Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected test watch: more complete, more accurate, still cheap

Ergonomics and design

Characteristic of the Watch Fit, the rectangular format is clearly retained for this second version. The Watch Fit 2, however, gets a few millimeters in width, thus stepping away a bit from the Huawei Band’s activity bracelet design. The resemblance to the Apple Watch is even more shocking, even if the Huawei watch is even narrower (46 x 33.5 mm versus 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.

However, Huawei did well not to stretch its watch further in length, as its 46 mm can already occupy the full width of small wrists so it needs to be accommodated. since only one size is offered (with a wrist strap from 130 to 210mm in circumference). Fortunately the Watch Fit 2 remains thin (10.8 mm versus 10.7 mm for the first Fit and… the Apple Watch) and very lightweight (26 g versus 39 g for a Watch Series 7).

Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected wrist watch (circumference approximately 17 cm).

Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected wrist watch (circumference approximately 17 cm).

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

The silicone strap on the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The silicone strap on the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Showing the question, the AMOLED screen takes 0.1 inches, which reaches 1.74 inches. We appreciate its thin edges that allow it to occupy 61.5% of the front surface (including the edges of the case). Good definition (336 x 480 pixels, or 336 dpi) and bright, this screen benefits from a light sensor to stay readable in the middle of a dodge and less glare at night. An automatic do not disturb mode can be activated to not wake up the screen at night, for example. No permanent display (always-on-display) on the contrary; 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. Typically, you can scroll through different widgets using a simple swipe of the screen to the left: heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, weather, call log, lunar cycle, display of gauges on activity by default and other widgets can be added through the app. It’s unfortunate that the widgets don’t display more information, as the details can only be seen in the Huawei Health app.

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

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

Swiping to the right will bring up shortcuts for using the voice assistant (only with Huawei smartphones), checking the time and controlling music playback.

In the vertical plane, a pane of shortcuts descends using a simple finger swipe on the screen to easily access settings, alarms, do not disturb mode, and more. The opposite action activates the display of notifications received on the smartphone.

Quick menu, main watch face, select another watch face, applications, shortcuts pane and settings.

Quick menu, main watch face, select another watch face, applications, shortcuts pane and settings.

A watch button is used for accessing it in applications, which is indicated by a line of three icons. There’s no rotating crown or cloud of apps so, but we wouldn’t complain if the rectangular screen lends itself well to such a display, equally practical and ultimately similar to what we find on any smartphone .

A button on the right side of the Watch Fit 2.

A button on the right side of the Watch Fit 2.

We no longer have to scroll through this list for a long time, as the number of applications available in Huawei’s App Gallery store is still limited. However we found the importance of what we were entitled to expect from a connected watch.

The recurring defect in Huawei watches, the lack of interoperability with third party services has resulted in the impossibility of transferring our activities to sports apps such as Strava. Huawei doesn’t even allow a simple data export. A route import and export function is still available.

Streaming music services is no better, the Watch Fit 2 only supports manually adding music files to its internal memory, as long as it is done from an Android smartphone (the function is not available on iOS). Synchronizing playlists can be easier and faster.

New to the Watch Fit 2, Bluetooth calls are made possible by adding a microphone and speakers. The audio rendering isn’t unique, but it’s enough to hold a conversation in a less noisy environment.

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

Applications

Still subject to a U.S. embargo that further restricts its use of Google’s software and services, Huawei is now working on its own ecosystem and making the Huawei Health app available (Android, iOS). It can be found directly in the Apple App Store, but unfortunately it is no longer available on Google Play (except for an expired version in July 2020) and so you have to manually install an apk file in order to can be downloaded from the official website of the manufacturer. There’s nothing complicated, but it’s less flexible than a direct install via Play.

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

Huawei Health with the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Huawei Health with the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

As for the sport, you need to go to the Exercise tab. You can start an activity without using a watch and create personal training programs. The latter unfortunately lacks configuration options to adjust exercises and modify the program automatically.

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

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Uses and Accuracy

Even though the optical heart rate sensor of the Watch Fit 2 is similar in appearance to the Watch Fit, Huawei has updated its copy to improve the performance of its watch. TruSeen technology has thus been upgraded to version 5.0 of the Watch Fit 2 and actually improves the accuracy of the heart rate monitor.

A simple optical cardio sensor, with two photodiodes.

A simple optical cardio sensor, with two photodiodes.

Whether you’re practicing an activity at a regular pace or quite the opposite, the Watch Fit 2 manages to keep track of heart rate variations, which fit perfectly with the curves captured by our Polar H10 chest strap. serves as our reference. However, there is a significant change in the first 10 minutes, in the range of 10 to 20 beats.

This is probably the time required for pulse blood flow to increase with physical exertion, resulting in a better reading of pressure differences on the watch’s sensor. A more advanced sensor, with more photodiodes, will undoubtedly give better results, as we saw during our test of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, for example.

Heart rate curves during the split race: in dark red, captured by the Huawei Watch Fit 2;  in light red, which is on the Polar H10 chest strap.

Heart rate curves during the split race: in dark red, captured by the Huawei Watch Fit 2; in light red, which is on the Polar H10 chest strap.

Regarding the GPS plot obtained using the toquante, we observed overall good tracking despite some stalls in difficult environments (forest, etc.) and a tendency to smooth the trajectories observed in sudden change of direction.

Special feature of Huawei’s latest watches, a voice coach is activated by default for certain activities (running, cycling, etc.) to inform us about various measurements like the distance traveled, run and heartbeat, without what we need to look at. in our accessory. It’s easy to stay focused on your run and not spend your time raising your wrist. It’s too bad the coach is only English.

Screens displayed during an interval run.

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 well-detected, the watch is more indicative of our waking times, but we don’t currently have the tools to check if other phases (light, REM or deep) detection is correct. sleep).

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