The Honor Band 5 and its precursor look nearly identical. Honor has added blood oxygen tracking with its most current health and fitness tracker, however, along with new activity settings and also an upgraded UI.
The Band 5 presently retails for in-between EUR30 (~ US$ 33) to EUR35 (~ US$ 39), a price that we can only find from third-party importers. Currently, the Band 5 costs more than the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, however, rates might vary over time. We would certainly suggest researching the challenges of importing gadgets from China before you buy the Honor Band 5. One of the greyer areas is service warranty insurance coverage, with it likely that you need to return the device to return for a warranty repair or exchange, which could be costly.
Honor notes the Band 5 on its HiHonor store yet does not currently market the health and fitness tracker directly. Rather, just Amazon.com presently markets the tool in Germany.
Instance – Water-resistant as much as 5 ATM
Honor rates the Band 5 for as much as 5 atm machine against the dirt as well as water, so you ought to be able to use it in the shower securely or when swimming. The Band 5 evaluates simply 23 g (~ 0.8 oz) too, making it comfy to use all day in our point of view.
Like the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 as well as Samsung Galaxy Fit e, the Band 5 has a screen unit as well as a silicone wristband. The latter is well made, feels comfy on our wrist, and also is long enough for those with thick wrists.
The 0.95-inch panel fills up a lot of the display unit, which Honor covers with protective glass. The business does not specify which glass it has used, though. Listed below the OLED panel rests a capacitive control sensor, similar to numerous various other fitness trackers. The one in our evaluation device functioned completely during our examinations.
Connectivity – A physical fitness band with only Bluetooth 4.2
The basic variation of the Band 5 has a heart price screen and also a 6-axis accelerometer to tape-record steps. Honor additionally sells a version with an NFC contribute China that is compatible with Alipay. Nonetheless, because this payment solution has barely spread past China, this version will have limited utility outside of China. Some stores in Germany like Galeria Kaufhof, WMF as well as dm, approve Alipay, but they are the exemption rather than the regulation.
The Band 5 likewise has a haptic vibration system and an OLED panel, however extra on that in the Display area of this evaluation. The fitness tracker interacts with smartphones through Bluetooth, yet only with the older 4.2 requirements. By comparison, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 can utilize the newer Bluetooth 5.0. The Band 5 has an alarm, timer, and also find-your-phone functionality built-in, for reference.
Software – Compatible with Huawei Health
The Band 5 can link to tools running Android 4.4 and iPhone 9.0 or more recent. You should mount the equivalent Huawei app to pair the fitness tracker with your mobile phone though, which you can download and install from the Apple Application Store or Google Play Shop.
The Huawei Health application additionally consists of different settings for changing the Band 5 as well as watching individual data. The application contains plenty of alternative watch faces also.
Functions & Operation – Action recording with the Honor Band 5 is unrealistic
The Band 5 is run by means of its capacitive OLED panel with swipe gestures. Swiping inside out opens up the food selection, while a swipe from the left raises recent notifications. The Band 5 provides the last as a sneak peek or a whole depending on the application, but its CPU is a little too sluggish to display the changes in between missed messages efficiently. Correspondingly, we saw some stutters during our tests.
Honor has additionally incorporated a touch-sensitive sensing unit below the display that enables you to perform back regulates. The tool can additionally be woken up with a brief tap on the sensor. You can additionally trigger Raise-to-Wake within the system settings to wake the Band 5 when you elevate your arm.
Among the biggest objections after Honor launched the Band 5 in late August was its lack of music controls and the absence of its blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) determining capability. Honor has actually since included both to the OS since variation 126.96.36.199, however.
The blood oxygen saturation capability functioned well throughout our tests, yet we can not judge the precision of its measurement. Honor states that it did not develop the SpO2 monitoring for clinical usages or to detect illnesses, yet just to serve as an individual guide.
Just like the Honor Band 4, TruSleep sleep monitoring, and also TruSeen 3.0 real-time heart price keeping an eye on return. The latter of which can be left running completely, which comes in handy. Both worked well during our examinations and also persuaded us subjectively. Our review unit matched our brief wake stages and adjustments in heart price that we observed throughout our test period.
We were unable to contrast its outcomes versus a specialist tool though, so we do not know exactly how accurate they were. By the way, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 tape-recorded essentially the same outcomes as the Band 5 did.
Nonetheless, the latter can not keep pace with the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 when counting steps. The Band 5 utilizes its 6-axis accelerometer to do so, yet its results are unrealistically high. By contrast, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 matters about half the actions that the Band 5 did. Maybe, Honor will certainly correct this with a future software update.