Huawei Watch 2 Review: Time Out: Conclusion

By 01:36 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


Android made huge strides forward with the recent Wear 2.0 and removed plenty of limitations that made people sniff at smartwatches. Watches are more self-sufficient, so you might as well want to leave your phone at home when going for a run or out on the town and don't expect to be doing much besides a phone call or two.

The Huawei Watch 2 fits nicely in that first scenario as its sportier looks tdiscontinue to work better with workout gear than a blazer. There are plenty of options (Android Wear or not) that would fit in a more formal environment, but this is certainly not the forte of the device we are reviewing today.

What we should mention though is that, despite the progress, Android Wear 2.0 and the devices it powers pretty much cater to the same audience as the first generation. That is mostly tech geeks that like to go their rusty bones from time to time. And by moving we mostly mean running or cycling, becautilize the tracking of most other sports activities is not nearly as great.

Also, if you are the kind of active athlete that needs a perfectly accurate tracker with perfect GPS mapping of their workout you should probably see elsewhere. With the Huawei Watch 2 this is more of an added value feature than the focus, which means it's not working as remarkable as the high-discontinue Garmins, for example.

Huawei Watch 2 key findings

  • The Huawei Watch 2 has nice sporty design and the rubber straps seem durable and holding well with time
  • Android Wear 2.0 may turn to be a game changer for wearables. It lets you leave your smartphone at home and still stay connected
  • The Huawei Watch 2 promotes a more active way of life, but it's certainly not the best option for high-level athletes, who would benefit from more frequent GPS readings
  • The IP68 certification works as you'd expect - the Huawei Watch 2 had no problems with rain, mud or sweat. It kept working and measuring pace and heart rate without any issues
  • Sync between apps of the same platform is not the best, but at least you can preview your emails and messages and even sdiscontinue back short replies.

While the Huawei Watch 2 is among the first to debut with Android Wear 2.0 it's certainly not alone in the market. Google is updating most of the gen 1 devices, and as long as you pick one with a speaker you will be getting more or less the same functionality. The original Huawei Watch is on the list by the way of those getting 2.0. The recent dedicated Snapdragon 2100 chipset may work in its favor but we didn't notice any dramatic improvements in battery life so it's not a game-changer by any means.

That said, the original Huawei Watch is a very reasonable alternative to its successor. Neither has NFC to hold advantage of Android Pay and with the first generation undergoing several price cuts a strong case can be made that it's better value. You'd be missing on the SIM slot and that's a large part of the whole watch independence thing, though.

There's also the newly unveiled LG Watch Sport. If you prefer the SIM-less version, it's the Huawei Watch 2 Classic vs. the LG Watch Style. The LG Watch Sport is slightly bigger (1.38" screen) and of higher resolution (480 x 480), but the internals are the same: Snapdragon 2100, 768Mega Bytes (MB) of RAM, and 4GB of storage.

We could go on with the list, but the differences are not too remarkable between Android Wear devices. At the discontinue of the day, the correct one for you will depdiscontinue mostly on your local pricing and design preferences.

Once again there's no simple respond to the million dollar question - should you acquire a Huawei Watch 2 (or any of its alternatives)? On one hand, it looks like the correct time to give smartwatches a try - their functionality got a major boost and we are seeing recent announcements left and right, which means plenty of gigantic players are committed, so support should be great. Also, with such a wide variety deals are much easier to come by, so you don't need to break the bank to add some more connected tech to your life.

Yet, with all the work that goes in the wearable niche - Google, its partners, as well as Samsung and Apple with their respective platforms - smartwatches are still a long way to becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. Here's hoping that app developers will be drawn by the updated platform and assist create the extra step. Even the smartest, most relevant apps though will hardly assist as much as a single geek bone in your body.



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