Huawei recently launched Honor Band 3, which we can consider as a value for money band. You can read our detailed review of Honor Band 3 here. Now Huawei came up with Honor Band A2. Let’s review this band in detail and check it’s price, feature and other details.
No doubt, there is an increasing craze among people for the fitness trackers. People are more conscious about their health and are actively taking measures to improve it. Fitness and Activity trackers helps you measure your activities and set your personal goals. With fitness tracker you know the amount of efforts you need to put in. When you have the data with you, you know where exactly you are and in what direction you need to move in order to achieve your goals.
Honor has launched the new band Honor band A2 in 3 bright colors – Black, Red and Yellow. The design is quite exquisite and looks premium as well. They have priced the band in budget range, but will it’s features justify the price? Well, we will look into the details and review the Honor Band A2. Keep reading..
What to expect?
- Large 0.96″ OLED Display screen
- Touch screen
- Heart Rate monitoring
- Fitness and Activity Tracking
- Call and Message notifications
- Find my phone feature
- Sleep Monitoring
- Sleek Design
- Water proof
What you get in the Box?
- Honor Band A2
- Cradle to charge
- micro USB cable
- Warranty Card
- User guide and Safety information
With just 22 gms in weight, you won’t feel this band on your wrist, even if you wear it all day long. The main device excluding the straps is of 46.8 mm x 20.5 mm x 11.2 mm, which is an adequate size of a tracking band.
Honor Band A2 has 0.96 inch OLED Display screen, which makes it different from other bands in the same price range. The touch screen option in this price range is a feature you just can’t ignore. The build quality looks premium. The straps has diamond texture which not only looks good but is of premium quality as well. It is made of soft plastic and you won’t feel any itching or sweating after wearing it for long hours.
There is no button on the screen or on the sides of the Honor Band A2. On both the sides runs a metallic strip, which looks premium and gives it a feel of rugged fitness tracker. On the back side of the tracker, we have heart rate sensor and the pins to charge the device.
Overall, it’s a light weight, good looking tracker with premium built quality.
The most notable feature of Honor Band A2 is the big 0.96″ screen. The touch is responsive and smooth. It’s not the best touch screen out there but surely it does the work seamlessly. The screen is bright and is clearly visible but in direct sunlight you might have to adjust the band at different angles to clearly view the screen.
Band A2 also features a heart rate sensor, which uses it’s own algorithm to calculate the heart rate and it is fairly accurate as well. The continuous heart rate monitoring allows to track the fitness intensity which helps you stop from excessive exercising.
The colorful straps looks good, colors are bright yet subtle. But there is no option to replace the the strap. So once you choose for an color option for the band, you have to live with it till you replace the band. So that’s one downside of the band, which could could have been easily overcome by providing replaceable band options.
With Honor Band A2, you also get call and messages reminder on your band. Note that you cannot take calls from the device, it’s just that when you phone rings you get a notification on the band and you can disconnect the call from the device. You can view upto last 5 messages on the device itself. It connects with your smartphone and you get notifications from Facebook, Whats app and other apps on the band. You can’t type and reply back to messages from the band.
The device has Bluetooth 4.2 and easily connect with android and iOS devices. It can keep the track of data for past 7 days, even when it is not connected to any device. So once in a week you can connect the band with any smartphone and sync the data.
With sleep tracker, you can easily monitor your sleep quality. It tells you about the various stages in sleep like light, deep and awake.
The tracker is IP67 certified, which means it is water and dust resistant. It can easily withstand water splashes but can’t submerge the device under water. With find my phone feature, you can tap on the device and the phone rings, which helps you easily locate your phone. You can set alarms and it also reminds it you are sitting for too long.
The pedometer is fairly accurate and you might see a +/- 10% error in the steps counted. Talking about the sleep monitor in Honor Band 2, it gives quite accurate measure of the sleep. Even if you wake up from the sleep for sometime and sleep again, it will capture that and will monitor your sleep quality till you actually wake up in the morning. This feature is missing in the it’s competitive brand Mi band 2, as once you wake up even for some time it will stop monitoring your sleep after that.
Most of the activity trackers in the market right now have a great battery life, which lasts from 7 days to 28 days as well. Depending upon the screen size and notification that show up on the screen the battery life varies a lot. Honor Band A2 have a bigger screen size of 0.96″ inches, so the battery life is not massive but is pretty good, given all the features it have in it.
Huawei claims to have a battery life of 9 days once fully charged. With our testing, it easily lasts for 7 days when used heavily. With magnetic charging, it takes around 1.5 hrs to fully charge the device.
With so many Fitness bands in the market, it is difficult to make a place for a new band among so many already successful bands. Honor Band A2 is a good band given it’s price range. The USP of the band still would be the 0.96″ inch OLED display which is missing from most of the bands in the similar price range. You get heart rate monitor which is missing from the Mi Band 2, so another positive here.
The band has almost all the features with a basic fitness tracking band should have, with some additional ones like call and message notifications. The battery life is pretty ok if not good. Once fully charged it lasts from 7 days while on the other hand bands like Xiaomi Mi 2 band last for weeks, but having said that you get a big OLED display instead.
The band is water and dust proof and looks premium as well. Overall, it is a good value for money band if you want a basic fitness tracking band with heart rate monitor.