The Huawei Band 2 Pro provides a fitness tracking experience that is simple. It may not have the feature set as some of its rivals, but its affordable price point makes it an attractive option for physical fitness novices.
The Huawei Band 2 professional is the successor to a wearable that saw limited release outside regarding the United States under the title Honor Band Z1.
In comparison to that watch’s circular design, the Band 2 Pro looks more akin to the competition it aims to take on, the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Alta HR. The Band 2 Pro is still an admirable fitness tracker that could see discounts – especially ahead of Amazon Prime Day, which is coming on July 15 while it’s been surpassed by the Huawei Band 3 Pro.
Huawei Band 2 Pro at Geekbuying WW for €78.65
This waterproof wearable comes with integral GPS, a touch that is limited for easy navigation on-the-go and stones a style that blends in along with your operating gear and office dress code alike.
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At $69 (£79), it is a fascinating proposition, it is not the cheapest fitness tracker in the marketplace, but for its price bracket, it boasts plenty of features, albeit in a slightly less-than-perfect form.
The great thing is you’ll be able to monitor your heartbeat, your VO2 maximum (the blood oxygen amounts) and use GPS to trace your run, but don’t expect the readings to be because accurate because they could be on a far more expensive run tracker like the Suunto Spartan Trainer HR.
If this is just too much activity band for you, Huawei is also releasing the Huawei Band 2 pro manual, a more stripped-back version of the Pro that won’t feature built-in GPS, the ability to monitor oxygen levels in your blood, smart coaching or sleep tracking. That is difficult to acquire though, therefore we’d mostly recommend centering on the Band 2 professional.
Huawei Band 2 professional price and release date
At a slightly lower price if you shop around if you live in either the US or UK you can buy the Huawei Band 2 Pro for $69.99 or £79.99, but you may be able to get it. That’s for all the strap varieties including black, red or blue. In the UK we have seen it regularly at £50 and below $50 in the US.
We don’t understand when it’ll be coming to Australia or if it’ll ever introduce there. The Huawei Band 2 Pro was launched from the beginning of September 2017 in numerous markets, and we’ve already seen it is a winner that is big seasonal discounts.
Design and display
The Huawei Band 2 professional does not attempt to reinvent the wearable along with its design, though it is quite the departure from the original’s more traditional timepiece style.
In place of a circular face, the style has been structured to match the aesthetic of numerous popular wearables, just like the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Alta HR.
Wrapping around your wrist with soft silicon bands that latch together using two plastic pegs, the minds of Huawei’s Band 2 professional fit instead comfortably, clad in a combination of plastic, brushed stainless steel detailing and what is apparently curved cup on its front side.
The latch does mean that there’s no metal or sharp clasps that may stick into you or rust in the long run in touch with perspiration.
Truly the only problem we’d with it is that if the strap brushes against your top while you’re running it can pop open, meaning you either have to stop running to replace it or do the same on the run, neither of which being ideal.
The touch user interface on the Band 2 professional’s PMOLED display orients in portrait mode, making it simpler to read than we’ve seen on the horizontally-oriented Microsoft Band 2.
The display screen is slender, meaning that when you’re fed more complex information on-screen during a run such as your current heartbeat and which heart rate area you’re in, it can be tough to see just what it’s saying, especially when on the go.
To cycle between the different activity tracking functions associated with wearable, you may either touch in the ‘button’ (really a feeling responsive section of the display screen with a faux button) in the bottom associated with the display or flick your wrist.
This gestural control also allows you to start the Band 2 professional by raising your wrist and switching it towards you.
The screen is rather basic, which will be fine, but you can do about it if you don’t like the layout of the display, there isn’t a great deal. In the app there’s the option to change the order that items appear in the menu, meaning if you want to see heart rate before steps you can, but there are no options for the standard watch face.
On the underside of the unit, Huawei has implemented a heart rate sensor, an always-appreciated hardware feature. The sensor protrudes from the device, meaning you ought ton’t must have the strap too tight to be able for reading you need to take.