Huawei Watch Fit 2 made its global debut in May at a glamorous event in Milan, there we also saw the Look at the GT 3 Pro and the foldable smartphone Mate Xs 2. We already have reviewed the flagship portableand now we also got to spend some time with Fit.
It has a 1.74 ”AMOLED screen, heart rate, SpO2 and stress tracking as well as support for 97 different sports modes. Huawei offers it in three styles, where we are an elegant solution in Silver Frost color with a magnetic metal band. The 20 mm band itself is standard and easily replaceable, but we loved the overall look, so we found no reason to look for alternatives.
Design and build
Huawei Watch Fit 2 has a rectangular body and an impressively thin frame on all four sides. It is quite compact and fits halfway between smartwatches and smart bands. The manufacturer provided it with a single flat button on the side and a touch screen, which is the only way to navigate – you can not scroll with any rotating button.
The watch is extremely light – around 30 grams without the metal band. But even that included it still feels barely on the wrist. But people who do not want to remove their arm hairs may have small problems with the strap that borrows the design from medieval chain mail with small circular elements woven into each other.
The back has the health sensors and the big disappointment – two pogo pins for the proprietary charger. That’s right, Watch Fit 2 does not support wireless charging, so you will need to carry another cable. Huawei decided to choose a magnetic alternative that can be cumbersome as the magnet attaches to the metal frame and strap instead of the pogo pins themselves.
The user interface is Harmony OS 2.0, essentially what Huawei has been using in its portable devices in recent years. The OS is adapted for the rectangular screen, which means that the menu is only in a list – there is no option to have all apps and functions on a single screen, floating next to each other like the GT 3 devices.
Downloading Huawei Health is crucial for Watch Fit 2 to work properly. Thankfully, we had no problem connecting the portable device to any of the phones we tested and the app can also be downloaded from a web browser. We should mention that while Huawei Health is available on Google Play, the company recommends getting it from its AppGallery repository as it has a more updated version. In fact, the version currently available in the Play Store does not yet support Watch Fit 2.
Huawei Watch Fit 2 supports 97 sport modes, one more than Huawei Band 7. We specifically asked business leaders about the difference between the band and the watch because both segments have fluctuating limits. Fit 2 comes with GPS, unlike the band, which means that it can track a run or a swim or a bike ride on its own and does not need smartphone help for that.
The notification delivery is reliable, although Huawei has trouble displaying emojis, and they come out as an asterisk, especially if someone reacted to an Instagram story. Still, they are easy to handle and navigate. Watch Fit 2 also comes with weather updates (downloaded from your phone), sunrise and sunset times, and lunar phases.
Huawei Watch Fit 2 has a 292 mAh battery. It can take up to 10 days on a single charge with AOD turned off and some health monitoring features turned off.
In real-world scenarios, Watch Fit 2 kept us going for eight days, especially if everyday activities are involved. Turning the AOD halves it. On the upside, each pre-installed dial comes with its AOD design, so you get at least a little extra style to compensate for the lost endurance.
The already mentioned proprietary charger comes in the box and has a USB at the other end. A charge of 50% takes 30 minutes, while 0-100% takes about 80 minutes.
Huawei offers Watch Fit 2 as a stylish solution for city dwellers who want a fashion accessory that can also display notifications and some health tracking. We loved the available strap selection and the fast connection and communication with the smartphone.
We also enjoyed the audible fitness animations for those who prefer to exercise while staring at their laptops. The GPS is reliable enough for all casual joggers and their weekly 5k run.
The prices of the Watch Fit 2 are € 150 / € 180 / € 230, depending on whether the user chooses a fluoroelastomer strap, a classic leather strap or the stylish choice we tested. As always, Huawei offers lots of free deals and other discounts so that the price can not only give you a pretty laptop but a scale or a portable speaker in most markets. It seems to be a solid deal for us!
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