The Huawei Band 2 Pro looked like it was going to be one of the most capable wearables for its size. For its diminutive size and low price, it has great battery life and impressive GPS tracking, but lacks the slick interface of some of its competitors and proved to be a little underwhelming when used in anger.
This tracker is inferior to all the beloved Xiaomi Mi Band 2 in price because it is twice as expensive, but it is functionally superior to it. Whether this superiority of overpayment costs, we also tried to understand.
Band 2 Pro – very light and convenient tracker with tactilely nice silicone strap. He has a good fit on his wrist and a reliable rivet with two denticles for a strong grip.
The strap itself is not removable, but if desired, having unscrewed a couple of screws, you can still detach it from the plastic module. This is provided only in case of repair since the manufacturer does not sell silicone bracelets separately to him.
On the front of the tracker is a monochrome OLED display with a diagonal of 0.91 “and a resolution of 128×32 pixels, at certain angles of its borders are clearly visible, which spoils the illusion that the screen occupies the entire front panel.
Under the screen, there is an elongated touch button. On the reverse surface of the main module, you can see the pulse measurement sensor and two contacts for recharging. The charger is not magnetic, it is fixed by three slots on the case and strap and is connected via a standard MicroUSB connector. So if the bundled wire turns out to be short, it will not be a problem.
Huawei Band 2 Pro is protected from water and withstands submersion to a depth of 50 meters, but in terms of wear resistance is not particularly well-equipped – the strap may in time be painted from contact with clothing. Most likely, this is relevant only for the pink version, blue and black are much darker.
The bracelet weighs only 21 grams, which, given the very soft and pleasant tactile strap, makes it almost imperceptible, now and then you check, but did you wear a bracelet at all?
The main screen of the bracelet shows the BT connection status, approximate battery charge, current time, day of the week (three-letter English shortcut), the number and number of steps passed per day. This screen is permanent and unchanged. It is activated when the button is pressed for the first time or when the wrist is raised (if this option is enabled in the application).
Change of the displayed data is carried out by the following pressing of the button or by turning the wrist – such gesture control works perfectly. All statistics of daily activity is hidden behind the screen of the number of steps, to access it you need to clamp the touch button (at the time the pedometer is displayed). This action displays data on the duration of sleep, distance traveled, calories expended, as well as on run time and a sedentary state. That is, without squeezing it all you are not available, which is somewhat strange, because at least the first two values are among the key values and are usually displayed after the number of steps.
Pros of Huawei Band 2 Pro
- comfortable wearing
- reliable rivet
- smart alarm clock
- read notifications from the screen
Cons Huawei Band 2 Pro
- visible screen edges
- errors in counting steps
- periodic omission of notifications
The bracelet is able to notify about all events on the smartphone:
- Incoming calls and e-mail
- New SMS and messages in instant messengers
- Notifications from social networks and any other applications.
You will learn about the event using vibration, in the case of incoming calls, you can reset the call or simply clear the notification.
What Band 2 Pro bribes, is the ability to display part of the text of a new message or letter. He recognizes Cyrillic and can easily show on his screen the sender, the title of the email and the beginning of the text, displaying a few words at a time.
This feature is very useful when it is not quite convenient to immediately get the phone and see what came there. The information displayed is more than enough to assess the importance of the message. It was this opportunity that I always missed in Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which, in conjunction with the standard Mi Fit application, shows only the application icon.
The problem here is that even when connected to the smartphone, Huawei still misses some of the notifications . It’s unclear, by what logic he does it, but I want to believe that this will be corrected with the next update.
According to the manufacturer, a 100 mAh battery can provide up to 21 days of operation without recharging. Perhaps with a disabled heart rate monitor and without communication with the smartphone, Huawei Band 2 Pro will last a lot, but in normal use with all notifications and systematic pulse measurement, the tracker works on average 10-12 days . This, of course, is less than stated, but still enough to not worry about the sudden disconnection of the bracelet. Once in a half or two weeks to put the gadget on charging is not so difficult.
Huawei Band 2 Pro costs $69.99. Two-fold difference in price is fully justified by the broader capabilities of the first, albeit at the expense of autonomy. Ten days of work without recharging the sports tracker is enough to not become a headache for the user.
The first is a GPS-module for tracking the route of jogging or cycling. This is a really useful option, which makes the accessory less dependent on the smartphone. The second advantage is readable notifications on the screen, which allow one to immediately assess the importance of a new message or letter and, without distraction, continue to do their own business.
If the next update of the application and the firmware of the tracker itself corrects the situation with alerts. Band 2 Pro can be called an attractive sports bracelet, aimed at those who do not know only the number of steps, distance traveled and calories burned. This tracker Huawei really can offer more.
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