Huawei Band 7 review

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Scarlette Lennon11 July 2022Last Update : 1 month ago
Huawei Band 7 review

Introduction

Huawei Band 7 is for those who want a smartwatch that is compact enough to carry every day, can last a long time on a charge and covers all the basic functionality. And the fact that it does not break the bank makes it even more interesting.

Coming in black, green, pink and red and at a price of 59 € / £ 50, this is one of the more affordable options on the market.

What makes the Huawei Band 7 impressive is the long list of features that it managed to fit in that price tag. It is waterproof up to 50 meters, only 16g (28g with the strap), supports 96 training modes, tracks heart rate, blood oxygen and sleep, displays messages and has up to 14 days of battery life. But most of all, this is a very comfortable wearable that you will forget it lies on your wrist for hours.

Huawei Band 7 comes in a simple box with a proprietary magnetic charger.

Huawei Band 7 review

Hardware

Huawei Band 7 is very light but also very robust. The low weight is achieved by not using any metal on the case, which Huawei claims is made of polymeric materials. You would be forgiven for thinking that the case itself is metal as it makes a very plausible impression.

Huawei Band 7 review

In front there is a 1.47-inch 194x368px AMOLED screen. The rectangular shape makes the screen appear larger than it is, while the viewing experience is fantastic – vibrant colors and great contrast. The screen is also very bright for even the strongest days of sunshine. However, there is no option for automatic maximum brightness.

Huawei Band 7 review

There is an option to dim the screen at night, which is a great feature for those who plan to carry Band 7 to bed and use its sleep tracking feature.

There’s also the all-important Always-on display, and you can choose from five dials – four digital and one analog.

Huawei Band 7 review

The glass at the top of the screen is slightly curved from top to bottom, and the screen ends at a sloping edge where it meets the frame, providing a comfortable, borderless touch experience.

Huawei Band 7 review

The cabinet is dark gray on our black model. There is a single button on the right side of the Huawei Band 7 that shows the training modes. Another tap brings you home again.

Huawei Band 7 review

Looking at the underside of the Huawei Band 7 reveals the optical heart rate sensor and the two legs of the proprietary magnetic charger.

Huawei Band 7 review

This is also where you get access to the pins to remove the strap. It’s a proprietary shape, so you can not use a standard watch strap. You have to push the pin down to remove the strap, which is a little difficult to do because the strap bends down into the pin. It’s not something we expect many people to do often, so it’s not a problem.

Huawei Band 7 review

Third-party straps are readily available through online retailers, which is great.

Software, fitness and sleep tracking, battery life

Huawei Band 7 runs a real-time OS that brings features to the home screen and has no installable apps. It is not really smart in the sense that you can not simply expand its functionality.

Huawei Band 7 review

Instead, a clock screen acts as your app. By default, you get a screen for heart rate, SpO2 reading, weather, music control and activity widget. You can choose which screens to display and rearrange them, but strangely enough, this does not happen through the screen itself (unlike many smartwatches, where a long press on a screen would allow you to remove or move it). You have to go into the settings menu, which is intuitive and boring.

Huawei Band 7 review

Another annoyance is that you can not change the function of the side button or add a long press.

The Huawei Health app is available through the Play Store, but once you have configured it, Huawei will ask you to download the latest version from its website. There is also an iOS app.

There are 10 pre-installed dials and more than 4 thousand through the Health app. Most are of good quality.

Huawei Band 7 review

But lack of features also translates into simplicity. Once you have configured the Huawei Band 7 or gotten used to its standard mode, it will do a fine job of showing you what you want to see.

Let’s talk about notifications. You can have Band 7 display messages from each app, but you will only be able to return a reply in some apps. For example, you can not answer in Viber, but you can in Messenger, and then only with preset sentences like OK, NO, YES, etc. or with an emoji.

Huawei Band 7 review

Fitness tracking is very robust. You have 96 training modes at your disposal, which cover everything this reviewer does. You will receive detailed analyzes during the training. There is a smart graph that tells you how committed you are, based on your heart rate.

Huawei Band 7 review

I made a side-by-side comparison with my trusty smartwatch that I wear every day and found the Huawei Band 7 a little more consistent. While my other wearable occasionally jumped up or down in reading with bpm, the Huawei Band 7 was more stable.

Huawei Band 7 review

I am convinced that Band 7 was accurate in tracking my progress.

I tracked my sleep with the Huawei Band 7 and compared it again with my tried and tested smartwatch. Here, Band 7 was not so accurate.

It thinks you’re asleep the moment you lie down, whereas my second watch would track how long it took before I actually fell asleep. As a result, my usual device said I slept a little over 6 hours, while Band 7 said I slept a little over 7. That night, I slept for 6 hours.

Huawei Band 7 review

The second problem is the seemingly overly deep sleep data. One night, the Huawei Band 7 says I had almost two hours while my second watch tracked 40 minutes. I consistently got a reading of over 2 hours per. night with Huawei Band 7.

Overall, the Huawei Band 7 gave me excellent sleep results, even on nights when I know I was not getting a good night’s sleep. If you are serious about improving your sleep, Huawei Band 7 will not give you the insight you need and you will think you are sleeping well.

Ending on a very high note, let’s talk battery life. Huawei claims up to 14 days of typical use. We got 8 days of hard use – about 5 days with notifications on with an always on screen activated and 4 workouts. The other 3 days, Band 7 was set to raise to wake up the screen, notifications turned off. We have no doubt that the Huawei Band 7 would last almost, if not a full 14 days, if you just use it as a watch.

Closing

Huawei Band 7 is one of the best options for a skilled smart wearable at an affordable price. It is well-built, has a solid set of functions and robust health and fitness tracking capabilities.

Huawei Band 7 review

Battery life is great, consistent with this type of device. There is a color for everyone and the price is very competitive. The only strong rival to the Huawei Band 7 is the Xiaomi Smart Band 7, which shares the price and is just as capable. So you will have to decide which of these wearables is more to your liking.

Overall, you can not go wrong with Huawei Band 7 and we would definitely recommend it to a friend!

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