Huawei Technologies Co. has been one of the companies that has stand out the most in the last years, making it a new rival in the tech industry pursuing the big guys like Apple, Samsung or even Google. Same thing for their wearables: they are well-made with great fitness features but some questions remains: Will it be enough to fell for it? Listed at $69.99, will it be a great purchase if we know that the Band 2 Pro cost $30 less?
You will know the answer with our Huawei Band 3 Pro Review! Let’s see what this wearable offers!
What’s In The Box?
Pretty basic stuff like most of the fitness trackers. But who needs more? Actually, I hope one day these wearables will include screen protectors. We all know how it hurts to get scratches on a screen. 🙂 Here’s what’s included:
The wrist strap is a bit longer (120 mm) compare to his predecessor but no big change there. The material seems to be identical to the previous version. What has changed is that now the strap comes equipped with a standard secure buckle to making it harder to get fall off or get loose. It looks a bit bulky (11 mm thick) but feels just fine on the wrist.
The Huawei Band 2 Pro included a single notch that tighten the watch. In my opinion is it a good change and I am sure that some users were complaining since the strap could open during an activity. Myself I had seen that issue with my TomTom Spark 3 GPS watch that uses the same kind of strap system.
Shinny look with and new color added
This lightweight (25 g only) wearable can be purchased in three different body colors: Obsidian Black, Space Blue and Quicksand Gold. I guess adding some ”cute” color names make more attractive? Who knows? So, they removed the red color with this new generation and add up the gold one. The gold color make the wearable more classy/stylish due to the contrast between the gold trim and the white strap.
Charging Cradle and Micro USB Charging Cable
To be able to charge the Huawei Band 3 Pro, we can use the cradle or the USB cable both provided. It can be a bit of a struggle sometimes to fit both pins to the charging port on the watch. Unfortunately, the pins are not magnetic (e.g.: like Fitbit trackers) but that’s not a big hassle. To charge (less than 2 hours for a full charge) the Band 3 Pro with the standard USB cable we need a physical connection with a PC/laptop.
The wearables come with a 100mAh battery that should last about 12 days in normal use and up to 7 hours with GPS. This is great since having to charge the watch every day or two can become a pain in the butt.
Finally, An AMOLED Display But…
The Huawei band 3 Pro is now equipped with a color AMOLED touchscreen display. An improvement compare to the old PMOLED (black and white) display that we find with the Huawei Band 2 Pro. With a 0.95 inches size screen and a 120 x 240 pixels resolution the Band 3 Pro is brighter and easy to look, day or night.
Now, instead of always using the button at the bottom of the screen (like the Band 2), we can now navigate by swiping with your finger on the display. The button at the bottom is still there but is only useful to get back to the Home Screen. Some users have reported that the display can be unresponsive and they needed to tap twice to get in the desired menu.
There’s only two watch faces available for this wearable: The first one will give we most of your ongoing fitness data like calories burned, steps taken and distance, and the second one will show only steps taken with the battery status and the weather. From the watch we can select from up to 8 predefined workouts including run (indoor/outdoor), walk (indoor/outdoor), pool swim, open water or free training.
Built-In GPS: Better and Faster Localization
Something that has come back with this 3rd generation of Band 3 Pro is the built-in GPS module that uses different constellation of satellites like Galileo (Europe), Glonass (Russia) and of course GPS (U.S.) satellites. This will allow we a faster and more accurate positioning.
This is great if we are planning to track we course during a run or cycling. No worries about not having enough battery for long runs since this GPS module consume a small amount of power and can last up to 7 hours (battery life can vary depending on usage).
Only having 384KB of RAM and 16MB of Flash Memory affect the device when navigating menus and creates limitations if we plan to add more apps into the wearable. This is also acknowledged by Huawei:
”*Due to limitations in CPU processing power, and memory used by the operating system and pre-installed applications, the actual space available to users will be less than the nominal memory capacity. Actual memory space will change along with application updates, user operations, and other related factors.” – From Huawei.com
A bad thing that Huawei will probably try to fix in the next years but due to slim space available inside the watch, they will maybe need to re-think and innovate.
Huawei Health App: Good But Not Perfect
Both available on iOS and Android, the Huawei Health App is needed if we want to take the most out of your Huawei Band 3 Pro. Once we are connected to the app via Bluetooth, we can see all your previous fitness data into your phone and analyze it deeper. Running trajectory, steps taken, sleep patterns (including napping) and heart rate are on the menu just to name a few.
You can see your workouts/runs on different periods (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly) to see your actual progress and we can also discover new workouts and set different plans whenever you run 5 km or a marathon. Still, the app need to be tweaked a bit: it looks old and some users are reporting some sync issues.
Poor Third-party Apps and Basic Phone Notifications
Due to his memory limitations, the Huawei Band 3 Pro can’t use a lot of apps like Fitbit, Apple or Google. This can be a throwback if we like sharing your data with different communities or if we are more used to another fitness app.
Once connected with your phone, we can turn on the notifications within the app to start receiving phone notifications. Still, it is pretty basic and can be slow. We noted that some ”old” notifications could pop up on the wearable after some time, even if notifications were removed from the smartphone.
Some apps like Strava or Google Fit are not compatible for now and can be a throwback for users that love to get social.
Is It Worth Buying?
The Huawei Band 3 Pro is worth all your pennies if we look what it brings to the table. There’s not many fitness trackers that can delivers that many accurate fitness features with a price tag of less than $100. The extra fitness features like sleep patterns, VO2 Max and Recovery times are also great to have in hands to help we improve your health in different ways. But if we compare it his predecessor, not many improvements have been added beside the curved AMOLED display and the locking buckle for the strap. At less than $55, the Huawei Band 2 Pro is even cheaper and got a better battery life.
Note:For more info concerning the Huawei Band 2 Pro, please check our blog that listed this wearable in our Top 5 Best Cheap Fitness Trackers for 2017.
In my opinion, if you are looking for an accurate and decent first fitness tracker, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is a great choice. You are not leaving aside quality because of the price and this is great.
Colorful AMOLED display
Tracks all the major fitness features like heart rate, calories burned, steps, sleep and distance.
Accurate Fitness Tracking (heart rate and GPS)
Deep Sleep Tracking with insights to help we improve your sleep quality
Good primary app (Huawei Health App) that works on both iOS and Android
Real-time evaluation of training effects (including VO2 max and recovery times)
Long-Lasting Battery (12 days and 7 days with GPS turned on)
Limited third-party apps and low memory
Display can be sometimes unresponsive
No internal music storage
Less Battery Life compare to his predecessor (21 days for the Huawei Band 2 Pro)
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Have a good one. Al