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Honor Band 4 Review: King of Cheap Fitness Trackers?

Bottom Line

  • The Honor Band 4 might not be perfect for fitness freaks but it is a well built device that offers convenience and affordability for common users who just prefer to track their steps, sleep and for some common jogs in-order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    Overall Rating: 8.5/10

     

     
    8.4/10

Recently Honor released a pretty impressive smart-band at an inexpensive price-tag: HONOR BAND 4.

The journey to wellness and active lifestyle starts with some regular exercise. Further if you can track your activities, then you can build better strategies to maintain a healthy life. That’s exactly what smart-band technology is trying to solve. It is a device on your wrist that can analyze, record and suggest you strategies to maintain a healthy life-style. There have been several manufacturers from various market segments working towards building a healthier “you”.

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has been one of the major competitors in manufacturing smart-fitness wearable in the budget league. The brand is back once again with its all new Honor Band 4. The Huawei Honor Band 4 Fitness Tracker’s ultimate unique selling point could definitely be its price. If you’re planning to purchase a fitness tracker but don’t want to spend lots of money on a smartband, then the Honor Band 4 will definitely be one among your list but does it have what it takes to top the list and become the King of Cheap Fitness Trackers? Let’s find out in this Honor Band 4 Review!

Honor Band 4: Design

In terms of design there isn’t much of a difference when compared to its predecessor. In-stock the band is made-up of TPU plastic. Unlike the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, Honor has focused on the aesthetics. If you look closer you might be able to visualize and feel a textured pattern on the band. Currently you’ve 3 major color variants: blue, pink & black straps. Also in near future we can expect third-party alternatives to appear in the market.

The build quality is pretty rigid although it doesn’t look premium. The Band 4 offers a tough silicone band. It is pretty rigid but isn’t harsh to wear. The silicone is also pretty stretchy which would let you attain a tighter fit without hurting your wrist. This is important to achieve accurate heart-monitor readings. The tracker is pretty comfortable to wear and at 23g it barely feels on hand. Up-front it has a long narrow screen and a huge menu touch-button. I personally didn’t like the fact that the menu button is highlighted by a silver border. It doesn’t seem to properly fit in the design pattern.

Most of the time I didn’t even realize that I was wearing the device. It’s super light-weight!

Honor Band 4: Display

Up-front, the Honor Band 4 sports a huge 0.95 inch AMOLED touch screen display and further has a 2.5D glass on top. The major difference between the Mi Band 3 Display is that the Honor Band 4 holds a color display unlike the black and white display that we find on the Xiaomi Mi Band 3. Its not the most vibrant display in the market but can definitely get the job done. In-fact it is one of the best displays on a smartband under this price-tag.

At the highest brightness the display is pretty visible in outdoors. The Honor Band 4 doesn’t offer the ‘always on’ mode which means the clock wouldn’t be always shown. Unless you twist your wrist to wake up the screen. I kind-of liked the display when compared to the other smartbands under this price-tag. The viewing angles are good and the touch is extremely responsive.

Honor Band 4: Software & Features

This could be the most impressive aspect of the Honor Band 4. The device packs an infrared sensor, 6-axis motion sensor and a PPG heart-rate monitor. As a basic fitness wearable, the device can offer you a lot of features from tracking your calories, count your steps, tracks your heart rate with PPG heart monitor and can also register sleep. The Huawei Band 4 uses the Huawei TruSeen 2.0 technology which tends to monitor your heart rate continuously for over 24 hours in order to give your accurate reports. It is also believed that the device offers accuracy rate as high as 94.3%.

The next major add-on is the TruSleep 2.0 technology which uses CPC (Cardiopulmonary Coupled Dynamics Spectrum) to monitor your sleeping pattern. Using this technology the Band 4 not only gives your graphical reports but also does interactive suggestion on how to improve your sleep. Further you can make the most out of these features with the Huawei Health app companion on your smartphone.

Unlike the Mi Band 3 which is just splash proof, the Huawei Band 4 is water-resistant up-to 50 meters. In-order to take more advantage of the water-resistance, the device comes with a dedicated swimming mode. The only drawback I see in-terms of features is that the device doesn’t pack in a in-built GPS tracker. Which is actually an important feature that athlete look-for. With this drawback you wouldn’t be able to use your phone’s location in order to map your runs.

Finally all these tracking and recordings end up on your smartphone companion the Huawei Health App. The app is extremely user friendly. With the help of all the visuals and graphical representation, the data produced by the smart-band is easily understandable. It offered detailed information regarding my steps, sleep records and heart rate. The device also has an in-built NFC. So if you’re a resident at US then this will come in handy to make NFC Payments.

Honor Band 4: Battery

When it comes to smart-bands battery performance could definitely be the most important consideration for a user to purchase. We’ve seen several smart wearable to consistently fail due to bad battery performance. The Huawei Honor Band 4 can last as much as 14 days on a single charge but with the continuous heart-monitor turned on, I barely got through 4-5 days before I ended up charging again. Considering all the features and a AMOLED color display offered on the Honor Band 4, the battery is still impressive. Not the best but still a lot for all it offers and the price tag it plays in.

Should you buy the Honor Band 4?

The Huawei Band 4 isn’t the best fitness tracker on the market but for the budget there isn’t any better competitor. In-Fact the Huawei Band 4 has major wins in many aspects when compared to the Mi Band 3. The device definitely comes close to significantly more expensive devices in many ways. Currently you can purchase the Honor Band 4 on Gearbest for just $49.99.

Pros:

  • Honor Band 4 is water resistant up to 50 meters and also has a dedicated swimming mode.
  • The Huawei Honor band 4 has a 24-Hour continuous heart monitoring feature which has been made possible using the TruSeen 2.0 Technology by Huawei.
  • Has a OLED color Display which is kind-of dope.
  • The Honor Band 4 supports Bluetooth 4.2, Alipay Pay and NFC Payments.

Cons:

  • Unlike the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 the Honor Band 4 doesn’t have a built-in GPS. Apart from all these offerings its kind of more to ask for the price-tag but still the built-in GPS would’ve been a cherry on top.
  • Doesn’t have a premium attire although has rigid build quality.
  • Battery life isn’t the best.
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