Here’s a wearable you won’t throw away in three months. The Huawei TalkBand B2 is a water-resistant Bluetooth earpiece and activity tracker in one, with three variants that’ll match your OOTD. It’s unobtrusive, and leaves most of the user-staring-at-screen to the paired-with iOS or Android phone. The removable earpiece alone is uber-practical, especially when you’re driving. And if ever you can’t find your phone, the TalkBand B2 can.
Unlike other wearables, the TalkBand B2 doesn’t look like a gadget on your wrist. It’s a wristband that’s barely there. This minimalism also excludes the TalkBand B2 from showing text and chat message notifications, a feature thought to be “standard” in a wearable. Huawei’s approach is different – they want you to keep wearing the TalkBand B2.
Some users get tired of reading their messages on their wearables, and then pulling out their phones to respond, and end up using their wearables, months later, as just watches, or else into the drawer they go (for long term safe-keeping).
Even if you don’t want to get into shape, the Huawei TalkBand B2’s sleep tracker tells you if you’ve been getting enough deep, as opposed to light sleep – because a productive brain needs deep sleep. The Bluetooth earpiece pops out of the wrist cradle easily, so you can take calls even while driving – that and its phone finder feature are immensely practical. The longer you wear the TalkBand B2, the more you’ll find its nudges to stop being idle worth listening to. And you’ll want to get in shape.
The Talkband B2’s 6-axis motion sensor knows when you’re idle – as when you’ve been siting on your desk for too long – and the B2 tells you to move around a bit. For people who live a semi-sedentary life in front of the computer, this is vital: a reminder to get off your behind and stretch and escalate the heart rate.
If paired with a Huawei phone, the TalkBand B2 can be used as a remote shutter. You can do the proper framing with a tripod, for example, and then get into position and use the TalkBand B2 to trigger the shot. (Above is the Honor 6.)
Huawei TalkBand B2 Specs and Key Features
Quality Bluetooth headset (Bluetooth 3.0, 2.4GHz) with high quality sound. The TalkBand B2 is equipped with dual-microphone and noise reduction technology. It vibrates when there’s an incoming call and shows who’s calling, or his number. Simply pop the earpiece from the wristband to take the call. You can connect up to two phones to the TalkBand B2.
6-axis motion detects different activities with high accuracy – walking, running, cycling, climbing, hiking. It also calculates amount of calories burned per per type of activity to help you plan your workouts, diets, etc. The sensor also tracks the duration of deep and light sleep to provide you with health tips about your sleeping pattern. Data can be synched with mobile phone, to share achievements via social networks.
Phone finder. When paired with an iOS or Android phone, and if within 10 meters, the TalkBand B2 also has a pager to search and locate your phone through vibration or ring tone alerts.
Intuitive touch screen UI. The TalkBand B2 has a .73-inch, 128×88 pixel, mono PMOLED touchscreen. You can swipe your finger to cycle through the various modes, like time/date, steps taken, sleep time, and calories burned.
IP57 water and dust resistance. It’s safe to jog with the TalkBand B2 under the rain, but don’t swim with it.
Works with with Android 4.0+ and iOS 7.0+ via Huawei Wear app. The TalkBand B2’s data are synchronized in real time and displayed in graphics that are beautiful and easy to use.
Integration with UP by Jawbone, where the Huawei Wear app and TalkBand B2 report directly your goals, activities, and sleep patterns to your social network. This essentially gamefies your activities.
Tough materials, three variants to match your OOTD. The Huawei TalkBand B2’s metal bracket is made of high strength, light weight aviation aluminum. The B2 comes in two watchband styles – the TPU material in white and black, or the luxurious brown leather.
Remote shutter. Works only when paired with a Huawei phone.
Good battery stamina, easy to charge. The TalkBand B2 can last up to five days. Call time up to six hours and standby time is 12 days. Charging is done via a micro USB port. Fully charged in about 1.5 hours.
(Left to Right) Nino Carandang (Category Head for MBB and Wearables, Huawei), Al Dimapilis (Marketing Director, Huawei), Charles Wu (Country Head Consumer Business Group, Huawei), Patrick Ru (Product Manager for MBB and Wearables, Huawei) and fitness instructors Mitch and Armand Mendoza who endorse the TalkBand B2.
Price and Availability
The Huawei TalkBand B2 Sports Edition comes in black and white priced at Php 6,990, while the Gold TalkBand B2 Executive Edition (leather) is priced at Php 7,990. The TalkBand B2 is available now in all Huawei Brand Shops all over the Philippines.
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