Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected watch test: more complete, more precise, still affordable

Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected watch test: more complete, more precise, still affordable

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Ergonomics and design

Characteristic of the Watch Fit, the rectangular format is obviously retained for this second version. The Watch Fit 2, however, gains a few millimeters in width, thus moving away a little more from the design of the Huawei Band activity bracelet. The resemblance to the Apple Watch is all the more striking, although Huawei’s watch is still narrower (46 x 33.5 mm against 45 x 38 mm for the Watch Series 7).

The rectangular screen of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The rectangular screen of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

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However, Huawei did well not to stretch its watch even more in height, because its 46 mm can already occupy the entire width of small wrists which will therefore have to accommodate it since only one size is offered (with strap for wrist from 130 to 210mm in circumference). The Watch Fit 2 fortunately remains thin (10.8 mm against 10.7 mm for the first Fit and… the Apple Watch) and very light (26 g against 39 g for a Watch Series 7).

The Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected watch on the wrist (circumference of approximately 17 cm).

The Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected watch on the wrist (circumference of approximately 17 cm).

The Watch Fit 2 is in any case easily forgotten and its flexible silicone strap is pleasant. Huawei uses a proprietary tethering system for the latter. Although practical to use, it therefore unfortunately prevents the use of standard bracelets.

The silicone strap of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The silicone strap of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Question display, the AMOLED screen gains 0.1 inch, reaching 1.74 inch. We appreciate its thin borders which allow it to occupy 61.5% of the front face (including the edges of the case). Well defined (336 x 480 pixels, or 336 dpi) and bright, this screen benefits from a light sensor to remain easily readable in the middle of a dodge and not too dazzling at night. An automatic do not disturb mode can be activated so as not to be woken up by the screen at night, for example. No permanent display (permanent display) in contrast ; the screen only lights up when we point the watch towards us or press its single button.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Interface

Fully tactile, the interface of the Watch Fit 2 is very easy to use. Very commonly, you can scroll through the different widgets with a simple swipe of the screen to the left: heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, weather, call log, lunar cycle, activity gauges display by default and other widgets can be added via the app. Too bad the widgets don’t display more information, as the details are only visible in the Huawei Health app.

The widgets displayed by the connected watch Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The widgets displayed by the connected watch Huawei Watch Fit 2.

A swipe to the right brings up shortcuts for using the voice assistant (only with a Huawei smartphone), checking the weather and controlling music playback.

On the vertical plane, a pane of shortcuts descends with a simple finger swipe down the screen in order to quickly access settings, alarms, do not disturb mode, etc. An opposite movement triggers the display of notifications received on the smartphone.

Quick menu, main watch face, choose another watch face, applications, shortcuts panes and settings.

Quick menu, main watch face, choose another watch face, applications, shortcuts panes and settings.

The single button of the watch is used for its access to applications, simply displayed by line of three icons. No rotating crown or cloud of apps therefore, but we won’t complain insofar as the rectangular screen lends itself very well to such a display, just as practical and ultimately similar to what we find on any smartphone.

A single button on the right edge of the Watch Fit 2.

A single button on the right edge of the Watch Fit 2.

We won’t need to scroll through this list for very long anyway, since the number of applications available in Huawei’s App Gallery store is still quite limited. We nevertheless find the essential of what we are entitled to expect from a connected watch.

A recurring defect of Huawei watches, the lack of interoperability with third-party services results in the impossibility of transferring our activities to sports apps like Strava. Huawei does not even allow a simple data export. A route import and export function is nevertheless available.

Streaming music services are no better off, the Watch Fit 2 only supporting manual addition of music files to its internal memory, provided that it is done from an Android smartphone (function not available with iOS). Synchronizing playlists would otherwise be more convenient and faster.

New to the Watch Fit 2, Bluetooth calls are made possible by the addition of a microphone and speaker. The audio rendering is not fantastic, but is sufficient to hold a conversation in a not too noisy environment.

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

Application

Still subject to a US embargo which notably prevents it from using Google software and services, Huawei is now working on its own ecosystem and is making its Huawei Health app available (Android, iOS). It is found directly in the Apple App Store, but it is unfortunately no longer available in Google Play (except in an expired version of July 2020) and must therefore be installed manually with an apk file to download from the manufacturer’s official website. Nothing complicated, but it’s less flexible than a direct installation via Play.

Regularly updated, the Huawei Health app continues to develop, and while there are still some translation issues, the overall experience is satisfactory. Very focused on health, as its name suggests, this application common to all Huawei watches displays the various widgets in the form of tiles when opened: number of steps, active minutes and exercise history, Sanitas for monitoring health. health and well-being, heart rate, sleep, weight, stress, SpO2, temperature, blood pressure… Enough to get a quick idea of ​​our condition and our activity.

Huawei Health with the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Huawei Health with the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

As for sport, you have to go to the Exercise tab. You can start an activity without using the watch and create personalized training programs. The latter unfortunately lack configuration options to adjust the exercises and modify the automatic program.

Watch settings and app settings are divided into the last two tabs. There is also the function for downloading new dials (free or paid) to personalize your Watch Fit 2.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Uses and Accuracy

Although the optical heart rate sensor of the Watch Fit 2 looks identical to that of the Watch Fit, Huawei has revised its copy to improve the performance of its watch. TruSeen technology is thus upgraded to version 5.0 on the Watch Fit 2 and indeed improves the accuracy of the heart rate monitor.

A fairly simple optical cardio sensor, with two photodiodes.

A fairly simple optical cardio sensor, with two photodiodes.

Whether you practice an activity at a regular pace or on the contrary very choppy, the Watch Fit 2 manages to follow the variations in heart rate, fitting very well on the curves obtained with our Polar H10 chest strap which serves as our reference. There is nevertheless a significant shift during the first 10 minutes, of the order of 10 to 20 beats apart.

This is probably the time it takes for blood flow at the wrist to increase with physical exertion, resulting in a better reading of pressure variations by the watch sensor. A more advanced sensor, with more photodiodes, would undoubtedly provide better results, as we saw during our test of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, for example.

Heart rate curves during a split race: in dark red, that obtained with the Huawei Watch Fit 2;  in light red, that of the Polar H10 chest strap.

Heart rate curves during a split race: in dark red, that obtained with the Huawei Watch Fit 2; in light red, that of the Polar H10 chest strap.

Regarding the GPS plot obtained with the toquante, we observe overall good tracking despite some stalls in difficult environments (forest, etc.) and a tendency to smooth the trajectories which is noticeable in sudden changes of direction.

Special feature of the latest Huawei watches, a voice coach is activated by default for certain activities (running, cycling, etc.) in order to inform us about various measurements such as distance traveled, pace and heart rate, without the we have to look at our accessory. Convenient to stay focused on your run and not spend your time raising your wrist. Too bad the coach only speaks English.

The screens displayed during an interval run.

The screens displayed during an interval run.

The Watch Fit 2 also offers sleep monitoring which gives an idea of ​​the quality of our nights. The sleep phases seem to be detected rather well, the watch notably identifying our waking periods, but we do not currently have the tools to check whether the detection of the other phases is correct (light, REM or deep sleep).

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