• Display: 0.73-inch, 128x88 pixels
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 95mAh
  • Durability: IP57 – Water and Dust resistant
  • Operating System: Android & iOS
  • Dimensions: 22 x 11.88mm (WxD)
  • Weight: 30.6 grams
  • Pros:
  • Classy looks
  • Useful hands-free mode
  • Cons:
  • Does not display social network notifications

Shiny Health Band

Health bands are the in thing to have, apparently by manufacturers. From big stalwarts of the industry all the way to comparatively unknown companies – everyone has their vision of that a health band should be like. You have seen other company’s interpretation before in the magazine, but not many companies have version two of their health band out so soon. Huawei is in the minority, as their latest health band is in our hands (well, on our wrists actually) for us to test out – the Huawei Talkband B2.

If compared with the original Talkband, this version is much more refined and a little bit classier than its predecessor. In contrast to the all plastic constriction, the B2 sports a metal build, mainly using aluminium. This gives the B2 a more sophisticated look.

Like the B1, the B2 is a two-in-one device. Apart from monitoring your health biometrics (apart from you heart rate), it is also a hands-free headset. You just press two buttons on the side of the device to unlatch the headset, and you are good to go. Our initial impression is that the earbud – which can’t be changed for a different size – will not fit comfortable in the ear. We were wrong. Not only it was comfortable, even the most vigorous head shaking will not dislodge the headset from your ear.

The Huawei TalkBand can be removed and be used as a Bluetooth headset

The Huawei TalkBand can be removed and be used as a Bluetooth headset

Functions wise, the B2 gives the user several metrics for collecting data – sleep, walking, running and step taken every day. It is also a watch, as well as a notification window for your messages and calls. Sorry, no social network app support here. With the Huawei Watch app, you can also synchronise your health data with your phone, so you can review it for later use.

Two main gripe with the product – the glass-like facade means it is next to useless when used in direct sunlight, and the earpiece may not fit in smaller ears. Other than that, the B2 is an excellent smart device to own and to put on your wrist.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Surprisingly, this is one health band that we don’t mind having on our wrists. Wished that it can show our twitter notifications.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

Huawei Talkband B2