The knock on smartwatches has always been a combination of one of three things: one, their batteries don’t last that long; two, they don’t come with a lot of user-friendly apps; and three, they have limited connectivity without their smartphone companion. The Huawei Watch 2, an affordable Android Wear 2.0 device, may have just revived the slowly dying smartwatch industry.
From its powerful 420 mAH battery with a 2-day running time to its “connect anywhere” 4G network, the Huawei Watch 2 is one of the most intuitive smartwatches hitting the market and it just may rekindle the wearables industry. In a market that includes Samsung Gear S3, Garmin Forerunner 935, Tag Heuer Modular 45, LG Watch Sport, and of course the Apple Watch 2, the Huawei Watch 2 had to differentiate itself with cutting-edge technology without compromising aesthetics.
Housed in its 0.49″ plastic case and armed with an impressive 390 x 390 resolution, the Huawei 4G sport smartwatch is an action-packed device designed around its interface. From the standalone 4G connectivity to its professional running coach feature, wearer’s will have a powerful fitness tracker strapped around their wrist collecting real-time health metrics throughout the day. Whether it’s precision heart rate monitoring, the workout data report, offline music access, or the live GPS mapping feature, Huawei’s workout mode keeps you focused on reaching your optimal self without needing to carry along your phone. Running and cycling down a remote trail does not mean sacrificing your ability to track key fitness metrics.
Equipped with a full suite of sensors that include a gyroscope, compass, barometer, and a heart rate monitor, the Huawei Watch is the perfect combination of state-of-the-art technology and cool design features. Engineered using 23 separate processes, Huawei’s sport smartwatch is made out of ceramic bezel, which according to the company is “six times harder than stainless steel.”
Designed for personalization, wearer’s can select from a wide assortment of face styles that change the look of your watch from one day to the next. Accessing your full suite of apps is as easy as hitting the two buttons on the side of the watch. You can also control the Huawei Watch via its voice-activated Google Assist technology by simply saying, “Ok Google.” Whether it’s kept up-to-date with timely notifications, making NFC mobile payments with a flick of the wrist, or the ability to activate Workout Mode with a voice command, the Huawei Smartwatch is a digital companion designed around the user.
Like most premium smart watches, the Huawei is IP68 water and dust protected and comes in two different styles: Sport and Classic. If there are two features that separate the Android Wear device from its competitors, it would have to be the impressive long-lasting battery and the ability to connect from anywhere. The powerful combination of a two-day plus battery life (10+ hours in workout mode) and 4G network connectivity, means you don’t have to rely on your smartphone to control your smartwatches best features. Buying a smartwatch that can’t be functional outside of your smartphone is, in my opinion, a wasted purchase.
Finally, the Huawei Watch 2 comes with its own Health App – allowing runners, cyclists, or fitness enthusiasts to track their heart rate, the distance they traveled, and their overall cardio conditioning. With the ability to connect with your playlist offline, you can experience the guidance of a trainer mid-workout and still have your favorite workout theme music at your disposal. I would recommend buying a set of wireless Bluetooth headphones to make your workout even more incredible.