Honor Band Z1by Huawei

  • Honor Band Z1
  • Honor Band Z1
  • Honor Band Z1
  • Honor Band Z1
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
64%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Huawei's Honor Band Z1 is an attractive and affordable fitness tracker.
  • Its fitness and sleep tracking features work well.
  • The Honor Band Z1 is comfortable to wear.

CONS

  • It looks like a smartwatch, but it lacks any advanced, smartwatch-like features.
  • The display can be finicky.
  • Huawei's mobile app can be difficult to use and lacks features found in rival products.
The Huawei Honor Band Z1 looks a whole lot like a smartwatch, but this device will disappoint anyone looking for true smartwatch functionality. As long as you’re looking for an affordable, easy-to-use fitness tracker that also tells the time, the Honor Band Z1 has you covered. It counts steps and calories burned, and it tracks sleep. The Honor Band Z1 also offers basic smartphone notifications from a connected Android phone, but it doesn’t offer any sophisticated smartwatch features.
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ManufacturerHuaweiFitbitMisfitBasisMisfit
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List Price$79$150$70$200$20
70%

I personally prefer the look of the Honor Band Z1 to the traditional Fitbit-like shape. It could easily be mistaken for a watch, and most of…

I personally prefer the look of the Honor Band Z1 to the traditional Fitbit-like shape. It could easily be mistaken for a watch, and most of the time I found myself using it like a watch, with the added benefit of being able to keep an eye on my steps and other info.

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70%

The touch interface is not smooth, and we found the device a bit sluggish. Huawei claims that there are not many smartwatch options availabl…

The touch interface is not smooth, and we found the device a bit sluggish. Huawei claims that there are not many smartwatch options available with such features, in this price range, which we think does not justify the device's sluggish performance.

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66%

The long and short here is that this is a nice looking activity tracker with some pseudo-smartwatch features, not the other way around. It a…

The long and short here is that this is a nice looking activity tracker with some pseudo-smartwatch features, not the other way around. It accurately tracks steps and sleep, and manages to muddle through push notifications and watch face integration; it certainly doesn’t excel at the latter.

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60%

One flaw in the button-free design is the lack of Back or Home buttons. If you make the wrong move, you have to wait three seconds for the Z…

One flaw in the button-free design is the lack of Back or Home buttons. If you make the wrong move, you have to wait three seconds for the Z1's display to turn off before tapping it back on to navigate once again.

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60%

Honor is marketing this as a beautiful, minimalist product, but upon the slightest inspection the illusion crumbles.

Honor is marketing this as a beautiful, minimalist product, but upon the slightest inspection the illusion crumbles.

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60%

This is an $80 smartwatch, so I wasn’t exactly expecting it to power the International Space Station. But I think its companion application …

This is an $80 smartwatch, so I wasn’t exactly expecting it to power the International Space Station. But I think its companion application needs a bit of refinement before anyone can justify spending that kind of money on a watch that does so little.

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I'm always leery about defining watches as "masculine" or "feminine," because, hey, it's 2016 and we live in a more enlightened age. It's ju…

I'm always leery about defining watches as "masculine" or "feminine," because, hey, it's 2016 and we live in a more enlightened age. It's just a shame that most of the people who saw me sporting this device asked why I was wearing a girl's watch.

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