Huawei Watch Fit 2 Connected Watch Test: More Comprehensive, More Accurate, Still Affordable

ergonomics and design

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

The rectangular screen of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The rectangular screen of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

However, Huawei did well not to further stretch its watch in height, because its 46mm 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 210 mm). in circumference). Thankfully, the Watch Fit 2 is still slim (10.8mm vs. 10.7mm on the first Fit and… the Apple Watch) and very light (26g vs. 39g on the Watch Series 7).

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

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

In any case, the Watch Fit 2 is easily forgotten and its flexible silicone strap is nice. Huawei uses a proprietary anchoring system for the latter. Although practical to use, it unfortunately precludes the use of standard wristbands.

The silicone strap of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The silicone strap of the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Display issue, the AMOLED screen wins 0.1 inches, reaching 1.74 inches. We appreciate its fine borders that allow it to occupy 61.5% of the front face (including the edges of the case). Sharp (336 x 480 pixels or 336 ppi) and bright, this screen benefits from a light sensor to remain easily readable in the middle of a dodge and not be 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 (always on display) Instead ; the screen only turns on when we point the watch at us or press its single button.

Editor 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 indicator display by default, and other widgets that you can be added through the app. . Too bad the widgets don’t display more information, as the details are only visible in the Huawei Health app.

Widgets displayed by the Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected watch.

Widgets displayed by the Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected watch.

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 shortcut panel descends with a simple finger swipe down the screen for quick access to settings, alarms, do not disturb mode, etc. An opposite movement activates the display of received notifications on the smartphone.

Quick menu, main clock face, choose another clock face, applications, shortcut panels and settings.

Quick menu, main clock face, choose another clock face, applications, shortcut panels and settings.

The single button on the watch is used to access apps, it is simply displayed by a line of three icons. So there’s no rotating crown and no app cloud, but we’re not complaining to the extent that the rectangular screen lends itself very well to such a screen, so practical and ultimately similar to the one 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 long anyway, as the number of apps available in Huawei’s App Gallery store is still quite limited. However, we found the gist of what we have a right to expect from a connected watch.

Recurring defect of Huawei watches, the lack of interoperability with third-party services translates into the impossibility of transferring our activities to sports apps such as Strava. Huawei does not even allow a simple data export. However, a route import and export function is available.

Music streaming services are no better, Watch Fit 2 only supports manually adding music files to its internal memory, as long as it’s done from an Android smartphone (feature not available with iOS). Otherwise, syncing playlists would be more convenient and faster.

New to Watch Fit 2, Bluetooth calls are made possible by the addition of a microphone and speaker. Audio playback isn’t great, but it’s enough to carry on a conversation in a not-too-noisy environment.

Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

Request

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

The Huawei Health app, which is regularly updated, continues to be developed and, although there are still some translation problems, the overall experience is satisfactory. Very focused on health, as its name suggests, this application common to all Huawei watches shows in the form of mosaics when you open the different widgets: number of steps, active minutes and exercise history, Sanitas for monitoring health and well-being, heart rate, sleep, weight, stress, SpO2, temperature, blood pressure… Enough to get a quick idea of ​​our state 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.

Clock settings and app settings are divided into the last two tabs. There is also the ability to download new watch faces (free or paid) to customize your Watch Fit 2.

Editor rating: 4 out of 5

Uses and Accuracy

Although the optical heart rate sensor on the Watch Fit 2 looks identical to the one on the Watch Fit, Huawei has revised its copy to improve the performance of its watch. Therefore, the TruSeen technology is updated to version 5.0 in Watch Fit 2 and actually 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 of the heart rate, adjusting very well to the curves obtained with our Polar H10 chest strap that serves as a reference. However, there is a significant delay during the first 10 minutes, on the order of 10 to 20 beats apart.

This is probably the time it takes for blood flow in 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 certainly give better results, as we could see during our Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Reviewfor instance.

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

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

Regarding the GPS graph obtained with the toquante, we observed good tracking in general despite some stops in difficult environments (forest, etc.) and a tendency to smooth the trajectories that is noticeable in sudden changes of direction.

As a 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 measures such as distance traveled, pace and heart rate. without us having to look. in our accessory. Handy for keeping your focus on the race and not wasting time lifting 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. Sleep phases seem to be detected quite well, with the clock notably identifying our periods of wakefulness, but at the moment we do not have the tools to check if the detection of the rest of the phases is correct (light, REM or deep sleep).

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