Review, Wearable

Huawei Band 6 Review: A Sleek, Long-Lasting Fitness Band

Huawei’s range of wearables have gotten better over the years, and the latest fitness band from the Chinese company, the Huawei Band 6, is its best one yet. Not only does it look sleek, it’s also very long-lasting, offering up to two weeks of battery life.

Retailing at RM219, it is not too expensive either. If you want a sleek-looking fitness band to track your well-being, the Huawei Band 6 really is quite a good option. Not convinced? Then keep on reading this review!

What It Is

Compared to Huawei’s previous fitness bands, the Band 6 has a much sleeker design, thanks to its expansive 1.47-inch 368 x 194 AMOLED screen. Aside from that, even though Huawei did not reveal the battery capacity of this wearable, it can supposedly deliver up to 14 days of use as well.

It’s also worth noting that the Band 6 offers rather robust sleep tracking. Dubbed TruSleep 2.0, it can automatically detect exactly when I fall asleep; I don’t need to manually prompt the wearable when I’m about to go to bed. I’ll elaborate more on this feature in the next section, but suffice to say…I’m quite impressed with it.

The Good Stuff

The overall design of the Huawei Band 6 is its strongest selling point, in my opinion. In fact, even with the display switched off, this wearable still looks really good on my wrist. I’m quite a fan of this Forest Green colourway as well with the matching watchface.

Speaking of which, the AMOLED display of the Band 6 is quite pleasant to look at too. Given that this is an AMOLED panel, it has deep, true blacks, vibrant colours, and wide viewing angles. It’s also quite a pixel-dense screen, so texts look sharp and crisp; especially useful for reading notifications.

Another feature of the Band 6 that I really like is its sleep tracking ability. As mentioned, the fitness band can automatically detect when I fall asleep, and it provides quite an elaborate set of data as well. It shows how long my sleep was, how long I spent in different sleep stages, and it can even measure the quality of my sleep.

And then there’s the Band 6’s battery life. Ever since I started using the wearable daily for about a week and a half, I haven’t needed to charge it at all. With this in mind, Huawei’s claim of up to 14 days of use on a single charge with this fitness band is certainly a realistic estimate.

Naturally, the Band 6 has a 5 ATM water resistance rating as well. I can wash it after my workouts without worry, and it can track swimming routines too. Unfortunately, I couldn’t put this feature to the test, given that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.

Last but certainly not least is the Band 6’s notification system, which is decent. Every single notification that I get on my phone are pushed accordingly to the wearable, and on occasions where my phone is in my pocket, it’s great to not have to take out my phone just to check my notifications.

The Bad Stuff

Now, while the Huawei Band 6 can receive push notifications in a timely manner, the notification system as a whole still feels quite limited. I cannot interact with any of the notifications, and they are all jumbled up too; it would’ve been great if the notifications are grouped by the respective apps that send them.

Then again, it’s worth noting that the Band 6 is not the only fitness band that has this limitation.

As for its ability as a fitness tracker, the Band 6 is (obviously) quite good. It does a good job of tracking my workouts, and after I’m done with a particular exercise, it shows my average heart rate throughout the workout, how long the workout was, and the amount of calories I’ve burnt.

Unfortunately, the tracking itself is a little buggy. Regardless of the intensity of the workout, it always shows that I’m in the “extreme” heart rate zone, even at the very start of a workout. It’s a small bug, but it’s definitely worth pointing out.

Is It Worth It

Even though its notification system and fitness tracking is a little unrefined, the Huawei Band 6 is still a very good fitness band. Not only does it look sleek, it also has long battery life, a nice, vibrant AMOLED screen, as well as an excellent sleep tracking ability.

All of these features make the Band 6 a good option for those who want a fitness band that doesn’t break the bank. After all, it retails at only RM219. While it’s not the most affordable wearable in the market, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth with the Band 6.