Huawei Talk Band B2 review

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Features and design 
The Talk Band B2 is Bluetooth earpiece transportation device that saves the embarrassment of always having one shoved in your ear.

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Specifications

Software 
Compatibility :  iOS, Android

Highs :

⦁ Amazing design and quality
⦁ Android and iOS compatible

 Features and design :

The Talk Band B2 is Bluetooth earpiece transportation device that saves the embarrassment of always having one shoved in your ear. The design is surprisingly good, and frustratingly flawed.

The subtle gold finish is matched to either a brown stitched leather strap, or a cream plastic one. It’s your choice, because both are in the box. The fitting is different on each, with the plastic adopting a fitness band-style popper, and the leather a classier metal clasp. The body is made of metal but is very light, and the curved base fits on the wrist comfortably.

However, the whole thing is way too tall. It’s 22mm, which is twice that of the average smartphone today, and the size it means it gets caught on everything. It knocked it on things, find it uncomfortable to wear under anything with a tight cuff, and impossible to wear when sleeping. Yes, sleeping, because the Talk Band B2 is also a fitness tracker.

The B2 connects to your phone using a dedicated Huawei Wear app, and interestingly it’s a cross-platform app, so it’s also available for iOS. Through the app you can set a daily step goal, add movement reminders, and measure sleep patterns, if you can bear wearing it. The B2 also has a smart alarm to wake you up in a light sleep phase, which works well.

There are two small buttons either side, which when pressed pop the middle section out, setting the Bluetooth earpiece free. The earpiece is about the size of a small USB thumb drive, but a little heavier because it’s made from metal. The rubber part that is supposed to hold it in your ear is very floppy, but once it’s stuffed in, it’s reasonably secure.

When you’re done with phone duties, instead of walking around with it in your ear, it gets clipped back on the wristband ready for use again later. However, because that would be fairly pointless on its own, the Talk Band B2 also has a few other functions. While it may not look it, the top has a tiny digital touch display inside, which shows the time and date, plus fitness data.

 Performance :

It has a weak resolution, just 128 x 88 pixels, but it looks great hidden underneath the mirror finish body. Swiping the screen scrolls between the main screen and individual ones for activity, including a run timer activated by holding down on the display.

It’s all very smooth, looks cool, and includes pretty much all the information you need from a fitness tracker. It does display caller ID when the phone rings, and the vibrate alert is strong enough not to be missed. It also has a cool animation when you reach your daily goal.

The earpiece has good audio quality for both parties and the fitness tracking seems to be accurate, or at least it closely matched, and the screen looks cool when it’s on. The battery lasts for five days at a time, it recharges using a normal Micro USB chord, and the app works on both Android and iOS. All this is very positive, but it fails where it doesn’t deal with notifications like a full smart watch.

The Talk Band B2 isn’t a smart watch, because it doesn’t do notifications, and it’s too massive to be worn 24 hours a day as a lifestyle tracker.

 


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