Huawei Watch Fit 2 connected herb test: more complete, more accurate, still affordable

Ergonomics and design

Characteristic of the Watch Fit, the rectangular format is of course retained for this second version. However, the Watch Fit 2 gets a few millimeters in width and thus moves a little more 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 still narrower (46 x 33.5 mm versus 45 x 38 mm for the Watch Series 7).

The rectangular display on the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The rectangular display on the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

However, Huawei has been wise not to stretch its watch even more in height, because its 46 mm can already take up the entire width of small wrists, which must therefore accommodate it, as only one size is offered (with wrist strap from 130 to 210 mm in circumference). Luckily, the Watch Fit 2 remains thin (10.8 mm vs. 10.7 mm for the first Fit and… Apple Watch) and very light (26 g vs. 39 g for a Watch Series 7).

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

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

In any case, the Watch Fit 2 is easily forgotten and its flexible silicone straps are comfortable. Huawei uses a proprietary tethering system for the latter. Therefore, although convenient to use, it unfortunately prevents the use of standard bracelets.

The silicone strap on the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

The silicone strap on the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Question display, the AMOLED screen gains 0.1 inches and reaches 1.74 inches. We appreciate its thin edges, which allow it to occupy 61.5% of the front surface (including the edges of the case). Well-defined (336 x 480 pixels, or 336 dpi) and bright, this screen takes advantage of a light sensor to stay easy to read in the middle of an escape and not too dazzling at night. An automatic Do Not Disturb mode can be activated so as not to be awakened by the screen e.g. in the night. No permanent view (always on the display) opposite to ; the screen only lights up when we point the clock at us or press its single button.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Interface

Fully tactile, the Watch Fit 2 interface is very easy to use. Very commonly, you can scroll through the various widgets with a simple swipe of the screen to the left: heart rate, oxygen saturation in the blood, weather, call log, lunar cycle, activity meters are displayed by default and other widgets can be added via the app. Too bad the widgets don’t show more information as the details are only visible in the Huawei Health app.

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

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

A swipe to the right shows shortcuts for using the voice assistant (with a Huawei smartphone only), controlling the weather, and controlling music playback.

At the vertical level, a shortcut pane goes down the screen with a simple flick of a finger to quickly access settings, alarms, Do Not Disturb mode, etc. An opposite movement triggers the display of notifications received on the smartphone.

Quick menu, main dial, select another dial, applications, shortcuts, and settings.

Quick menu, main dial, select another dial, applications, shortcuts, and settings.

The single button on the watch is used for its access to applications, simply displayed with a line of three icons. No rotating crown or cloud of apps therefore, but we will not grumble as far as the rectangular screen lends itself really well to such a screen, just as practical and ultimately similar to what 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.

Still, we do not have to scroll through this list for very long, as the number of applications available in Huawei’s App Gallery store is still quite limited. Nevertheless, we find the essentials in what we are entitled to expect from a connected watch.

A recurring defect in Huawei watches, the lack of interoperability with third-party services results in the inability to transfer our activities to sports apps like Strava. Huawei does not even allow a simple data export. A route import and export feature is nonetheless available.

Streaming music services are not better off, Watch Fit 2 only supports manual addition of music files to its internal memory, provided it is done from an Android smartphone (feature not available with iOS). Playlist synchronization would otherwise be more convenient and faster.

New to Watch Fit 2, Bluetooth calling is made possible by the addition of a microphone and speaker. The sound reproduction is not great, but is sufficient to conduct a conversation in a not too noisy environment.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Application

Still subject to a US embargo, which in particular prevents it from using Google’s software and services, Huawei is now working on its own ecosystem and making its Huawei Health app available (Android, iOS). It is available 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 for download from the manufacturer’s official website. Nothing complicated, but it is less flexible than a direct installation via Play.

The Huawei Health app, which is updated regularly, continues to evolve, and although there are still some translation issues, the overall experience is satisfactory. Highly focused on health, as the name suggests, this application, common to all Huawei watches, shows the various widgets in the form of tiles when opened: number of steps, active minutes and training 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.

Huawei Health with Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Huawei Health with Huawei Watch Fit 2.

For sports, go to the Exercise tab. You can start an activity without using the clock and create personal training programs. The latter unfortunately lacks 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 feature to download new discs (free or paid) to personalize your Watch Fit 2.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Applications 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. Thus, the TruSeen technology has been upgraded to version 5.0 on the Watch Fit 2 and actually improves the accuracy of the heart rate monitor.

A fairly simple optical cardiosensor, with two photodiodes.

A fairly simple optical cardiosensor, with two photodiodes.

Whether you are training an activity at a regular pace or on the contrary very choppy, Watch Fit 2 manages to follow the variations in heart rate, and fits very well on the curves achieved with our Polar H10 chest belt, which serves as our reference. There is nevertheless a significant shift during the first 10 minutes, on the order of 10 to 20 strokes apart.

This is probably the time it takes for the blood flow at the wrist to increase with physical exertion, resulting in a better reading of pressure variations of the clock sensor. A more advanced sensor, with more photodiodes, would undoubtedly give better results, as we saw, for example, during our test of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.

Pulse curves during a split run: in dark red, as achieved with the Huawei Watch Fit 2;  in pink, the one from the Polar H10 chest strap.

Pulse curves during a split run: in dark red, as achieved with the Huawei Watch Fit 2; in pink, the one from the Polar H10 chest strap.

With regard to the GPS plot obtained with the toquant, we generally observe good tracking despite some stalls in difficult environments (forest, etc.) and a tendency to smooth out the paths, which is noticeable by sudden changes of direction.

Especially with the latest Huawei watches, a voice coach is activated by default for certain activities (running, cycling, etc.) to inform us about various measurements such as distance traveled, pace and heart rate, without us having to look for our accessories. Convenient to stay focused on your run and not spend your time raising your wrist. Too bad the coach only speaks English.

The screens that appear during an interval run.

The screens that appear during an interval run.

Watch Fit 2 also offers sleep monitoring, which gives an idea of ​​the quality of our nights. The sleep phases seem to be recorded quite well, the watch in particular identifies our waking periods, but we do not currently have the tools to check whether the detection of the other phases is correct (light, REM or deep sleep).

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