Huawei Watch Fit, analysis: extremely good in health, not as good as a smartwatch

Until recently, Huawei was one of the leading manufacturers in Spain, but following Trump's veto and the absence of Google apps the company has been in serious trouble. Fortunately, the mobile division seems to be the only one affected, and in the wearable sector, we see the Chinese company more ambitious than ever, with products like the Huawei Watch Fit or the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro, very promising devices.

We have spent several weeks using the Huawei Watch Fit as the main watch, a watch that by features and price is very promising, but with many small details that, for better or worse you may not have considered.

Huawei Watch Fit: Technical features

  • Screen:
  1. Diagonal: 1.64 inches.
  2. Shape factor: Rectangular.
  3. Technology: AMOLED.
  4. Resolution: 454 x 280 pixels.
  5. More than 200 covers.
  • Memory: 4 GB.
  • Health Monitoring:
  1. Heart attack all day.
  2. An estimate of VO2 Max.
  3. Sleep tracking.
  4. Stress estimation.
  5. Menstrual cycle tracking.
  6. More than 95 training modes.
  7. 12 exercise routines.
  8. 44 animated exercise guides.
  • Smart features:
  1. Remote trigger for the camera.
  2. Remote music control of your mobile.
  3. Control of Bluetooth calls and notifications.
  4. Weather warnings on the watch.
  • Battery:
  1. Up to 10 days on a full charge.
  2. Charging time: 100 minutes.
  3. Fast charging: 70% in 30 minutes.
  • Resistance:
  1. Water resistance up to 5 atmospheres.
  • Support:
  1. Android 5.0 or above.
  2. iOS 9.0 or higher.
  • Dimensions:
  1. Weight: 21 grams.
  2. Measurements: 46 × 30 × 10.7 mm.
  3. Colours: White, black, rose gold.

An elongated Apple Watch

There is no more direct way to define the design of the Huawei Watch Fit. Today, in the smartwatch market, the Apple Watch has managed on its own merits to become the best-selling smartwatch on the market, something that has a lot of merits if we consider that it is in the highest price range and that it is only compatible with iPhone, a mobile that, while selling a lot, has a lower presence than Android.

Although smartwatches tend to have a round form factor, apple's design has generated a trend towards smartwatches in more rectangular formats. Not that Cupertino was the first, but his popularity has ended up turning him into a symbol.

If you put an Apple Watch next to the Huawei Watch Fit, the resemblance is evident, from the case to Huawei's own strap system. The Chinese model does lose in certain respects, such as not including a crown or the use of cheaper materials (plastic with metallic paint instead of aluminium) but are reasonable concessions if we consider its reduced price.

Beyond the odious comparisons, it is a device that on an aesthetic level looks pretty good on almost any wrist. It is absurdly light and very comfortable to wear, this being one of its highlights.

Huawei Watch Fit as a technology product

We find a huge AMOLED display that occupies a large part of the front with a slightly longer aspect ratio at 16:10, a format not as elongated as the one we see on today's mobiles, but quite panoramic when compared to the more square formats present in smartwatches. The screen has a correct brightness level indoors, and although outdoors it looks correct, we miss an extra brightness for those situations where we are in full sun, where it is more difficult to see the data.

At the technology level, rather we could consider the Huawei Watch Fit as a smart bracelet, which is that we are in its smart functions. We don't have an app store to expand features, and we'll have to stick, at least for now, with the apps available from the factory, which are:

  • Exercise.
  • Exercise log.
  • Exercise status.
  • Heart rate.
  • Oxygen in the blood.
  • Activity logs.
  • Dream.
  • Stress.
  • Breathing exercises.
  • Music control.
  • Messages.
  • Climate.
  • Stopwatch.
  • Timer.
  • Alarm.
  • Flashlight.
  • Find my phone.

We have a notification system that will show us on the screen those of our mobile, but it is a regrettable system compared to systems like Apple, Samsung or Google. If the message is WhatsApp, the WhatsApp icon, the name and message received will appear, while a generic icon will appear in the other apps.

We do not have the possibility to respond to messages in any way, notifications are stored permanently without any synchronization with the smartphone and the only way to delete notifications is to go down to the bottom and press a button called Delete All. I find it hard to imagine how a Huawei calibre company has such a crappy notification system. If you like to control and respond to notifications, using the Huawei Watch Fit will make you want to throw it to the ground and smash it from a stomp.

Let's move on to more positive aspects, such as a battery. Having such a limited system had to have some positive point somewhere, and autonomy is certainly one of the best. It doesn't come to a month like sports bracelets, but Huawei promises up to 10 days of battery life.

These measures are quite accurate, which is that on a standard day approximately 8% is carried based on our use, with all health follow-ups active. If we use GPS on the device the consumption soars, and it can consume 10% battery per hour if we measure exercise with total precision. In our experience, we have ended up charging the watch once a week, a figure that is not bad considering that we have a fast-charging system that in half an hour goes from 30 to 80% and that in one hour leaves us a full charge.

Finally, consider that the Huawei Watch Fit has GPS built into the device, so you don't need to carry your phone on top to record our training routes on a map. It does not have maps and navigation app, however, it only records the data to show them in the health app once you synchronize the data collected on our mobile.

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