Home Reviews Mobile Devices Huawei says talk to the hand – err Band

Chinese communications giant Huawei – the world’s third largest smartphone maker has released the TalkBand B1 – it is a combination Bluetooth headset, smart watch and fitness band – and it shows potential!

This is an innovation – I cannot find any other combo smart watch and headset. Despite looking a little chunky, it does the job. It is also IP57 water and dust resistant.

Worn as a smart band it displays the time and does the usual via a 1.4” curved OLED screen. When a call comes in you depress a button that separates the headset from the band, place it in your ear - away you go.

The band has a concealed USB A male connector for charging the 90mAh battery – alleged to last six days of use, 7 hours talk time, and 14 days in standby. For details read here.

Huawei expects this to be a desirable item and has tested the device on:

  • HUAWEI: MediaPad X1/ M1
  • HUAWEI: Ascend P7/P6/P6s/Mate/Mate2/Y530/Y330/Y300/G730/G610/Y600/G6/B199/Honor 3C/Honor 3X/Honor 6/P1/P2/G510/G630/D2(U&C&T)/ Mate(U&C&T)/Honor 3/U8860I/C8813D/G716/G526/C8816D/G520/Y516
  • iPhone: 5S/5C/5/4S/4
  • SAMSUNG: Galaxy S5/S4/S3/Note 3 LTE/Note 2
  • MEIZU: MX3/MX2
  • XIAOMI: Mi2/Mi3/Redmi
  • ZTE: U5S/N5S
  • OPPO N1/ vivo X3T
  • LG: LG G2(D800)
  • SONY: Xperia TL/Xperia-Z2/Xperia C S39h/Xperia T2 Ultra 4G/Xperia M2
  • HTC: One 802w/X920E/D816w/Desire 610/One(M8)

There is no reason that it could not work on any recent Android 4.0+ or iOS 5.0+ handset.

What it does

Let’s start with the display – it is a mono (white on black) basic display that shows time (and Bluetooth and battery level), steps walked (accelerometer/pedometer) calories burned (based on age, weight and gender), sleep (presumably based inactivity) and that is it.

It is not a GPS, it does not show the date, do email and notifications although it may do later as more apps are developed.

What it does differently is become a Bluetooth headset for phone and music – no other smart band does that. It will show the incoming number and identify callers if they are in the contact list.

I used it for a weekend – not long enough to develop a like or dislike for it. It is not as stylish as some bands (the test unit came in Curacao Blue but there is also grey, black, yellow and pink) and it just fitted my not-so-meaty wrist.

I think Huawei has the concept mostly right and with some more work on the apps will have a winner in the amateur walking and fitness market.

RRP is A$176.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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