Huawei Watch Fit smartwatch review
Huawei Watch Fit: is it worth your purchase?
- The elegant design of every day
- Built-in virtual trainings
- Great battery life
- The companion app is not perfect
- Automatic training detection
- Heart monitoring is unreliable in the water
The Huawei Watch Fit is an affordable fitness tracker that looks good and has some fitness capabilities, but there are some issues that need to be addressed.
Retail price (RRP)
£ 119.99 (around $ 155)
Huawei Watch Fit smartwatch review
The latest Huawei model to reach Europe is the Watch Fit, an activity bracelet with a design similar to an Apple Watch, equipped with a series of virtual fitness and tracking workouts for different activities.
I’ve spent some time with the Huawei Watch Fit to see how it performs in everyday use – tracking exercise, testing the built-in fitness programs, and seeing how reliable sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring is.
Design and build quality
The Watch Fit’s outer metal casing comes in black, silver, or rose gold, and the silicone strap is available in graphite black, mint green, melon orange, and sakura pink. The model I tried was the combination of the rose gold and rose gold strap.
Weighing in at 21 grams (without the strap), it is a lightweight watch that fits on your wrist and is not as obtrusive as other larger watches.
The design is quite reminiscent of the Apple Watch. It’s sleek and clean, and a lot less robust than the Huawei Watch GT. Despite being primarily sporty, this watch blends easily with everyday wear.
The silicone strap of this watch is not the most premium due to its rubbery appearance and its touch, in addition, at the moment Huawei does not offer another type of strap in case you want to change your style. However, it is resistant and dirt is easily removed.
The Huawei Watch Fit has a 1.64-inch rectangular curved AMOLED display, with a resolution of 280 x 456 and a screen-to-body ratio of 70%. It is bright and the colors are vivid, with good contrast, although in direct sunlight it does get a little shine.
For those who practice swimming, it is also water resistant to 5 ATM. I have used it in pools both outdoors and indoors and did not find any lag on the touchscreen even when wet.
To control the watch, you have a manual button on the right side, while the rest is through the touch screen. The digital face itself is customizable – you can tap the face to get a different color scheme, or you can change the entire design by browsing the watch face library in the companion smartphone app.
Software and features
Like other Huawei watches, the Watch Fit runs on the Lite operating system. It’s easy to navigate and the features are clearly laid out, although the watch doesn’t offer any third-party apps, which may be a deal breaker for some.
You can sync your watch to receive phone notifications, incoming calls, alarms, and the weather, and get the ability to control music playback on your phone.
However, despite the appearance of the Fit Watch, the limited number of features makes this watch more usable as a fitness tracker than as a dedicated smartwatch.
Right out of the box, the watch offers 11 detailed fitness tracking options, including walking, running, swimming, biking, and elliptical training, plus the option to add more than 90 custom options. These include yoga, spinning, HIIT, and even belly dancing.
If you don’t have a training program in place, you can follow a series of built-in workouts that are demonstrated with the use of a virtual personal trainer. From five-minute exercises that you can do sitting at your desk, to full cardiovascular sessions.
On-screen animations are easy to follow, and the watch vibrates to let you know when each series of movements begins and ends. Some of the longer exercises only repeat the movements of a cycle. It would be nice to have more variety, but this is something that could be changed in a software update .
The Watch Fit is also capable of detecting oxygen saturation. This is useful for activities like hiking when your SpO2 may be low due to thinner air, or if you have a medical condition that affects your breathing, so taking this can be a reminder to take a break if needed. P
Of course, this is not a medical grade device, so don’t expect the results to be as accurate as what you would get from a doctor.
There is also a stress tracking algorithm, which uses heart rate monitoring to detect whether stress is physically affecting your heart and, if so, suggests breathing exercises to help regulate your body – a simpler version of those. Stress-based features in the new Fitbit Sense.
Tracking and performance
During walking sessions, Huawei Fit’s GPS accurately tracks routes and provides you with your average pace, cadence, calories burned, and maximum heart rate during training.
I tested the watch during the swim sessions, and it was able to provide information on my most used stroke, as well as the number of laps I did by programming the length of the pool on the watch. The watch also transmits the user’s heart section during training.
There is an automatic training detection system, which is supposed to automatically recognize if you are exercising but have not set a manual training on the watch.
This is a bit unreliable, though – one session was doing brisk walking, and it only asked me to turn on the self-workout for about twenty minutes.
Sleep tracking provides your light, deep and REM sleep failures, as well as analysis of your breathing through the SpO2 sensor, and how many times you have gone to bed. It was mostly accurate, although there was an occasion during the night that I woke up, and the watch did not detect it, but instead marked it as light sleep.
The data recorded by the watch is stored in the Huawei health app. The software interface is clear and informative, with the exercise logs providing three pages of data, including an overview of your stats, segmented breakdowns of your training, and graphs of your heart rate.
However, there are some improvements that can be made to the Health app. Huawei’s built-in fitness workouts are not recorded in the app’s exercise logs, although they are recorded in the watch’s history.
Additionally, rivals like Withings offer links to reputable medical sites to support their fitness tips, as well as integration with meal planning apps like MyFitnessPal – areas Huawei doesn’t currently cover.
I have also noticed a discrepancy between what is recorded directly on the watch and what appears in the app when it comes to hearing monitoring. There are numerous “zones” that your BPM is in during exercise.
During the swim, on the watch, my heart was registered in the “extreme” zone of the watch during the entire workout, while the app registered it in the “warm-up” zone the entire time.
In reality, my heart probably fluctuated between numerous areas. Huawei says that heart monitoring can be inaccurate when in water, and that you have to wear your watch snugly to avoid it. I did this but still got the same results.
Huawei claims that the 180mAh battery lasts for an average of ten days, and it largely seemed to me to be true. By keeping the brightness in the car and using the training feature about three times a week (and sleep tracking a couple of times a week), it managed to hit this mark. Of course, increasing the brightness and exercising more regularly drains the cell faster.
In 30 minutes, I managed to charge the watch to a whopping 98%. This means that even a few minutes will be more than enough to charge it for an entire day.
The magnetic charger itself is a bit awkward to attach to the watch, and I generally had to check that it was charging properly. There were also times when after loading it flat, the date on the screen changed from English to Mandarin. Restarting it a couple of times fixed the problem, but it’s obviously a hassle, though I hope it’s easy to fix with a patch.
Value for money
The Huawei Watch Fit y can be purchased on Amazon for € 109.
There is no denying that it is competitively priced in the fitness tracker market. If you wanted to buy a premium Apple Watch , even the cheapest model (the SE) would cost you more than double, around 299 euros.
For something similar in design and performance, we recommend the Amazfit GTS. It costs similar to the Watch Fit (€ 129.90) with a slightly better battery life that offers 12 days of use on average. However, the Amazfit doesn’t include the virtual personal trainer that Huawei’s Watch Fit does.
The Huawei Watch Fit is a stylish and durable wearable watch with strong fitness tracking capabilities and great battery life, and the built-in virtual personal trainer helps this watch stand out from the crowd.
Not perfect – automatic workout detection doesn’t work properly, and heart rate monitoring is questionable when used in water. Also, the app could do with some additional refinements and resources to help users understand the data that the watch records.
However, for a watch that costs less than 125 euros, it is still a great buy to consider against other top-notch rivals.
- 46 × 30 × 10.7 mm
- 21 grams
- Polymer fiber
- Silicone strap in pink, orange, green or black
- 1.64 on AMOLED touchscreen
- 456 x 280
- 6-axis IMU sensor
- Optical heart rate sensor
- Capacitive sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- Android 5.0 or later
- iOS 9.0 or later
- 5 ATM water resistant
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 2.4 GHz
- Magnetic charge
- Typical battery life is 10 days
- 180mAh battery