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Huawei Band 4 Pro Fitness Tracker Review– Small, but Capable!

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The Huawei Band 4 Pro comes from a long line of Huawei fitness trackers; we tested the Band 2 Pro in 2017. We are curious to see Huawei's Changes and Improvements.

The Band 4 Pro, which features an integrated GPS module for recording tracks without a smartphone, a heart rate sensor and an infrared sensor that monitors the body temperature during workouts and uses the results to calculate the user's calorie consumption, can be purchased for just under 70 Euros (~$77). In some countries, the Band 4 Pro also offers NFC, which, combined with Apple Pay or Google Pay, can be used for payments. However, this feature is not enabled in Central Europe.

Cheaper versions of the Band 4 Pro in the form of the Band 4 and the Band 4e are available as well. While the Band 4e has been specifically designed for basketball players, the Band 4 is a simpler variant without active GPS or NFC. Additionally, its display resolution is lower and due to the outdated TFT technology, the viewing angles are worse.

The metal frame, which looks very nice thanks to its brushed finish, houses the screen of the Band 4 Pro. Depending on the color variant, the frame is either black or rose gold and the band black, red or pink. The body of the tracker consists of "metallic plastic", which is how Huawei characterizes the material. Although compared to the Band 2 Pro, the latest version of Huawei's fitness tracker is slightly heavier, it is still very comfortable to wear.

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According to Huawei, the case has a 5 ATM water resistance rating, meaning that users can usually keep the fitness band on while washing their hands. Curiously, Huawei also claims that users can go swimming with the fitness tracker, even though internet sources suggest that a water resistance rating of 5 ATM is not usually sufficient for this. However, since Huawei also advertises this on its official web page and the warranty does not explicitly exclude water damages, buyers should not run into any issues.

The included wristband consists of silicone rubber and is about 16.5 mm (~0.65 in) wide. With a total length of just above 21 cm (~8.27 in), the two straps are also suitable for more muscular wrists and there are numerous holes for adjusting the length.

The wearable can be navigated via the touchscreen and a recessed, touch-sensitive button, which takes users back to the home screen. Although here, a special gesture may have sufficed and allowed for more screen estate, this solution works as well. In our opinion, the button is not quite sensitive enough, since we often had to touch it multiple times in order to return to the home screen. While the touchscreen also works fairly well, some other touchscreens are even more precise.