Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 11: Last Two Full Days in HK, Odds & Ends

At long last, we’ve reached what will probably be the final article in the series about my trip to Hong Kong and China. By this stage, I have achieved my primary objective of attending the conference and presenting some secondary outcomes from my research, but we’re not quite done yet.

We were back in Hong Kong, but we only had two full days, and they would be relatively busy. We reached the YMCA Salisbury, near the ferry terminals at Tsim Sha Tsui, just after lunch time. It was a little earlier than expected, so the rooms were not ready yet, as they were likely having a late check-out. We chilled at the lobby, being given just one Wi-Fi log-in to share amongst us. Having informed them we were avid photographers, we were lucky and managed to be given a very good room on the 14th floor (1443). I had some time to unpack and set-up all the gear again, and make contact with everyone just to let them know everything was all in order. As a tech person, I never travel light, and having my gear at hand is always important. After all, my Pennytel VoIP account and physical ATA and handset saved my bacon on numerous occasions …

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We managed to check out the room carefully, where we found some complimentary fruit, a nice bath (although without a view from the bathroom), and a few bits of stationary including the post-cards picturing the hotel above.

Given the rush, we relaxed a little while I tried to survey the TV channels. Luckily as there was a cabled aerial, I was able to get signal from their SMATV system, resulting in good DTMB reception, while my chaperone was relaxing in the bath. But before long, we had to leave that evening for the all-important family dinner.

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We were picked up by my uncle Herbert, who had an injury to his leg, meaning he was on crutches but was going very quickly, and my aunt Amelia. The route to the restaurant, which was close to my grandpa’s house in Chai Wan, was taken using ‘scenic’ public transport – namely Star Ferry across the harbour, and a route bus.

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As it was a special occasion, and a rare one, to have the opportunity to meet my maternal grandpa, it was also an opportunity to demonstrate my growth as a responsible adult, so I was given the honour of shouting the table. That being said, it was all just family money in the end, but more of a symbolic gesture. It was good to see that he was still managing, despite his age, and he was still quite mentally alert at that time.

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Sadly, some of the relatives couldn’t make it for this last meeting of the trip, owing to sickness from the flu, and others were overseas re-commencing their study for another semester. But I had already met them earlier, although I didn’t have any photos on my phone. More importantly, I was able to meet with my uncle Hung, who bought us the goods we had entrusted to keep with him, so as to avoid bringing it across to China and potentially arousing suspicion. Unfortunately, he was so busy at the factory that he promptly had to return to work after dinner.

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To save time, and to prevent needless back and forth, we settled on the relatives hailing us a cab to return to the YMCA. When asked whether to take the tunnel, I said “whichever is faster”, which resulted in the driver taking the tunnel, collecting additional toll charges, and taking a longer scenic route back to the hotel. In doing so, I got to see what was the remnants of the old airport from many angles, which I thought was nice. After all, I didn’t mind the money, nor the time, as I was enjoying looking out the window of a “foreign” place. That night, we rested well in the comfort that we had survived China, but not without trying to get a shot out of the window.

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YMCA HousekeepingI wasn’t particularly too interested in venturing anywhere during the day, and was happy to sleep in, and enjoy the room somewhat. We got out for breakfast at a decent time, and had set the do-not-disturb indication on the door, and nicely, they obeyed resulting in the following letter – our crowning achievement!

We didn’t need any housekeeping, so we were good. Breakfast was good, although the variety was different. Instead, that day, I would enjoy a bath and have some night time photography instead. What I didn’t count on was the arrangements to get to the airport requiring me to do some calling around because of last minute changes with the relatives due to illness, speaking in Cantonese (which I am not adept with), and dealing with mobile reception that was absolutely hopeless. In the end, that all got sorted, but not without a lot of stress and “jumping out of the bath” to answer the phone.

Around the Tsim Sha Tsui area, we have the regular laser light show to look forward to. Named “A Symphony of Lights“, it’s a permanent exhibit which runs every night at 8pm for 13 minutes, and features co-ordinated lights around the city buildings and music.

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Many tourists stood to watch the entire show, although the show itself felt a little dated. Some “advertising” boats were trawling the area, which spoilt the photographs and views of a number of people. After the show, after all the people had dissipated, I could manage a nice panorama of the skyline from the Tsim Sha Tsui side.

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Around that area was an arts centre of sorts as well, where I took this selfie of myself inside a reflective “pole”.

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We took a quick walk inside, and the pattern of the lights proved to be quite interesting when viewed through a fisheye lens.

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We strolled around and visited the site of the former train station at Kowloon, along with the clock tower that remains.

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On the way back, we visited the 1881 heritage site at night, which had been prepared for festivities.

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By this time, I have pretty much had my fill of the day, and thus ends the last whole day in Hong Kong. By tomorrow evening, we will have departed. I slept well, and pre-packed for a complete pack the next day.

We had another lazy day, and a last bath, before concluding the packing, checking out, and then, we were picked up by the boss of the van delivery company used by my grandpa and uncle’s business, to deliver us to the airport and return our borrowed wheelchair to my uncle.

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The journey was smooth to the airport, and he was more than helpful to push me into the terminal where we could transfer to a seat. Now begins the fun of returning back to Australia.

The Airport Saga

Arriving to the airport was no big deal, but getting myself sorted was. The first hurdle was to find a wheelchair. It turns out the airport information desk has loaner wheelchairs, but are only to be used to the check-in counters and cannot be taken through the secured area, and we needed to transfer to airline-provided wheelchairs to complete the journey.

Qantas was no longer a big airline at Hong Kong, especially after the deal with Emirates, so their staffing was minimal and consisted of contract staff from SATS international. As a result, it took a little while to find the counter, which was not open at that time. We queued at the first position and waited dutifully.

Upon opening, we checked in our luggage, which proved to weigh the same as we came in (which is good). But when it came to organizing wheelchairs, we had met a hurdle – the flight had no gate number yet, so they couldn’t “schedule” the service. We were perplexed. After a little fussing and getting the duty manager, who was calling around frantically to get a gate number, they finally made it clear that they did not loan out wheelchairs, and instead, have a chaperone who will wheel you through immigration processes to the gate and leave you there to return once the boarding commenced. Crazy, we thought.

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These wheelchair chaperones were in high demand as well, as despite getting a “most probable” gate number, they were not able to get one for another half hour. Upon actually getting one, we were approached by the duty manager with a new piece of misinformation which claimed that there were loaner wheelchairs from the airport’s help desks inside the secure area. In all, I was wheeled to the gate to a seat, and left with no chair and a few hours to kill. In that state, all I had was an airport trolley for steadying myself if I had to go to the toilet … pretty ordinary.

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The key take-away was that Worldwide Flight Services was the subcontractor in charge of providing wheelchair service. All outsourced. I was to sit and wait until they returned to bring me to the plane.

But of course, it doesn’t end there, as my family friend decided to go and try to grab one of those wheelchairs for me. Unfortunately, he had reached an information counter who were perplexed as they claimed no such service existed. After a bit of further head scratching, he was sent to another information counter across the airport with the claim that they had them – but they didn’t, and he was to return back to the original counter. Upon returning to the original counter, he was then told he could rent them if pre-booked and paid for, although the chairs were not even in sight. Fed up with this constant misinformation, he returned empty handed.

I had no idea how bad the struggle can be for disabled people until I had to experience it myself. It was totally night and day – in Sydney, there were an excess of chairs available, which can be taken from check-in to the doors of the plane, and everyone was all happily getting along. Here, it was a case of everything being overstretched.

At least the flight was good, and returning to Sydney returned me to the friendly hospitality of Sydney Qantas staff who were very helpful, unlike the Hong Kong staff. Lesson learned.

All in all, a very successful trip, no doubt thanks to the assistance of all of my family, their friends and relatives. I couldn’t have done this one myself.

Random Fragments

As it turns out, throughout the whole blogging series, I had forgotten to put a few things in. For example, in the Big Bus tours, we definitely got up-close and personal with the Peak Tram.

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A pretty amazing cable driven system, with quite a bit of “bounce” in it at the stops. I also managed this random image of a couple in front of the AIA Carnival, opposite Central Ferry Piers.

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The selfie stick seems to have only taken off from here …

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Another souvenir of my trip is the China Mobile Super Roaming $88 SIM card that my uncle had bought for me just to make sure we would stay connected.

That’s all from me. To read any post in the series, look up posts by tag hkcn2014.

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DIY: Adapting Out of Tricky Light-Bulb Situations

Being the resident electronically minded person in the house, I normally take charge of all the lighting in the house as well. Unfortunately, in the house we’re living in at the moment, some really oddball builder has decided to use visually identical fixtures, but with some Bayonet Cap (BC, B22) fixtures mixed in with Edison Screw (ES, E27) fixtures.

It seems that Australian hardware stores normally stock BC fixtures almost exclusively, but, as a bit of a habitual IKEA-visitor, I end up picking up some “European” design fixtures as well. This means more ES fittings, as well as a mixture of Small-Edison Screw (SES, E14) fittings. Keeping adequate spare globe inventory in all the formats was getting quite tricky – especially as some of my more favourite LED globes come in different versions for each base.

As a kid, I’ve always wondered why didn’t people just have adapters for both globe formats. I had reasoned that they may be difficult to get approvals for safety in Australia, and the high heat of older incandescent globes could make them failure prone. But since we’re all for LEDs and CFLs nowadays, this issue is somewhat less of an issue now.

Despite this, you don’t see them being sold in shops normally. A little cursory search on eBay when I was doing some other shopping seems to show that they do exist, which is good news for me.

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All of these items were generic unbranded eBay items from some Chinese accessories supplier, mostly costing about AU$1 inclusive of postage. This adapter allows you to use your BC globes with ES fittings.

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The adapter itself uses a plastic body, with cut-outs for the bayonet cap pins which seem to have a peculiar taper and angle. This serves it to make it slightly less likely for a globe to slip out even if it was half un-twisted. The internals seem solidly built with two springy brass pin contacts, and the ES cap seems to have a decent solid plastic insulator and metallic contact.

Of course, as a low cost item, it comes with no safety approval printing, or even ratings. However, it’s safe to say that these are only intended for LED and CFL usage, and can only carry 2A maximum. As a passive wiring adapter, there really isn’t that much that can go wrong with it bar a failure of contacts or insulation.

Because it has a relatively low profile, it doesn’t add that much length to the globe, which is good news for avoiding potential interference issues with fittings due to the increased length.

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Some searching on eBay also allowed me to find a unit that goes the other way. This is good if you want the widest possibilities in mixing and matching globes that you have left to their best use fittings.

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This adapter is physically longer than the one above, owing to the need to accomodate the full ES base itself. An outer aluminium can forms the threads and one contact, which makes for a good thick contact, and a copper-coloured folded centre contact provides the other contact. This folded contact isn’t backed by a spring, and thus might be subject to fatigue over time, which could limit the reliability of the adapter over time.

The BC base seems to be a traditional base as you would see on older CFLs and glass bulbs, featuring a full metal construction outer (making it more durable) and solder-bubble style contacts, which are compliant and make good contact with the socket.

As above, there are no markings of limits and safety regulatory compliance.

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With these adapters, it was possible to make use of the IKEA G94 shaped LED bulb that had a throat too wide to fit in any of my fittings, and also insert my “right angle” dangle cable as well, while keeping the ES fitting at the end via a double-adaption. Frankenstein!

It clicks … at IKEA

In my earlier review article, I noted that IKEA had stopped selling any BC globes, which they did in the past. I suppose that’s not unexpected since none of their products actually use the BC fitting, but then again, what about the regular householders?

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As it turns out, they have you covered with the Koppla, a packet of two E27 to B22 adapters, which are sold at retail for AU$2.99. It comes with a leaflet that reminds you not to dispose of such electronic waste in the bin, but is otherwise just two adapters in a bag. It’s slightly more expensive than the eBay products, but they use a different design.

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One advantage of the Koppla is that it is shorter, thus less likely to cause fitment issues in luminaires.

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The adapter itself is made on a plastic body, featuring some metal pins to ensure durability in mounting. The contacts on the BC side are brass contacts, of small area to just match the mating socket. The internal ES contacts are just simple strips of copper-like metal, one “touching” against the side, and the other touching against the middle, with the ES thread formed by the plastic body of the adapter. This seems to be a less reliable and durable configuration, but it is also much simpler and likely to be sufficient for all purposes.

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But the biggest advantage? It’s got some regulatory approvals, so it’s a better bet when it comes to safety. It claims to have CE mark, Intertek S mark and NSW Fair Trading approval number of NSW26793 for Australia. It has well defined limits of 3A, 250V and 40W. This particular adapter was Made in China in Week 52 of 2014.

Conclusion

I think it’s highly likely that many people aren’t aware that you can actually buy such adapters to make your life easier. While it won’t ensure the adapted light globes still fit in the fittings, it can make inventory management easier, and it can make sure that even in an emergency, you’re not left in the dark. It also opens up quite a lot of adaption possibilities, although one should exercise some caution when it comes to electrical safety, especially with direct import products. There are many other adapters available, including splitters, goose necks, etc. It reminds me of the whole idea that good ideas are likely to have been “already done” – indeed, they have!

 

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Review: MovNow W79 (aka Counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker)

So maybe you’ve got duped on eBay and got sent a counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker that turns out to be a MovNow W79, or you’re thinking of buying one with the full knowledge that you’ve somehow ended up paying for a listing for a knock-off (which is illegal in some senses), one thing you’ll be wondering is whether it works.

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That’s what this post will be all about – a user review of the MovNow W79 from a user that’s also used a Genuine Xiaomi.

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On Android – CyanogenMod 11 on Nexus 7 (2012)

Owing to a lack of more modern devices, testing will be done on my old Nexus 7 (2012) running CM11. The reason for CM11? It gives the old “girl” Bluetooth-LE abilities that are needed to work with such products.

We begin by downloading the app by visiting the QR code. This eventually leads you to an .apk file which you’ll need to install by enabling “non-market” installs. This does pose a security question of whether the application is “safe”, but as far as I can tell, I haven’t noticed any adverse effects. It does, like other fitness trackers, request a lot of permissions, many which are not necessary especially since this isn’t a fully-fledged smartwatch.

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iconsThe app itself is called Bracelet, and it has a package name of com.veclink.movnow.healthy_q2. From the terms and conditions documents, it seems the culprit is Shenzhen Movnow Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd but also involves Shenzhen Veclink Communications Co. Ltd. which publishes the application. This particular bracelet branded application isn’t available on the Google Play store, but its twin named movnow has just a 1.5 star rating on Google Play at this time, and their movnow plus isn’t much better at 2 stars. Visually, movnow plus is more similar to the Bracelet branded application that is linked to by the QR code, but we can see the deliberate choice of orange and white motif, very much emulating the Xiaomi Mi Fit application’s style. The copying seems to be deliberate.

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Installing the app leads to a three slide cartoon that seems rather pointless and amateurish, followed by the common need to create an account with the service. They require an e-mail address and a password, which is less onerous than the Mi. The system then requires your particulars – and defaults to pounds and feet measurement, but upon clicking on the field, you can change the units. That’s good. Then you get to set your goal – this one has the least ambitious goal set as default, at 7000 steps, 1000 shy of Xiaomi’s 8000 step goal default, and Vidonn’s 10000 step goal. All of this can be changed, of course. Then you get a quick tutorial about the features of the software, and you’re dumped into the main screen.

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searching-for-bandsThe main UI isn’t quite complete, as no band has been paired yet. The UI implores you to click on it to begin the binding process, which starts with a scan for “bracelets”. It doesn’t take long for it to find the unit, which will buzz to confirm the pairing. You should tap on the device to acknowledge pairing.

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Of course, it’s not quite ready to go and needs a mandatory firmware update to work. At the time of writing, the firmware version is 11. The update takes a few minutes, and its progress is decidedly non-linear.

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Once it has been updated, then we are set to go. Lets start with exploring some of the other features first … starting from the alarms page.

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The alarms page features a drink alarm (no, not to tell you to have a shot), a sitting alarm (i.e. a sedentary alarm), a BMI calculator (no, that’s not an alarm) and a wakeup call (an alarm!). When a feature is enagaged, the ring around the icon is lit.

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The drinking alarm isn’t very much different from a regular alarm. They just named it as such so as to make the impression of having more features. There is some hint text provided. Once configured, you are bought to this screen.

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This give you the impression you can hit the + button and add another alarm, right? Wrong. You can only have one alarm it seems – it won’t add any more but will let you reconfigure your existing alarm.

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If you were thinking this was how the Wake-Up call feature works as well, you’d be absolutely right. The menus are basically the same just with different text. So much for another function.

The sedentary alarm is different – you can set a vigilance period, where 25 minutes of inactivity will trigger a warning to remind you to move.

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I didn’t actually use this feature, but one of the key points is that this feature will increase power consumption. This feature is not actually available on the Mi Fitness Tracker, although it is available on the Vidonn X6 Smartband.

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Which brings me onto the BMI calculator, which for reasons unknown, is put into the alarms page. It’s no alarm, although the result is quite alarming. The issue with it seems that it doesn’t seem to take the data from your profile, necessitating a manual entry of data *again*, and this time, in units which aren’t particularly friendly to the “rest of the world”. I don’t see this feature getting much use anyway.

Lets take a peek into the side menu to see what we can configure.

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The last entry that is blacked out is my profile menu – which has my e-mail address that I signed up with. The My Device menu allows you to read the status about your device and configure some parameters for it.

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The battery status read-out is provided, a scan feature is provided to pair new units. Anti-lost reminder is a proximity alarm feature which will set off an alert when the user gets out of range of their paired device (not available on the Xiaomi, but is on the Vidonn X6). Firmware upgrade and present firmware version is shown, along with an unpair option (although the MAC is not shown correctly). You can control whether you get alerted for incoming calls or SMS’es. Finally, you can change the LED colour …

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… just like in the Xiaomi. Copy much? The My Goal menu further down lets you set the goal, which was part of the set-up process initially, so isn’t repeated here. Under that is the Activity Type menu which seems quite pointless to me.

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While you are tempted with the possibility to choose “walk, sleep, running”, pressing on them does absolutely nothing. None of the options are selectable or configurable. It’s probably just there to show “hey, I can automatically detect what is going on” – well guess what? The Xiaomi can do that and it doesn’t need to brag about it.

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function-instructionThen, we come to the settings menu, which seems to admit this software is Version 2.5.1. There is also some help available if you need it using the function introduction selection. Guide page just brings you to the three page cartoon from the beginning, which is really not illustrative of anything at all.

The profile menu is basically just all of the information we set up while we did the introductory set-up, but it does give you a chance to correct anything that you might have mis-entered.

Lets now move onto the main UI. The main page is the walking summary page.

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Note that the distance is given in miles, and can’t be changed. The screen shows step count raw, and as a percentage of goal, distance and energy consumption. A small preview graph is shown at the bottom. Sliding down on the step count causes it to synchronize from the band. Sliding up allows you to view more details for this day’s walking.

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run-xiaomi-comparisonIt seems to have its fair share of layout issues, but this is understandable as it is running on a tablet, and probably was coded for a phone. The graph itself is not resizeable, and cannot be “scrubbed” over with your finger for more data like the Xiaomi one can. The datum points are also relatively irregular in their spacing, and the resolution does not look very fine. The step counts, on average, are within 0-20% above that of the Xiaomi, frequently being about 10% above. The same day’s counts on the Xiaomi are provided to the left for comparison.

The main screen also has a share menu, which allows you to share the result with others over Facebook and Twitter. Other services may be provided if they’re installed on your device (although I don’t use any other really).

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food-diaryThere is also a food diary feature which allows you to keep a track of the calorie intake, although it involves taking a photo of something and keying in the details. It’s not a feature in the Xiaomi product, but its usefulness is probably debatable, especially if it’s a bit time consuming to use.

If you select the calendar icon on the top right hand side of the main UI, you can access the historical database. The rendering on my tablet was really out of whack, and the data seems rather smoothed, but you can leaf around through prior weeks, although loading can take some time.

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Leafing to the next page allows you to see your sleep analysis results.

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Similarly, sliding down on the top half synchronizes the data, which is not automatically synchronized when the step data is synchronized, and sliding the bottom half up allows you to view the data in more detail.

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The sleep on this tracker is programmed as fixed time intervals – 9pm to 9am is considered night time sleep, and 9am to 9pm is considered daytime sleep. Xiaomi does not track any daytime sleep, if it happens, but automatically engages for night-time sleep based on a detection algorithm. This particular bracelet seems to have a habit of reporting 30-minute blocks in its sleep data, which makes for very improbable results – in this case, I actually slept about 1am, and Xiaomi gets it right. In fact, I wore both bands side-by-side on the same arm for a few days to see how they compared.

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Historical information is available by clicking on the calendar icon, although the rendering glitch doesn’t seem to rear its head in the same way.

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Other Notes

I had charged the bracelet just before setting up, following the instruction manual’s requirements to charge until all LEDs are on solid, and then continue charging for 10 minutes more. After I had got everything set-up, the battery was claiming just 75% remaining. After 6 days, the bracelet buzzed and three red indications were shown, with a claimed 19% battery remaining. After 7 days of use, the bracelet had reached its terminal point of 3% and below, where features were disabled.

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This points to one of the major failings of this particular unit – its very uncalibrated battery scale, and its short battery life necessitating frequent charging. The more frequent one has to charge their device, the more likely they will forget or end up not using it because of the perceived hassle. It seems possible that they did not engineer the unit as carefully to make best use of the volume, as it seems that this copy weighs 13g whereas the Xiaomi registered 15g on the same scales.

I did shower a few times with the unit, just as I do with the genuine Xiaomi on a regular basis, and no adverse effects were noted. So at least it seems to be relatively water resistant.

The LEDs on this unit were very dim, and seemed to have been misaligned with the transparent holes in the casing, making it difficult to read indoors. Trying the “progress check” gesture on this unit results in no indication whatsoever of progress. The only indication of progress was provided in the software. The vibration motor on this unit also had a squeakyness to it which made it a little questionable as to longevity.

The software also had a tendency not to automatically sync both steps and sleep data when opened, and requires a down-ward slide on each of the screens in sequence to force the data to be synchronized. I did not test to see how much data the unit can collect independently before losing data, however, I did note that the step count datum points were irregularly spaced, and detailed (say 10-minute brackets) of steps were not available like they are with the Xiaomi. The software also didn’t have any integration with Google Fit that I could see, and data exchange/sharing seemed to be relatively limited.

I suppose, if you’re using it with Android, the unit does work, but the software seems hardly as well supported, polished, and featureful as the real Xiaomi product. However, it does have a calorie diary feature and sedentary alarm feature, which the Mi Fit doesn’t, but in return, you lose a few alarms.

On iOS – iPad 3rd Generation running iOS 8.4

Trying to get this thing set-up on iOS begins with scanning the QR code and following the link. Quite interestingly, it isn’t a link to the app store, but is actually a request to install a piece of software directly.

qr-code-actionI haven’t ever done this before on iOS, but lets say we go with it. It then gives you a warning …

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ios-iconAgain, this is a warning that the software isn’t vetted, and isn’t provided by a trusted app developer. I wonder what this means – is this a sneaky way of skirting around the whole App Store, and misusing development features? By now, I’ve forgotten all about the security headaches, and just want it to work …

The installed program has the same icon, the same orange and white styling. At least they’re consistent. But wait, we still need more permissions!

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After also satisfying its need for sending notifications, we are greeted by a similar cartoon opening, but this time, the text is slightly different and even less refined.

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At the end of all that, you are dumped at the UI, but with no clear guidance where to go next. So we can poke around the features and just see how they compare.

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The settings menu follows a very similar look and feel in terms of categorization. Clicking on My Device leads to an error message:

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This isn’t very helpful, as there is no setting to help you actually pair the device.

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There is a bit of a layout kludge here, but the default goal is the same “low” 7000 steps.

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The activity type screen is equally as useless as it is in Android, with no features actually selectable. Everything is all “automatic switching”, whatever that means.

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The settings menu does allow you to change the units, and gives the version number as a very infant 1.0.5. There is an option to view the tutorial slides, which are very similar as well.

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Finally, the profile screen shows the profile data for your login, but it seems like they’ve made the same mistake as Vidonn had made where my Male profile made under Android defaults to Female under iOS. How strange.

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From the main UI, the sharing features are virtually identical as well.

ios-share-dialogThere is one improvement, and that is the rendering of the historical data graphs, which is much better behaved under iOS.

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Well, I wouldn’t have guessed it, but in the end, it seems like the compatibility of the product follows exactly the same trajectory as the Mi Fit did, by not working with my iPad. In this case, it wasn’t actually seen as a partner to pair with, despite it easily seeing another BLE device (the Vidonn Smartband), and it easily being seen by BLE Scanner on my Nexus 7. The Mi Fit instead caused a force close to springboard.

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Maybe the situation is different for iPhone users, because of Apple’s very unpredictable ways, but I’m not too sure about it. I haven’t been able to evaluate its performance on iOS despite the interface looking superficially similar, so I’d have to advise caution.

Conclusion

Whether you ended up with a MovNow because you got dudded and saddled with a counterfeit Mi Fitness Tracker, or you bought one without knowing any better, it’s good to know that it does at least work on Android. It does what it says on the tin, mostly.

Unfortunately, as a Xiaomi clone, it really doesn’t quite live up to the same polished result on the software side, and is unlikely to see the same level of updates and support in the future.

The biggest drawback is the need for more frequent battery charging (7 days versus 40 days tested), the lack of progress display and the unreadability of the LEDs. There are also fewer alarms available, and the sleep mode detection is nowhere near as precise (as it’s time based) as the Xiaomi’s. Aside from that, you are left with some uncertainties as to the safety of the software provided, which is mostly unvetted by the stores themselves, and the bitter taste of knowing that you likely paid a similar price to the real product for an inferior “clone” that isn’t even “compatible”.

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