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The Huawei Band 3 Pro sticks to the classic Huawei strategy of offering more techy features for less money. And it’s lucky we reviewed the tracker a little after launch as Huawei seems to have addressed some issues already.
Heart rate tracking is now solid, and notifications support is less clunky than in the sister Honor Band 4.
This tracker deserves more watch faces, it’s not the most comfortable in its class and we’re ultimately not convinced by the slightly built-up, overtly fancy metal design.
However, it performs well in every area. Standalone run tracking is good, battery life solid and outdoors visibility is commendable. At the price, we’re more than happy.
Who's this for?
The Huawei Band 3 Pro is for people who want a Fitbit-like tracker but could be tempted away by the offer of more advanced features for the same money, or less.
However, it is also more upmarket than most of the Chinese bands with that same selling point. You get value and some higher-end design traits.
Should you buy it?
If you want an affordable fitness band that will track runs fully without the help of a phone, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is one of the best around.
However, if you use your mobile for music or podcasts whenever you go out for a run or to the gym, the lower-key Fitbit Inspire HR scores a little better for likeability and comfort. But not battery life.
First reviewed: April 2019
Andrew is a freelance journalist and has been writing and editing for some of the UK's top tech and lifestyle publications including TrustedReviews, Stuff, T3, TechRadar, Lifehacker and others.