Honor has unveiled its new smartwatch called Honor Watch ES. They got an elongated rectangular large touchscreen, which looks very unusual on the wrist.
Many manufacturers are trying to somehow surprise their consumers and the Honor brand succeeded with its new smartwatch model.
Many different smartwatches have passed through my hands, but this is the first time I meet with a design like the Honor Watch ES. Specifically, I will tell you about the appearance in a detailed review below.
If we talk about the price, then it is not the highest as in most flagship smartwatches. Currently, you can get the Honor Watch ES for $100, as similar competitors will cost you $150 or even more than $200.
Now I want to talk a little about the main features. The first is a large 1.64 inch AMOLED screen with a high pixel density. Also, the watch received 95 sports workout modes, 12 animated workout courses, and about 10 days of active use.
Okay, let me start my full review with the look and feel and see what features you come across as you use it.
Honor Watch ES: Specifications
|Honor Watch ES:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.64 inch AMOLED screen with 456 x 280 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|IP standart:||5 ATM waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 10 days|
|Size:||47 x 30 x 10.7 mm|
Appearance, unboxing, assembly, and materials
A small white box came to me, in which I found the watch itself, a charging two-pin magnetic cable, and instructions.
As I said, the first most unusual solution in the Honor Watch ES model was the presence of a rectangular touchscreen on the front. The screen itself is covered with 2.5D protective glass.
The AMOLED screen measures 1.64 inches with a resolution of 456 x 280 pixels. The pixel density is 326 PPI. I really like smartwatch screens using AMOLED matrices. They have rich and vibrant colors, especially the black looks very deep.
On sunny days, you can easily read your notifications. And also thanks to the large and elongated screen, you can see more important information.
If we talk about dimensions, then Honor Watch ES got 47 mm in height, 30 mm in width and 10.7 mm in thickness. By weight, the watch received 34.3 grams, as the case is made entirely of plastic.
On my small hand, the watch fits very well. They are comfortable to wear, despite their rectangular shape. But wearing them all the time will not be entirely comfortable, since sleeping in them will not be comfortable.
It is worth noting that the Honor smartwatch has received full protection from water under the 5 ATM standard. That is, you can safely swim in them and are not afraid that they will break. In addition, I want to note that swimming mode is also present.
A rectangular power button was installed on the right side of the case. It has a good response and I have no complaints about its work.
The reverse side of the watch received a two-pin charging connector with a heart rate sensor.
As for the strap, it is made of a pleasant silicone material. The strap is 20 mm wide and is detachable. Therefore, if you want to change to any other strap, then this will not be a big problem.
The build quality itself is pretty good. Although the body is made of plastic, it does not creak and has no extraneous noise during wearing. Ok, now I want to talk a little about the main functions and the application.
Functions, features, and how to connect the application
The first feature of the Honor Watch ES is the large number of different watch faces. You can choose any watch face according to your taste and preference.
If you hold your finger on the main screen for a few seconds, you will be taken to the menu of various watch faces. If there are not enough of them, then you can additionally install through the mobile application.
If you swipe down, you will get to the quick settings menu. Here you can find standard functions – battery level, date, do not disturb mode, find phone, alarm clock, and settings.
If you swipe to the left, we get to the section with various widgets. It is a heart rate, stress, weather widget, and music player control. Since smartwatches do not have built-in memory, you will not be able to download music to the watch itself. But you will be able to control music from your wrist on your smartphone. If you swipe to the right, we will see the same widgets that were earlier, only in reverse order.
If you swipe up, you will see a menu of notifications that came on your smartphone. You can only read notifications, as well as receive calls, but smartwatches cannot answer or receive calls.
To get to the main menu with all applications and functions, you need to press the button on the right side. Here I discovered – these are sports modes, records, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleep, stress, breathing exercises, music, camera, notifications, weather, stopwatch, timer, flashlight, find phone, and settings.
In the settings you will find screen controls, for example, set the brightness level, dial selection, and much more. Also in the settings section, you can set the vibration level, there is a do not disturb mode, sports settings, and information about the watch.
Of the useful functions, I can mention a large number of sports training modes. The watch received 95 types of workouts and that’s a lot. In addition, the watch can automatically detect the type of training. Another useful feature is the presence of animations. There are only 12 different types of them and the user will see how to correctly perform wrist control on a smartwatch.
I have done some comparative heart rate tests. I took my Galaxy Watch and Honor Watch ES smartwatch. The result was slightly different, for example, the Galaxy showed a slightly higher value of around 115 and the Honor watch around 109 bpm. The same goes for the blood oxygen level, the Galaxy watch was 98% and the Honor 94%.
Many will be interested to know about the built-in GPS. So, this module is not in the Honor Watch ES model. But you can use GPS navigation through your smartphone.
To install a branded application, you will need to tell it through the Play or App Stores. The application itself was named Huawei Health App. Many people are already familiar with this application, especially those who have previously encountered smartwatches from Huawei.
After connecting the watch with a smartphone, you can analyze various indicators. For example, heart rate, steps, distance, and other indicators. You can also activate applications through which you will receive notifications. In addition, keep track of GPS navigation during your walks or workouts.
Battery and charging time
Despite its custom design, the Honor Watch ES only received a 180mAh battery capacity. The manufacturer guarantees up to 10 days of work. But as my practice has shown, the battery life with active use will be up to one week.
Also, the smartwatch has fast charging, that is, in 30 minutes of charge, the watch from 0% will be charged to 70%. A full charge will take 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
The Honor Watch ES is an unusual smartwatch that I’ve had to test. If you’ve been looking for a quality sports watch with a variety of sports training modes for a long time, then this model is a good choice.
On the other hand, the Watch ES smartwatch does not have a built-in GPS module, it cannot receive calls or respond to notifications. Overall, this is a regular fitness watch that I test frequently, but with a higher price tag.
But, I cannot say that the new watch from Honor is bad, as it has a well-tuned user interface. The touch controls are very precise and responsive, and opening any menu is very quick and instant.
Price and where to buy a cheap watch?
Now you can buy the Honor Watch ES smartwatch at a bargain price for $ 100.20 with a 20% discount.
Of course, the price is not the lowest for a smartwatch, but do not forget about the good stuffing and fast work of various functions and features.