The nice and sophisticated look can be deceiving, but the truth is that the Huawei Watch Fit it is far from an expensive and complete smartwatch. As its name implies, the Chinese wearable aims to be a great ally of your health and quality of life without charging much for it. It monitors your fitness, has a long battery life, integrated GPS and displays notifications.
The specifications complete an AMOLED screen, Bluetooth 5.0 and water resistance. Is it worth spending $ 899 on this gadget? Do all these features really work? I evaluated the new Huawei Watch Fit in the last few weeks and share my experience of use in the next few minutes.
Video review of Huawei Watch Fit
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Design and canvas
After spending several days using the Huawei Watch GT 2e, the analysis of which is already available here on Tecnoblog, putting Watch Fit on your wrist was really surprising. I went from a smartwatch with presence and a traditional look to a more discreet, light model that did not give up elegance.
Although it looks like metal, Huawei says the watch is made from durable polymer fiber. The slightly curved sides immediately refer to the Apple Watch and gave an even more beautiful finish. In addition to the dark Watch Fit, the company sells pink, green and orange versions.
The smartwatch bracelet is very comfortable and doesn’t bother you at bedtime. But its replacement requires enormous care, because you need to remove the locking rubber on the watch case with a sharp object. When doing this, it is important to pay attention, as this piece is small and can jump with force. Unfortunately, Huawei does not explain this and lay users can damage the watch and even lose this rubber, complicated, isn’t it?
The 1.64-inch rectangular screen is AMOLED and, in addition to a great front end, delivers strong colors and high brightness. The resolution of 456 × 280 pixels ensures a good definition and it is possible to read the displayed information without any difficulty. However, the brightness of the gadget at night bothered me when I went to sleep due to the intensity that, even at level 1, is high. So I had to use the “do not disturb” mode, to disable the screen, for several nights.
Like the GT 2e, the Watch Fit is water resistant up to 5 ATM (or 50 meters), so use in water activities is free. Regarding the day-to-day beats, I didn’t have any conflicts during the evaluation, but tapping the table and the wall were inevitable, luckily I finished this review without scratches or dents.
Features and usage experience
Huawei Watch Fit lives up to its name and delivers several health and quality of life features. There are several sport modes for beginners and even athletes, so you will find options for running, walking, cycling, swimming, as well as dance, baseball, beach soccer and many others (in all, there are 96 training modes ). The watch menu concentrates other useful features, such as step counter, heart rate, SpO2, to measure blood oxygen saturation, sleep and stress monitoring.
The heart rate sensor can always be activated and shows the user’s current status in a simple way. All data collected is still saved in the Huawei Health app, available for Android and iPhone (iOS). For comparison purposes, the Watch Fit had a lower number compared to the Mi Band 5, which also monitors the beats. At a quiet time of day, working on the computer, the smartwatch scored 89 bpm, while the smartband pointed to 95 bpm.
Sleep monitoring, called TruSleep, is excellent and presents detailed information about your night. In Huawei Health, you can view how many hours you slept and how many minutes you had light, deep and REM sleep. In fact, it is a very well done resource that can help the user to have a better night, especially since Huawei provides a score and shares useful tips on it.
Like other sports watches by the brand, the smartwatch has integrated GPS. Due to the worsening of the pandemic, I was unable to assess functionality in more complex locations, such as Avenida Paulista, with a lot of interference, but a simple walk of just 15 minutes in my neighborhood was enough to understand the performance.
My activity started in the parking lot of a supermarket and the clock was able to identify that I was not on a street. However, when I left the site, the GPS got lost and made it appear that I was on side streets at the beginning and only acted accurately in the middle of the route.
Still talking about sports and quality of life, Watch Fit brings 12 animations with simple exercises that include stretching, relaxing neck and shoulder, burning fat, defining the abdomen, training legs and others. The cool thing is that they are relatively easy activities that can be done indoors, without the need to go to a gym. Huawei also took care to leave all this detailed and explains the benefits of each dynamic, which is excellent.
On smartwatch features, Huawei Watch Fit has finally received major improvements, but that doesn’t mean the company has made major upgrades. If you followed my review of the GT 2e, you know that I had a lot of usability problems, mainly because I was limited to just 12 displays on the iPhone. But all of that changes in this more current model.
Android and iPhone owners now have access to a number of free watchfaces that can be found there in the Huawei Health app, including the ability to edit and customize as you wish.
The rest has not changed. It can display all notifications on your phone, but I can only view; it is possible to refuse phone calls; he has a flashlight; alarm; timer; shows the weather forecast; and it can work as a remote shutter to take pictures on the phone. However, this last feature is very limited, because it only works on phones with EMUI 8.1 or later, and cannot be used on iOS and Huawei does not even mention other Android devices.
NFC for payment was left out and you can also forget about the possibility of adding third party applications, so connecting it with Strava is not viable. The same goes for music and, although it is not possible to add Spotify, the user can control tracks from a music streaming app when a Bluetooth headset is connected.
The battery in here can last up to ten days with TruSleep and heart rate monitoring always on. That number can drop to seven days if the screen is activated 500 times, which is a lot, let’s face it.
In my test, Huawei Watch Fit did not get a great or bad score. With these features enabled and displaying all notifications, I got exactly eight days, it is a satisfactory result, but it could reach the tenth or eleventh day.
Just an addendum: the walk test with the GPS was done at another time and is not part of those eight days, so this number can be further reduced if you depend on it frequently.
Huawei Watch Fit: is it worth it?
The Huawei Watch Fit is a basic and uncomplicated smartwatch for consumers looking for a health-focused wearable. It is far from being a perfect product, but my experience was much more satisfactory compared to the GT 2e, which is also affordable and has serious usability problems. Watch Fit has great fitness features, sleep monitoring works and is accurate, and SpO2, so popular today due to the pandemic, is an important differentiator available here.
I also like the Huawei interface, which is shared on the brand’s other watches, but on the rectangular screen the user experience is even better, with fluid navigation and really beautiful animations. Finally the integration with the iPhone has been improved and owners of Apple products can access all the displays, another hit by the Chinese.
For running and walking, it is important to consider some inconsistencies in the GPS. In addition, considering that there are smartbands with NFC on the market today, Huawei loses a great prominence for not making the technology available; and finally, it would be very interesting to add third-party applications, even if only a few. I hope the company will implement all of this in the next basic smartwatch.
If you liked Watch Fit, but are a more conservative person when it comes to design, the newly launched Realme Watch S is an option to evaluate; it has similar functions and is cheaper. But if Huawei’s model won’t suit you, it’s better to look for a more complete smartwatch, like the Galaxy Watch Active 2.