Both the Huawei Watch Fit 2 and its fitness instructor capabilities make it a real attention-getter. Although it is simple to use, has a long battery life, and is priced competitively, for fitness purposes, it is better suited to beginners than people who spend their entire lives in a gym.
One of Huawei’s most recent fitness and fashion-focused smartwatches is the Huawei Watch Fit 2.
It is slightly more expensive than Huawei’s own Watch GT 3 Pro and Watch GT Runner, but it is also more expensive than the Fitbit Charge 5 and the Huawei Band 7, which just came out. It costs about the same as the Polar Pacer, which is more focused on running.
As a result, the Watch Fit 2 is best suited for individuals who are more interested in light exercise, are just starting a Couch to 5K program, or want a smartwatch that is both an exercise aid and a fashion statement.
Construct and design:
The Huawei Watch Fit 2 has a rectangular case with rounded corners and a single button on the side, making it stylish while remaining simple.
The watch case is 46 x 33.5 x 10.8 mm, which isn’t as flush with your wrist as, say, the Fitbit Charge 5, but it still has a pretty low profile, so most long-sleeved clothing should fit well over it.
It looks more like a miniaturized phone than the Huawei Watch GT Runner or Polar Grit X Pro, which have circular displays and chunky straps that look like traditional watches, like the original Watch Fit.
The Huawei Watch Fit 2, which comes in Active, Classic, and Elegant Editions, can be easily identified by their respective target markets.
The Active models are clearly aimed more at people who won’t mind if their watch gets wet or covered in mud because they are made of plastic and have silicone straps.
The Classic watch is slightly more expensive because it has a leather strap and an aluminum body. The Elegant watch is even more expensive because it has a very pretty Milanese mesh strap that fastens with a magnetic strip instead of a buckle.
The silver Elegant model that was sent to me had a very useful magnetic clasp. Having said that, during my runs in the park, the mesh strap did occasionally shift around on my wrist. Although I never had the impression that the item would fall off, I did have the impression that it might affect the heart rate monitor’s accuracy.
Again, your choice is clear if you are more interested in calisthenics than aesthetics. It’s good that you also have a choice because the original Watch Fit only came with a silicone strap or go home. A click-to-release mechanism also connects the straps to the case, so changing them out won’t be a problem.
The internal components and functions remain the same regardless of which version you select.
Audio and visuals:
The bright, detailed, and responsive display of the Watch Fit 2 makes it simple to read messages and action commands while exercising or in the middle of a meeting. When you’re working out, the speaker is loud enough to hear the virtual coach encouraging you, and Bluetooth lets you answer and take calls through the speaker and internal microphone.
Although the AMOLED display’s maximum brightness isn’t listed on Huawei’s website, I can confirm that it is bright enough for you to check your pace, distance, time, and other information outside on a sunny afternoon.
The 9-axis IMU sensor, which includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, and geomagnetic sensor, is clever enough to turn on the display when you raise your arm to check on your vitals. This tilt-to-wake feature, like the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, does not have a sensitivity setting, but it is adequate as it is.
Although having more physical controls might have made this easier, actually using the Watch Fit 2 is rarely difficult, even if you’ve worked up a sweat.
Features and software:
The Huawei Watch Fit 2 runs HarmonyOS 2.1, and its user interface is comparable to that of watches in the Watch 3 and Watch GT 3 series.
Although there are some limitations, the layout of the display is fairly logical and works well with its responsiveness.
You will be able to navigate through a series of panels, or “cards,” as Huawei refers to them, by simply swiping directly from the home screen. The call log, the weather widget, the SpO2 (Pulse Oximetry) reader, and the heart rate monitor are just a few examples of these useful shortcuts. When you work out, you probably want to have these things close by.
On the other hand, basic functions like brightness and volume cannot be controlled with a card. In addition, although the Huawei Health mobile app lets you add shortcuts to training plans, you can’t do this for any particular workout routine.
Although it’s nice to be able to change things like appearance—I gave my background an art deco look—customization is limited.
The Ringing tool is yet another useful feature. It not only makes your phone ring if you lose it, but it also says, “I’m heeeere,” in a voice that is not at all creepy. The controls for the music are simple but effective, and you can respond to a text message with a number of pre-set responses or swipe the message away.
A Huawei Wallet icon can be found in the menu even though the Watch Fit 2 does not have an NFC sensor and does not support NFC payments. This is humiliating. Launching the app will only prompt you to finish configuring the Huawei Health mobile application. which you won’t be able to finish because there is no NFC sensor in the Watch Fit 2.
Monitoring and fitness:
For the Watch Fit 2, Huawei has provided a plethora of workout guides, the majority of which concentrate on swimming, cycling, running, and walking. On the other hand, cross trainer and rowing machine progress monitoring programs are available. Even though there isn’t a program just for yoga or lifting weights, you can still track your heart rate and exercise times as an “other” workout routine.
You will most likely record workouts on an ad hoc basis or choose from pre-set courses, from the gentle “Run/Walk-Primary” to the more strenuous “HIIT Run.”
Using the Huawei Health apps for iOS and Android, you can plan out longer routines in greater detail. These have straightforward layouts that are easy to use. Additionally, you can use it as a dashboard to examine sleep information and daily step counts.
If you want to share your routes with other people on platforms that can accept these files, the Huawei Health app lets you share the results of your efforts either in the form of GPX and KML files or as a JPEG, which is good for social media bragging. If you want to use the data in other places, you can also export your heart rate, calories burned, and cadence as TCX files.
My impression is that Huawei claims that a single charge will keep you powered for seven to ten days.
It greatly depends on what you’re doing. If you exercise every other day, you will probably need to use the charging cable more frequently sooner. On the other hand, if you exercise less frequently, you will be able to travel a greater distance with just one charge.
For instance, I was only charged 9% after eight days, which included one workout, one stag weekend, and a full work week.
The supplied USB-A charging cable is difficult to connect to the Watch Fit 2’s underside and does not easily stay in place. As is typical for most smartwatches, the box only contains the cable. There is no mains adapter.
I was able to charge a 2013 MacBook Pro using the USB port in about an hour and ten minutes to its full capacity, increasing it to 55% in 30 minutes and 97% in an hour.
I was able to charge my Huawei SuperCharge 22.5W mains adapter in 30 minutes from empty to 87% full using an old Huawei P20 Pro review unit in 53 minutes.
Cost and accessibility:
You can now purchase the Huawei Watch Fit 2 directly from Huawei.
The Active Edition model costs £130, while the Classic Edition model costs £160, according to Huawei’s UK website. £190 is the price of the most expensive Elegant Edition models.
Additionally, you can purchase Active Edition and Classic Edition models from Amazon UK for £129 and £159, respectively. Amazon currently has a deal where you can get either model of the watch and some Huawei FreeBuds 4i for £189.98 and £219.98, respectively.
On Huawei’s Australian website, only the Active Edition models of the Watch Fit 2 are currently available for purchase.
Auptimal, which sells Active Edition Watch Fit 2s for AU$299 and the Classic Edition with the white leather strap later in the year, or MobileCiti, which only has Active Editions in stock, are better options for consumers.
The Watch Fit 2 Active Edition and Classic Edition are listed on Amazon Australia, but they were out of stock when this article was written.
At the time of writing, there was no information about pricing and availability in the United States.
The Huawei Watch Fit 2 is a health tracking smartwatch that looks great and is easy to use. It also has useful extra features like a phone locator and Bluetooth calling. The most expensive option costs less than £200, making it less expensive than some of its rivals.
Even though there are many options, you don’t have as much control over your fitness data as you would with other smartwatches. This might make some people angry, but for people who want a smartwatch that looks great and can help them start a new fitness routine, this is a very appealing deal.