Smart bands with the six in the name have recently appeared on the market. After such models as Honor Band 6 or Xiaomi Mi Band 6 , the time has come for the premiere of the Huawei Band 6 – a band that I had the opportunity to use for the last weeks.
Yes, the Huawei Band 6 is just a pretty band. No, there is no revolution here. The edges of the band, although it might seem made of aluminum, are plastic. Due to the fact that they are rounded, they look pleasant to the eye. There are several color versions on sale, among which “Amber Sunrise” came to me – with a golden dial and what stripe? It is neither unequivocally orange nor peach… but it is certainly difficult to define, and therefore interesting.
The Huawei Band 6 strap fastens like a standard watch strap – it has a lot of holes, thanks to which we can adjust its length and a belt loop, thanks to which the rest of the strap does not fly when worn on the hand. In general, I do not have any major objections to it, although you can already see that, unfortunately, it has a tendency to wear off.
After a month of using the band, I can already see that in one place this short time was enough not to look like new. However, this is not a big problem because it can be replaced. However, you must know that removing the current strap is not easy – you need to do a lot of acrobatics to detach it from the casing of the band.
The band is operated only by a touch screen and one button on the right side of the housing, which serves as a menu / home screen.
Okay, it’s time to focus on the screen, because it plays the first fiddle in the Huawei Band 6.
The display in the Huawei Band 6 may be small (1.47 “), but at the same time much larger than in the predecessor of the band family – Huawei Band 4 (yes, yes, Huawei, for the obvious reason, jumped the” five “), where the screen does not it was even one inch (0.96 “to be exact). Speaking of the predecessor, it was equipped with a TFT screen, while the Band 6 has an AMOLED panel that simply pleases the eye.
Smartbands often have a problem with displaying blacks, so you can clearly see how large the bezel is around the screen. Here, due to the use of the AMOLED screen, it is minimized and – when the screen is backlit – you have to look carefully to see the frame around it. Of course, with the screen blanked:
The Huawei Band 6 display is great – although on paper its resolution (194 x 368 pixels) could suggest that there may be problems with font sharpness, but we do not look at the bands from a very close distance, so it is difficult to see. During everyday use, the screen works very well – its maximum brightness positively surprises. At night, however, remember to turn on the do not disturb mode – otherwise the screen will light up and hurt your eyes.
The band does not allow you to permanently display the time – there is no Always on display, the screen goes blank after three seconds. However, you can select in the settings that the screen will be on for 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes, but – to use it – remember to turn on the option from the top screen (otherwise it will not work).
I will mention right away that the Huawei Band 6 allows you to set five screen views plus the home screen with the dial of your choice. By default, there is no SpO2 among them – however, this can be changed in the settings (settings – display – favorites).
It is worth going straight to the measurement of blood oxygen saturation, especially since Huawei strongly focuses on this function in its new band.
Not so long ago, it was difficult to find a band on the market that allowed for continuous monitoring of blood oxygenation with oxygen, and in return only offered measurement on demand. Therefore, I am not surprised that customers, when they heard about the automatic, all-day SpO2 measurement, were impressed – because this is what, in today’s difficult times, many people simply need to live a more peaceful life.
What I mean by this is that if you have a smartphone other than Huawei, you can measure your blood oxygenation level automatically, but first you need to download the latest version of the Huawei Zdrowie application, which … is not available on Google Play. I recommend, therefore, after removing the band from the box, not to install the application directly from the phone via Google Play, and use the QR code on the box – this directs you to the Huawei website from which we can download the current version of the Health application.
Going to the Huawei Band 6 product page, the first thing that greets us on it is a large inscription: “All-day monitoring of blood oxygenation SpO2″.
“Oxygen saturation is the percentage of oxygen-saturated hemoglobin in relation to the total hemoglobin in the blood. Smartwatch is not a medical device and is not intended to diagnose, prevent or treat diseases. ”
However, there is no annotation here that automatic SpO2 measurement only works when we use the Health application higher than a specific one. I believe that Huawei should update the product page with this information. People who download the application from Google Play will be very dissatisfied that automatic SpO2 measurement is not available, although it should be.
And it can be, but after downloading the newer version of the companion application you only need to know about it first
Heart rate monitor and activity monitoring
Speaking of measurements, the Huawei Band 6 is equipped with an optical heart rate monitor, thanks to which we can measure the heart rate – which is important, both on demand and constantly.
The heart rate monitor also works constantly during physical activity. As I have recently had a lot of opportunities to walk / run, thanks to the WalkingPad Pro R1 tests , I also had the opportunity to check the behavior of the heart rate monitor in the armband. It seems to be doing its job – in moments when your heart rate is too high, it vibrates and shows a message saying that you are too effort.
Unfortunately, I do not have any professional blood pressure monitor, so it is difficult for me to verify the correctness of the results, but against a simple pulse oximeter, the results were comparable (the difference was often 1-2 beats / minute).
Staying on the topic of activity, of course, the band counts steps and allows you to monitor many sports, including running – in the field or on a treadmill, walking in the field or on a treadmill, cycling, stationary bike, swimming in the pool or jumping rope. The training history is saved in the application, thanks to which you can have constant access to it.
I would also like to add that the band copes well with the accuracy of running measurements on a treadmill, provided that we run at a steady pace – after running 1 km, both the treadmill and the band showed the same distance in my case. Ultimately, however, at the end of the 5-kilometer route, the band already showed a lot less 4.5-4.6 km. However, there is nothing to prevent you from editing the distance after completing the training.
And when it comes to sleep monitoring, I must admit here that I am quite impressed with how well the band is doing – also with indication of wake-ups. You can see it mainly in the first screenshot, where I went to bed at 7 and got up at 3:30. In the meantime, I had a few wake-up calls – use the bathroom, drink or finally eat breakfast. And yes, everything is properly marked on the charts.
Working time on the level
A big advantage of the Huawei Band 6 is its operating time. In combination with the Samsung Galaxy A72, the band lasted 14 days away from charging. After switching to a connection with the Huawei P30 Pro and the automatic SpO2 measurement always on, the battery level dropped an average of 10% per day, which means 9-10 days is within range. The results of my tests are exceptionally consistent with the manufacturer’s declarations – it proves it well;)
The band is charged using a magnetic, dedicated charger. Full charging takes about 1.5 hours, although this is rather indicative time, because I have never managed to catch this time with the watch in my hand – you have to forgive me.
The band’s screen notifications are displayed in a simple way – exactly the same as in previous Huawei devices of this type. There is no option to reply to messages (even with templates), neither emoticons nor photos are displayed. For the sake of clarity, I will also add that you cannot make phone calls through the armband – there is neither a loudspeaker nor a microphone.
Do Not Disturb
Finally, one thing that still annoys me about Huawei bands – do not disturb mode does not sync with the phone. This means that when it is turned on on the phone, the band vibrates anyway, because it will not turn on the appropriate mode on the smartphone by itself. It’s a pity – this is a feature that I would like to see on the Huawei Band 6 and, I hope, that it will appear on other Huawei wearables.
The latest Huawei band looks very much like the Watch Fit, but the similarities end there. Due to the fact that the Band 6 does not pretend to be a smartwatch, a lot of the flaws that I wrote on the occasion of Watch Fit, cannot be found here. On the other hand, he inherited all of the advantages, with one more added to them – higher ergonomics.