- Pros: Long battery life; big display; good functions
- Disadvantages: Additional workouts are hidden on the menu pages
It’s been 12 days since I first put on the Huawei Band 6, and I haven’t had to charge it since. As of this writing, the fitness tracker is running out of the last 10% of its battery life. After the first few days, I almost forgot to keep the battery life in check. Huawei said the Band 6 would last two weeks on a full charge, so I think I got pretty close.
The impressive battery life is just one of the strengths of Huawei’s latest fitness band. For a wearable costing $ 53 (RM 219), the Band 6 has enough features and functionality to meet your average health and wellness needs, from SpO2 monitoring to sleep tracking.
It was a solid fitness companion for me, even if fitness isn’t exactly my forte. But I like to think that it has helped me become much more aware of my well-being, which is exactly the purpose of the Huawei Band 6. Like now that it’s a memory for me to get up to stretch.
The first is the first: the Huawei Band 6 is not a smartwatch, even if it stretches pretty much across that line. It has a 1.47-inch AMOLED color display with a resolution of 194 x 268.
It’s a pretty large display by fitness-band ratios: its predecessor, the Huawei Band 5, has a 0.95-inch screen. In fact, it’s just a tad smaller than the Huawei Watch Fit, which looks practically the same.
Designs and looks
The display is good, clear, and bright enough to work in direct sunlight, although the screen is a little reflective. The larger screen area certainly helps in receiving notifications. I could at least scan enough of an email on the screen, even though you can’t read it all.
With its larger display size, the Band 6 looks less streamlined than the typical fitness band, but I find it barely intrusive during rigorous activities (mind you, the hardest thing I did with the Band 6 was biking it in Putrajaya bring to). . The device weighs about 18g and sometimes I forget I’m even wearing it.
The strap is long enough to fit any wrist. At least it suits me comfortably. Huawei also poked holes in the short side where the buckle is for purposes that I cannot determine. But all in all, it’s a comfortable dress.
The device itself isn’t particularly bulky, although it has clearly thick bezels around the display, which doesn’t bother me. There is a physical side button on the side of the device that you can use to access the menu.
The Huawei Band 6 is charged via a charger with two pogo pins that is magnetically attached to the band. It’s easy to use, although I’m not sure you can use the same cables as the previous Huawei bands.
Features and workouts
Let’s look at the features. First, a 24-hour heart rate measurement is carried out that goes beyond the SpO2 measurement (blood oxygen content). The heart rate monitor also helps in monitoring your stress levels. If they get too high, you can use the built-in breathing training guide to help you relax.
I’m not sure if the latter actually helped me, but having a physical display of my stress level will at least ensure that I take some time to relax.
There’s also a sleep tracking feature that automatically detects when you’re in one of four different sleep states (deep sleep, light sleep, REM, and nap).
Huawei claims it has 96.3% improved accuracy in recording your sleep time and quality of sleep. I’d say it’s pretty much accurate – for a rough night, the band pointed out that I slept lightly for most of the night.
There is a feature to set three daily activity goals – steps, active hours, and medium to high intensity activities – which the band tracks with eye-catching colored rings. You will receive motivational reminders and notifications to help you achieve these goals, which will at least help me sit down for too long.
When it comes to training, the Huawei Band 6 offers a whopping 96 different training modes, from standard indoor / outdoor running to niche workouts like kendo. A good number of them are hidden in the menus, however – it took me a while to realize that I need to add them to the band’s training list in order to access them.
For the most part, however, navigating Volume 6 is a straightforward proposition. You can swipe the main clock screen for faster access to the heart rate, stress, music, activity, and weather screens. Pressing the physical button opens the menu. The band pairs up with the Huawei Health app, which, as far as I can tell, is a solid app.
The Huawei Band 6 has few flaws, largely because it’s a no-nonsense device that does what it’s supposed to do and does it well. For its price, you will have a hard time finding a fitness band with a good range of features, coupled with long battery life and a screen big enough to use as a smartwatch.
They say health is an important investment. I think the Huawei Band 6 is a good and affordable investment to complement.