Best Budget Fitness Trackers in Nepal [Updated: October 2020]

Best Budget Fitness Trackers in Nepal Cheap Fitness Bands

Fitness trackers have made our lives a lot easier. It’s no longer a hassle to keep track of your heart-rate and calories among other things. These gadgets have almost become an integral part of our lives. Keeping track of fitness may have become easy, however, buying a device that helps you keep track of it is a different story altogether. You can go for a full-fledged smartwatch or maybe a modest fitness tracker. Or instead, you can choose one from the now trending “budget” fitness trackers. So in this article, we’ll be talking about the best cheap, budget fitness trackers (fitness bands) you can buy in Nepal. Let’s begin.

5. Realme Band

Starting our list of best budget fitness trackers in Nepal is the Realme Band. It is the cheapest one on the list and packs-in the least amount of features as well. This fitness band features a minimalistic design with a gentle curve and a 0.96-inches TFT panel. But with a mere 160 x 80 resolution and 65K color reproduction, the Realme Band’s display isn’t that great to look at, especially under enough ambient light due to its low brightness.

Realme Band

It has a traditional strap made from TPU material but it feels a little cheap. And unfortunately, its design makes it almost impossible for people with a small hand to wear it. Similarly, it is also IP68 rated and comes with Bluetooth 4.2 connection. Also, the Realme Band only syncs with Android devices. So, if you want to use it with an iPhone, too bad.

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Limited fitness tracking

Moving on, you can receive the app, call, SMS notifications on the band although they’re not actionable – except that you can hang up on calls directly from the band. In terms of navigation, it features a single circular touch button (single tap to toggle, long-press to select) and the display doesn’t support touch input. Because of this, navigating around the band is drab. Getting to fitness tracking, it supports 24 hours heart rate monitoring (with PPG heart rate sensor), sleep, step, and sports (running, walking, biking, hiking, fitness, climbing, spin, yoga, cricket) tracking.

Getting to the battery, Realme Band has a decent 90mAh cell that can last 7 – 10 days with heart rate monitoring turned on. Interestingly, it charges via the USB-A connection and doesn’t require additional cable. But, taking off the strap requires a bit of effort which might be uncomfortable for many. Besides, this could also hamper the durability of the Realme Band in the long run.

Realme Band Specifications:

  • Display: 0.96″ TFT panel, 160 x 80 pixels resolution; >65000 colors
  • Dial shape: Rectangle
  • Strap: Detachable TPU straps, 16mm width
  • Body: 19.6 x 11.9 x 240 mm; 20gm
  • Battery: 90mAh, lasts up to 10 days; USB-A charging
  • Connection: Bluetooth v4.2
  • Compatible with: Android 5.0 and above; No iOS support
  • IP Rating: IP68 water-resistant (1.5 meters)
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, PPG optical heart rate, Rotor Vibration Motor
  • Functions: Alarm, Calories Burned, DND, Heart Rate Monitor, Notifications, Sleep Tracking, Step Counter, Sports Mode
  • Companion App: Realme Link (Android)
  • Colors: Black, Green, Yellow
  • Price: Rs. 2,999

4. Honor Band 5i

At the fourth spot in our list of best budget fitness trackers in Nepal, is the Honor Band 5i. It is one of the cheapest fitness trackers from Honor and an iteration of the more expensive Honor Band 5 that’s going to come up later in this list. Compared to the Realme Band, it features a slightly bulkier design. It features a similar 0.96-inches TFT display with 160 x 80 pixels but unlike the one above, this one supports swipe gestures. In terms of the way text, images, animations look slightly better on the Band 5i – but the colors are still lackluster.

Honor Band 5i

Here, the Honor Band 5i has a silicone strap with a traditional loop/retainer design. It is soft, flexible and thankfully, the company has gone with a fairly breathable design making it comfortable to put on for a long time. Connectivity-wise, it comes with Bluetooth v4.2 and supports both Android and iOS devices. It is also 5 ATM water resistance meaning you can take it on rain or swim, and there is dedicated swim tracking here as well.

Smooth UI transitions

Moreover, the text is well arranged in the Band 5i while the UI transitions are so smooth that one could say it’s among the best for the price. Anyway, it also supports call, message, and app notifications and you can hang up incoming calls by swiping up the display. There are also 60+ watch faces to choose from although you can’t customize them. The vibration motor is quite nice too and you can easily tell when you receive a new alert.

In terms of fitness tracking, it comes with 24-hour heart rate (optical heart rate sensor) monitoring, sleep, step, SpO2 (blood oxygen), and sports (running, walking, cycle, row, swim, free training, elliptical) tracking. Honor Band 5i comes with a 91mAh battery with a rated 9 days of endurance. Just like the Realme Band, it also has a USB-A charging connection which is much easier to take off thanks to the built-in clamping mechanism on the strap.

Honor Band 5i Specifications:

  • Display: 0.96″ TFT panel, 160 x 80 pixels resolution
  • Dial shape: Rectangle
  • Body: 18.5 x 12.5 x 56 mm; 24gm
  • Strap: Detachable silicone straps
  • Battery: 91mAh, 7 to 9 days endurance; USB-A charging
  • Connection: Bluetooth v4.2
  • Compatible with: Android 4.4, iOS 9.0 and above
  • IP Rating: 5 ATM water-resistance
  • Sensors: 3-axis Inertial Sensor, Optical heart rate sensor, Infrared light wearing detection sensor
  • Functions: Alarm, Calories Burned, DND, Heart Rate Monitor, Notifications, Sleep Tracking, Step Counter, Sports Mode (9), Blood Oxygen
  • Companion App: Huawei Health (Android | iOS)
  • Colors: Black, Green, Pink
  • Price: Rs. 3,990

3. Mi Band 4

Next up in our list of best budget fitness trackers in Nepal is 2019’s Mi Band 4 from Xiaomi. It was so successful that it managed to become the best-selling fitness band globally from Q3 2019 to Q1 2020. Anyway, even though it’s already a generation old, the Mi Band 4 is an excellent wearable, and considering the upgrades Xiaomi made to its successor, it’s still a worthy product if the price is right.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4

First and foremost, it comes with a 0.95-inches AMOLED panel with 240 x 120 pixels and 24-bit color depth. Besides looking great, it also has 2.5D tempered glass protection against daily wear-and-tear with anti-fingerprint coating too. It has 400 nits of peak brightness and therefore is fairly visible outdoors as well. With a polycarbonate body, Mi Band 4’s strap is made from TPU material which is soft and flexible. Unlike loop/retainer design, it comes with the classic clip that attaches to the strap instead.

Durable and well-designed

Weighing just 22.1 grams, it features Bluetooth 5.0 LE (Low Energy), is 5 ATM water-resistant, and works on both Android and iOS devices. While the Chinese variant boasts NFC connectivity, the global option lacks it. Moving on, you can choose from 77+ watch faces plus, it is customizable via the Mi Fit app, or you can download a new one from third party sources like Amazfit, or make one yourself. Here, the font is a little smaller than what I’d say “clearly visible”, but there is no pixelation issue.

The display itself supports swipe gestures and there’s a single capacitive home button that also doubles as the back button. When it comes to fitness tracking, Mi Band 4 has a 24/7 heart rate (PPG heart rate sensor) monitoring, sleep, step, calories, sports (running, walking, treadmill, cycle, pool swimming, freestyle, battle rope) tracking. It has a big 135mAh LiPo battery that can last up to 20 days under standby mode. Unfortunately, you will need to take the band off of the strap to connect it with Xiaomi’s proprietary 2-pin POGO cable for charging.

Mi Band 4 Specifications:

  • Display: 0.95″ AMOLED panel, 240 x 120 pixels resolution
  • Dial shape: Elliptical
  • Body: 21.6L x 10.8W mm; 22.1gm
  • Strap: Removable silicone strap, 18mm width
  • Battery: 135mAh, Upto 20 days endurance; 2Pin POGO pin charging
  • Connection: Bluetooth v5.0 LE
  • Compatible with: Android 4.4, iOS 9.0 and above
  • IP Rating: 5 ATM water-resistance
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, PPG heart rate sensor, Capacitive proximity sensor
  • Functions: Alarm, Calories Burned, DND, Heart Rate Monitor, Notifications, Sleep Tracking, Step Counter, Sports Mode (7)
  • Companion App: Mi Fit (Android | iOS)
  • Colors: Black
  • Price: Rs. 3,750* (reseller)
  • Read our full review of Mi Band 4.

2. Honor Band 5

Now, in the second position in our list of best budget fitness trackers to buy in Nepal is the Honor Band 5. It is the slightly more expensive version of the standard Band 5i and brings a horde of improvements all around. Unlike the Mi Band 4 and similar to Honor Band 5i, this one has a sleek, rectangular design. So, if you ask me, I prefer Honor Band 5 above others when it comes to design.

Honor Band 5

This has a traditional silicone strap with a loop/band retainer which is soft, flexible, and is really comfortable to wear. But sometimes, the strap fails to fit well inside the loop which can get a little annoying. Unlike the TFT panel from its ‘i’ counterpart, the Honor Band 5 features a gorgeous 0.95-inches AMOLED panel which packs in 240 x 120 pixels with 282 PPI of pixel density. Additionally, it also has 2.5D curved tempered glass protection and is 5 ATM water-resistant too.

Excellent display

Here, the color reproduction and the way text is arranged on the display is something to admire. Unlike the Mi Band 4 (and 5), the text is adequately large enough to make out at a quick glance. Just like the Band 5i, its animation and UI transitions are the best among other bands in this list. The UI design itself is very consistent too. You can choose from 150+ watch faces in the Huawei Health app and I must say, most of them are really cool and artistic.

Similarly, Honor Band 5’s display supports swipe gestures and there’s a big circular capacitive touch sensor too. It can be used to wake up the screen or go home – but doesn’t double as a back button. Getting to fitness tracking, it supports 24/7 heart rate (PPG heart rate sensor) monitoring, step, sleep, SpO2, sports (10 in total: running, walking, swimming, rowing, etc.) tracking. There’s a decent 100mAh battery inside and Honor has shifted away from USB-A charging to a bulky proprietary adapter that uses Micro USB connection. Still, you don’t need to take the band out of the strap, so that’s great.

Honor Band 5 Specifications:

  • Display: 0.95″ AMOLED panel, 240 x 120 pixels resolution
  • Dial shape: Rectangle
  • Body: 17.2 x 11.5 x 43 mm; 22.7gm
  • Strap: Removable silicone straps
  • Battery: 100mAh, Up to 9 days endurance; Proprietary charging adapter
  • Connection: Bluetooth v4.2
  • Compatible with: Android 4.4, iOS 9.0 and above
  • IP Rating: 5 ATM water-resistance
  • Sensors: 6-axis Inertial Sensor, Optical heart rate sensor, Infrared light wearing detection sensor
  • Functions: Alarm, Calories Burned, DND, Heart Rate Monitor, Notifications, Sleep Tracking, Step Counter, Sports Mode (11), Blood Oxygen
  • Companion App: Huawei Health (Android | iOS)
  • Colors: Meteorite Black, Coral Pink, Midnight Navy, Olive Green
  • Price: Rs. 4,350

1. Mi Smart Band 5

Finally, the number one spot in our list of best budget fitness trackers in Nepal goes to the latest Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 (or Mi Band 5). To be fair, I don’t think this comes as a surprise to anyone. Right off the bat, I must say that if you already own a Mi Band 4, there are very few reasons to upgrade to its successor; unless you’re specifically looking for those new features – the most prominent of them being the big display.

Here, the Mi Band 5 sports a 1.1-inches AMOLED panel with 294 x 126 pixels, 16-bit color depth, and a peak brightness of 450 nits. Just like its previous iteration, Xiaomi has installed a 2.5D reinforced glass and anti-fingerprint coating on this one too. And as you can expect, this panel is extremely vibrant with great contrast and plenty of brightness to be visible in outdoor situations as well. While I mentioned earlier that the font size on Mi Band 4 was quite small, Xiaomi has noticeably improved upon that by enlarging the fonts and making the UI a little more consistent. Yet, the items under the “More” menu are still way too crammed-in.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5

Attractive watch faces

Likewise, you can choose from over 100 watch faces and they are customizable from the Mi Fit app – or adjust the items via the band itself; most of them are really well-designed too. Additionally, one can also apply watch faces from third-party sources like Amazfit or make one on your own. Even though the display is big and vibrant, the UI transitions and animations feel slightly slower/laggy compared to the Honor Band 5. I don’t mean to say that this totally ruins the experience altogether but I feel like it’s something Xiaomi should’ve definitely worked to evade this minor nuisance.

Yet, Mi Band 5’s TPU strap is slightly softer and more flexible compared to the one on Mi Band 4. It employs the same Bluetooth 5.0 LE connectivity. There’s a single capacitive home button that functions as a back button as well. Talking about fitness tracking, it has 24/7 heart rate (PPG heart rate sensor), 24-hour sleep, step, stress, sports (11 in total: walking, yoga, cycle, jump rope, swim, freestyle, etc.), and women’s health (menstrual cycle, ovulation phases) tracking. To note, the latter is only available in Mi Band 5 whereas it lets you practice breathing exercises.

Sad to say, to accommodate the bigger display & the new features, Xiaomi has had to compromise on its battery. With the 125mAh battery inside, the company rates its endurance to just 14 days while Mi Band 4 came with up to 20 days of battery life. But, I must say the new magnetic charging mechanism is highly appreciable since you no longer need to take off the band from the strap to recharge the battery.

Mi Smart Band 5 Specifications:

  • Display: 1.1″ AMOLED panel, 294 x 126 pixels resolution
  • Dial shape: Elliptical
  • Body: 18.15 x 12.45 x 46.95 mm; 11.9gm
  • Strap: Removable silicone strap, 18mm width
  • Battery: 125mAh, Upto 14 days endurance; 2Pin POGO pin charging (magnetic)
  • Connection: Bluetooth v5.0 LE
  • Compatible with: Android 4.4, iOS 9.0 and above
  • IP Rating: 5 ATM water-resistance
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, PPG heart rate sensor
  • Functions: Alarm, Calories Burned, DND, Heart Rate Monitor, Notifications, Sleep Tracking, Step Counter, Stress, Women’s Health, Breathing Exercise Sports Mode (11)
  • Companion App: Mi Fit (Android | iOS)
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Pink, Orange, Purple, Yellow, Green, Gray
  • Price: Rs. 4,499

Best budget fitness trackers in Nepal [Summary]

Rank Fitness Tracker Price in Nepal
1 Mi Smart Band 5 Rs. 4,499
2 Honor Band 5 Rs. 4,350
3 Mi Band 4 Rs. 3,750*
4 Honor Band 5i Rs. 3,990
5 Realme Band Rs. 2,999
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