A List And Detailed Review of Huawei's Smart Wearables and Activity Trackers

Huawei’s fantastic smartphones have made the company famous, but how do its wearables and fitness trackers stack up against those of its competitors?

The Huawei Band 2 Pro 

The Huawei Band 2 Pro is a fitness activity tracker that can be purchased for $68.99 or £39.99 

Because Huawei didn’t put a lot of thought into the naming of this product, you can’t be blamed if you haven’t encountered it before.

Design

If you’ve used a Fitbit device in the past and believe the Band 2 Pro’s design looks familiar, it’s likely because you’ve used the Fitbit Alta. The Band Pro 2 is operated by a button on the edge, but a tap display controls the Alta. This is the most notable distinction between the two products.

Features

The Band Pro 2 is simple to use, and much of the navigation is accomplished through the home button. Whether you select running as your activity of choice, it will ask you if you want to run GPS as you need it, at which point it will also show you your distance traveled and your heart rate. By pressing this button, you may learn your daily step count and begin a workout consisting of either jogging, cycling, or swimming (where it is waterproof up to 5 meters).

When you are finished, you will be able to acquire a report that details your training effect, VO2 levels, training effect, pace, tempo, distance, map, recuperation time, and some advice and suggestions.

The Band Pro 2 is able to provide reliable sleep tracking as a result of an accelerometer that monitors your movements throughout the night and communicates with the HRM to determine your sleep cycles. It surpasses the functionality of the Fitbit by also measuring the quality of your breath and the length of your naps. It is possible to go three days without needing to charge the device.

Advantages

  1. A lot of options for a fitness tracker at a reasonable price.
  2. Optical sensor for measuring heart rate and a built-in GPS.
  3. Data on the quality of sleep that is superior to that of more expensive competitors.

Disadvantages

  1. The screen does not have sufficient light
  2. There is no automatic activity pause option.

Huawei Watch GT 2 $299.99 / £199.99 

This wearable offers an excellent value considering the number of distinct features it possesses.

Design

The GT 2 is available in two different sizes: either 42mm (which costs 230 USD or £179 GBP) or 46mm (which costs 299 USD or £199 GBP). If you would like a leather strap as opposed to the sports strap that comes with the larger version, there will be an additional expense involved.

The GT2’s minimal weight is especially remarkable considering its thickness of 10.7 millimeters. It has a massive 1.39-inch screen with a decent resolution of 454 x 454, which makes it clear enough to view even in direct sunlight. In comparison, the version that is 42 millimeters wide has a thickness of 9.4 millimeters, with a display that is 1.2 inches and 390 pixels by 390 pixels.

On the side of the GT2, two buttons may be used to access the native apps and the fitness monitoring capabilities. You will need to scroll using the touchscreen display in any other case. You may access several options with only one swipe, including notifications and do not disturb. There is a speaker as well as a microphone included for your extra convenience, and all in all, the design looks really sophisticated.

Features

The GT2 boasts a number of tracking sensors, including an accelerometer, optical heart rate, barometric pressure, gyroscope, and ambient light; nevertheless, it does not offer as many innovative features as competing models, such as those made by Apple.

On the tracker, you have the option of using either MyFitnessPal or Google Fit, although it recommends that you use the Huawei app instead. Because there is no app store, you are required to make do with what is provided. Because it is not a smartwatch, there is no option to add widgets to it, nor can it be genuinely customized in any way. However, it will display a few alerts and provide you with options to silence interruptions, set the alarm, and locate your phone.

Advantages

  1. It just looks pretty good!
  2. The battery assures longevity.
  3. Accurate data for tracking fitness progress
  4. Simple in terms of operation 

Disadvantages

  1. You don’t have a lot of leeways to customize it.
  2. Utilize NFC so that you can make contactless payments.
  3. Does not support applications developed by third parties.

Huawei Honor Band 4/5 Fitness Tracker

$69.99 (US), £79.99 (UK)

Again showing its cheek, Huawei has been caught peering over Fitbit’s shoulder and stealing the company’s design. The features didn’t come through for it this time, which is a real shame.

Design

Again, the look is really similar to what you would get on the Fitbit website. The Honor Band 4 is available in three different colors, but the screen that is covered in glass is easily the most aesthetically pleasing component. The display has a size of 0.95 inches and a resolution of 240 by 120 pixels, which is sufficiently sharp.

The strap is made of a silicone material that is both long-lasting and customizable; it is available in three different colors.

Features

The Honor Band 4 is a device that is relatively simple to operate. You navigate through the many menus by swiping either up or down. The Band 4 has a minor flaw in that it is nearly capable of performing all of its advertised functions, but it falls short in a few key areas.

You have the choice to look at your activity statistics, messages, your step count, your heart rate, or your most recent sleep. Because you can’t respond to your messages and the notifications themselves are erratic, and out of order, you might as well pull out your phone instead of wasting time trying to figure out what’s going on. However, it does support applications from third-party developers, such as WhatsApp and Messenger.

An electronic payments option is available, albeit it is not available on all versions. Additionally, it is a Chinese system, which does not always translate effectively and still requires improvement.

It gives the functionality that one would anticipate from a tracker of its price range. In addition to tracking your overall health throughout the day, it also has specialized modes for training. Running both inside and outside, as well as strength training, will be monitored by it. Because it does not contain a global positioning system (GPS) or an altimeter, it is not designed for more serious runners. However, this does mean that you won’t be charged again for somewhere between five and six days.

Advantages

  1. Costs that are not excessive.
  2. A glass screen is a classy addition.
  3. Appropriate for a sporadic interest in fitness.

Disadvantages

  1. Unintuitive management of notifications
  2.  Improvements are needed for the sleep tracking system.
  3. Neither a GPS nor an altimeter.

Summary

It would appear that Huawei is always close behind Fitbit, yet the latter company is able to go ahead. The company offers a middle ground product, considering the competitive pricing for what they offer. The products in this range include a heart rate monitor, an activity tracker, and a sleep monitor. In general, the entire line is only a little bit lacking, with some models without a GPS and others having apps that are difficult to use. If you are new to trackers and want to experiment with one before jumping into deep waters, say, with a Garmin, or perhaps you are only flippantly interested in examining your fitness levels, then this collection is perfect for starting out.

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