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CNET First Look
Huawei's two-in-one TalkBand B2 fitness tracker tries too hardFrom your wrist to your ear? The TalkBand B2 is an activity tracker combined with a Bluetooth headset. CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a first look.
I though I saw it all in the wearable world but that's before I got my hands on Hauwei Talkband B2. This device is part activity tracker and other part is bluetooth ear piece for making phone calls. When you received a call on your smartphone the Talkband will vibrate and either display the name of the contact calling or the phone number. You can then pop out the ear piece, place it in your ear and begin a conversation. On my end things sounded pretty good, but for the people that I was speaking with it sounded like I was far away or I was talking to them on speakerphone. But this is only one of the features the talk band can do. It's also an activity tracker that's capable of measuring the steps you take, distance traveled, calories burned and when you're asleep at night. There's also a vibration on board that can be used to wake you up in the morning or remind you to get up and move. Unfortunately, battery life is a problem. While they claims you'll get around six days depending on how much you use the device But I got only three and a half days and that wasn't with many phone calls. This is a lot worse than other activity trackers, most of which can last at least a week. I'm also not the biggest fan of the overall design. The earpiece makes it bulky. The screen is hard to read outdoors and the device is only splashproof. So you can't wear it in the shower or the pool. The one shining feature about the TalkBand is that's the first third-party device that can sync with Jawbone's powerful Up software. This opens the door to Jawbone's smart coaching insight that I find help really motivate me to help me reach my health and fitness goals. Syncing wasn't always smooth though, because you still have to sync with Wowie's mobile app. What will they think of the jog [UNKNOWN] app. You're just better off buying a cheaper and in my opinion better jog on up two or the FitBit charge. The Talk band B2 is available now in the US for $180. For more information [MUSIC] be sure to check out my full review over at cnet.com. I'm Dan Roger of CNet and that was the first look at the [UNKNOWN] Talk Band B2.