- It’s been a long time since we saw a new wearable from Huawei. The Talkband B2 was the last real mainstream launch here in Australia (we never got the B3) and since then we’ve seen the Huawei Band and now the Huawei A1 Color Band take the field. Yes, we’re calling it the Color Band (not Colour), because that’s what Huawei calls it.
- The activity tracker had one feature which caught my eye when I checked it out – it measures UV levels. Australia being located in the southern hemisphere, right next to the hole in the Ozone layer, means of course we’re extra sun conscious so I thought it would be worthwhile taking a look at this tracker.The Huawei Color Band A1 is a tiny little thing, which sits on attaches to your wrist with a fairly rudimentary metal clasp that snaps through the holes punched into the silicon band. It’s a pretty secure fit, and the weight of the tracker itself is negligible, and when combined with the softer silicone strap it’s quite comfortable to wear – even while exercising.
- The Huawei Color Band A1 is a tiny little thing, which sits on attaches to your wrist with a fairly rudimentary metal clasp that snaps through the holes punched into the silicon band. It’s a pretty secure fit, and the weight of the tracker itself is negligible, and when combined with the softer silicone strap it’s quite comfortable to wear – even while exercising. The charging cradle itself is small, like the tracker. It’s curved to fit the tracker itself and has two magnets embedded in it which both align the tracker and secure it so it doesn’t move while charging.
- Charging is achieved through a microUSB connection, plug it into one of those and the 70 mAh battery is charged in relatively no time. In terms of battery life, I used it for a week and managed to drain it down to 61% but that’s leading a fairly active lifestyle which may cut into Huawei’s estimates of 28 days battery life. Either way, it’s longer than the 1-3 days I get out of Android Wear watches, though without the colour screen you’d expect that. To connect the band to your phone, you simply pair it like a Bluetooth device, it uses Bluetooth 4.2 and you then jump into the Color Band A1 app which is available for free on Google Play.
- The band will track three things: Steps, Sleep and UV. The band is able to detect whether you were running or walking, while the sleep tracking differentiates between light and deep sleep. UV? Well, it tracks UV. Tracking sleep is great – that is if you’re getting some and to be able to find out what quality of sleep you’re getting is fantastic. While the Polar watches don’t offer much on this front, I was very pleased with the Color Band A1.
- The software was able to show how much sleep I got, as well as differentiate what quality of sleep – deep or light. When I woke feeling refreshed, I could then compare those results with other days where I was not so refreshed. The main reason I wanted to try out the Color Band A1 was the UV detection and during our recent heat wave, it gave me ample time to test it out. We’re familiar with the old Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide – Ok, for those not familiar, the saying goes: slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses. If you’re not familiar with the saying, and you have school age kids, ask them. It will (or should) have been drilled in by age 5
- The Huawei Color Band A1 essentially measures the UV and recommends what level of protection you should be utilising, be it a hat, shirt, or even sunscreen, the software even recommends what Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen you should use. It does recommend up to SPF 70, however the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) only verifies up to SPF50+ so, that’s what you’re aiming for in that case.