Overall Rating: 7.2 / 10
- Lightweight and comfortable
- AMOLED display
- Watch mode offers 25 days battery
- Good battery capacity
- IP68 rated
- Optional 4G
- Physical buttons/ no rotating dials
- Watch strap slightly large and looks cheap
- Performance shows lag
Huawei Watch 2 is the successor of Huawei’s original ‘Huawei Watch’ which is one of the best watches in android wear. Huawei said that a Smartwatch requires more features and that’s what they have worked around while manufacturing Watch 2. With companies launching better smartwatches like LG watch sport and style, Apple watch or Samsung Gear S3, could Huawei be providing its consumers with a product that would over shadow the best? or has it just wasted its time? Well lets find out..
There are some major differences between Huawei’s original watch and its Watch 2, most prominent being the design. Huawei tossed of its premium metal body with a more sporty style, now it has a thermoplastic frame, with ceramic bezels and an interchangeable silicone wrist bands which are also sweat proof. It looks more sportier and less sizable in comparison to LG watch Sport. The straps are slightly larger in size and the watch itself is a little bulky but still pretty light weight. The extra large bezels have minute markings on it, the bezels just don’t fit in with the small display. Asides that two physical buttons are manufactured on the watch, the button on the bottom lies at 4 0-clock and can be used to easily launch any app assigned by the user. The second button lies at the top at about 2 o-clock and is used for starting up the google assistant and to open the app room. It remains a question why Huawei still chose to go for buttons instead of rotating dials (rotating dials are used by LG watch). There’s also the Huawei Watch 2 classic which looks really attractive housed in a stainless steel casing. The Sport watch on the other hand has a more technical and sporty look to it.
48.9 x 45 x 12.6 is pretty large, and most consumers might face an irritable problem with the fit, however the watch is surprisingly light weight, weighing 57g. A nano-Sim card can be entered inside a tray engraved inside the bottom strap, with 4G availability that’s another score for Watch 2. The 4G version is slightly more expensive than the non-4G version so its up to you to chose the best for you. If you tend on fielding phone call’s, or texting then we would prefer the 4G version. Like every other smartwatch Huawei encapsulated a GPS system as well giving it a more high end touch. With facilities such as Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity along with a heart rate monitor and an internal microphone, Huawei has definitely met all ends.
There’s the 1.2 inch AMOLED display with a pixels resolution of 390 x 390 along with a light sensor which automatically adjusts the brightness. There seems to be nothing wrong with the display in fact it meets high quality and showcases sharp and accurate color contrasts. An AMOLED display is a decent option for saving battery life.
A 1.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor supported with 768 MB of RAM is more than enough for a smartwatch. You can also store music and download any apps provided there’s 4 GB internal Storage, another feature that attracts us. Huawei Watch 2 is equipped with a 420 mAh battery so can easily go through the whole day without recharging. Another impressive feature offered by Huawei is an app called ‘Watch mode’, this lets you switch off your Smartwatch when you don’t need to use it so your left with a simple analog watch. In watch mode all you can do is check the time or count your steps and save up to 25 days of battery.
Being a Sports Watch Huawei Watch 2 has not disappointed us, it has its own Huawei Fitness app which allows you to do tracking for all types of activities like jogging or cycling. Its stocked up with a GPS system, heart rate monitor (not only can you monitor your heart rate you can also display it on a graph), it also estimates and displays your VO2 capacity. Being IP68 rated you can take your watch underwater for about 30 minutes, but keep in mind its not made for swimming or counting laps. One drawback is that it does not detect automatic fitness activity, so if you change your course from power walking to running it wont know.
Overall Huawei has succeeded in making an attractive but sporty Smartwatch, besides the large size and small display Users will appreciate it and fall in love with it.
Display: 1.2 inch AMOLED display
Resolution: 390 x 390 pixels
Lug width: 20mm
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon wear 2100
RAM: 768 MB
Internal Storage: 4 GB
Operating System: Android wear 2.0
Battery Capacity: 420 mAh
Colors: concrete gray, carbon black, orange
Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi,