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Huawei Band 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Fit e vs Fitbit Inspire - Budget wearable face off!

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Let's put three of the affordable smart bands in the Philippine market against each other.
Huawei Band 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Fit e vs Fitbit Inspire - Wearable face off
Fitbit Inspire, Samsung Galaxy Fit e, and Huawei Band 4

2019 is the year of the affordable smart wearable with several capable smart bands arriving in the Philippines at affordable prices! But we were curious about which one was the best. 

So we got three of the best ones and compared them with each other. They are the Fitbit Inspire, Samsung Galaxy Fit e and Huawei Band 4.

Build Quality/Design

Displays turn off to save power
Displays turn off to save power

All three models are made of a combination of premium polycarbonate. The display on the Huawei band is the only one with a curved glass on top while the other two have a polycarbonate top. All three are fingerprint magnets.


Huawei Band 4, Samsung Galaxy Fit e and Fitbit Inspire have 5 ATM water resistance. This means that they are water-resistant to up to 50 meters in depth for 10 minutes.

In front of the Huawei, the band is a 0.96-inch TFT color touch display with a resolution of 160 x 80 with a maximum number of 40 lines per page. It has a capacitive home button below it. The Galaxy Fit e has a 0.74-inch touch display with a resolution of 128 x 64 while the Fitbit has an undisclosed OLED display.

The Huawei's display is the only colored display while having the highest resolution that makes the text and the images colorful and easy to read.

Huawei's touch screen is the most accurate and responsive with the Fitbit in second place. The Galaxy Fit e's display is almost always delayed with some of our touch inputs not registering.

Huawei also has the most selection of creative watch faces that we further explored in the features category below.

Side by side, the sheer size of the Huawei Band 4 and the bright color of Galaxy Fit e make both standouts while the Inspire's curved display makes it sleek and low profile.

Huawei Band 4 comes in three colors: Graphite Black, Amber Sunrise and Sakura Pink. Samsung Galaxy Fit e comes in three colors: Black, White and Yellow. Fitbit Inspire comes in two colors: Black and Sangria.
Fitness bands without the straps
Fitness bands without the straps

At the bottom of the body of each fitness band are sensors and/or meta CPU contact points. The bands of the Huawei Band 4 and the Fitbit Inspire attach to the body via a locking mechanism at both ends of the body.

All three fitness bands have the feature to remove the straps with the Huawei Band 4 being the only one that has a strap locking mechanism that hides a full-sized USB port. It is a simple but elegant design that effectively removes the need for carrying an external charging cradle that the Galaxy Fit and the Fitbit Inspire has included in the Box.

Band 4 has a clever USB charging port!

This is one of the best features of the Huawei Band 4 because this means we can charge it with any device with a USB port like a power bank or our laptop.
The straps
The straps

Huawei Band 4 has the more traditional watch strap style while the Galaxy Fit e has the inverted locking system that hides the excess strap length.

The Fitbit Inspires strap has the unique locking system where the protruding spike that latches into the wholes of the strap is at the end of the other strap.

All three are effective at locking the bands in place but we found the Huawei Band 4 to be the most familiar to use while the Galaxy Fit e's being the easiest to readjust.

Battery

A simple but super functional built-in USB interface
A simple but super functional built-in USB interface

After wearing all three bands on the same wrist for 4 days straight (even when asleep), the Huawei Band 4 had 51 percent battery left, the Samsung Galaxy Fit e had 46 percent battery left, and the Fitbit had 31 percent battery life left. We only took off all the bands when taking the daily shower.
Samsung Galaxy Fit e charging cradle
Samsung Galaxy Fit e charging cradle

It is clear that even though the Huawei Band 4 has the larger touch screen display, it is able to outlast the other two. In second place is the Samsung Galaxy fit e while the Fitbit Inspire is in the last place.
Fitbit Inspire with the charging cradle
Fitbit Inspire with the charging cradle

Both the Galaxy Fit e and the Inspire require a proprietary charging cradle but Huawei Band 4 has a built-in USB interface so you won't have to always have to carry the cradle nor do you have to worry about losing the charging cradle. It is a simple but super functional and super convenient feature.

Features

Watch face option for each fitness band
Watch face option for each fitness band

All three have the option to customize the watch faces of each fitness band but only the Huawei Band 4 has a colored display that can display the most lines. It also has the most options for watch faces. The Galaxy Fit had the least number of watch faces.

Huawei Health app, Samsung Health app, and Fitbit app
Huawei Health app, Samsung Health app, and Fitbit app

Huawei Band 4 comes with a touch screen with a capacitive home key, several watch face support, push notifications, water resistance, and activity monitoring. It charges via the USB charging interface.


Sports mode on Huawei Band 4!

Huawei Band 4 is able to detect 9 types of activities: Running, Hiking, Bicycling, Indoor-running, Indoor bicycling, Free exercise, elliptical, rower, indoor walking with its TruSeen 3.5.

The TruSeen 3.5 tech was able to accurately measure heart rate while providing intelligent reminders through vibrations as a warning if your heart rate exceeds the maximum average heart rate during your activity.
Treadmill workout-tracking, recording and recommendations
Treadmill workout-tracking, recording, and recommendations

Samsung Galaxy Fit e has comparable features with the Huawei Band 4 except for its need for a charging cradle and that the display is non-colored. It is able to detect 10 types of activities: Running, Walking, Cycling, Hiking, Swimming, Exercise Bike, Elliptical Trainer, Weight Machines, Circuit training. 

Fitbit Inspire, on the other hand, can also do most of what the Huawei Band 4 can do except for the need for a charging cradle, the lack of a sleep recording, the non-colored display and the limited workout types it can detect. It can detect 3 workout types: Run, Walk, and Hike.
Huawei Band 4 Sleep tracking
Huawei Band 4 Sleep tracking

Only the Band 4 and Galaxy Fit e detect, track, record, analyze and make recommendations on the user's sleep activity. Both are able to track the length, type, and quality of sleep. Both are able to analyze the user's sleep and assess their quality. Both then make recommendations.

Huawei Band 4 tracks your sleep with TruSleep 2.0 that monitors your heart rate during sleep to recognize the different phases of sleep while determining the sleep quality. It then identifies 6 different types of sleep problems and will offer suggestions so users can improve their sleep.

Samsung Galaxy Fit e is also able to track and monitor sleep quality and then offer recommendations via the Samsung Health app.
Samsung Galaxy Fit e Sleep tracking
Samsung Galaxy Fit e Sleep tracking

The Fitbit Inspire is disappointing because it doesn't have the robust sleep tracking of the more expensive Fitbit models.

Huawei Band 4 advantages - Materials used, design, high-resolution colored screen, strong battery life, built-in USB charging port, IR sensor, more affordable price tag
Samsung Galaxy Fit e advantages - MIL-STG-810G compliant, Bluetooth 5.0, 10 types workout recording
Fitbit Inspire advantages - Compatibility with Windows 10

Huawei Band 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Fit e vs Fitbit Inspire Specs Comparison

DeviceHuawei Band 4Samsung Galaxy Fit eFitbit Inspire
Display 0.95-inch scratch-resistant 2.5D curved TFT screen w/ 160 x 80 resolution at 186 ppi 0.74-inch display with 128 x 64 resolution at 193 ppiMonochrome OLED touch screen with 126 x 36 resolution
Battery 91mAh 70mAhundisclosed
Compatibility Android 4.4 or later and iOS 9.0 or later Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or aboveCompatible with iPhone 4s and later, iPad 3 and later, Android 5.0 and later, and Windows 10 devices
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, NFC (optional) Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 4.0
Sensors 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, IR Accelerometer, heart rate sensor
3-axis accelerometer, heart rate sensor
Others 5 ATM water resistance, Colors: graphite black, sakura pink 5 ATM water resistance, MIL-STG-810G compliant, Colors: black, white, yellow5 ATM water resistance, Colors: black, sangria
Dimensions 56 x 18.5 x 12.5 mm
40.2 x 16.0 x 10.9 mm
38 x 18.3 x 11.8 mm
Weight 24 g 15 g15g
Price PHP 1,890PHP 1,990PHP 4,590

Verdict

The Huawei Band 4 and Samsung Galaxy Fit e are able to accurately track, record and analyze heart rate, workouts, and sleep. Both can also analyze and make recommendations regarding the user's activities.

Unfortunately, the Fitbit Inspire does not track sleep which makes it a horrible value being priced upwards of PHP 4,500 while both the Huawei Band 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Fit are priced under PHP 2,000.

What makes the Huawei Band 4 standout is its premium build materials, pretty and functional design (built-in USB charging port), high-resolution colored display, and its incredible value.

For us, Band 4 is a game-changer.

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