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 away from the design of the Huawei Band activity bracelet. The resemblance to the Apple Watch is all the more striking, even though Huawei’s watch is even narrower (46 x 33.5mm versus 45 x 38mm for the Watch Series 7).
However, Huawei has done well not to stretch its watch even further in height, because its 46 mm can already occupy the entire width of the small wrists which will therefore have to accommodate it since only one size is proposed (with strap from 130 to 210 mm in circumference). The Watch Fit 2 is fortunately 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 Watch Fit 2 is easily forgotten in any case and its flexible silicone strap is pleasant. Huawei uses a proprietary tethering system for the latter. While practical to use, it sadly prevents the use of standard bracelets.
Question display, the AMOLED screen gains 0.1 inches, reaching 1.74 inches. We appreciate its thin edges 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 stay easily readable in the middle of a dodge and not too dazzling at night. You can activate an automatic do not disturb mode to not be woken by the screen, for example at night. No permanent display (always on display) on the other hand ; the screen only lights up when we point the watch towards us or press its only button.
Fully tactile, the Watch Fit 2 interface is very easy to use. Most 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, moon cycle, activity indicators displayed 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.
A swipe to the right brings up shortcuts to use the voice assistant (only with a Huawei smartphone), check the weather and control music playback.
On the vertical plane, a panel of shortcuts drops with a simple finger by swiping the screen down to quickly access settings, alarms, Do Not Disturb mode, etc. An opposite movement triggers the display of the notifications received on the smartphone.
The single button of the clock is used for its access to applications, displayed simply by a line of three icons. No rotating crown or cloud of apps then, but we will not complain as the rectangular screen lends itself very well to such a display, just as practical and basically similar to what we find on any smartphone.
We won’t have to scroll through this list for very long, however, since the number of applications available in Huawei’s App Gallery store is still quite limited. However, we do find the essence of what we have a right to expect from a connected watch.
A recurring flaw of Huawei watches, the lack of interoperability with third-party services means that we can’t transfer our activities to sports apps like Strava. Huawei does not even allow 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 storage, as long as it is done from an Android smartphone (feature not available with iOS). Synchronizing playlists would otherwise be more convenient and faster.
New to Watch Fit 2, Bluetooth calls are made possible by adding a microphone and speaker. The audio output is not great, but it is enough to hold a conversation in a not too noisy environment.
Still subject to a US embargo that specifically prevents it from using Google software and services, Huawei is now working on its ecosystem and making its Huawei Health app (Android, iOS) available. It is found directly in the Apple App Store, but unfortunately it is 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 be downloaded from the manufacturer’s official website. Nothing complicated, but it is less flexible than a direct installation via Play.
Updated regularly, 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 the name suggests, this application common to all Huawei watches displays the various widgets in the form of boxes when opened: number of steps, active minutes and exercise history, Sanitas for health monitoring, 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.
As for sports, you need to go to the Exercise tab. You can start an activity without using the watch and create your own training programs. Unfortunately, the latter lack configuration options to adjust the exercises and change the automatic program.
Clock settings and app settings are divided into the last two tabs. There is also the function to download new watch faces (free or paid) to personalize your Watch Fit 2.
Uses and Accuracy
Although the Watch Fit 2’s optical heart rate sensor is identical to that of the Watch Fit, Huawei has revised its copy to improve the performance of its watch. The TruSeen technology is then updated to version 5.0 on the Watch Fit 2 and in fact improves the accuracy of the heart rate monitor.
Whether you practice an activity at a regular pace or on the contrary very rough, the Watch Fit 2 is able to follow the changes in heart rate, adapting very well to the curves obtained with our Polar H10 chest strap that is our reference. There is however a significant shift during the first 10 minutes, on the order of 10-20 beats from each other.
This is probably the time it takes for blood flow to the wrist to increase with physical exertion, resulting in a better reading of pressure changes 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.
As for the GPS track obtained with the toquante, we observe overall good tracking despite some stalls in difficult environments (forest, etc.) and a tendency to smooth out the trajectories that can be seen in sudden changes of direction.
Special features 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 having to look at our accessory. Convenient to stay focused on running and not waste time raising your wrist. Too bad the coach only speaks English.
The Watch Fit 2 also offers sleep tracking which gives an idea of the quality of our nights. The stages of sleep seem to be detected quite well, the clock identifies our waking periods in particular, but at the moment we do not have the tools to check if the detection of the other stages is correct (light, REM or deep sleep).
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