As we recently learned (it was in the news on our website), many buyers do not see the difference between fitness bracelets and smartwatches and just buy what is cheaper. In fact, since the bracelets acquired displays, the boundaries between the definitions of gadgets began to blur. Today we will see what a modern fitness bracelet is capable of.
With the release of Honor Band 5, the company is trying to compete with the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 fitness bracelet, which costs the same ruble-in-ruble (judging by official prices, at least). But the bracelets under the Huawei brand (do not confuse it with Honor, in this case they are different things) are both more expensive and cooler in filling, but not all buyers see the point in spending 5 thousand or more on such a device.
The Honor Band 5 looks much simpler and “cheaper” than the very similar in design Huawei Band 3. I would even say that live (in contrast to the images drawn on the computer and even photos) it seems a little toy – and all because of too simple strap. Nevertheless, the manufacturer claims water resistance to 50 meters of depth – and this is an adult way.
The display is an AMOLED color screen (without PenTile) with a diagonal of 0.95 “and a resolution of 120×240 pixels – the characteristics are the same as in Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4, and this is enough to display basic information. But the brightness of the Xiaomi bracelet is slightly ahead.
True, the available brightness is enough to make out letters and symbols on the bracelet even in sunny weather, while also not to “burn out” the eyes at night. The only minus in comparison with the more expensive Huawei Band 3 – in sunny weather, the color graphics from the menu look much duller on the screen. The rest of the screen is the “golden mean”. Yes, and brightness control is present in the settings (as well as the option to “reduce brightness at night”).
The screen does not light constantly (and I did not find such a setting in the corporate application), but it turns on if you raise your wrist. It doesn’t always work – sometimes to display you need to sharply wave your hand in the style, as if you are tipping a glass inside your vodka on tomato juice.
And in the bracelet settings (and in the app), you can change the dials – and due to the fact that this is, first of all, a fitness bracelet, almost all of them contain information about the steps taken at least, and in addition they can show the distance traveled, reset due to walking calories (approximately, of course), the current date. There is one dial with weather display.
There is no deep tuning of the dials – the user will have to choose from those options that are laid down by the manufacturer (firmware updates add new ones).
The bracelet is controlled by a single touch button below the screen, plus, and the screen itself is also touch-sensitive. You can select items by touching and flipping through the movement, almost like on a smartphone screen. Scrolling up and down is the choice of a menu item and settings. Scrolling right from the main screen opens a list of recent messages.
To read a message, click on it in the list, then move your finger to the right to hide.