Introduction: With the “Band” wearables that focus on fitness, Honor has gradually replaced Fitbit, becoming the preferred manufacturer of “cost-effective” wearables in the minds of users. It can be said that last year’s Honor Band 4 won a beautiful “home run”.
This year, the Honor Band 5 smart bracelet is priced at $ 29.99, which is a bit ridiculously low, which has greatly weakened the advantages of Fitbit wearables. Looking at the current market, Honor Band 5 is one of the most affordable fitness trackers in the market. From the perspective of cost performance alone, it is difficult to imagine how Fitbit can fight back the glory. After all, the cheapest device in its product line, the Fitbit Inspire, has a retail price of 538 yuan, and it does not even Heart rate tracking.
Seeing that the price of the Honor Band 5 smart bracelet is so cheap, some users may wonder whether it is fully functional. Here, Xiao Bian can tell you responsibly that Honor Band 5 is definitely worth the money and features are beyond your imagination.
Honor Band 5 is a feature-rich fitness tracker that sells for less than half of the cheapest Fitbit wearables. It is a smart bracelet we strongly recommend.
● Detailed sleep tracking.
● Battery life is up to 7 days under heavy usage.
● Bright AMOLED display.
● Compared with the previous generation Honor Band 4, the improvement is small.
● Price: $ 29.99.
● 0.95-inch AMOLED touch screen.
● The screen pixel density is 282ppi.
Heart rate monitor
● SpO2 tracking.
● Support 5ATM waterproof.
● Up to 14 days of battery life.
Honor Band 5-design
The body of the Honor Band 5 has a very slight curved arc, and it has a stylish round Home button under the screen. Overall, the impression of Honor Band 5 is a purpose-built fitness tracker, which knows exactly what to do and does not look too obtrusive.
However, the Home button of the Honor Band 5 does not have a physical physical click, nor can it be used as an LED indicator-this is not in line with Xiaobian’s original expectations.
Although Xiaobian really likes some of Fitbit’s products, I think Fitbit’s products are a bit idiosyncratic and even tacky.
The appearance of the Honor Band 5 bracelet looks exactly the same as its predecessor Honor Band 4-that is to say, it does not look much different from its predecessor. However, this is not a big problem, after all, the design of Honor smart bracelet has always been loved by users.
The strap of the Honor Band 5 uses a single fork buckle, which is smooth and skin-friendly. The front is textured, which is more personalized than the ordinary strap. At the same time, the strap of the Honor Band 5 also has 17 adjustment holes (really many), which means that this fitness tracker can easily adapt to a range of wrist sizes after it is unpacked.
Honor Band 5-screen
For the cheap price of Honor Band 5, even if it is equipped with an OLED display, we can accept it. After all, the Honor Band 4 is equipped with an OLED display, and when it debuted, it was twice the price of the Honor Band 5. However, it is surprising that the Honor Band 5 is actually an AMOLED display.
The Honor Band 5 smart bracelet uses a vibrant, slightly curved 0.95-inch 2.5D screen. It has good visibility in direct sunlight and is easy to read. It can be said that the display of Honor Band 5 is the most delicate display I have ever seen on a wearable device. Considering that the size of the Honor Band 5 screen itself is very small, any pixelation will not be noticed by the human eye, but this does not mean that it will be difficult for you to read text and information through its screen.
It is true that some surfaces may be designed for people who are more sensitive than my eyesight, but I can simply get all the information I need by simply changing to a different style of surface. Having said that, I have to say that Honor has made a leap forward in providing more kinds of surfaces this time-although it does not seem to be the case at first.
When we reviewed the Honor Band 4, we found that it has only a few three surfaces to choose from. This little annoyance seems to repeat itself on the Honor Band 5, but fortunately, the update a few days later gave us dozens of New surface options to choose from.
Honor Band 5 is not equipped with physical buttons, so the touch screen is your main way to interact with your device. If you’ve ever experienced the Apple Watch Series 5 or the recent Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch, don’t expect Honor Band 5 to rival them in terms of the smoothness of the scrolling menu.
For a fitness tracker that costs less than $ 30, we really shouldn’t have too high hopes for the Honor Band 5. However, during the use of Xiaobian, the touch screen response of Honor Band 5 is still very sensitive, it always responds to my touch, and the performance is quite reliable, and this reliability is in some other cheap devices China is lacking.
Honor Band 5-performance and features
It turns out that although the price of the Honor Band 5 smart bracelet is particularly low, its performance is not inferior and it runs very smoothly. Whether it’s scrolling menus or waking up the screen from sleep mode, the latency of Honor Band 5’s interaction with me is very small.
Receiving instant notifications in Honor Band 5 is very simple, but when I returned to the “Messages” section to see messages that appeared before and messages that were recorded afterwards, I did experience a significant slowdown. However, after a few seconds of annoying waiting, I can read the notification message normally.
The Honor Band 5 has a heart rate tracking function, and a short update later also allows it to detect the oxygen content in your blood, referred to as SpO2 (blood oxygen content). Although I use the SpO2 function much less frequently than the heart rate tracking function, it is still a popular supplement that can really help athletes understand the importance of proper breathing during exercise.
The Honor Band 5 supports water resistance. It can be used normally at a depth of 50 meters. You don’t need to worry about it will damage it when sprinting in the rain, even when you take a quick shower.
However, the really interesting feature in Honor Band 5 is the “Huawei Trusleep” tracking function, which allows you to quickly glance at your wrist in the morning to know how much sleep you have fallen, and open the Honor Health app to see your circadian rhythm details Analysis, and what it means to your current state of mind, is another matter.
For example, sleep tracking records show that I wake up fairly often throughout the night and suggest that I may have been drinking too much water before going to bed. So I decided to follow the app’s advice and immediately discovered that I had a deeper sleep result. It really surprised me to get such practical advice from such an affordable technology product.
The only regret is that Honor Band 5 does not support mobile payment. Previously, Honor Band 4 used a QR code system for payment, but its practicality has been questioned by the outside world. Therefore, it is reasonable for Honor Band 5 to remove this function.
Honor Band 5-health and fitness tracking
As a smart bracelet with such a low price, how does the fitness tracking function of Honor Band 5 perform? Is it enough to compete directly with competitors in the market? The answer is yes.
If your preferred exercise method is running / walking, I can safely recommend you to buy the Honor Band 5 bracelet instead of some of the more expensive similar products. From a distance perspective, the results of outdoor sports recorded by Honor Band 5 are very accurate. It can also detect your heart rate during running, which can allow you to slow down your running speed in a timely manner.
Honor Band 5 even has a handy sound (available through the Honor Health app) that lets you know when you have reached what kind of milestone-even if it does scare me when I go home for a walk at night jump.
Honor Band 5 itself can track nine sports, including boating, cross training and indoor cycling, and it is strange that outdoor bike tracking can only be activated through the app, which is a mystery to be solved.
Speaking of the Honor Health app, in addition to providing very detailed charts after a workout, there is also a section for free training programs. Most notably, there is a special training program here, starting from 5 kilometers and continuing throughout the marathon. These plans are included in the app for free, and I can’t think of a better fitness tracker than Honor Band 5 for budget runners.
Of course, given such a low price, Honor Band 5 does not support unconstrained GPS. When connected to your smartphone, the lace-up GPS tracking performed very well, and I didn’t encounter any trouble during the compilation.
Honor Band 5-battery life
Honor claims that the battery life of Honor Band 5 after a single charge can reach 14 days. It has long been thought that the battery life of smartwatches is often poor, especially when smartwatches are used as sleep trackers.
In the actual test of Xiaobian, I turned on the “smart” heart rate tracking function-dynamically adjusted according to your situation, and performed fitness tracking exercises once or twice a day, and also wore it to read my all night Sleep cycle. Under such heavy use, the battery of the Honor Band 5 can last up to seven days. Although it does not meet the standards promised by Honor, its battery life is still longer than the Fitbit Charge 3 and longer than most modern smart watches. There are great improvements.
The charging stand that comes with Honor Band 5 does a good job of fixing the device. This is a problem I repeatedly encountered on some Fitbit wearables. Even if the fitness tracker is located in a proper charging stand, it will still be because of The connection method is incorrect and the power cannot be charged.
Is Honor Band 5 worth buying?
The Honor Band 5 is very cheap and has a lot of features, including SpO2 tracking, a gorgeous AMOLED display and a very detailed sleep tracking program. It can be said that Honor Band 5 is a very good smart bracelet, highly recommended to buy.