Back is the days in it’s launch, in the middle of 2017, Honor Band 3 offered a fresh new design, heart-rate monitoring, and sleep tracking at an affordable price. While that seemed good on paper, it did have a few kinks which we discovered in our review. Honor went back to the drawing board and has now come up with a successor, the Honor Band 4. Priced at Rs. 2,599, is this the fitness band for you, or should you pick up the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 instead? Read our review to find out.
Honor Band 4 design
The Honor Band 4 at first glance looks similar to the device it replaces. It is sleek and light, so it won’t feel awkward if you wear it all the time. Unlike the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 which has a removable core (capsule) and a band, the Honor Band 4 is one piece. The capsule does not separate from the band, and as a result, you don’t have the freedom to use different bands here.
Our review unit had a blue band, but you can choose to buy this device in pink or black. That said, the band you get on the Honor Band 4 is of very good quality and did not show any sign of wear during our review period.
We didn’t like the clasp design of the Honor Band 3 as it dug into our forearms leaving small marks. Honor has changed this with the new model, and you get a watch style clasp. This opens and closes easily, and has a lower chance of coming off compared to the earlier model.
The core of the Honor Band 4 has a 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 240×120 pixels. It also has a capacitive back button. Honor has gone with a colour display which stands out, considering that most other bands at this price point offer black-and-white screens. One other strong point of this display is its sunlight legibility. It is bright enough to be seen outdoors, and users can choose between three levels of brightness right from the band.
The Honor Band 4 improves on its predecessor with a better display, improved heart rate and sleep tracking, and better distance accuracy. However, all this comes at the cost of lower battery life. Its closest competitor, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, offers accurate step tracking and is priced slightly lower.
The Mi Band 3 is versatile and accurate, and you could save a little money without losing much functionality. However, if you want a better display and sleep tracking is a priority, the Honor Band 4 should be the one for you.
Sleep tracking is accurate, and the band could detect the time we fell asleep and the minute we woke up. It could break our sleep down into Deep sleep, Light sleep, REM sleep, and waking periods using Huawei’s Trusleep sleep tracking algorithms. It also analysed our sleep quality and gave us suggestions and tips on how to get a better sleep quality.
Accurate sleep tracking
Bright Amoled display
Slightly inaccurate step tracking
Heart rate not accurate in exercise mode
Companion app: 3.5
Battery life: 3