I get the impression that there is such a general, public belief that if a person buys a smart band, it must be one of the Mi Bands from Xiaomi. The fact is, however, that there are at least a number of interesting proposals in the market for smartphones with logos of other companies, including the Honor Band 5 . It has a colorful screen – exactly the same as the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 but costs a little more, 199 PLN. Are you interested in this model?
A quick look at the Honor Band 5 parameters:
- screen 0.95 ”2.5D AMOLED 240 × 120 pixels, 282 ppi,
- continuous tracking with TruSeen 3.0 wrist, [1
- built-in pulse oximeter,
- water resistance up to a depth of 50 meters,
- Bluetooth 4.2 BLE,
- battery with 100 mAh capacity,
- dimensions : 43 x 17.2 x 11.5 mm,
- Weight: 23 g,
- Compatibility: Smartphones with Android from 4.4 and up from 9.0.
Publication Price: 179 zlotys.
Honor Band 5 makes a good impression  Honestly, the only complaint I could have towards Honora Band 5 was the fact that its screen was a very small relative in space on the front panel. Pay attention to how big the button is on the bottom of the display and how big the frames are surrounded by it.
In general, however, the Honor Band 5 may be liked – it is simply a band, with no surprises or outliers. The smooth surface of the "pill" (that's what I call the main part of the band, which holds all the electronics), combined with a rubber strap that makes a great impression, is a recipe for a successful wearable device.
The band was made like a standard watch, and we have a belt buckle. The good thing is that there are a lot of holes in the strap, thanks to which the Band 5 fits not only into the slender wrists, but also the stronger ones. Most importantly, wearing Honor's band smart is very comfortable – you can't feel it, and you certainly can't say she's pregnant on the wrist. It works great in wrist shape, thanks to the characteristic structure.
Comfort is a plus. The reaction of raising your hand to wake up the screen – very fast. Honestly, it wasn't my fault. Except for myself, because I swore I would never wear a band / watch on my right hand, meanwhile … after getting a tattoo on the left it became completely natural;).
I would add that Honor Band 5 is waterproof – you can swim with it in fresh water (which is also confirmed by having training that measures our pool activity).
Although very small, I must admit that all the content shown on it is readable. You can see that the interface is adapted for a wearable device – all icons are large, and the text is the right size. While you may have a caveat to it, it is probably more that users only want to be noticed. Looking at the screen, it's easy to notice the low resolution of both – but like I say, a lot of people don't even pay attention to it, because the band looks from a great distance, and then it doesn't bother.
The brightness of the display can only be adjusted from the band settings – you have to click a bit to get to them. The brightness level is five levels. And while the manufacturer didn't mention the presence of any light sensor in Band 5, I get the impression it's here. This indicates that the screen automatically shines at night and shines in the day – without interrupting the brightness setting (I still have a line there, ie the minimum brightness, and yet I notice a change in brightness depending on the lighting light). At night the screen does not shine after the eyes, during the day – it is sufficient, which is due to the use of AMOLED.
An important piece of information for many of you is precisely the fact that Honor Band 5 does not offer continuous display of time – you can only force to release clock time with a 5-minute delay.
Moving around the system is done by finger and touch screen interaction – moving up or down moves us to the next tab on the screen, and gestures from left to right on the main screen displays unread notifications. The button at the bottom of the display is the Home button, which is responsible for returning the user to the main screen, while if we want to go back to a screen (e.g. if we go below the settings), just slide your finger away from the left side of the band to the right.
The whole thing went well and without due delay, though I noticed that a slight lag always had the effect of easing pending notifications and moving on their list.
The interface is very simple
… and finding the time is literally necessary. All because Band 5 has so few functions that you can navigate from within the band. We have: main screen, number of steps, heart rate meter, saturation measurement, sleep tracking (actually the last sleep duration), training (about later), messages (read-only – impossible) respond or respond in any way (emote), a short list of music settings and controls. The music player Controller works with the following applications: Shazam, VLC, Google Play Music, YouTube, Tube Go, Spotify, Audify, KKBOX, Blackplayer, Pulsar and Huawei Music.
Most important from our point of view, Honor Band 5 is complete. Polish, which means all diacritical marks are displayed correctly – without any bushes, question marks, etc. So, can we personalize the band in any way?
For this purpose, of course, shields are used. Longer pressing your finger on the main screen will bring us to the shield installed on the band, which is … as many as eight. Seriously, not another one. Unfortunately, of these I managed to find one I liked (Energy) – there was a chance you would succeed too. And if you don't, you can always go to the Health app and download a shield from it – and there are 64 in total.
Some things I'll add to it
It's all coming down that I lost some things in Honor Band 5 that smartwatches probably made my way. However, that does not change the fact that adding some functionality to the wrist interface is not impossible, and you will certainly agree with me that annoying me is not baseless.
The first important function is to do not interrupt mode – it cannot be set directly from the band (only in the application can you specify the schedule according to which it is to work). The second thing is the alarm clock – and again – to set it, you need to reach the phone. I don't understand it further that in the band settings there is a stopwatch and timer – adding an alarm won't hurt it. vibrate. Another thing is that you cannot mute the call from the band – you can simply select the answer or reject the option. But maybe it's just my fad that sometimes I just don't answer the calls, and I don't want to reject the callers?
Huawei Health app – don't move without it
Since I mentioned the application, you should also devote a short or a long time to it. Probably longer, because without it there would be no way to connect the band to the phone. Speaking of which, Honor Band 5 connects to smartphones based on versions of Android 4.4 and iOS from iOS 9 and up. I don't know what's different in terms of functionality when working on both systems – I've been able to test the band in conjunction with two smartphones with Android Pie.
It is from the application level that we activate the monitoring function (Huawei TruSleep), an activity reminder. continuous monitoring of heart rate, and also set alarm clock, do not interrupt mode (manually or according to schedule) or select applications for which we would like to receive notifications. So we can turn on the reminder option about disconnecting Bluetooth, turning on the screen after the hand lifting or rotating it. . Everything is provided in a friendly and intuitive form.
Activities and Exercises
Honor Band 5 will be useful when doing the following physical activities: running outdoors, running indoors, walking outdoors, indoors, riding on a stationary bike, elliptical cross trainer, ergonometer and swimming pool. This is the kind of exercise that can be turned on directly on the band screen. Then we can also define the purpose of the exercise in the form of distance, duration and burn calories. Directly during the training we have access to information such as: duration, speed, kcal, pulse, distance traveled, time.
Unfortunately, the band does not have a built-in GPS module, which means that going to practice without ending the phone has no recorded route to travel – to do this, you must have a smartphone with you and start training from here. Otherwise, upon completion, we only have access to the data, as below:
However, I must admit that my activity has recently been unfortunately, so the only indicator I have looked at in the past week is the number of steps I have taken in the tests. And while it's difficult for me to gauge exactly how accurate the Honor Band 5 steps are, so counting up to 100 each by passing so many steps, more or less correlates with what I saw on screen of the band.
From the band level we can check the oxygen saturation level. Respect himself, however, note that this is not a medical device and it is not worth suggesting its indications – and certainly not checking your health. It is worth noting this when using this function.
Similarly, in heart rate monitoring, although heart rate monitors in armbands are becoming more accurate.
Sleep tracking is exactly what tigers want. Or rather, not just tracking, but a dream …;) Yes, I'm definitely someone who wants to spend long hours in bed and rejuvenate after a long day of work. I also know I often sleep long, but … why change it? 😉
The TruSleep system, known from Huawei watches (including Watch GT2 ) and earlier Huawei and Honor wristbands, was responsible for sleep monitoring, so it was not it should be new to you. This system monitors sleep divided into individual phases: deep and shallow sleep, REM phase and awakening. And this is accurate, judging by examining individual charts from past days in the face of reality.
If you've been interested in Honor Band 5 before, you've probably reached the manufacturer's declaration about the working time of a small battery that fits under the housing band. Honor claims that from about 100 mAh you can draw up to six working days with continuous wrist and sleep monitoring, or up to fourteen days if we do not enable these functions. every 10 minutes). I applied it to my arm one day at 3pm and continued to wear it for four consecutive days – at five in the morning it signaled that it was time to connect it to the charge and it fell off. So I can say he worked less than five days (a total of exactly 114 hours). The second cycle is comparable – six days, two where the pulse is not measured.
Included in the band was a small charger with a short microUSB cable – the band attached to the charger as in the pictures below:
Shortly after the premiere of The Mi Banda 4 was hit by Xiaomi for underdeveloped and bugged software. Honor has not made this mistake – there are no shortcomings here, especially since the band connects to smartphones with the proven Health app. In addition, we have a clasp known from watches, which in my opinion (and not just me, in my opinion), is more convenient and reliable than the bolt from the band of such competition.
Added to this is a good quality and bright AMOLED screen, heart rate monitor, multiple shields at our disposal, sleep tracking and activity. It should also be noted that the Honor band does not offer a built-in GPS, and battery life typically closes in about 5 days.
The most important question is whether the Honor Band 5 is a good successor to the Xiaomi Mi Band 4? Considering that the final model costs about PLN 130, which means that the Honor is about PLN 50 more expensive than this, the answer seems clear. However, if one does not remember this price difference and is aware of all the pros and cons of Band 5, he or she is welcome.
And is it worth buying the Huawei Band 4 ? Tomek will soon answer this question in his review.
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