HUAWEI Watch Fit Review: A smartwatch that's less expensive and less functional

Or a fitness tracker with a large screen.

Engadget JP (Translation)
Engadget JP (Translation) , @Engadget_MT
2020年09月26日, 午後 04:07 in egmt
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HUAWEI Watch FIT

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


HUAWEI WATCH FIT is a smartwatch that will be released in Japan on October 2nd, and as the name suggests, it's a smartwatch that specializes in fitness, and because it has fewer functions, it's also less expensive at 13,800 yen (excluding tax).

I borrowed this WATCH FIT before it went on sale, and I used it for a few days. Although it's lacking in some things, I think it's a pretty attractive device considering it's a fitness tracker with a big screen.

HUAWEI WATCH FIT with 1.64-inch vertical display

The case size is 46x30x10.7mm, which is an image of a taller Apple Watch, but the length is not much different from the 44mm model of the Apple Watch, and it might be better to say that the case is narrower in width than taller.

The display is a 1.64-inch AMOLED and the colors are very beautiful. Of course, it supports touch operation, and the response is good.

HUAWEI Watch FIT

The display is usually off to save power and lights up when you lift your wrist. However, there is an option to make it always on instead of cutting the battery life in half.

As far as I've actually tested, without the always-on feature, the battery consumption is 8-10% per day. If you turn it on all the time, it seems to increase to about 15%. Of course, it depends on how you use it and how many notifications you have, but the battery life seems to be about 10 days if you do not use always-on, and about 5-7 days if you do.

Honestly, there is a time lag before the screen comes on when you lift your wrist, so you can use it without the stress of having it always on.

HUAWEI WATCH FIT
You can choose from several faces of always-on screens.

The watch face can be changed from the dedicated HUAWEI Health app for Android, but the iOS version of that app does not support this feature.

HUAWEI Watch FIT
Android allows you to change your watch face from the app.

However, there are several preset watch faces on WATCH FIT as well, so even iOS users can choose from among them to make changes.

HUAWEI Watch FIT
The watch face can be selected from the WATCH FIT presets on its own.

It has a heart rate monitor on the back. Although it is functionally compatible with SpO2 measurements, unfortunately, it does not seem to be available in Japan. Charging is done from the POGO pin on the back using a special cable. Also, the band seems to be removable, but it cannot be used with standard commercial products.

HUAWEI WATCH FIT
Not interchangeable with commercially available bands.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the message notification screen. You can view SMS, etc. on this screen. But you can view SMS in the full text but Gmail only shows the title and can't see full text.

It's a little disappointing that we can't see the full text because the display is so big and easy to see.

Watch Fit
Can't view the full text of Gmail.

The only physical button is on the right side of the unit. Pressing it will bring up the various menus, and it's here that you can start your workout and more. Of course, you can start your workout from the smartphone side as well.

HUAWEI Watch FIT

When you start a workout, such as running or walking, WATCH FIT will display the GPS connection screen first. There's no option to turn GPS on or off in the WATCH FIT settings menu, so you may only use the WATCH FIT's GPS when you start a workout on the WATCH FIT.

HUAWEI Watch FIT
It's also equipped with GPS.

You can view your workout results not only on WATCH FIT but also on the app on your smartphone, of course.

WATCH FIT
You can view your route on the map and check your heart rate, etc.

Useful workout animation until you get used to it

One of the appealing features of the HUAWEI WATCH FIT is its 12 workout animations. You can view them by selecting a fitness course from the workout menu. There are 12 courses ranging in length from 3 to 18 minutes, including Reenergize and Neck & shoulder relaxation.

HUAWEI Watch Fit
Each course is divided into different levels.

When you start each exercise, you'll see an animation explaining the movement, and then you can watch it to learn the movement and try it yourself. You can't even look at your wrists during the exercise, but it's certainly easier to see the movements first, which makes it easier to understand.

HUAWEI Watch Fit
First, you see the movement on the screen and then you mimic it.

The sleep log that shows the points of improvement

Another feature that has been mentioned is the HUAWEI TruSlee 2.0 sleep monitoring feature. It's a common sleep log feature, but it's kind enough to not only check the quality of your sleep in detail but also show you how you can improve it.

HUAWEI WATCH FIT
The sleep log is rated as an integrated sleep score, displaying four levels of sleep: deep sleep, shallow sleep, REM sleep, and wakefulness. It also shows advice on how to improve your score.

A fitness tracker with a large screen

It's not enough when you think of it as a smartwatch, but as a fitness tracker, it's good enough. The battery life isn't bad, and above all, the screen is large and highly visible, which is helpful for people like me whose eyesight is starting to decline.

It would be perfect for me if I could see the text of an email with it, but other fitness trackers, including the Mi Band, don't support it, so I guess that's asking too much.

For those who are interested in a fitness tracker but felt that the screen is small and difficult to use, it seems to be an attractive model.


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


 

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