Huawei band 3 pro review

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The Huawei B& 3 Pro is one of the cheapest fully-featured fitness bands from a big brvà. It is exceptional value compared to rivals from Fitbit và Samsung
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By Andrew Williams August 9, 2019 1:01 pm BST

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The Huawei Bvà 3 Pro is one of the best-value fitness trackers around before you start digging into lớn the world of little-known Chinese brands you’re unlikely to find on sale at many reputable retailers.It has a bold screen, simple interface và full GPS. Fitbit and Samsung don’t even offer these in bands for much less than £100.The Huawei Band 3 Pro does not handle notifications perfectly và needs more watch faces. But if you want to lớn up your running or cycling game with some motivational metrics, this is one of the best deals going.

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Pros

Always-on HR trackingExcellent battery lifeBright OLED screenBuilt-in GPSGreat value

Cons

Capacitive sầu control not a good fit for swimmersAwkward notifications style

Key Specifications

review Price: £59.990.95-inch 240 x 120 px OLED screenMetal screen surroundHR sensorBluetoothGPS
The Huawei Band 3 Pro is one of the best fitness trackers for the price. It is exceptional value compared to lớn rivals from Fitbit & Samsung.

For £60 you get a colour OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen, glass screen cover, part-metal case and full GPS. The Huawei B& 3 Pro is more capable than the Fitbit Inspire HR and Samsung Galaxy Fit. And both are significantly more expensive.

There must be a catch, right? Not really. The Huawei Band 3 Pro’s handling of notifications is basic but only marginally worse than that of the competition. We wouldn’t buy one for swyên tracking, though. There is a dedicated swimming mode but the laông xã of physical buttons makes it seem lượt thích a poor fit for sport underwater.

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Design – The Huawei B& 3 Pro is a fancier Honor B& 4

Huawei wearables, just like Huawei phones, often have sầu a slightly lower-end Honor cousin. The Honor B& 4 is the Huawei Band 3 Pro’s, & the differences between them also tell you what’s special about this band.

The Honor B& 4 is smart & minimadanh sách but Huawei’s Band 3 Pro is a little showier, và a little larger. Its screen has a glass top layer. A frame of brushed và bevelled aluminium sits around it.

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This gives the Huawei Bvà 3 Pro a jewellery-like chất lượng. Gold gadgets are never my first choice but I’ve sầu grown to lớn appreciate the look over the weeks. It’s classier than most £50-odd wearables & there’s a blaông chồng version too if gold isn’t your style.

A glass-covered screen should also give sầu the Huawei Band 3 Pro a tougher face than most. But my time with it is a reminder toughened glass isn’t immune lớn damage. I’ve managed to give it a 3milimet scratch.

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The Huawei Bvà 3 Pro is also ready for the swimming pool. It has 5ATM water resistance or 50-metre depth for ten minutes. In practical terms that means snorkelling is fine, diving is out. This is no longer anything special. Rivals have this “full” water resistance too.

Don’t go thinking this is an all-luxury wearable either. The Huawei B& 3 Pro’s metal surround is just a veneer on top of an otherwise plastic shell & the band is standard silicone.

Huawei uses a one-size-fits-all approach, with a watch-style strap that has 17 fit gradations. These little holes also function as ventilation but most users are likely to find a lot of spare strap left at the rear lớn be held down with the sport-style stay. Samsung’s Galaxy Fit includes two strap sizes và that would be handy here. But when we’re paying just over half the price, complaining too much seems almost ungrateful.

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Screen – Quality over customisation

The Huawei Bvà 3 Pro is also simplified by its complete laông xã of buttons. It is controlled using the touchscreen and a touch panel below, which is probably just an extension of the same capacitive layer used by the display.

I have switched between several sub-£100 Fitbit and Samsung wearables over the past two months, & it has given me a renewed appreciation for the Huawei B& 3 Pro. This is simple software that doesn’t vày a great giảm giá khuyến mãi. There’s no weather widget, no stress monitor, no guided breathing exercises. But the Huawei B& 3 Pro does feel responsive. Part of this is down lớn simple, solid speed. The way it reacts matters too.

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The interface is a series of pages, arranged vertically. They move sầu along with your finger swipes rather than mechanically in one preset animation, for a feel that is a little closer to that of your phone, instead of an ultra-basic watch environment (which is what this really is).

Its screen is pleasant too. The Huawei B& 3 Pro has a 0.95-inch colour AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes) display of 1trăng tròn x 240 pixels, just like the Samsung Galaxy Fit. Each interface page uses its own shade, for a colour-coded look.

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There are three brightness levels & the top one is easily powerful enough for bright days. As is the case for other bands in this class, you have sầu to lớn change the levels manually. This is a process Huawei could make quicker, as it makes you dig into the settings menu.

Frequent runners might as well keep it on the brighdemo setting. Thanks to lớn the OLED display tech, the watch does not look glaringly bright at this màn chơi, as only the text & graphics are illuminated, as opposed to lớn the whole screen.

Watch face selection is a weak point. There are just three lớn choose from, which is pretty pathetic. One is a classic analogue watch face. The other two have sầu digital displays. All three are fairly well-designed & feature extra information lượt thích your step count và the date. But Huawei could have sầu made a lot more of this screen.

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Fitness tracking – The Huawei Band 3 has solid full GPS & beats the other big names

The Huawei Band 3 Pro may laông xã customisation but it does not miss out on fitness tracking tech. You get full GPS, which lets it traông chồng your runs and cycles fully without a phone.

If you don’t listen to lớn music or podcasts while running, you only need to lớn bring your house key. This makes the Huawei Band 3 Pro a much better serious exercise tracker than either the Samsung Galaxy Fit or the Fitbit Inspire HR.

The Fitbit has lớn be connected khổng lồ your phone lớn maps runs và the Samsung only uses its accelerometer. That means no mapping &, in the Fit’s case, pretty poor distance estimates.

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Huawei even tries lớn get cthua kém to the experience offered by a Garmin watch. When you go for, say, a 5K run, the Huawei B& 3 Pro displays a “performance indicator” stat as you run, which tells you how today’s performance compares lớn your current baseline.

If you research online, you may see some reports that the heart rate sensor “misses” chunks of data, showing heart rate levels that just don’t bản đồ with exertion. However, Huawei seems to lớn have sầu fixed this, as the graphs I see now are consistent with cadence and largely accurate.

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Like a lot of wrist-worn sensors, the Huawei Band 3 Pro may not react to heart rate leaps as quickly as a chest strap, but it compares very well with the competition. Huawei is also much more confident than any of the other big names in the way it relays data in the Huawei Health di động tiện ích.

Rather than producing a smoothed-out graph of readings, Health lets you see discrete heart rate results for each second of your runs or cycles. Once again, this is more lượt thích Garmin’s approach than Fitbit’s. I can’t say I make great use of this fine-grain information, but I am a tín đồ. There’s no attempt to lớn hide flaws in the sensor or software with “averaged out” results.

For a £60 fitness b&, the Huawei B& 3 Pro is surprisingly hardcore, if you want it to lớn be.

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The big caveat is one I have already mentioned. There’s a swimming mode that claims to lớn be able to tell between different stroke types, và, like most, can tell when you complete a lap. However, as all the inputs are based on capacitive “buttons”, you can only really stop the tracking when you’ve sầu left the pool & given the display a thorough shake-off. This is where a physical button is handy.

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Notifications are the Huawei Bvà 3 Pro’s other big weakness. The most important basics are here. It can receive message alerts and random notification fluff from any apps you choose but the way it displays them is relatively awkward & clunky.

The Samsung Galaxy Fit & Fitbit Inspire HR both feel more comfortable with notifications. I still find the Huawei Band 3 Pro useful for a quiông chồng glance at a WhatsApp message when walking around but you can’t reply on the Bvà. Looking through several messages is a bit like rifling through a pile of Post-it notes left by a disorganised housemate or partner.

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As someone who tends lớn run regularly rather than swyên ổn, I found that notifications are the one significant issue of the Huawei Bvà 3 Pro.

The tracker does have a few extra features but they are nudged inkhổng lồ the system rather than upfront on the top layer of the Huawei B& 3 Pro. There’s a stopwatch, a timer và you can use the B& lớn find your phone. Pressing the “find phone” option sets off an alert on your paired device.

This gadget tracks sleep too. Huawei embellishes the feature with a load of advice & “TruSleep”, which uses the heart rate tracker for better results, separating the night inkhổng lồ light sleep, REM & deep sleep periods. It also rates your breathing chất lượng.

It pulls a lot of visual information out of relatively little tracked data. However, it does at least contextualise it, letting you know if the consistency and unique of your sleep is below average.

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Battery life – Seven days, or seven hours (of GPS)

The Huawei Bvà 3 Pro has a 100mAh battery, 20mAh less than the Samsung Galaxy Fit. Fitbit doesn’t talk about the capađô thị of the Inspire HR but its capađô thị is likely lớn be similar.

You’d expect these wearables to last a similar amount of time off a charge, but they don’t.

The Huawei lasts for ages, far longer than the other two. Huawei says it can go for up to lớn three weeks without a recharge. I’ve seen it last a full week with notifications, constant heart rate measurement và a couple of GPS-tracked exercise sessions.

That last one is the real power suck. The Huawei B& 3 Pro lasts for up to seven hours of GPS, which is similar khổng lồ some entry-cấp độ GPS running watches.

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Should I buy the Huawei Bvà 3 Pro?

The Huawei Band 3 Pro is one of the best-value fitness trackers around before you start digging inkhổng lồ the world of little-known Chinese brands you’re unlikely to find on sale at many reputable retailers.

It has a bold screen, simple interface and full GPS. Fitbit & Samsung don’t even offer these in bands for much less than £100.

The Huawei B& 3 Pro does not handle notifications perfectly and needs more watch faces. But if you want lớn up your running or cycling game with some motivational metrics, this is one of the best deals going.

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Verdict

The Huawei B& 3 Pro offers surprisingly hardcore fitness tracking at a gentle price.

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