My first experience of a smart watch came a year or so ago when I reviewed the Fitbit Blaze and I’ve been a fan of the technology ever since. So, I was of course delighted and excited to take delivery of the Huawei Watch 2 this month.
The Blaze is a fine product, no doubt, and incredibly easy to use – but beyond that, the fitness tracker offers little in the way of features and a simple design that reflects its entry level status.
It was a pleasant surprise then to get my hands on Huawei’s latest offering to the market as this really does take the specification to a whole new level. A new world of options and functions we would never have dreamed of a few years ago.
Taking out the box, you are immediately aware that this is a quality product and even the packaging has been given plenty of thought. Fitting snugly and showcasing the Watch within, first impressions are good.
That’s always important for me. It’s important to catch the eye too and the Huawei Watch 2 really does make a statement on your wrist. Sports styling are backed up by sports performance.
Available for £229 from Amazon.co.uk, this watch is built with sport in mind. Fitness first. It allows the user to keep in the loop with 4G connectivity as they can leave their phone in the office while still keeping up with calls and messages at the gym or on the run.
The SIM version supports SIM cards like Nano-SIM. The card slot is hidden in the band joint and is only visible once you remove it, designed purposefully not to interfere with the overall look of the watch.
Huawei’s own fitness app is built in and you will never need anything more. Preset workouts for all abilities are included but if you want to tailor a more specific routine then the Huawei also has you covered.
The watch itself is lightweight and comfortable, making it ideal for wearing during these excercises. Measuring 45 x 48.3 x 12.6mm it’s not compares well with over similar products competing for your wrist space.
I mentioned earlier that the new generation of smart watches, such as the Huawei powered by Android Wear 2.0, offer us a plethora of functions that seemed unthinkable only a few years ago.
Users outside of China can use Android Pay to make payment. Currently, mainstream credit cards such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are supported. Supported regions vary.
Some of the leading apps that can be used include Facebook Messenger, Strava, Uber and Foursquare. Dial designs and apps from third party developers are available in the built-in independent app store, meaning iPhone users can also benefit.
The battery can last for more than 2 days. Better still; it also lasts for over 10 hours in training mode with the GPS tracking and dynamic heart rate monitor on. Impressive given the hardware needed to power this beast.
But perhaps my favourite element of the Huawei Watch 2 is the addition of the Google Assistant. Answers to almost anything are available at the tap of a button. Just speak into your watch and information will flow.
I’ve been hugely impressed with my experience of the Huawei so far and such is the depth of its brilliance, I feel I still have yet more gold to discover with a bit more digging.
For those with an active lifestyle and in need of a helping hand with their workout and office-related tasks, the Huawei Watch 2 is well worth considering this summer.