Honor Band 5 Full Specifications
|Model Name||Band 5|
|Color||Coral Pink, Meteorite Black, Midnight Navy|
|Suitable For||Health, Lifestyle|
|Function||Display Time/Date, Smart Alarm, Event, Call and Text Alerts, Stopwatch, Sedentary Reminder, Customizable Clock Faces, Activity Timer, Finding Phone Using Band|
Display and battery features
|Display Resolution||240 x 120 Pixels|
|Battery Life (Days)||14|
|Battery Type||Lithium-Ion (Li-ion)|
|Water-Resistant Depth (meters)||50|
|Compatible Devices||iPhone, Android Phones|
Activity tracking function
|Automatic Exercise Detection||Yes|
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes|
|Optical Heart Rate Sensor||Yes|
DESIGN AND SOFTWARE
Honor Band 5 hasn’t changed the design of this device as compared to its predecessor the Honor Band 4. Honor offers it’s latest Band 5 in three colours: Meteorite Black, Coral Pink, and Midnight Navy. Honor’s latest fitness band looks like a one-piece device but you can separate the straps from the main body. You can change to different straps, and you will found a few colour options online.
The strap that comes with the Honor Band 5 is made up of high-quality silicone and also has a watch-style clasp. This makes the device easy to wear and also reduces the chances of it coming off.
The core of this Band 5 houses a 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 120×240 pixels. Right below the display, there is a capacitive Home button. Just like the Honor Band 4, Band 5 also has a colour display. While this feature made the Band 4 stand out among the competition, it isn’t unique anymore, as the likes of Mi Smart Band 4 also have the same. The AMOLED panel gets bright enough outdoors, and you can choose between five levels of brightness on the band itself offered by the company.
At the backside, you’ll find the hardware for heart-rate tracking. This sensor bulg very slightly but isn’t uncomfortable while wearing the band. There are two pins available for charging, but a proprietary clip-on charger is needed. This charger has a Micro-USB port, and Honor also ships a short cable to help you to charge the device.
Since the Honor Band 5 has a touchscreen display, you have to swipe to navigate within the UI interface. You have to tap the screen to make a selection and swipe right to go back. Tapping the button takes you to the home screen. This band also has multiple watch faces that you can choose from. Each watch face shows different types of information when you tap on the different faces like the device’s connection status and battery level and the current weather.
The Honor Band 5 has a simple, easy-to-use UI and it shows you the number of steps you’ve taken, monitors heart rate, sleep duration, workout details, and notifications. The Band also buzzes to remind you to move if you’ve been inactive for some time. This is a great feature. The workouts tab has nine workout options including free training mode, an additional feature. The Honor Band 5 allows you to track runs, both indoors and outdoors as well as swims. A recent update added music controls and SpO2 (blood oxygen level) tracking. This is a useful feature.
Honor has made the Band 5 swim-proof and has also added the ability to track swims. We used this band for over 15 days and it did survive our daily showers.
You have to use the Huawei Health app to pair the Honor Band 5 with a smartphone. This app is available for both operating systems (Android and iOS). The pairing process is very easy. Once the setup process is done, the smartphone is capable of pushing notifications to the band. This app shows you information such as the number of steps taken, monitors your heart rate, and also shows how long you’ve slept, among other things.
The Huawei Health app kept a persistent notification on our smartphone. While this was quite annoying, the app needs it to maintain a constant connection with the band for pushing notifications. This did not make a noticeable difference in the battery life of our smartphone.
The Huawei Health app also tracks steps using the smartphone’s own sensors, independent of the steps recorded by the band. The steps counter in the app founded to be inaccurate as it kept counting steps while we were riding a motorcycle. We tested the accuracy of this Band 5 by counting 1000 steps while walking, and it recorded 990 steps which are good. We found the tracking to be accurate enough which you can rely upon. Unlike its previous model Honor Band 4, the step counter did not record steps while we were driving around.
To check the distance tracking accuracy of this band we walked a distance of exactly 1km. The Honor Band 5 recorded the distance as 1.06 km which is acceptable considering the fact that there is no native GPS functionality in this band. If you aren’t looking to train professionally, this level of accuracy will probably acceptable.
Sleep tracking was also reliable. The Honor Band 5 not only shows the duration of your sleep but also breaks it down into various kinds of sleep like Deep Sleep, Light Sleep, REM sleep, and Awake periods. The Health app uses Huawei’s Trusleep algorithms for sleep tracking. Different sleep periods are also graded, and the app gave us some tips on how to improve the quality of our sleep. The Honor band 5 also has a vibrating alarm function to wake you up. If you have to set an alarm you have to fiddle with the app. It would be good to see the ability to set the alarm from the band itself.
The Honor Band 5 is capable of continuous heart-rate tracking and it also has two modes to choose from. The Smart mode automatically adjusts the frequency of measurements based on your activity level. The other mode is Real-time tracking, which keeps tracking on constantly. The latter is more demanding on the battery of the band.
Honor claims that Band 5 will deliver the same kind of battery life as its predecessor Honor Band 4 which is 14 days. However, when heart rate tracking was set to Smart, notifications switched on for calls and WhatsApp, and Huawei’s TruSleep sleep tracking enabled, the band lasted for only one full week. We performed another battery test by switching the heart rate tracking to Real-time while keeping other settings unchanged. This dropped the battery life to a little over three days. The proprietary charger took over 1 hour 20 minutes to charge the band completely.
VERDICT OF HONOR BAND 5
The Honor Band 5 is an incremental upgrade over the Honor Band 4, which it replaces. Honor has retained all the positive attributes of the previous model, such as accurate sleep tracking and that bright AMOLED display, and has now made the device swim-proof. It also has the ability to track swims, which the earlier version doesn’t support. However, battery life is still the same, and this is a feature that could’ve done with improvement. You’ll also need to carry the proprietary charger. Priced at Rs. 2,299, the Honor Band 5 is a good choice and is a solid alternative to the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4.
I hope my Honor Band 5 Review is helpful for you.
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