Huawei Band Pro 2 Fitness Tracker Review

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The Quick Model

After we noticed Huawei was releasing a tracker with GPS for £80 we have been intrigued – however not sure if it could work as anticipated at that worth. Because it seems, not solely does it work, it throws in a coronary heart charge tracker, coaching plans by way of the app and next-level sleep monitoring – a function set that may sit fortunately within the £100-£150 vary. There are faults, however they’re straightforward to forgive at this worth.

Score ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

Issues We Appreciated

  • GPS for £80. Did we point out that? It locks on as fast as another mid-level tracker and is simply as correct.
  • The guts charge monitor performs in addition to ones on mid-range trackers and Huawei makes use of it to supply a VO2 max estimate, in addition to coaching impact and restoration time estimates.
  • Steady coronary heart charge monitoring will be turned on to calculate resting coronary heart charge or turned off to avoid wasting on battery life.
  • The stats on working periods are in depth and offered clearly within the app. Plus, it’ll throw all of them collectively into a picture that’s social media-friendly.
  • The app can construct a personalised working coaching plan for any distance and time dedication.
  • It’s waterproof sufficient to be worn within the pool, though solely provides a timer and calorie burn (it’s £80, although – did we point out that?).
  • Sleep monitoring provides new metrics comparable to deep sleep continuity and respiration high quality, and charges your efficiency in each issue and your total sleep high quality. It additionally explains what the hell all this stuff imply and what impacts them. That is easy methods to do sleep monitoring.
  • There’s a two-minute respiration train on the watch, like Garmin and Fitbit, however Huawei charges your efficiency. It chastised us as “poor” throughout one distracted check. After all we refocused and did it once more so we received “glorious”.

Issues We Didn’t Like

  • The structure of the tracker’s display doesn’t make for simple studying mid-exercise, particularly when working. We have been squinting to see coronary heart charge or tempo a lot it’s a surprise we didn’t crash right into a lamppost.
  • The app isn’t as polished as different manufacturers and there’s the occasional incomprehensible message that seems on the tracker itself.
  • The voice coach for the working coaching plans isn’t as helpful as hoped for. An intervals session flew by with out the coach saying when it was time to begin interval efforts.
  • The Huawei Put on solely hyperlinks to a few third-party apps, and none of these is Strava – the social community beloved by runners and cyclists who personal a GPS tracker, just like the Band Professional 2.
  • Utilizing GPS and the guts charge monitor rinses the battery.
  • It solely tracks outside runs and rides, and swimming. There’s no choice to trace a gym-based, indoor exercise. It’s a wierd oversight because the Band Professional 2 can clearly deal with the fundamental metrics wanted – session length, coronary heart charge and energy burned.

Huawei Band Professional 2 In Depth

Utilizing The Huawei Band Professional 2 For Operating

We can’t title one other good tracker with built-in GPS that prices lower than £100. That is the place the Band Professional 2 actually stands out.

The GPS reliably locked on to a sign and, in a single check run, discovered the satellite tv for pc earlier than our trusty Fitbit Surge. Whereas it wasn’t fairly as correct when zooming in on the post-run map there have been no evident errors.

Left: Huawei Band Professional 2; proper: Fitbit Surge

It’s price noting although that the GPS doesn’t observe elevation.

Throughout a run the Band Professional 2 provides three un-customisable screens with three bits of data on every (small kind on the prime, massive within the center, small on the backside). There’s GPS sign acquired, distance and length on the primary display; clock, tempo and length on the second; and clock, coronary heart charge and coronary heart charge zone on the ultimate display. All primary data chances are you’ll need to know, however regardless of the display being shiny sufficient to learn in direct daylight there’s simply an excessive amount of crammed on one display to learn on the hoof. It will get simpler after a few runs nevertheless it remained a large frustration, and one we assume could possibly be solved with higher design. If the smaller display on the Fitbit Alta HR can show legible information, the Band Professional 2 ought to have the ability to as effectively.

It will get higher from right here although. As soon as synced, the app shows an in depth and clearly laid out sequence of stats that features cadence, stride size, how a lot the session improved your health, VO2 max and a suggestion for restoration time – all stuff you’d count on to see from a pricier tracker. It additionally sums all of this up in a picture you may share on social media.

The guts charge monitor additionally matches our expectations of a wrist-worn tracker. It stored inside 5bpm of the studying on a chest strap when working at a gentle clip, nevertheless it tended to lose its means within the greater zones or with fast modifications of tempo. All par for the course, although.

Impressively, the app may even put collectively out a coaching plan for you. It covers 5K, 10Ok, half marathon and marathon distances, and in addition provides the possibility to set a date of an occasion you’re coaching for. Add in finest and goal occasions if you want, the variety of days every week you need to practice (and specific days of the week you need as relaxation days), and the app will give you a plan.

We have been shocked to see this function included and it’s typically effectively executed, nevertheless it does lack integration with the watch. To stay to the coaching plan, it is advisable to begin the exercise within the app, which can sync stay with the watch so you may regulate your stats through the run (for those who can learn them), however your cellphone wants to return together with you.

This does imply it’ll learn out lap stats each kilometre for those who’re sporting headphones and can sometimes provide you with suggestions in your tempo. What it received’t do, nevertheless, is information you thru a session. We tried an intervals session of a 15-minute warm-up, a sequence of 40-second effort alternating with 20-second relaxation intervals and a warm-down, however the voice coach failed to provide any immediate for beginning efforts.

Whereas it might look like we’re laying into the Band Professional 2, we’re nitpicking and treating it like a mid-range tracker. Nothing below £100 comes near this type of providing for runners. The Garmin Forerunner 30 provides the subsequent finest price range choice for runners, however that’s £130.

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Utilizing The Huawei Band Professional 2 For Biking

The Band Professional 2 provides the identical GPS and coronary heart charge monitoring for biking that it does for runners, though the metrics provided within the app are pared again. We get the impression Huawei copied and pasted the performance and stripped out no matter didn’t make sense. Effectively, virtually every thing – we assume that’s why there’s a tempo stat, one thing we haven’t seen provided wherever else (common velocity is the widespread metric, which the Band Professional 2 additionally tracks). Fortunately, the helpful coaching impact and restoration time stats are included for cyclists.

The dearth of elevation monitoring is extra of an issue for cyclists than it’s for runners (it’s maybe the rationale you may’t export your exercise to Strava), so the Band Professional 2’s capabilities go well with informal cyclists and commuters who trip the identical route time and again.

Utilizing The Huawei Band Professional 2 For Swimming

It’s waterproof and it does have a devoted monitoring operate you may set off on the watch, nevertheless it doesn’t observe a lot – simply time and energy. Counting laps would have been an awesome addition, however for £80 we actually are getting grasping now.

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Utilizing the Huawei Band Professional 2 For Different Exercises

A surprising oversight is the dearth of the choice to trace another sort of exercise like a HIIT, weights or treadmill session. You received’t discover one other tracker with a display and coronary heart charge monitor that doesn’t provide this function. In case you like to remain energetic within the gymnasium, keep away from the Band Professional 2.

Utilizing The Huawei Band Professional 2 As A Coronary heart Fee Monitor

Steady coronary heart charge monitoring must be turned on within the app, it defaults to off to avoid wasting on battery life. Whether it is off and also you’re not monitoring any runs or rides the battery lasts and lasts – Huawei says three weeks.

When you can take a studying everytime you like on the tracker, protecting steady coronary heart charge monitoring turned off does imply there’s no resting coronary heart charge measurement – a positive indicator of normal health and effectively price sacrificing battery life for.

Throughout train the Band Professional 2 appears as correct trackers twice its worth (for those who’ve skimmed via this evaluation, we focus on our expertise in depth within the working part however tl;dr – thumbs up) and in addition makes use of its studying to estimate a VO2 max rating, one other glorious measure of health.

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Utilizing The Huawei Band Professional 2 For Step Counting

Step monitoring on the Band Professional 2 is completely sufficient with all our day by day tallies in the proper ball park. Your steps are displayed in your tracker and logged within the app, together with a calculation of whole miles travelled in every week, month and 12 months, in addition to a day by day common.

Usefully, the app additionally breaks your steps down by strolling, working, biking (the primary implicit recognition of what we’ve recognized all alongside, ie that step monitoring has its faults), climbing (presumably that’s for different Huawei trackers which might observe elevation) and different (no concept – leaping, possibly?).

It’s all positive, however step monitoring is finished higher on different better-looking (if dearer) trackers. In case you’re actually simply eager about steps – and also you don’t hold your smartphone in your individual – check out the Misfit Ray.

Utilizing The Huawei Band Professional 2 As A Sleep Tracker

Till we tried the Band Professional 2, we thought Fitbit was the sultan of snooze due to its addition of monitoring REM sleep and by evaluating your sleep stats towards your demographic cohort. Huawei, nevertheless, takes it a step additional by score your efficiency within the now commonplace deep, mild and REM sleep, whole time asleep, and occasions awake, and two new metrics (new to us, anyway) – deep sleep continuity and respiration high quality. For the experiences in your weekly, month-to-month and annual sleep habits, there’s additionally a degree rating for a daily sleep schedule (bedtime and the time you get up).

Don’t fret if these issues imply little to you proper now. The app clearly tells you whether or not your rating is nice or not, and gives a mini essay (in annoyingly tiny kind) on what every metric means, why it’s vital and what you would possibly do about it – with footnotes. It’s complete. It’s in-depth. It’s finest in school, so long as you’re keen to wade via all the knowledge. If not, then Fitbit nonetheless guidelines – however there’s a critical pretender to the throne.

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Utilizing The Huawei Band Professional 2 As A Smartwatch

The Band Professional 2 provides some primary smartphone notification options, though it’s a great distance from a smartwatch. Activate notifications and the tracker will buzz with incoming calls (which incorporates the choice to mute the decision, however not reply it) and show textual content messages, with a double faucet of the tracker’s display scrolling via the message (it is going to minimize off lengthy screeds). It’s primary, although – there’s no going again and discovering a latest message once more. When you’ve scrolled via, that’s it. Nonetheless, fairly good for the value.

Utilizing The Huawei Put on App

The Huawei Put on app does numerous nice issues, however in slickness phrases it trails far behind the competitors. As an example, within the under screenshot is one thing you may press to see your whole previous exercises. Have a guess the place it’s.

It’s the picture that claims “Whole distance is 16.02 miles” on it. It took us ages to work that out. Different minor frustrations embody the common updating of the Band Professional 2’s software program (seemingly each time we opened the app) being a faff, an expertise stuffed with complicated messages. Hopefully Huawei will enhance this expertise over time, as rivals Garmin, TomTom and others have.

There’s additionally the sense that the app doesn’t reply to the system you hook up with it, so within the step monitoring experiences that break down steps by exercise, “climbing” is displayed regardless of the dearth of a barometer altimeter within the Band Professional 2 that would measure this. It’s no biggie, certain, however different health tracker manufacturers do a a lot better job of managing this.

There’s additionally a dearth of third-party apps Huawei Put on will hook up with – Strava chief amongst them. It would hook up with the king of calorie-counting apps, MyFitnessPal, in addition to Apple’s Well being Equipment, and gives secure harbour for Jawbone UP customers. That’s it, although.

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How Usually Am I Going To Have To Cost It?

Huawei claims that the Band Professional 2 can go for 3 weeks, which is a plausible quantity so long as you don’t use the GPS or coronary heart charge monitor.

If you do use it for its supposed objective, like monitoring a run, we discovered it’s straightforward to burn via a 3rd to a half of the battery on a 40-odd minute run (the battery doesn’t drain as rapidly for those who’re biking). That’s not the tip of the world although, as a result of it recharges quickly, so plug it in when you bathe and refuel after your run or trip to prime the battery again up and also you’re good to go.

The place Can I Put on It With out Individuals Laughing At Me?

Wherever that another person isn’t sporting the Fitbit Alta HR. Solely on this different tracker’s firm does the Band Professional 2 look considerably shabby – wider, with a cheaper-looking strap. In any other case, it seems precisely just like the Alta HR, which is not any dangerous factor.

Truthfully, it actually does look similar to the Alta HR. The Band Professional 2 accidently dropped out of our bag as we have been fishing out the keys to the bike retailer and as we got here again out, the primary thought in our thoughts was “somebody’s dropped an Alta HR”. In contrast to the Alta HR although, there’s no choice to alter the band for one thing extra consistent with your fashion. We hope you want black.

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Ought to I Think about Shopping for One thing Else?

In case you’re a runner with a price range of £100 that is the very best (and actually solely) alternative. The Garmin Forerunner 30 is probably the most bare-bones mannequin in Garmin’s glorious Forerunner vary, nevertheless it’s £50 extra. And when you’ve come to phrases with paying that a lot, you need to actually have a look at the likes of the Forerunner 35 and the wonderful TomTom Spark 3.

The one huge let-down of the Band Professional 2 is the lack to trace indoor exercises. In case you like hitting the gymnasium for cardio class exercises, or periods on the train bike, treadmill or rower then you definately’ll be higher served by going over £100 and getting a tracker with a coronary heart charge monitor. Garmin’s vivosmart Three and Fitbit’s Alta HR and Cost 2 are all price contemplating.

The actual fact stays although, that Huawei has ensured the Band Professional 2 stands out from the gang by giving it a novel set of options at a stupidly low worth.