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