I spent about 10 days with the Huawei Watch 2.The model I was given was the blue model with bright yellow buttons. The watch had the Snapdragon 2100, 768 mb of ram (would it have killed them to use a full 1 gb), and 4 gb of internal storage. The model I was using was not LTE enabled but it still had wifi, a built in mic, nfc, heart rate sensor, GPS and IP 68 water and dust resistance. This watch is also sporting a 1.2 inch fully circular 390×390 OLED display. If you’re looking for a smartwatch that is packed to the gills with every feature, well you have it here.
There were so many things I really enjoyed about the Huawei Watch 2. The first aspect I’m going to discuss that plagues many smartwatches is their battery life. With many watches you’ll be able to get a day at best with many smartwatches. With the Huawei Watch 2 I was able to wear it all day with the heart rate sensor constantly going and always on display going, fall asleep with it on and get to 6pm the next day. The relatively small battery in there and fast charging times you could even plug it in for 15 minutes and safely make it to the end of the day and even that night.
I actually really enjoyed the Huawei Health application that you could choose to install to get some added data from the watch. The layout of this application is nice and gives you a lot of information. The application also allows your watch to track your sleep patterns. I would recommend downloading it even though it’s not mandatory. It may be bloat but it’s well made and I liked it more than Google Fit much of the time.
The watch is surprisingly light weight and comfortable. I never forgot I was wearing it, but I never minded having it on. Although it takes a while to find exactly where it fits on your arm when you do it’s actually pretty nice. Adding to it being comfortable the vibration is good. I didn’t feel it was shaking my whole arm but there was enough feedback for me to notice each time I got a notification.
There weren’t many aspects of the Huawei Watch 2 I disliked. However, the aspects I did dislike can be major to some.
One issue I had with the watch was the performance. I felt the watch stutter and lag on many occasions. This normally happened when I’d wake the watch up from ambient display. This would often create a situation where the watch would register the tap two times. It was honestly very bothersome. This issue would sometimes cause me to not want to interact with the watch. That being said, the watch still woke when you lifted it without issue and once you waited a second or two the watch worked fine. I’m not sure if this was due to the hardware or software. However, I have a suspicion it was a hardware issue. The Snapdragon 2100 is notoriously underpowered and 768mb of ram is just too low. I hope we see this issue solved with the next iteration of the Huawei Watch 3.
The last aspect I dislike about the watch is the asking price. Getting this watch new will set you back at least $229. Being as this watch is around a year and a half old I don’t think you should be paying nearly that much. If you can find it on sale for around $150-175 I think that’s a great deal.
Given you can find the Huawei Watch 2 at a good price I think you should pick it up. The watch has an overall great build and gets the basics of a smartwatch right. The battery life is good, the display is nice. This watch also has many of the major features you’d want in a smartwatch, and it’s pleasant to wear. If you can handle the slow at times performance. As well as knowing it may not be updated for more than another year then it’s a good buy in my books. If you can wait a little longer though then I suggest you wait to see what’s coming next. There may also be a big price drop as well
What do you all think of the Huawei Watch 2? Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be picking up this smartwatch!
Huawei did not pay for any aspect of this review. The supplied us with the Huawei Watch 2 for review purposes only. These thought are our own and were not influenced by Huawei.