Huawei Watch 2 Review

Battery

Adequate battery life that will easily last you through the entire day.


Huawei promises a battery life that would last for two days of “typical usage”. After some fiddling around with the settings, I sort of managed to find said typical usage scenario. I used the always-on display through the day, and turned it off when going to bed. I also made sure to turn off the Tilt to Wake function, since it woke up the watch constantly while I was driving. With these settings applied, the watch consumed about 60% of its power in approximately 24 hours.

What must be kept in mind is that I played around a lot with it through the day and I made sure to test the Google Maps navigation on my commute from work.

The watch is also quite quick to charge, coming up to 100% in about an hour. That's not a bad charging time for a smartwatch.

Conclusion

A solid device, with a solid price tag.


The Huawei Watch 2 is said to have a starting price of about $350, same as that of the Samsung Gear S3. But, quite honestly, its build feels a bit cheaper than the Gear S3.

Still, the Huawei Watch 2 is a very solid wearable. It does come with mobile payment support, GPS and all the latest Google software for smartwatches.

What would make the Huawei Watch 2 far more competitive, though, is a rotating bezel or crown to navigate through the menus. This would help in keeping the display relatively smudge-free, as opposed to its current constantly-needing-a-wipe condition.

Pros

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Smooth user experience
  • Compatible with standard 20 mm bands

Cons

  • Uninspiring design
  • Lack of rotating bezel or crown, making for a constantly dirty display
  • Android Wear 2.0 is still a little rough around the edges

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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