Huawei Band 6 review: a good fitness band for budget-conscious users

Nowadays, many users are considering buying a smartwatch rather than a fitness bracelet because they offer a bigger and wider screen and even act like a regular watch. Typically, fitness bands have a pill-shaped design with large bezels and a smaller screen. Huawei tried to change that with its latest Band 6 tracker by offering a bigger screen and an attractive design.

It comes with continuous heart rate monitoring, SpO2, sleep monitoring, 96 training modes, to name just a few of the main features. It is priced under 5,000 rupees and is seen competing with Xiaomi’s popular Mi Band series. Here is our detailed review of the Huawei Band 6.

Huawei Band 6 review: what’s good?

Huawei’s latest wearable device has a better design and display than most affordable fitness bands on the market. The device has a large 1.47 inch display with thin bezels around it which is just great because you usually can’t see it in the lower segment. The screen isn’t dull at all and delivers vibrant colors – all thanks to its AMOLED display. The touchscreen is so good that just seeing the band, some users might buy it.

The Huawei Band 6 has a pretty good build quality. (Photo credit: Ankita Garg / Express Image)

The smart bracelet has a polycarbonate body. It is waterproof up to 5 ATM and can be submerged up to 50 meters of water. Huawei claims the Band 6 comes with UV-treated and dirt-resistant silicone wristbands.

Huawei offers attractive watch faces, which you can choose from in the company’s Health app. There is an auto screen feature on the smartwatch, which allows you to keep the screen on for 5 minutes. However, this does not always work. This is also the case with the increase function to wake up. Huawei does not offer the Always-on-Display (AoD) function.

The overall experience is just seamless and I had no issues navigating the UI. The user interface is simple and you will be able to access most of the features very quickly. The tactile response was also good.

However, there is no built-in GPS support on the Huawei Band 6, so the device tracks the distance using your smartphone. According to our tests, the smartwatch can give you almost accurate distance data which is better than most low budget watches.

The application offers data on heart rate, rhythm, cadence with a graph. It displays calories, average speed, steps and route on the map. This is impressive because you usually don’t get all of that data on the budget smart bands. I liked that Huawei displays a warning on the app, which says “there may be slight inaccuracies in this data due to hardware limitations”.

The Huawei Band 6 has a dynamic display. (Photo credit: Ankita Garg / Express Image)

Huawei also lets you control the music by simply swiping left on the band, which many brands should offer as it gets a bit annoying not having quick access to music during a workout.

It can constantly monitor your heart rate and the readings looked good. However, the group did not send out high or low heart rate alerts, which is usually the case with most budget handheld trackers. I had set the alerts to 50 (low) and 100 (high) to check if the group warns me. The device also showed oddly low readings at times, which is also a bit odd and concerning. I would like to mention that the app does not show sleep heart rate data in the sleep section and you will see it in a separate section.

SpO2 tracking was also close to accuracy compared to an oximeter. It was a bit difficult to manually check SpO2 on the Huawei Band 6 as it sometimes showed errors when checking blood oxygen levels even when I was not moving my hand.

Huawei’s health app explains each feature in detail to give users a better understanding of the data gleaned from the activities. The app has a sleep section, where it not only displays sleep patterns, but also explains each of them in detail, including why sleep is important, what you need to do, and more. You won’t see them on most budget portable devices. Huawei’s Health app also awards points for “deep sleep” and “quality of breathing” and ranks them as normal, low, or high.

A look at the sleep data provided by the company’s Health app. (Photo credit: Ankita Garg / Express Image)

The app also tells you if your sleep quality was good, when is the best time to sleep, how to improve sleep quality, daily sleep quality scores which can help promote deep sleep and more. You also get a proper weekly scan. This is all impressive because the level of data and advice you get at such an affordable price is commendable. During my period of use, the smartwatch recorded accurate sleep data.

The Huawei Band 6 can also track your stress level. It’s good to see that brands have started to offer this feature at an affordable price. I tested this feature on a few devices and they didn’t really offer reliable data. But, the Huawei Band 6 seemed to offer almost accurate data in terms of stress levels, during my period of use.

The fitness bracelet can continuously measure your stress level, which is a good thing because you won’t have to manually check stress levels every 30 minutes. The company offers an option to turn off continuous tracking if users want to save battery power. You have the option to manually check stress through the app. If necessary, you can also do breathing exercises using the elastic band.

The Huawei Band 6 is currently selling for Rs 3,990 on Amazon. (Photo credit: Ankita Garg / Express Image)

The Huawei Band 6 comes with around 96 different workouts which is impressive because you will hardly find portable devices in this price range with so many modes. But the step tracking is not very precise and there was a jump of about 20 steps per 100 steps.

Huawei has also added an auto-lock feature to the bracelet. Once activated, the bracelet automatically locks the screen when you are not wearing it. Huawei has added this feature to provide users with privacy as we also receive all message notifications on the group.

The company claims this group will provide up to two weeks of battery life, but our unit lasted around four days with moderate use. This includes continuous heart rate, stress, sleep, and SpO2. I used the bracelet to track an hour of my daily activity as well as for notifications.

The Huawei Band 6 can display all notifications from your smartphone. (Photo credit: Ankita Garg / Express Image)

Huawei Band 6 review: what’s wrong?

The disappointing part is that the straps of the Huawei Band 6 are not removable. Brands usually offer this option to users, but Huawei has made a bold move because it could be the very reason users are avoiding this band. So if the straps are damaged, you will have to buy a new laptop.

There is also a menstrual cycle tracker, which is a good feature for getting period reminders. However, the app failed to send reminders. But that’s something Huawei can fix with a software update.

Huawei Band 6 review: should you buy it?

Huawei Band 6 is a good fitness wearable that you can get in the price segment of Rs 5,000. The smart bracelet offers multiple workout modes, important health tracking features and a beautiful, vivid color display. Those who don’t like portable devices that have a very compact form factor and a small screen should go for the Huawei Band 6 because it has the perfect display size.

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