Huawei Watch 2: A robust fitness-focused Android Put on smartwatch

Final yr I had an opportunity to check out the Huawei Watch and it ended up being arguably the perfect Android Put on smartwatch of 2016. That unique Huawei Watch was a style watch with metal and leather-based band choices with a refined design.

This yr’s Huawei Watch 2 is extra targeted on the sports activities and exercise monitoring demographic. There’s a Basic version that has a extra conventional band system and look extra for model, however I evaluated the US model that’s designed to offer you all you want for figuring out and monitoring your every day exercise.

When you perceive that this Huawei Watch 2 is designed as a smartwatch that can be utilized all through the day and likewise as your GPS operating watch, then it turns into a beneficial companion with many features that additionally let it stand alone with out your telephone.

Specs

  • Working system: Android Put on 2.zero
  • Show: 1.2 inch (30.4mm) 390 x 390 pixels decision AMOLED shade display screen product of Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Put on 210 1.1 GHz
  • RAM and storage: 768MB RAM and 4GB storage
  • Mud and water resistance: IP68
  • Connectivity and sensors: 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth four.1 LE, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, optical HR, barometer, compass, gyroscope
  • Battery: 420 mAh
  • Dimensions: 45 x 45 x 12.6 mm and 40 grams

With regards to Android Put on smartwatches, there’s nothing lacking right here on the Huawei Watch 2. There are additionally LTE variations outdoors of the US, however after proudly owning a LTE-enabled Gear S3 Frontier I do not but discover a lot worth in having LTE on a smartwatch.

The very first thing I seen after I took the Huawei Watch 2 out of the field was how gentle it was in comparison with the unique Huawei Watch. With out the bands, this second era is 15 grams lighter, which is rather a lot with regards to one thing mounted always in your wrist.

Huawei achieves this on the Huawei Watch 2 via using a ceramic bezel across the Gorilla Glass show, plastic sides, and a skinny steel backside plate the place the guts price monitor is mounted. As a watch designed for every day exercise monitoring and health, the lighter weight is appreciated and makes for a really snug all-day watch.

The show has about the identical decision as the unique Huawei Watch, however is a bit smaller (1.2 vs 1.four inches) so has the next pixel density. It seems nice in low gentle and within the daylight. The bezel angles down in direction of the show, however the smaller show and vast bezel makes it a bit tough to enter in my PIN and faucet on the keyboard.

Whereas the ceramic bezel with numbers on it provides the watch a health look, I wish to see the bezel rotate like on my Gear S3 Frontier or else be a bit narrower to help a 1.four inch show.

There are two massive buttons, coloured yellow on the concrete grey mannequin I’m testing, with the higher button appearing to activate the show and activate the launcher. When you press and maintain this higher button then Google Assistant may even launch, however you can even merely state OK Google to launch the Assistant. The underside button is customizable within the settings, however by default it’s setup to launch the customized Huawei Exercise app that I’ll talk about extra within the software program part beneath.

The smooth silicone band is snug and stays securely in place. The band could be simply eliminated with the fast launch pins, however there are limits to the band you need to use to interchange the default bands with. The concrete grey shade I’m testing has white dots all through, just like overspray from portray or one thing to that impact.

Watch software program

The Huawei Watch 2 runs Android Put on 2.zero out of the field, which comes with Google Assistant and a modified person interface. Swipe down from the watch face to view your fast controls or get entry to all the detailed settings. Swipe as much as view your notifications after which proper to clear them. You may also clear all by swiping to the underside of your notifications.

Watch faces can merely be modified by swiping left or proper from the primary watch face show. I do not change my watch faces that usually and am not an enormous fan of this variation in Android Put on 2.zero

Android Put on 2.zero makes an attempt to make smartwatches stand on their very own, which implies the Google Play Retailer was moved to the watch quite than as a companion to the telephone. This makes you must discover and handle your app installations and updates instantly on a small 1.2 inch show. I would favor to handle my apps on the telephone, just like how the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear watches operate.

It’s good to obtain music for offline enjoyment instantly from Google Play Music although. You additionally get 10 weeks of free Google Play Music with the acquisition of a Huawei Watch 2. The speaker on the Huawei Watch 2 is kind of loud and I discovered I can take pleasure in music whereas operating with out even having a Bluetooth headset related.

There are additionally two mics with noise cancellation in order that telephone calls via the Huawei Watch 2 are glorious.

Huawei additionally contains some customized apps to boost the general expertise. These embrace apps for Battery, Exercise, and Day by day Monitoring. The Battery app is pretty easy, supplying you with choices to toggle on sensible energy saving or watch mode. Good energy saving turns off the always-on watch face and actively manages brightness which in flip provides you a few days of battery life. Watch mode provides you a number of days of battery life by solely enabling the clock and pedometer, the necessities to operate as a every day exercise system and watch.

The Exercise app provides you choices to trace your operating in several modes, strolling, outside biking, treadmill, indoor biking, and different actions or to observe your coaching plan that you’ve got chosen within the smartphone Huawei Well being software. I’ve used the Huawei Watch 2 a number of instances for my operating as I prepare for my first full marathon. The GPS has picked up the satellites rapidly, been very correct when in comparison with my Garmin Fenix three HR, and supplied intensive knowledge captured by the watch. This contains tempo, energy, velocity, coronary heart price, steps, stride size, altitude, coaching impact, VO2 max, and restoration time. The Huawei Watch 2 is an superb GPS operating watch, however the knowledge shouldn’t be exportable to different companies and I’m unable to get knowledge out of the watch into Runkeeper, Garmin Join, or different companies I take advantage of. I’ve the Runkeeper app on the watch and might use that, however like all the knowledge captured by the Huawei Exercise app so hope future replace will both add companies or the flexibility to export the information.

The Day by day Monitoring app is just like the Exercise app seen on the Apple Watch. There are colourful semi-circles that point out your progress in steps, energetic minutes, and what number of instances you stood all through your day. The apps additionally tracks and exhibits progress for energy burned, distance lined, stairs climbed, and resting hear price. Not like another watches, resting coronary heart price is measured commonly on the Huawei Watch 2.

Smartphone software program

The Android Put on software on the smartphone is pretty fundamental and the identical expertise throughout all Android Put on watches. It’s helpful for organising the primary connection and taking screenshots, however after that I not often use it with all apps managed on the watch itself.

In case you are not utilizing a Huawei smartphone, then it is best to obtain and set up the Huawei Well being app with a view to see extra particulars of your every day exercise. This smartphone app is just like the Day by day Monitoring app on the watch, but additionally brings in your train knowledge that you simply seize utilizing the Exercise app.

There are additionally playing cards for viewing your coaching plan progress, sleep, and weight. Sadly, sleep monitoring shouldn’t be supported on the Huawei Watch 2 presently so I’m not positive why there’s a sleep card accessible. Hopefully, sleep monitoring is coming in a future replace to the watch.

You may also handle the models, your profile, and set targets on this Huawei Well being app. There are knowledge sharing choices for UP by Jawbone, Google Match, and MyFitnessPal.

Pricing and competitors

The Huawei Watch 2 is offered now from retailers comparable to Best Buy, B&H Photograph, Goal, Walmart, and extra for $299.99. You should buy it in carbon black or concrete grey. The orange one you could have seen in photos is a LTE model accessible outdoors the US.

The clunkier LG Watch Sport is offered for $349 whereas the sleeker LG Watch Fashion is offered for $249. The fashionable Fossil Q X Cory Richards is offered for $325.

Day by day utilization experiences and conclusion

The Huawei Watch 2 packs all the most recent Android Put on expertise into a light-weight bundle that’s nonetheless a bit thick for individuals who have smaller wrists. It’s clearly focused in direction of the health market so in case you are in search of a excessive finish watch to put on to work then this isn’t the proper candidate.

I used to be in a position to get via on daily basis with out having to cost up the watch and sometimes get in a brief run too. The Huawei Watch 2 did effectively at monitoring my runs and serving me up music by way of the built-in speaker and Bluetooth headset. It may positively be used for many informal runners and people in search of a smartwatch that may operate as their health watch too.

I personally discovered the show to be a bit too small and had some bother coming into my passcode to unlock the look ahead to Android Pay utilization. Nevertheless, the show seems implausible with clear fonts and vibrant colours.

Android Put on 2.zero is taking me a little bit of time to get used to, however after preliminary setup and set up of key apps the expertise is best and I’m having fun with sporting the Huawei Watch 2 as my every day driver.

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