Smart watches and bracelets have been become one more technological complement how can he be smartphone. Millions of units distributed on the wrists of users who have found these small devices an aid in their daily lives. In Spain, the Apple Watch in the most expensive field and the Xiaomi Mi Band in the cheapest are the stars, but there is a lot of life between those two poles.
One of the most important brands in this sector is Honor, the company created in the heat of Huawei, has been in the sector of wearables several years with devices so iconic like the Honor Band. One step above is the Honor Watch ES (99 euros), the protagonist of the analysis that It has left us a great taste in our mouths.
Because you do not have to leave several hundred euros for a smart watch to be useful on a daily basis and offer interesting extras beyond pure sports for which the first versions were designed.
Easy and simple
If there is something that characterizes both Honor and Huawei, it is the simplicity in the synchronization and configuration of the devices. The link, through the Health application developed by Huawei, is really good and it does not take more than a minute to connect the watch with the mobile phone.
Once everything is configured, the stability of the connection is perfect and communication between both devices is not lost at any time. Surely that chosen standard is Bluetooth 5.0 it helps if the smartphone, as has been my case, it also has him.
The lines of the watch are committed to the minimalism that we find in smart bracelets, but transferred to a much more useful and complete clock format in everyday life. The chassis, made of plastic, is of the highest quality and has withstood the challenges of day to day without much novelty.
The exact same thing happens with the screen. He 1.64 inch AMOLED panel and 456 x 280 pixel resolution has outstanding quality even in direct sunlight. This section has been one of those that, personally, has surprised me the most considering the price of the device.
Special mention also has the straps since uses the standard 20 millimeter and pin to be able to put others that are more in line with the user’s tastes. On the Internet there are thousands of compatible models of this type of all kinds of materials at very low prices.
Made for sport
Without a doubt, the rise of smart watches has come from the hand of sports activity and the Honor Watch ES was not going to be less. Highlights the “personal virtual trainer”, as they call it in the company.
A series of step-by-step guided exercises on the clock screen ranging from an energy recharging routine to more complex ones such as leg exercises. The screen shows step by step how to carry out the movements and for how long.
In total, there are 12 animated training courses and 44 standard body movement animations. To which must be added a total of 95 training modes with built-in automatic recognition capable of detecting when the user is running, walking, rowing or on the elliptical.
Out of the 95 training modes, the Honor Watch ES comes with 10 pro modes where we can find running, cycling or swimming (yes, you can swim with the watch). The only ‘but’ we find is the GPS absence, which forces you to carry the smartphone to correctly trace the outdoor exercise.
And for more
The daily ‘operation’ with the watch is carried out through the touch screen and a button located on the right edge of the device. The user experience is smooth When it comes to navigating the interface and the customization options soar with the choice of the sphere to display.
The Honor Watch ES has some spheres pre-installed which we can access from the smart watch itself, but within the Health application there are dozens – perhaps hundreds – of them. Some even paid. From the most basic with a black background to colorful ones that change every time we unlock the watch. It will be difficult not to find one that we like.
In addition to the classic applications that we have in all watches, such as a flashlight (which turns the screen blank at maximum brightness), the time, a function to search for the phone (which makes it ring in case we have lost it) or another to do the remote shutter function of the camera, there are some very interesting health extras.
Huawei and Honor have been working on various algorithms for sleep detection for a long time. The result of all this effort is reflected in TruSleep, a technology that is able to differentiate the different stages of sleep (deep, light and REM) and to analyze the breath. A very fine monitoring of the quality of sleep.
Along the same path of health functions, the Honor Watch ES includes the heart rate monitor TruSeen 4.0. The latest generation that improves precision through the application of algorithms and is capable of monitoring 24 hours a day.
One of the great novelties of these last generations of wearables is he blood oxygen monitor. Saturation measurement has become one of the most closely watched values in the coronavirus pandemic and Honor has seen fit to include this sensor.
Extra functions are completed with a stress monitor which offers a series of relaxation exercises and a female cycle tracker, to have a detailed follow-up of menstruation.
Finally, it remains to comment that autonomy is somewhat far from the 10 days announced by Honor. In a more or less usual use with activated messaging notifications, it is more common to stay around 5 or 6 days.
The second point, and as with all Huawei smart watches, you cannot install applications nor answer messages or emails. In this aspect, it is a ‘mere viewer’ of notifications, very useful on the other hand if we do not want to remove the smartphone out of your pocket every time something arrives.
Sometimes is easy to find the Honor Watch ES for about 79 euros. This places it in a very interesting field somewhat above the typical smart bracelets for less than 50 euros and the large watches for which you must necessarily pay more than 120 or 130 euros. If the absence of GPS is not a problem, it may be a candidate to take into account.
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