Huawei follows up their original Android wear 1.0 wearable with the leap into the active lifestyle and wear 2.0, however in doing so they also change its identity just a little bit, we are nasphones.com and this is a review of the Huawei watch 2 .
now for anybody that was looking for a true follow up to the original Huawei watch this 2.0 edition might seem like a pretty drastic change .
gone or the gold and silver and in is the sporty plastic build, that’s not to say that this is a bad looking watch by any means but it did leave us wanting for the previous generation that wasn’t so sport oriented .
the large bezel also has minute designations that generally make us feel obligated to use analog watch faces and also having those numbers on a dial that doesn’t even move well it just feels like a little more than a cosmetic addition .
the side of the device houses two buttons the upper button opens the app drawer or Google assistant, while the bottom button can be customized but starts workouts by default .
the entire watch body is also water-resistant so you’ll be able to let this watch take a splash and it will still keep working, the only part of the body that I really don’t like is the lack of an extra method of input .
the screen is of good quality and there is little to dislike about it but relying on taps and swipes to get everywhere is so Android wear 1.0 and even though the design of the Huawei watch 2 did sort of grow on us after a little while but one thing I just can’t stand is this watch strap .
it just doesn’t scream good quality and it is also what kind of undercuts that price point that they’re asking for this Android wear 2.0 SmartWatch .
even though you are able to change the watch strap but it might be a little bit tough to find watch straps that actually fit well with this body .
as mentioned already the 1.2 inch 390 by 390 AMOLED screen is a good quality display and there’s very little wrong with it, in fact having a p.m. OLED seems to help a great deal with battery life which we’ll cover in a little bit always-on screen options are available and the included watch faces leverage it quite well .
I actually like to keep always on display on but turn off all of the wrist gestures including details awake, that way the watch only activates if notifications come in and then otherwise I have to tap the top button in order to activate it and all other times it’s just well a watch .
underneath that surface they already tried and true Snapdragon wear 2100 powers the Huawei watch 2 backed by 768 megabytes of RAM, 4 gigabytes of storage is available for filling and all of the different sensors are available too .
NFC, GPS, Bluetooth and heart rate sensor, the NFC implementation brings Android pay which I really enjoyed using while on holiday in the UK where it was great to use for all contactless payments .
and yes a SIM card can be installed for mobile network connectivity and also for calls, now battery life is actually the brightest spot when it comes to the Huawei watch 2 it’s probably the only wearable that I’ve ever used that consistently got about 2 days worth of battery life and that’s what options turned off like the til too awake .
even with those options on I was still able to get about a day and a half, there’s also a bit of a hybrid mode that’s included with the watch a watch mode if you will that automatically activates when it’s at very low battery .
now it’s an ultra low power consumption mode that pretty much just makes the watch well a watch .
the one thing I’m not a big fan of though is the magnetic charging clasp which is kind of an elegant, but charging up the watch doesn’t take too long thankfully, so certain tasks like sleep tracking or actually more possible here than on any other Android wear SmartWatch that I think I’ve ever used .
which does bring it for the software and Android wear 2.0, much of what we didn’t like in the previous wear interface has been changed for the better and that starts with notifications .
there are no longer cards and they take up their own screens and when you tap on them you can go through the entire notification and also find the actionable options .
the app drawer is also easy on the eyes now and with wear 2.0 apps can be installed locally on the watch so there’s less dependency on the paired smartphone .
fitness capabilities of the Huawei watch 2 are also kind of robust especially for distance based activities, where 2.0 brings a lot of features to the table and yes some of them are fin is based however the while we watch to kind of goes a little bit too far in that direction while simultaneously falling short of it .
without that extra method of navigation input while we automatically positions itself behind any other wear 2.0 devices that do take advantage of that capability .
but with this great battery life and stellar said otherwise the only real detractor from the overall watch to experiences its design, why not have a watch that has all of these capabilities but still make sense to be worn outside of the gym or off the hiking trail .
if the LG watch sport and law weighs follow-up attempt or any indication we may not get a very positive answer to that question just yet .
and for $349 the Huawei watch 2 still makes even excited users take a little bit of pause especially if they prefer the design of the original .
unlike its predecessor conforming to a specific general purpose for smartwatches actually takes away from what could have been a wonderful proper wear 2.0 follow-up .
it’s a decent device and there’s plenty to like about it however if the trend this year is that wear 2.0 devices all have to look really sporty in order to have all of those features well the Huawei watch 2 unfortunately is a precursor to that .
but hopefully this year we’ll see some wear 2.0 devices that have all those features and still look pretty awesome like we’ve seen in previous devices .
Huawei Watch 2 Key Features
- iOS support .
- 420mAh battery .
- Android Wear 2.0 .
- Wireless charging .
- 48.9 x 45 x 12.6mm, 57g / 60.5g (Classic) .
- IP68 certified for water and dust resistance .
- Heart-rate sensor, 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis compass, barometer .
- 1.2″ Circular AMOLED display, 390 x 390 pixels, 326 ppi, 45mm in diameter .
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100, quad-core 1.1GHz, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage .
Huawei Watch 2 Key Findings
- Sync between apps of the same platform is not the best, but at least you can preview your emails and messages and even send back short replies.
- The IP68 certification works as you’d expect – the Huawei Watch 2 had no issues with rain, mud or sweat. It kept working and measuring pace and heart rate without any issues .
- The Huawei Watch 2 promotes a more active way of life, but it’s certainly not the best option for high-level athletes, who would benefit from more frequent GPS readings .
- Android Wear 2.0 may turn to be a game changer for wearables. It lets you leave your smartphone at home and still stay connected .
- The Huawei Watch 2 has nice sporty design and the rubber straps seem durable and holding well with time .
Huawei Watch 2 Main Shortcomings
- The plastic strap looks cheap .
- Slow GPS positioning, not the best choice for activity tracking .
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Specification: Huawei Watch 2
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 900 / 1800
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 39(1900), 41(2500)
48.9 x 45 x 12.6 mm (1.93 x 1.77 x 0.50 in)
57 g (2.01 oz)
Compatible with standard 20mm straps, IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1.2 inches, 9.2 cm2 (~42.0% screen-to-body ratio)
390 x 390 pixels, 1:1 ratio (~326 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
Android Wear OS 2.0, upgradable to 2.1
Qualcomm MSM8909W Snapdragon Wear 2100
Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7
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4 GB, 768 MB RAM
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
4.1, LE, EDR
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer, compass
Fast battery charging 10W, Non-removable Li-Ion 420 mAh battery
Up to 48 h (mixed usage)
Dynamic Orange, Carbon Black, Concrete Grey
About 250 EUR
Available. Released 2017, April