Huawei Band 6 is an entry-level fitness tracker that supports up to 96 workout modes with up to two-week battery life.Electronics giant Huawei has established itself as one of the leading manufacturers of wearable tech in recent years.
I have recommended its Watch GT2 range to many friends and colleagues in recent years for both their fitness features and battery life.
Huawei Band 6 is an entry-level device with a hard to beat price of €59; a comfortable and light to wear band with a tall 1.47in AMOLED touchscreen display.
The polymer watch body has a metal texture finish around the side and a matte plastic finish at the bottom. There are two physical controls: the power and function buttons. The rear houses its optical sensors.
The universal straps are soft and smooth rubber and have a buckle style clasp.
Band 6 runs the firm’s Lite OS, a simple and easy-to-use UI which has most of the fitness and health tracking suite found on the firm’s more expensive wearables such as Watch GT2 Pro.
It tracks your step count, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, stress, all-day SpO2 and sleep.
The latter is excellent. Band 6 monitors your sleep patterns and reports on your nightly states of deep sleep, light sleep, REM sleep and awake periods.-
Band 6’s workout modes can track activities such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, belly dancing and skating. There is handy automatic workout detection too.
I wore it alongside both Apple Watch Series 6 and Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar to compare the tracking accuracy and it measured up well in both tests.
For analytics, you can access basic information on the band. While the accompanying Huawei Health smartphone app gives you more detailed breakdowns and charts.
The app is available for both Android and iOS smartphones.
Smartwatch features on Band 6 are limited.
Band 6 can send you notifications from your phone (although you cannot reply to messages) and it displays the weather and smartphone music controls.
You can see incoming calls too, including caller ID, but you cannot answer them. However, you can reject calls, which is handy.
And there’s a ‘find phone’ feature which is always good to have on a wearable.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzz.ie%2Ftech%2Fgadgets%2Fhuawei-band-6-good-option-24425568&cre=bottom&cip=24&view=web
The number of watch faces available is limited but I like the options.
One thing to consider is Huawei Band 6 has no built-in GPS but on the upside it is water resistant down to 50 metres.
I got about 10 days from the battery, not the two weeks claimed. But this can vary depending on how you use the device. Ten days is still impressive.
You recharge using a proprietary charging cradle.
If you want a simple and inexpensive fitness band, this is hard to beat.
Huawei Band 6 costs €59.
Dimensions: 43 x 25.4 x 10.99 mm
Weight: 18g (without strap)
Display: 1.47in AMOLED, 194 x 368 resolution
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Optical heart rate sensor
Water resistance: 5 ATM