Simultaneously with the smartphone Huawei Honor 7, the Chinese company introduced another interesting novelty: Honor Band Zero. This is a hybrid of a fitness bracelet and a smart watch, which is notable for its low price. I must say that Huawei already had experience in the production of fitness bracelets: recall TalkBand B1 and B2. In addition, we are all looking forward to the appearance of the Huawei Watch in the Russian market. Honor Band Zero is another version of the wrist gadget, aimed, apparently, for those users who do not want to overpay for the design of the Huawei Watch and do not need the functionality of the Bluetooth headset, which has become the hallmark of the TalkBand line.
In general, the idea of doing something at the junction of a watch and a fitness bracelet is not new. Suffice it to recall the Asus VivoWatch, not to mention the various arrow watches with additional fitness functionality. Yes, and many bracelets are able to display time (even if they do it it is not always convenient). However, manufacturers do not stop experimenting with design and functionality. add here, reduce there, and then set the price and try to sell. Suddenly, this particular option will be a hit?
For example, the function of a smart alarm clock is still a rarity, and few people can brag of a round screen from such bracelets-watches. At first glance, both have Honor Band Zero. They also promise battery life of up to a week. But is this true and how well has all this been implemented? We will talk about this in our detailed review.
To get started, we offer to watch our brief video review of Huawei Honor Band Zero:
Now let’s take a look at the characteristics of the new items.
Technical specifications Huawei Honor Band Zero
- Screen: OLED, touch, monochrome, 1.0 ″, 128 × 128
- Protection against water and dust: yes (IP68)
- Strap: silicone, non-removable
- Compatibility: devices based on Android 4.0 and later / iOS 7.0 and later
- Connection: Bluetooth 4.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer
- Cameras, Internet: no
- Microphone, speaker: no
- Indication: vibration signal
- Battery: 70 mAh
- Dimensions: 229 (length, including strap) × 38 × 9.5
- Weight 25 g (measured by us, valid for the black version)
Note that collecting these characteristics was not an easy task. for some reason it is impossible to find an official list of characteristics on the Internet, and the specifications on various sites are incomplete and inaccurate.
In the table below, for clarity, we presented the characteristics of the other three functionally similar devices that we previously tested: Huawei TalkBand B2, Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30 and Asus VivoWatch.
As you can see, the novelty is inferior to its competitors in most of its characteristics, but there are also parameters in which it wins. for example, it has wider compatibility than devices from other manufacturers, as well as a high degree of protection (you can safely swim in the pool with a bracelet).
However, do not make premature conclusions based on this information. Indeed, in the case of wearable devices, it is not the characteristics that are much more important, but the design and convenience / capabilities of the software. We will consider all this in detail in our article.
The device came to us without a complete set, as this is a pre-sale engineering sample. The only thing we got with the gadget itself is the charger.
It is a black plastic washer with contacts, from which comes the USB cable. It is necessary to put the clock on it so that the contacts are combined. There is a magnet inside the washer, so it is fairly tightly attached to the watch.
Appearance Honor Band Zero causes a conflicting feeling. On the one hand, the form factor of the case (round) makes a good impression. By the way, despite the fact that the case is almost 1 cm thick, it looks very elegant, because there is a narrowing towards the edges. And in general, its size is very small (especially compared to smart watches).
On the other hand, something inevitably betrays the cheapness of the device. It seems that they used aluminum in the edging, and made a bet on fashionable minimalism (no buttons or other convex elements. only a full circle), but still, complete with an expensive suit, the gadget will look strange and funny.
Perhaps the fact is that instead of glass on the screen, plastic is used here, which also collects fingerprints. Therefore, the device as a result is associated not so much with serious classic watches as with a children’s plastic toy or cheap Chinese crafts.
This impression is partly brightened by a nice silicone strap with an interesting surface texture. Although a flaw is also visible here: the metal clasp is not very convenient and sticks out too much.
However, if we talk about the comfort of wearing on the hand, then there are no complaints, the watch sits well, and does not cause unpleasant sensations.
As already noted, there are no elements on the front surface or on the edges (no buttons, no connectors or holes like a microphone and speaker). On the back, the surface of which is made of smooth matte plastic, we see the contacts for connecting the charger and the brand name is Honor.
The strap is not removable, the case does not open. Unlike the Misfit Shine and Jawbone Up Move, which are similar in form factor, the Huawei device does not work from a clock-tablet battery, but from a rechargeable battery, which in this case seems more like a minus, because it forces you to take care of this and store the charge (which you need do not forget to take with you on trips). The inability to wear the device in a clip (like the above fitness trackers) is also upsetting, however, this would be contrary to the Honor Band Zero’s watch designation.
By the way, with regard to Misfit, the design of the new product clearly echoes the Misfit Shine, however, the presence of a screen in Honor Band Zero makes this similarity quite forgivable. Nevertheless, the overall impression of the design is not very positive. Speaking in school language, on a four with a minus. It seems acceptable, but you won’t be able to admire it either, and you don’t use it as a spectacular accessory. Although there are pluses. compactness and convenience. The pluses could include good moisture protection (you can swim with a bracelet), but the problem is that for swimmers it is completely useless, so moisture protection could be less.
Video: Huawei Honor Watch Features
Although the Honor Band Zero screen looks round, it is actually square and quite small. If you look closely at a certain angle, you can see the borders of the real screen, but from the outside it really seems that the screen is round, because the plastic protecting it has a round shape.
As for the image quality, everything is pretty sad here: the displayed characters are monochrome, also with rather large pixels, noticeable to the naked eye. In addition to this, there is visible flicker.
There is no brightness sensor, the OLED indication is always the same brightness, which is quite adequate for the room, but probably insufficient for outdoor use in bright sunshine. Although Asus VivoWatch also has a monochrome screen, it has much more advantageous parameters.
The display of the Huawei Honor Band Zero is touch-sensitive, however, it responds to touch after a while. In particular, if you want to “wake up” the clock with a double tap on the screen, then you will not succeed right away. The screen can be turned on with a movement of the hand. however, in any case, it will glow for a fixed time (about 4 seconds), and then go off.
The following things can be displayed on the device’s screen: in fact, time, date, remaining battery power (without interest, just as an icon), the presence of a clock connection, the number of steps, the number of calories burned, the duration of sleep over the past night.
There is also a stopwatch (it can be started without using a smartphone) and the ability to select a dial. There are only four of them, including two "turnouts" and two. digital (one of which is more informative, the other less). Alas, you cannot download any additional dials.
Smartphone pairing and settings
To use the device, you need to install the Huawei Wear app. It is presented both in the Google Play Store and in the App Store. We are very familiar with the application on Huawei TalkBand B1 and B2. In the new version, another device is simply added. Huawei Band. Plus, the design of the application has become a little more elegant, light.
Pairing with a smartphone (we used the iPhone 6s Plus) was not the first time. If you do this only through the application, then nothing happens. And only when we opened the iPhone settings and manually connected the bracelet via Bluetooth, the application could detect it. After a successful connection, the application offers the initial setup: enter your height-weight-age, secondly, specify goals by the number of steps or calories dropped per day, thirdly, enable or disable data exchange with Apple Health.
By default, data exchange is disabled, but we recommend that you enable it. at least those settings for which there are no other sources. We add that in addition to Apple Health, you can configure synchronization with Jawbone UP and MyFitnessPal. For such an omnivorous Huawei application developers can only be praised!
Application Interface and Functionality
As we already noted, in the application interface there are almost no differences from what we observed in the case of Huawei TalkBand B2. The main screen of the application contains a pie chart that displays the percentage of achievements in terms of the number of steps and calories burned. Below is the detail: how much has been completed in the usual step, how much. by run, how much. by bicycle. If we swipe from right to left, we will see a similar circle, but already in a dream. Below will be a decoding: how long a deep sleep lasted, how much. light, how many times a person woke up (apparently, falling asleep means exactly this).
Like the Huawei TalkBand B2, the Honor Band Zero can automatically detect when a person was sleeping. That is, it does not need to be manually transferred before going to bed in night mode. But it allows for inaccuracies. For example, lying on the couch while watching a movie, he defined it as a dream, although it is obvious that in a dream (even superficial) a person moves less. In addition, we still doubt the correctness of the definition of deep sleep: ceteris paribus, Huawei devices identify with this phase of sleep a very short interval (a total of just over an hour per seven hours of sleep), while Jawbone and Misfit bracelets account for about 40% of deep sleep all sleep time.
In general, the algorithm both worked and does not work very perfectly. We have not noticed any progress in the six months that have passed since the testing of Huawei TalkBand B2. The same claims remained with the function of a smart alarm clock. In the settings you can set the awakening for half an hour before the scheduled time, however, the bracelet will wake up immediately as soon as we enter this time period. Simply put, if you set the wake up time to 9:00 and set the interval to 30 minutes, then the bracelet will vibrate at 8:30. Unless, of course, this time falls into the phase of deep sleep that he defines (the probability of which, as we have already found out, is very small). Also among the minuses we note the impossibility of editing data. That is, if you did not sleep, and the bracelet determined that you were sleeping, then you can not fix the data in the application.
The alarm is set in the application settings (they are opened with a swipe from the left side of the screen). Here we can set notifications about disconnecting from the smartphone and reminders about the need for activity, as well as check for firmware updates. We tested the device by updating it to version 01.00.31.
In addition to the above, Huawei Honor Band Zero can notify you of incoming calls, vibrating and displaying the name of the caller (if it is in the contacts of the smartphone). Swipe on the watch screen to reject the call. A very useful option!
According to various sources, the device was supposed to work from four days to a week. In reality, four days is the maximum (with a constant connection to a smartphone). It is very likely that already in the middle of the fourth day the bracelet will completely discharge.
It is clear that this depends on various factors: for example, on how often you turned on the screen, how many incoming calls there were. And yet, for such a simple device, the duration of less than a week is very distressing. It can not be said that it is completely bad, but there are devices that are no less functional, but much more long-lived (or more functional, but no less battery powered).
So, according to the test results, it turned out that Huawei actually took TalkBand B2, removed the functionality of the Bluetooth headset from it, and packed it all in a case that evokes associations with a wristwatch. Except for the possibility of telephone conversations, the same functionality is used here, the same smartphone application is used, and even the pictograms on the screen are taken from TalkBand B2.
The exact date of the start of sales at the time of writing was not yet known. it was only reported that this was the fourth quarter of 2015. The planned price of the device is 5000 rubles. Is it a lot or a little?