One of my gripes with wearables till now has been that they do not replace anything that you already carry. They just add another baggage to all the baggages you are already compelled to carry around. See my article, If you’re going to make a smartwatch, pay attention.. The average wrist band does not replace your smartphone, your bluetooth headset, power bank, or anything else. Not so Huawei TalkBand B1.
Features of Huawei TalkBand B1
Not only does it pair with your Android and iOS smartphone to track your fitness activities, daily commute, and sleep patterns, the flexible display is detachable for use as a Bluetooth headset so you don’t have to hold your wrist to your ear to make and receive calls. Now, someone is talking.
Huawei seems to be addressing the battery issue right too. They claim that the B1 has a standby time of 14 days and active time of 6 days. Charging time from empty is less than 2 hours. We shall see how that pans out in real usage eventually. Of course, a full smartwatch running apps would drain faster.
Connectivity with your smartphone is handled by Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC fast pair. For charging of the battery, there is standard USB. The Huawei Talkband B1 is also dust resistant and IP57 waterproof, meaning it can be immersed in up to 1M of water for 30 minutes.
Now, if only it were a full smart watch and not just a fitness band. But at least it tells the time. The Huawei TalkBand B1 is a good move in the right direction. Now, please give a smartwatch that scores like this and that also addresses all my other gripes and you have an evangelist in me.