Honor 4 Fitness Band Review vs Mi Band 3

Key Highlights for Honor Band 4

  • Honor Band 4 price in India is Rs. 2,599
  • Sleep tracking and analysis is much better
  • Heart beat monitoring good
  • Step tracking, though, isn’t as accurate as the Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Honor Band 4 is a notch ahead of its predecessors Honor Band 3 but by how much and is it worth it?

The Honor Band 4, is priced at Rs. 2,599 which is not an expensive option given the good looks and sleek design it comes in. But is it the fitness band you have been looking or should you be looking for something else.

And, comparison which Mi band 3 is inevitable.

Honor Band 4 design and Display

The core of the Honor Band 4 has a 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 240×120 pixels. 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 Honor Band 4 is its new display, which is its sunlight legibility.  Now if you are outside is sun then don’t need to glare hard at your band display to look at the readings. Users can choose between three levels of brightness right from the band.

The Honor Band 4 is one piece and the capsule does not separate from the band, and as a result, you don’t have the freedom to use different bands which is one of let downs if you wanted to experiment with looks.

The screen is responsive, and you can easily swipe through the options.

What Honor Band 4 can do for you?

The Honor Band 4 works with both Android phones as well as the iPhone via Huawei’s Health apps and can be synced easily. The app gives you information about the number of steps taken, your last recorded heart rate, and how well you slept the previous night in very detail.

If you are planning on using a fitness band primary for tracking steps, then this isn’t as accurate as the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and if you only want to track your step counts then probably you really don’t need a health band. These days most smartphones come with step calculator.

But the wearable adds real value when you use it for tracking other vitals like – Continuous heart rate monitoring and real-time sleep monitoring.

Looking at sleep monitoring details as Sleep is one of the most important part of our life & health monitoring.

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 improve sleep quality.

One thing the Honor Band 4 does well, which Xiaomi Mi Band 3 cannot, is track sleep whether it is during the day or at night. It tracks through a 24-hour period starting at 00:00 hours and lasts till 23:59 hours.

Xiaomi’s offering does not breakdown data into information beyond light sleep and deep sleep. It misses out on REM sleep and does not offer more data about breathing.

Honor Band 4 is capable of continuous heart rate tracking

Heart rate tracking was more accurate as compared to Mi Band 3. Once synced with your phone, you can see your heart rate range and resting heart rate. It also has an elevated heart rate alert which will warn you if your resting heart rate exceeds the set limit for more than 10 minutes at a stretch.

Honor claims that the battery on the Band 4 will last for six days with continuous heart rate tracking on, and 17 days under normal use, on a single charge.

So, what the final verdict for Honor Band 4?

The Honor Band 4 gets a better display, improved heart rate, sleep tracking, and better distance accuracy. Battery life is a challenge. Its closest competitor, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, offers accurate step tracking and is priced slightly lower.

If only step count is your priority then you can manage with Mi Band 3 or simply your phone, however if analysis Sleep and heart rate is priority then Honor band 4 is recommended.

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