If almost everyone has heard about Huawei’s “smart” watches, then the company’s bracelets are undeservedly deprived of attention. We got our hands on the Huawei Band 6 – a new generation of fitness bracelet, which has become a slightly lighter version of the Huawei Watch Fit.
I decided to go to the street workout to find out what the bracelet is capable of. But first, I’ll tell you directly about the Huawei Band 6.
On the one hand, the device looks like a bracelet. However, the screen and “smart” module are much larger than those used to see in “smart” bracelets. This is an almost square 1.47-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 368 × 194 pixels with a pixel density of 282 PPI. The image does not pixelate, but the colors are saturated, as far as is required from such a gadget. Photo: Maxim Dyachikhin especially for Wylsacom Media
By default, the display is set to the third of five brightness levels. It surprised me – this brightness is quite enough even on a sunny day. For the sake of interest, I set the brightness to the fifth level – it became much more comfortable. It is an interesting effect when we get used to what we have, believing that it could not be better.
The display sensor reads every touch clearly. No false positives. Although what false positives or no response at all to the touch can there be in 2021? This is simply unacceptable now.
Huawei Band 6 wakes up not by tapping on the screen but by pressing the side button. She is here, by the way, only one and returns you to the main screen.
You can also activate the bracelet by simply raising your hand – the sensitivity of the accelerometer is very high. I would even say that it is unnecessary: I would like this thing to be corrected with the next updates since I raised my hand a little – and the bracelet is immediately ready for use.
In addition to a single button, swipes are used in control. For example, swipe your finger sharply from the left edge – the bracelet will return one step earlier in the menu.
Swiping from top to bottom on the main screen opens the quick settings curtain: activating the “Do not disturb” mode, requesting a signal on the phone to find it, and an alarm. Quick access to settings is also possible. And if you swipe up from the bottom of the home screen, a section with notifications will appear.
In other cases, only swiping from left to right works to go back. But if you find yourself in a menu where adjacent items are on the sides, you can only return to the main screen by pressing the physical button.
The Band 6 is a slightly lighter version of the Huawei Watch Fit, smaller and lighter. The weight of the new Huawei bracelet without a strap is 18 grams, and with a strap – 29-30 grams. And it is not felt at all on the hand.
The body is plastic. The surface of the visible parts is glossy but does not give the impression that they are easily scratched.
The screen is covered with 2.5D tempered glass, which facilitates interaction with the bracelet with its rounded edges. The bracelet’s surface, which is adjacent to the hand, is made of plastic, pleasant to the touch. It does not irritate the skin in any way.
According to rumors, the strap can be replaced, but I did not understand how. The design looks solid and even solid. Due to a large number of holes, the strap itself has an excellent adjustment for the girth of the wrist: if you feel that you are pinching, relax it one division, and everything will be fine.
Connecting the bracelet is quite simple: press the button on the device itself and select the language you need. Then open the app and add a bracelet in the “Devices” section.
You will probably need to update the bracelet before use. The whole process takes about ten minutes, but it is quite demanding on battery resources: my setup, updating, and the first night ate about 50% of the charge.
In Huawei Health, you can also track all the achievements earned, customize the bracelet, select watch faces, and track all the indicators that the bracelet has counted.
What can it do?
Of course, Band 6 shows the date and time and sends notifications from the applications you designate – this is not surprising. In addition, the fitness tracker can detect workouts, read heart rate readings, determine if you are in a stressful situation right now. There is also a breathing workout and a pulse oximeter.
Blood oxygen level and pulse
I compared the readings of Band 6 with the handy version I bought when I was sick with the “crown.” The results on both devices are similar and differ by ± 2%.
My fingertip pulse oximeter also shows heart rate. The bracelet shows the same number of beats per minute as the pulse oximeter but with a three-second delay.
Huawei Band 6 can constantly monitor the level of oxygen in the blood. And this distinguishes it from its brother Honor Band 6. However, continuous monitoring must be activated separately in the bracelet settings. This is done through the “Huawei Health” application.
Not the most common thing: before starting the definition of stress, you need to answer the questions of a special questionnaire.
After twelve questions and looking at your heart rate values, the bracelet will show your stress values.
You can also do a quick stress test. To do this, you need to tighten the bracelet tighter and not move for a minute.
Breathing training is also possible on the bracelet. By default, it lasts a minute. The task is simple: you calmly bring your breath to a uniform value, inhaling and exhaling according to the instructions of the bracelet.
This technique allows you to take a short pause, unload, clear your brain, and in the long term, solve problems with sleep.
Also, the bracelet can record sleep readings, but due to the ease of awakening the backlight when moving my hand, I could not sleep with it.
At the moment, the following types of activity are available in the bracelet:
- Running down the street;
- Running on a treadmill;
- Walking in the street;
- Walking on a treadmill;
- Exercise bike;
- Swimming in the pool;
- Jump rope;
- Rowing machine;
Moreover, each of the workouts is divided into zones depending on the time and load. For example, the first one is a warm-up.
The bracelet does not have its own GPS, so it relies on phone data.
In addition to the above, with Huawei Band 6 you can take photos on your Android smartphone, control music from it (not available on iOS), turn on the flashlight (in this case, a white rectangle appears on the screen, the brightness of which reaches 470 nits). For girls who use Android, it is possible to track the menstrual cycle.
The bracelet allows you to change the dials. On iOS, they are all free, but on Android there are also paid versions.
According to Huawei, the Band 6 will last for two weeks with normal wristband use. In this mode, continuous monitoring of the pulse and blood oxygen level is enabled.
I could not check this – I only have a bracelet for a couple of days, but I did not notice any quick sagging, so Huawei Band 6 gives the impression that the bracelet will work for the allotted two weeks.
The bracelet is charged using magnetic charging. Comes with a proprietary cable on one side and USB Type-A on the other. The maximum charging power is 10W. For a battery with a nominal capacity of 180 mAh, this is more than enough. I was able to charge the bracelet from 10% to 100 in less than an hour – an excellent indicator. Huawei also says that five minutes of charging will be enough for two days of use.
Outcome: Should you buy Huawei Band 6?
The official price for Huawei Band 6 is around $50-$55.
Huawei Band 6 proves to be an excellent device with a nice design, simple interface, and simple customization options.
I would like a slightly more correct operation of the accelerometer or some kind of “sleep” mode, where the Huawei Band 6 does not turn on the screen when the owner is asleep – Ithe bright light of the bracelet waked me up, so I could not sleep with it.
Is the Huawei Band 6 worth the money? Yes, I guess. He has excellent opportunities to keep the user in shape and bring his morale back to normal. The color scheme of the bracelets is also pleasing: there are neutral black and green bracelets, as well as bright orange and pink. The design is nice, but it doesn’t attract too much attention. The bracelet copes with its tasks perfectly and will definitely delight its owner.