The fitness band is pretty crowded with a lot of players. But Huawei has been a strong competitor with the Huawei Band series and there are out with yet another ones, the Huawei Band 4 Pro with GPS.
It’s the fourth edition of the Huawei band and that shows the popularity of this band series. But what does the Band 4 Pro have that it’s predecessors didn’t?
And how is it better than the competition?
|Display||0.95-inch AMOLED screen with 282PPI, Glossy Touch Screen|
|Tracking||Sleep, Heart Rate, Blood Oxygen levels,|
|Sports Tracking||Yes, 8+ activities|
Huawei Band 4 Pro Design and Display
Talking about the design, the Band 4 isn’t going to be voted the best looking smart band. It’s all about functionality with the Huawei Band 4.
The straps do add a bit of pop and colour to the smart band. It’s also available in two new colours – Cinnabar Red and Graphite Black. But the highlight of the look is where the display is housed. It’s a metal frame that looks great!
The display is a 0.95-inch AMOLED screen with a 282 PPI. The major concern with Band 4 is the brightness level. It’s not bright at all under the sun.
The weight of the Band 4 Pro is slightly more than the predecessors.
The watch faces add to the look of the phone. Although the watch faces come in numerous designs and styles, they are a bit lacking in the way they render.
To test each watch face, it has to be tested and downloaded independently.
Under the Hood
You can use the Band 4 Pro with an Android or an iOS device. You can connect to a phone with Huawei’s very own Huawei Health App.
If you are worried about compatibility issues, then you needn’t be as the Band 4 Pro is compatible with most smartphones.
To run some services on the Band 4 Pro, a lot of permissions are required on other phones and that can be a bit annoying. These services come pre-built on Huawei devices and is a breeze.
Huawei Band 4 Pro GPS Functionality
The Pro in the Band 4 Pro actually is for the GPS. It connects via the Bluetooth 4.2
The Huawei Band 4 Pro does not allow satellite tracking of GPS while running and also does not allow exporting of data.
So in terms of looking at the numbers and your performance, you need to do it on your band, directly.
Coming to the GPS, the Band 4 Pro is one of the most accurate out there and in fact it’s even more accurate than some of the Garmin watches it was compared to.
Huawei Band 4 Pro Functionalities
This is a solid sports tracker with a host of features. The GPS for tracking is just the first of many options.
It has the sedentary reminder and a solid sleep tracker that lets you know if you are having REM sleep or not.
It has a 6-axis motion sensor that helps in tracking movement. This helps in counting steps and slightly more complex activities such as swimming and rowing.
The heart rate monitor can run continuously or can measure in intervals. It can measure with reasonable accuracy and warns the user if the heart rate is too less or too much.
There are professional reports of the activities that one performs like Cadence, Improvement of training and so on.
The smart band can read notifications from apps such as Whatsapp and other services. But it does lack the microphone feature and it cannot make calls.
It can however remotely control the camera. It can find your phone and also control the music on your device with the touch of a button, which is pretty useful!
It can also be used under water for up to 5 metres without any hassle!
Huawei Band 4 Pro Battery
When it comes to a smartwatch, the battery plays a super important role and the Band 4 Pro has a decent battery. It is a 100 mAh battery that can last for about seven days without any issues.
Using the tracking features and the GPS can bring that number down to about 5 days. Technically one working week is not bad at all.
It takes about slightly more than an hour to fully charge the device, which is also pretty awesome. If you charge it on a Sunday, when it’s your rest day, your Band 4 Pro, will easily work till the next Saturday without a fuss!
The Band 4 Pro is surely not a fashion accessory. It’s not going to look good with your suits and your parties. It also isn’t a smartphone replacement as it can’t make calls or listen to voice calls.
It is in fact a sports fitness band through and through. It’s meant to make you healthier and fitter while giving you other simple functionalities.
It’s not a perfect device by any means and in fact has a few failings. Let’s get to the pros and cons of the Huawei Band 4.
- Easy to wear and comfortable smart band
- GPS functionality makes it a perfect gadget for runners
- The sports tracking features are pretty great and let you track a host of indoor and outdoor activities like running, elliptical, walking, swimming and other sports
- You can check your notifications on your smart band with no hassles
- The battery is pretty decent as it lasts about 5 to 7 days and can be charged in 1.5 hours
- It’s not the best looking smart band out there
- The display needs a bit of work in the brightness department, as it can be very dim under the sun. Considering this is a sports tracking fitness band, it should have better brightness in the outdoors
- The touch sensor button on the display also needs improvement
- If you are not running a Huawei smartphone, then you will get annoyed with the permissions this smart band requires.
Overall the Band 4 Pro is a value for money fitness band!