We have seen round smart­watch­es many times; there are also plen­ty of square mod­els on the mar­ket. HONOR Watch ES stands out in its seg­ment due to its elon­gat­ed body. The new prod­uct also received an advanced set of sen­sors for mon­i­tor­ing health and phys­i­cal activ­i­ty. Let’s fig­ure out how it all works.

User-friendly design

Thanks to its elon­gat­ed form fac­tor, the HONOR Watch ES is per­fect even for peo­ple with small wrists. It feels like the watch is only slight­ly larg­er than a fit­ness bracelet. The elon­gat­ed mechan­i­cal key pro­trudes slight­ly from the body, which only adds to its con­ve­nience. If you turn the brush back out, there is no risk of acci­den­tal­ly press­ing the but­ton. Peo­ple who train a lot or do phys­i­cal labor will appre­ci­ate such ergonom­ics — every­thing is con­ve­nient, noth­ing dis­tracts.

The includ­ed sil­i­cone strap pleased with the abun­dance of large holes. This makes adjust­ment eas­i­er and also improves skin ven­ti­la­tion. The stan­dard strap fas­ten­ing with a pin also attracts atten­tion — not so ele­gant, but prac­ti­cal. And over time, you can buy at least a dozen dif­fer­ent-col­ored straps and change them one by one. In addi­tion to the pink col­or, like the mod­el in the review, there are white and tra­di­tion­al black design options on sale.

HONOR Watch ES

All eyes on the screen

Although the acces­so­ry at first glance seems com­pact, it has a full AMOLED matrix with a diag­o­nal of 1.64 inch­es and a res­o­lu­tion of 456x280 pix­els. The pix­el den­si­ty is about 326 ppi — a decent fig­ure for an inex­pen­sive smart­watch. The screen has a good reserve of bright­ness: infor­ma­tion from the dis­play can be read even on a sun­ny day. The only thing that is a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing is the sen­sor respon­si­ble for auto-adjust­ing this para­me­ter. It does not always work cor­rect­ly when light­ing con­di­tions change. It’s bet­ter to adjust the dis­play your­self — the third and fourth bright­ness lev­els (out of five avail­able) are uni­ver­sal for most sit­u­a­tions.

Watch ES is equipped with an accelerom­e­ter; the screen wakes up when you raise your hand and does this with­out errors. Fans of cus­tomiza­tion will appre­ci­ate the many pre­set watch faces in the menu. Do you want more? The HUAWEI Health app has a huge selec­tion of skins for the device. There are clas­sic options with arrows, and there are more fun ones — with catchy pic­tures.

HONOR Watch ES

We train beautifully

Ani­mat­ed exer­cis­es are built into the watch. You can watch the lit­tle per­son on the dis­play demon­strate the cor­rect tech­nique right from your wrist. A use­ful fea­ture, and it looks impres­sive. There are many train­ing for­mats avail­able in the set­tings, from cycling to karate.

Tak­ing care of your health does­n’t end there. There is an option “Breath­ing exer­cis­es”: a nice ani­ma­tion appears on the screen that sets the pace and depth of breath­ing. This exer­cise should calm and sat­u­rate the brain with oxy­gen. We checked — indeed, breath­ing exer­cis­es help in stress­ful sit­u­a­tions.

The set­tings include mea­sur­ing the lev­el of oxy­gen in the blood. This will be use­ful for ath­letes — espe­cial­ly those who train in high moun­tains. HONOR Watch ES is also pro­tect­ed from mois­ture, the declared water resis­tance is up to 5 ATM. It is dif­fi­cult to test it in the city, but the new prod­uct sur­vived a twen­ty-minute immer­sion in a glass of fresh water with­out con­se­quences.

HONOR Watch ES

Teach you to wake up on time

The watch is equipped with True­Seen heart rate mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­o­gy. The acces­so­ry, which con­tin­u­ous­ly mea­sures the owner’s heart rate, will give a sig­nal if the num­bers approach the alarm mark. Anoth­er algo­rithm, TrueSleep 2.0, con­trols the qual­i­ty of sleep, divid­ing it into phas­es. Watch ES ana­lyzes the dura­tion of deep and light sleep, breath­ing rate and num­ber of awak­en­ings. Based on the col­lect­ed sta­tis­tics, the device offers rec­om­men­da­tions to those who con­stant­ly feel sleep-deprived.

Useful functions… and missing functions

Study­ing the watch menu, you find more and more use­ful options. There is a “Search for phone” mode: you click on the icon, and a smart­phone for­got­ten some­where in the night­stand beeps. In the dark, the flash­light mode helps out when the Watch ES screen turns milky white. Using the acces­so­ry, you can con­trol music on your phone, as well as view the weath­er fore­cast for the whole week.

HONOR Watch ES

There were some down­sides too. There is no GPS mod­ule, so you won’t be able to track your train­ing route. The sit­u­a­tion is the same with the NFC chip — you will have to for­get about con­tact­less pay­ment. The low cost of the HONOR Watch ES com­pen­sates for these short­com­ings, but you need to be pre­pared for these fea­tures.

Software is the head of everything

The pro­pri­etary HUAWEI Health util­i­ty, also known as “Health,” has an intu­itive inter­face. The main para­me­ters are divid­ed into blocks; their num­ber and order are easy to con­fig­ure your­self. The app pro­vides detailed sta­tis­tics on train­ing, sleep, stress lev­els and blood oxy­gen lev­els.

This is what the Health app interface looks like:

The pro­gram is capa­ble of inde­pen­dent­ly count­ing steps from a smart­phone and com­par­ing them with the results on HONOR Watch ES — use­ful for those who for­got to take their watch or phone with them for a walk. The sta­tis­tics will not be spoiled: after re-pair­ing the devices, the high­est num­ber is saved. Also in the util­i­ty you can set alarms and cus­tomize the gad­get inter­face. Con­nec­tion of oth­er equip­ment is also avail­able. For exam­ple, HONOR smart scales.

There are no complaints about autonomy

It would seem that 180 mAh is not a very seri­ous fig­ure for a bat­tery. How­ev­er, in prac­tice there are no ques­tions about auton­o­my. One charge is enough for 9 days of oper­a­tion — and this is with con­stant syn­chro­niza­tion with a smart­phone via Blue­tooth, active noti­fi­ca­tions from social net­works and instant mes­sen­gers, as well as reg­u­lar heart rate mea­sure­ment and step count­ing. In the morn­ing the clock worked as an alarm clock, and dur­ing the day they were used to per­form breath­ing exer­cis­es. More than a week in this mode at half the screen bright­ness is a good indi­ca­tor. HONOR Watch ES is charged from a small mag­net­ic cra­dle with two con­tacts.

HONOR Watch ES

Specifications

DIMENSIONS
46 x 30 x 10.7 mm
WEIGHT
21 grams (with­out strap)
DISPLAY
1.64”, AMOLED, 456x280, 326 ppi
BATTERY
180 mAh
SENSORS
heart rate mon­i­tor, gyro­scope, accelerom­e­ter, pulse oxime­ter
PECULIARITIES
water­proof up to 5 ATM, heart rate and oxy­gen lev­el mon­i­tor­ing, ani­mat­ed work­outs, sleep phase analy­sis, no GPS
HONOR Watch ES

Results

The main fea­ture of HONOR Watch ES is its non-stan­dard elon­gat­ed AMOLED screen. Thanks to the nar­row body, the smart­watch fits per­fect­ly on the hand and does not inter­fere with train­ing. The strap, which has a stan­dard fas­ten­ing, can be changed in no time. The new prod­uct lacks GPS and NFC mod­ules, but it has a good price and good bat­tery life. The unusu­al ani­mat­ed work­out fea­ture deserves spe­cial men­tion. The acces­so­ry also offers advanced options that track impor­tant health para­me­ters.

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