Honor revealed their new budget “fitness” tracker the Honor band 4 Running Edition side by side with their View 20 smartphone. The Honor band 4 Running Edition is just a more cost-efficient version of its elder brother, the Honor Band 4. The company has focused mainly on one thing with the Honor Band 4 Running Edition which is, as the name suggests, running. This fitness band lacks most of the essential sensors and features that you’d expect from any smart fitness tracker, for instance, the GPS and the Heart Rate Sensor. Even though it is made to track your running patterns more efficiently, you can’t use the Honor Band 4 Running Edition to track your runs while wearing it on your wrist, instead to track your running patterns you’ll have to wear this tracker on your shoe, that’s right “on your shoe”. So, here’s our full review for the New Honor Band 4 Running Edition.
Design and Build Quality
The Honor Band 4 Running Edition comes with a 0.5 inches plastic-based OLED display, which is okay for your day to day use and can get considerably bright but still sometimes it can be hard to see the screen in broad daylight. The band itself feels a little cheap but for this price range, you cannot expect more. The OLED panel on the Honor Band 4 Running Edition isn’t a touchscreen panel thus all of the inputs are given from a circular physical button present at the bottom of the screen. The button supports inputs like single press and long press and can be used to perform different functions depending on the given input. There is no charging port or heart rate sensor available on the device.
As mentioned earlier, the Honor Band 4 Running Edition can be used while you are wearing it on your wrist or while it is attached to your shoe. The Honor Band 4 Running Edition comes with a special type of adapter that can be used to attach it with your shoes.
Performance and Features
The Honor Band 4 Running Edition doesn’t pack a lot of features but it sure does a good job when it comes to tracking your footsteps and running pattern. It is basically a device whose one and only purpose is to give you a better analysis of your runs. When in foot mode (fitted on either of your shoes), The Honor Band 4 Running Edition can measure stuff like step length, foot strike pattern, cadence, ground contact time and landing Impact while on the other hand when in wrist mode, the band will only be able to measure your steps.
The Honor Band 4 is 50m water resistant which is a good thing for a fitness band that just costs almost about $23 but then again it lacks most of the features a fitness band should at least have.
The band does have a feature where it pops up a notification on the screen whenever you receive a call or a text message but it doesn’t show the caller’s ID or any other information. The Honor Band 4 Running Edition doesn’t have GPS but it still does an okay job in tracking the distance of your runs.
Other than that, the overall performance of the device is pretty good and it connects easily to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Unlike its bigger sibling which packs a 100mAh battery, The Honor Band 4 Running Edition has a 77mAh battery, which on paper should keep this device up and running for almost about 21 days but that depends upon your usage of the device.
The charging brick/adapter of the Honor Band 4 Running Edition is kind of interesting as one end of the adapter is a USB port while the other end is designed in such a way that all you have to do is place the Honor Band 4 Running Edition’s module inside its charging adapter to charge it, “No strings attached”.
Price and Verdict
The Honor Band 4 Running Edition is available right now for a price of about Rs. 1,599 in India. Thinking about what the other devices in the market have been priced at the Honor band 4 Running Edition is pretty cheap but is definitely useless for you if you’re not buying this device for the purpose of running. The Honor Band 4 Running Edition is available in many colorful thermoplastic straps like blue, yellow, black, pink, and green and red. Most of the straps have a nice dual color finish in them which makes the Honor Band 4 Running Edition a lot sporty and fresh. Moreover if you are looking for a job in technology then it could be better chance to try.
Summing Everything up, the Honor band 4 Running Edition is a value for money device with a purpose of providing a better running experience for its users other than that there are many other smart fitness bands/watches available in the market that will do most of the work the Honor Band 4 Running Edition does an example is the Xiaomi Mi Band 3.