks they supply that are in tune with the design direction they require.

Summing up, if the copy is diverting attention from the design it’s because it’s not up to task.

Typographers of yore didn't come up with the concept of dummy copy because people thought that content is inconsequential window dressing, only there to be used by designers who can’t be bothered to read. Lorem Ipsum is needed because words matter, a lot. Just fill up a page with draft copy about the client’s business and they will actually read it and comment on it. They will be drawn to it, fiercely. Do it the wrong way and draft copy can derail your design review.

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