Review of the Huawei Band 7

The Huawei Band 7 is a smartwatch that is small enough to wear every day, has a long battery life, and has all the essential features. Additionally, the fact that it is affordable adds to its appeal.

This product, which costs €59/£50 and comes in four colours: black, green, pink, and red, is one of the more reasonably priced choices available.

The Huawei Band 7 is amazing because of the extensive feature set it was able to pack for the price. It includes 96 workout programmes, supports water resistance up to 50 metres, weighs only 16g (28g with the strap), records heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and sleep, shows notifications, and has a battery life of up to 14 days. But most importantly, you won’t even notice that this wearable is on your wrist for hours at a time.

The Huawei Band 7 is packaged simply and has a special magnetic charger.

Hardware

While being relatively light, the Huawei Band 7 is also very durable. Because there is no metal on the case, which Huawei claims is composed of polymer materials, the weight is kept to a minimum. However, you’d be excused for thinking the case itself is made of metal because it gives off a very convincing look.

A 1.47-inch 194x368px AMOLED display is located up front. The rectangular design makes the screen appear larger than it actually is, and the viewing quality is excellent, with vibrant colours and excellent contrast. The display has enough brightness for even the brightest of days. However, there is no option for automatic maximum brightness.

If you intend to wear the Band 7 to bed and use its sleep monitoring features, there is a setting that allows you to darken the display at night.

You can choose between five watch faces—four digital and one analog—in addition to the crucial Always-on display.

A smooth, edge-free touching experience is provided by the display’s top glass, which is slightly curved from top to bottom and ends on a bevel where it meets the frame.

On our Black variant, the case is a dark grey colour. The Huawei Band 7 has a single button on the right side that activates the training modes. It only takes one more tap to return home.

You may also get to the pins from here to take the strap off. You cannot put a typical watch strap on it because of its peculiar form. The strap bows down into the pin, making it challenging to push the pin down in order to remove the strap. It’s not a problem because we don’t anticipate many people doing it frequently.

Software, fitness and sleep tracking, battery life

There are no installable apps on the Huawei Band 7 because it runs a real-time operating system that brings functions to the homescreen. It isn’t truly intelligent in that you can’t quickly increase its functionality.

Another annoyance is that the side button’s functionality cannot be altered, nor can a long-press action be added.

Although the Huawei Health app is accessible through the Play Store, Huawei will prompt you to download the most recent version from their website once you’ve set it up. There is also an iOS app.

There are ten watch faces preinstalled and more than 4,000 may be found in the Health app. Most are of high calibre.

But simplicity sometimes translates into a lack of features. Once you’ve configured the Huawei Band 7 or become accustomed to its default settings, it will be excellent at displaying the information you require.

Let’s discuss about alerts. The Band 7 can display notifications from all apps, but only certain of them allow you to respond. For instance, Viber doesn’t allow you to respond, although Messenger does, but only with pre-set words like OK, NO, YES, etc. or an emoji.

Strong fitness tracking is available. There are 96 different workout modes available to you, which includes everything this reviewer does. You receive thorough analytics when working out. Based on your heart rate, a clever graph lets you know how engaged you are.

When I side-by-side compared the Huawei Band 7 to my reliable smartwatch, which I wear every day, I discovered that it was somewhat more reliable. The Huawei Band 7 was more stable when reading by bpm compared to my prior wearable, which periodically jumped up and down.

I have no doubt that the Band 7 accurately tracked my development.

I used the Huawei Band 7 to monitor my sleep and again compared it to my reliable smartwatch. The Band 7 wasn’t as accurate in this case.

It assumes you’ve fallen asleep the moment you sit down, whereas my old watch would accurately measure the amount of time before I actually fell asleep. As a result, the Band 7 reported that I slept for little over seven hours whereas my normal device indicated that I slept for just over six. I had a six-hour nap on that specific night.

The statistics on deep sleep tend to be overstated, which is the other problem. One night, my former watch tracked 40 minutes, while the Huawei Band 7 claims I’ve had close to two hours. With the Huawei Band 7, I consistently received a reading of more than two hours each night.

Even on evenings when I knew I didn’t get a decent night’s sleep, the Huawei Band 7 consistently provided me with excellent sleep scores. If you’re serious about improving your sleep, the Huawei Band 7 won’t provide you with the information you need, leading you to believe that your sleep is excellent.

Let’s talk about battery life to end on a really strong note. Up to 14 days of normal use, according to Huawei. We used the device heavily for 8 days, including 4 workouts, about 5 days of notifications, and an always-on display. The Band 7 was programmed to raise to wake the screen the other three days while notifications were disabled. There’s little doubt that, if used only as a watch, the Huawei Band 7 would last close to, if not the whole 14 days.

Wrap-up

One of the greatest possibilities for a capable smart wearable at a reasonable price is the Huawei Band 7. It is well-made, has a wide range of useful functions, and effective tools for tracking fitness and health.

For a device of this kind, the battery life is excellent. Everyone may find their favourite hue, and the cost is really reasonable. The Xiaomi Smart Band 7, which is equally capable and shares the same price as the Huawei Band 7, is the only real competition to the Huawei Band 7. Therefore, you would need to choose which of these wearables you like.

Overall, the Huawei Band 7 is a great choice and we would definitely tell a friend to get one!

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