Health bracelets, relying on reasonable prices and low weight, have always been among the most popular devices in the category of wearables, and by encouraging users to make the process of sports and fitness smarter, they offer high attractiveness in health. This category has doubled in importance in most parts of the world with the occurrence of the Corona pandemic over the past year and a half, and its continuation to this day. Blood oxygen display, this importance goes beyond the discussion of exercise and fitness and has entered the field of medicine. Although it goes without saying that the data of such devices will never be a substitute for professional medical devices, their data can be used as an adjunct to health information.
Among the developing species in this category, we should mention Huawei smart bracelets, which are marketed as Huawei Band Are offered; From this family, Huawei Band 4 and its Pro version were introduced to the market last year, and this year, by jumping from number 5, a new and different choice called Huawei Band 6 is available. The Huawei Band 6, which is actually a renamed version of the Honor Band 6, has undergone major changes in appearance and design compared to the previous generation, and also provides users with a larger and wider screen.
Band 6 in the range of Huawei products should be lower than examples like Watch Fit has been categorized where, while the screen is smaller, some hardware and software features such as GPS and animation of sports exercises have been removed from it, thus providing users with a simpler and cheaper product. Band 6, on the other hand, has undergone a major change compared to its predecessor, Band 4, and now has a different look with a larger screen.
Huawei Band 6 with the model name FRA-B19 is the subject of this review. Content box
Band 6 In other styles of Huawei and Honor products in this category is presented with a small cube box with an image of the watch on it and key features of the device such as SpO2 sensor, screen size, various sports modes and Its 5 atmosphere resistance against water penetration (resistance up to 50 meters depth) can be seen behind this box.
Inside this box, except for the watch itself, there is only one USB cable and a guide.
The USB cable with this model, just like the Watch Fit, uses a special magnetic head that attaches to the corresponding pins on the back of the watch.
Ban From the very beginning, the d 6 is quite similar to the WatchFit experience, where the slim, vertical screens of previous models in this family, such as the Band 4, have now been replaced by a larger screen, which is wider and thus displays more content. This screen, of course, is smaller than the watch, so it looks better on smaller handles. The smaller screen size of the Band 6 compared to the Watch also reduces its resemblance to the Apple Watch, giving it a more unique combination.
The margins around the screen are relatively high, and again at the bottom we come across a thicker border. The chassis around the device, which in addition to the sides, also includes a small part of the top and bottom of the screen, is apparently still plastic and is available in two colors, dark gray or gold, depending on the color intended for the strap.
on the right side of the watch like before a big button And a physical one is used that, apart from turning on the screen and displaying the main menu, is also used to return to the home screen. Holding and holding this button also allows you to turn off or restart the watch.
Behind the clock are the usual optical sensors for measuring heart rate and blood oxygen, and the charger connection pins are located in the same area.
The mechanism of opening and closing the watch straps is no different from the watch fit and once again needs to be released It has dedicated pins on the back. These pins are now, of course, not on the back of the watch, unlike the watch, and are placed on the strap. Reusing these pins means that normal watch straps are not compatible with Band 6, and finding a pattern that fits this mechanism can also be difficult if the connecting pins are damaged.
The design of the Band 6 has undergone a major change compared to its predecessor, thanks to a larger screen. also offers more readable icons, and overall looks at least a visually acceptable example compared to tough competitors like Xiaomi. Dimensions and weight
The length and width of the Band 6 are 43 and 25.4 mm, respectively, compared to the Band 4 with a length and width of 56 and 18.5 mm, respectively, in that it changes the display structure from a narrow, long sample to a long one. The sample is shorter but wider. Another example to compare is the Huawei Watch Fit, which is larger than the Band 6 in both 46mm and 30mm widths and, as mentioned, is quite bulky overall. The thickness of the device is 11 mm (exactly 10.99 mm), which is 1.51 mm less than Band 4.
Band 6 has also been successful in terms of weight and its weight of 18 grams has been significantly reduced compared to the weight of 24 grams of Band 4. It should be noted that both of these weights have been measured without a strap, but despite the strap, we come across a completely light and acceptable sample that does not feel much on the hand. Screen
Although the Band 6 screen is similar in appearance to the Watch Fit, this resemblance remains only in appearance, and the numbers show the differences between the two models; The Band 6 display is a 1.47-inch AMOLED model with a resolution of 194 x 368 pixels, compared to a 1.64-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 280 x 456 pixels, both in size and resolution. This panel, of course, looks much better compared to the very small 0.96-inch Band 4 display with TFT technology and a resolution of 80 x 160 pixels, and its OLED also creates a deep black color in this area. The increase in the size of this screen compared to Band 4, according to the manufacturer, has reached 148 percent, and the screen-to-body ratio in it has reached 64 percent, while this ratio was announced at 70 percent in Watch Fit.
Reduce the size and sharpness of the Band 6 display screen (which Huawei It says FullView Display (of course) has practically no major effect on pixel compression in this panel, and with a density of 283 pixels per inch, it seems satisfactory. This density in the Watch Fit is 326 pixels per inch, which in this miniature size does not seem to be a big and irreparable difference. On the other hand, this screen in the real world often displays icons and graphic designs, and its lower resolution than the WatchFit does not pose a particular problem. Black depth, exemplary contrast, and optimal viewing angle are other interesting options for this monitor.
In the display settings menu, you can access the 9 default facets, the position of the icons on the Home screen, change the brightness from 1 to 5 (by default on 3) and the Advanced option to set the mode Sleep and Screen time are taken into account.
The space under the screen is about 4 mm and there is a margin of about 2 mm on the sides and top, both of which are not much different from the watch fit. Sensors and communication options
The only Band 6 communication port to the outside world is Bluetooth version 5, which is an upgrade over Bluetooth 4.2. Unlike the Watch Fit, this model does not have GPS and once again requires a phone connected to the watch to record location information. In terms of sensors, apart from the gyroscope and heart rate sensor, we encounter only a normal accelerometer, and the six-axis inertial measurement (IMU) sensor in the WatchFit and Band 4 Pro is not used in this model. Software and user interface As you would expect from a health bracelet, Band 6 uses a simple, closed shell that can be installed instead of a full-featured operating system with the ability to install add-ons, which is quite similar to what we saw in WatchFit. . Pressing the side button once will turn on the clock face and pressing it again will enter the main menu of the device; Where all the features of the watch include exercise, exercise history, heart rate and blood oxygen (SpO2), activity record (Activity record), sleep quality and stress levels, breathing exercises, music control (from the phone), phone notifications, Weather, stopwatch, timer, alarm clock, flashlight (by turning on all screen pixels), Find Phone option, and finally Settings appear.
At any time and any internal menu by pressing the side button once, the watch face screen is visible The main menu can be accessed by pressing again. You can also pull your hand in from the left edge of the watch to go back and do the back operation.
On the watch face screen, swipe left or right to access colored activity circles, heart rate calculations, stress, and music controls.
By scrolling from bottom to top, the notifications of the phone connected to the device are visible You can also swipe from top to bottom with some quick access tags such as keeping the screen on for 5 minutes, DND mode or Do not disturb to turn off the clock vibration, set the alarm and find the phone (by making a sound from the speakers) Phone) are displayed. In the same section, the time and date along with the battery storage and connection status of the phone (white Bluetooth sign means disconnected and blue sign means connected to the phone) at the top and the gear icon at the bottom are provided for quick access to the settings menu. . It is also important to note in this section that these two menus, ie notifications and toggles, are displayed only on the Watch Face screen by swiping from bottom to top and from top to bottom, respectively, and are not available in other menus.>
In the settings section, options related to the screen, Vibration, Do Not Disturb (DND), Exercise and System are included to make some changes. Among the options that can be changed in this section are to change the watch face and screen brightness in the Display menu, change the vibration intensity from three different options in the Vibration menu, automate the DND mode at specific hours, automatically detect some sports activities and turn it on and off And reset the device to factory settings.
Durability of this battery in a more intense use where the training time reaches 60 minutes per week and the screen in It turns on 500 times a day, according to the manufacturer. It is reduced to 10 days.
In practice, the battery life can be completely satisfied, and in a heavy use with daily exercise, it lasts for a week. It does not seem difficult. By disabling the processes of measuring heart rate and sleep quality, this durability can be increased to even greater values, and reducing the screen brightness is not ineffective in achieving higher durability.
Fast charging, which is also mentioned on the back of the device box, is one of the main options in describing the performance of the Band 6, where, according to Huawei, only 5 minutes of battery charge will be enough to use the device for 2 days. Huawei, of course, did not mention the type of use and, more importantly, the charger power used in this test. The final charge time of this battery from zero to 100% takes about 65 to 70 minutes. Monitoring Sports Activities
Apart from all the above, the main function of a smart bracelet is to look at how to pursue various sports activities; Where the Band 6, like the WatchFit, speaks of support for 96 different sports modes, but in the Workout section of this watch, only 9 activities include running indoors and outdoors, walking indoors and outdoors, stationary biking, swimming in the pool, Rope, optical and rowing are available, and unlike watchfits, there is no option to add another sport to this list. The only solution in this case to follow the sports activity apart from the 9 mentioned is to use Other at the bottom of the list, by selecting it without mentioning the type of sport, apparently any other activity can be monitored.
By selecting any sports option from this list, select the settings icon below the image It appears that by selecting it you can select the purpose of the exercise (reaching a certain distance, time or calories) and the displayed alerts include reaching a certain distance, reaching a predetermined heart rate and measuring stress. Also enabled.
for To determine the quality of sports data monitoring in the Band 6, we used it in an outdoor jogging session where the advantage of the device's large screen appeared from the beginning and unlike small bracelets with slim screens, there was no need to scroll the screen to see the angle. Items such as time and distance have not been passed and are all available in one page with large and legible fonts. Another advantage of Band 6 while running is the possibility of using the side physical button to end the training session, which provides more comfort.
At the end of each training session, the recorded information will be transferred to the Huawei Health app and various details such as training time, distance and speed will be transferred. The number of calories burned, the number of steps, the oxygen uptake index (VO2Max) and many more are available.
Huawei Band 6 Although in this section it is naturally in a lower position than Watch Fit with a complete list of supported sports and training animations, but for Most fitness enthusiasts still offer fairly acceptable options. Measuring heart rate and blood oxygen
Measuring heart rate is easy by wearing the watch correctly on the wrist, and the possibility of constant monitoring of this factor is also an interesting option.
Blood oxygen measurement but as usual takes more time to measure and the operating hand is stable It is important in increasing its accuracy. This feature measures the amount of oxygen in the blood by shining light into the arteries and analyzing the reflected light, due to the different function of oxygenated red blood cells compared to oxygen-free samples in absorbing light. Blood oxygen measurement in this case, of course, is at a lower level of accuracy than professional medical devices because clinical tests with a special clip attached to the head, toe and toe and the passage of light (not its reflection) through that organ. They determine the SpO2 factor and are naturally more accurate. Thus, as Huawei points out in this section, such measurements are not interchangeable with clinical trials and cannot be used to diagnose disease or ensure health.
The Band 6 should be considered a different smart bracelet from the Huawei collection, in which the larger screen has created new conditions compared to previous generations. The dimensions and weight of the device are balanced and acceptable, and in terms of design, we are faced with a more well-formed model compared to ordinary bracelets with narrow and elongated screens. OLED display has played an effective role in the quality of use of this bracelet and has been effective in maintaining its readability in indoor and outdoor environments.
You can be very satisfied with the performance of this smart bracelet in recording sports information, and apart from the proper accuracy in recording the details of training, the large size of the screen has made it easy to read information during sports activities. . The specifications of this model mention support for monitoring 96 sports activities, but in the device menu, there are practically only 9 basic sports activities, including indoor and outdoor running, indoor and outdoor walking, swimming in the pool, optics, rowing, stationary bike and rope. To follow the rest of the activities, you must select the Other option without mentioning the name of the exercise.
We were satisfied with the quality of the heart rate sensor and its constant monitoring during all the covered hours of the device, and measuring the level of stress and Sleep quality also seems relatively acceptable considering the user category and price of this bracelet. Measuring blood oxygen, however, is usually associated with less ifs and buts and accuracy, and to get the right result from it will require various factors such as the correct closing of the watch on the wrist and the stability of the person.
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