Huawei Watch 2 Full Review
Huawei made a huge impact on the smart watch market with their original Huawei Watch and they’ve done it again with the latest Huawei Watch 2. Huawei Watch 2 is bigger, bolder and far sportier than the original, slightly formal Huawei Watch. With a mass of features it’s a watch that’s about far more than just its looks too. There is GPS to track your runs, an optical heart rate sensor for health and Android Pay for mobile payments.
Design of Huawei Watch 2
The Watch 2 will be available in two variants : Classic and Standard. The sporty standard option has a thermoplastic case, glossy black ceramic bezel, and removable silicone straps which will withstand the sweat of working out. The Classic model is encased in brushed stainless steel and features leather straps. The Classic model is a little bit heavier at 60.5g compared to the Sports’ 57g.
Both models feature diver-style bezels around a 1.2-inch, 390 by 390, AMOLED display to give them a bit of character. (That’s 326 ppi pixel fans). The display is coated in Gorilla Glass 3 too for extra protection.
The side of this device houses 2 buttons – an upper button to open the Google Assistant or app drawer, and a bottom button that you can customize but is used to start workouts by default.
A SIM tray sits in the bottom of the watch, ready to take the SIM from your phone, when you feel like heading out phone-less.
Interface and functionality
Huawei Watch 2 is a worthy contender when it comes to interface and functionality. The experience with the device is mostly intuitive and easy to comprehend. Watch 2 is made up of plastic all around rather than its old metallic design. It has been more bulky and thicker and 0.2 inch smaller than the original. The main concern is the wrist band as it fits perfectly to your wrist, as a case for me it has a good grip but then there is very less amount of flexibility available on the joint with the watch, so it does look it will break down.
Using Android Wear 2.0 means you’ll have to do a lot of scrolling, though, and Huawei did not prepare the Watch 2 for that. All the interaction with the watch happens via touch screen, while it would have benefited greatly from a rotating crown or bezel, in order to keep the display clean for more than five seconds of menu navigation.
On the inside the watch is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and it comes with 768MB RAM as well as 4GB of internal storage space. What’s really impressive about Watch 2 (Electric Boogaloo) is that it packs in a comprehensive list of sensors, connectivity options and gizmos: barometer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G, an optical heart-rate reader and motion sensing are all aboard.
4G connections come courtesy of the first major update to Android Wear since its launch. It’s entitled, logically enough, Android Wear 2.
For connectivity it supports Bluetooth 4.1 as well as LTE to stay connected for data without having to pair it to your Smartphone, although this is just with the Huawei Watch 2 model and not the Classic version. The Huawei Watch 2 also has GPS and NFC built into it so it’s perfect for tracking your location
In terms of power, the Huawei Watch 2 comes with a battery capacity of 420 mAh. The Chinese manufacturer promises up to 2 days of battery life. A fantastic new addition to the battery is the Watch Mode function. When this is activated you should manage to get 40 hours of basic use (i.e. checking the time and seeing your step count) with just 10% battery remaining on the device. The Watch 2 can last up to 25 days if you activate this mode.
On the software side, Android Wear 2.0 comes with plenty of improvements, not least the ability to install apps straight from the watch once you’re connected to Wi-Fi or LTE, and a more intuitive menu system.
One of the neatest new software features of the Huawei Watch 2 is that you can now search for and download apps right from the watch rather than having to browse through them on your phone. It’s a Wear 2.0 upgrade.
You can respond better to notifications through tools like Smart Reply, which uses on-device machine learning to offer up contextual, short responses. Smart Replies have been useful, but voice-to-text and the keyboard (with swipe functionality) have been our go-to choices for responding to messages. You also get the option of an emoji or letter scribbler.
Two of Android Wear 2.0’s new features — mobile payments and independent cellular connectivity — have also made their way here. Having Google Assistant on there is a definite bonus too.
Huawei watch 2 : For what and why do i need buy
With the tagline, “Made for free spirits,” the Watch 2 looks like it’s going to be a great wearable for fitness and health fans as well as those who love the outdoors and want a durable and sporty-looking smart timepiece.
The Watch 2 makes keeping active and reaching your goals effortless. It goes wherever you go, offering a smart perspective on your fitness. A high-accuracy motion sensor keeps track of your activity and knows when you’re walking, running or climbing.The GPS allows the Watch 2 to measure pace, speed and distance when biking or running. Unlike the first generation Huawei Watch that only offered on demand heart rate, the latest model will continually track heart rate.
Huawei also worked with First Beat, which specialises in physiological analytics for wellbeing and sports, to offer various run coaching features.
Price and Release Details
The Watch 2 is expected to be released in April in the UK, US and Australia and will cost €379 (around £320/ $400/ AU $520) for people looking to buy the 4G version and €329 (around £280/$345/ AU $450) for those picking up the Bluetooth version, though exact pricing in regions outside Europe hasn’t been confirmed.
Unfortunately, the 4G model will not see release in the United States. If you live there or paying for an extra SIM isn’t what you want, the Wi-Fi only model is still available.
The Watch 2.0 is a well-built smartwatch with smooth, flowing design, decent performance and multiple watch faces by default. A long-lasting battery Exercise tracking, wrist notifications and just having something cool-looking to wear are the main reasons to buy it. It is easily among the best Android Wear smart watches available.
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