Apple Watch or Honor Band 5: sleep monitoring

The Apple Watch is the most popular wearable device, plus it has a rare

health benefits.Namely the ability to use an advanced heart rate monitoring method and the ability of the watch to monitor and detect and ultimately dangerous heart rhythm disturbances and then notify the user. Well, of course, these two functions are not unfounded, they are approved and certified.

Rumor has it that Apple wants to turnYou can also turn your watch into a smart sleep tracker, but this option has not yet been officially implemented. For now, users can simply install apps on their smartwatches to track sleep. The most popular are Pillow or Sleep++.

One blogger was interested in comparingsleep monitoring on Honor Band 5 and Apple Watch with the pre-installed Pillow application. It's worth noting that Honor's new Band 5 watch can be purchased for less than $40, and this fitness bracelet is a direct competitor to Xiaomi's Mi Band line. However, it has more features such as oxygen level tracking.

The blogger carried the Honor Band 5 for about a week and highlighted a number of advantages and disadvantages.


  • Excellent battery life — up to 10 days with heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking
  • Useful SpO2 Oxygen Levels
  • Rich activity tracking features, including free workouts and swimming style reports
  • Call & Message Notifications


  • The screen is not very responsive when wet, it is difficult to turn off swimming tracking, sometimes it does not respond to touch if it is wet.
  • Awakening time is easy to miss with a simple tap on the screen.

However, the user was most interested indedicated sleep tracking mode on the Honor Band 5, which he compared to an Apple Watch with third-party apps loaded. Let’s say right away that sleep monitoring on the Honor Band 5 does not significantly reduce battery life, which cannot be said from the Apple Watch; the watch runs out much faster.

The user notes that Band 5 and Apple Watchdetermine the moment when you go to bed and wake up almost identically. However, there are differences in how the apps define deep, light sleep. The Pillow app also counts time in bed while the user is awake, so the stats change as a result. The Honor Band 5 is more trustworthy as these watches provide more detailed breakdowns. As a result, the final verdicts on the quality of sleep that the Apple Watch produces differ somewhat depending on the application and its interpretation.

Screenshots from Honor Band 5

Apple Watch (Pillow) vs Honor Band 5

The reason why Apple is still notis adding sleep tracking to its smartwatch's overall list of features, not that the company can't do it. It’s just that the new feature will significantly increase the battery consumption of the watch, and the battery life of the Apple Watch — this is already the lowest figure for the world's most popular wearable devices.

Therefore, you can completely do with the Honor Band 5, which are universal in their application and at the same time much cheaper.