The Huawei Watch 2 is a digital sports and activity tracking wearable with a vast range of monitoring and measuring tools. It has a compact design, sturdy construction, and long-term durability characteristics. In this Huawei Watch 2 review, you can explore the specifications related to the design and construction, hardware, operating system, menu options, and the vast range of apps.
The powerful Qualcomm-Snapdragon chipset with Quad-core CPU drives this smartwatch. It has a RAM capacity of 768MB and a storage space of 4GB. The most versatile Android-Wear OS 2.0 resides in its core and powers all its functions and apps to perfection. The system also has an Adreno-304 GPU graphical card.
The result of this hardware is fast processing of complex sports and activity data. The watch can generate HD quality graphics and charts for data analysis and comparison. You can use this watch to create customized and standard reports related to heart rates, oxygen consumption, fat burning, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other cardiovascular health conditions.
Flawless and speedy communication is a hallmark of Huawei Watch 2. It has the 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Le/EDR Bluetooth, A-GPS and GLONASS, and NFC. The result is high-speed connectivity to your smartphones, cloud servers, global satellites, and wireless data transfer with the other smart devices using the Near Field communication technology.
The Huawei Watch 2 has multiple inbuilt sensors for direction detection, location mapping, speed and acceleration detection, atmospheric pressure reading, and other related parameter analysis.
- Huawei Watch 2 Review | Specifications
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- Huawei Watch 2 Functionality | Connections
- Huawei Watch 2 Functionality | Inbuilt Scanners
- Huawei Watch 2 | OK Google
- 1. Running Features
- 2. Cycling Feature
- Huawei Watch 2 Review | Sleep Tracking
- Huawei Watch 2 Sleep Improvement App
- Quickly watch the few minutes video below to see this watch in action:
Huawei Watch 2 Review | Specifications
Model: The Huawei Watch 2 has a minimalist design with an easy to use interface. It comes in various versions of classic black, classic brown, sports black, and sports grey. The case and bezel are made of engineering grade ceramic material. It is sturdy, durable, and resistant to water, heat, humidity, and the elements.
Bezel: The bezel design with numeric time indicators will be useful when the watch dial face changes to the classical mode. The bezel locks with the dial over the gorilla glass display window. It is resistant to scratches, glare, pressure impact and the elements. The electronic dial display comes with a vast range of faces. The screen interface responds to touch, touch-hold, and swipe actions.
Dial: The display screen has a resolution of 390X390 Pixels with 326PPI density. A bright display of information on the screen is visible clearly during the day and night from a distance. It makes viewing and analyzing of statistical and graphical data efficiently.
Band / Strap: The genuine leather band of Huawei Watch 2 breathable, sturdy, firm, durable, and skin-friendly. Steel buckle and pin system with an optimum number of holes allow you to fit the Huawei Watch 2 onto any wrist size. You need to wear it at a distance of index finger thickness from the wrist bone.
Sound: The Huawei Watch 2 has an inbuilt microphone for voice commands. It connects to the Google Assistant online. The speaker works on loudspeaker mode, delivering noise-free sound. It can connect to Google voice assistant, music player, and all the apps that use sound for output.
Huawei Watch 2 Functionality | Connections
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Huawei Watch 2 Functionality | Inbuilt Scanners
Accelerometer: The scanner can detect your movement and calculate the speed, direction and the variation in speed with distance and time. You can use the data for evaluating your performance levels during sports and fitness activities.
Gyrometer: The sensor can detect your angular positioning with reference to the geographical axes that pass through the location in which you presently stand. It is useful when you are on hiking and mountaineering expeditions. The Gyrometer and the accelerometer work in sync with the GPS device for giving you the most accurate data.
Barometer: The barometer works in sync with the GPS to give you the accurate information about your location with reference to horizontal, vertical, and angular dimensions. For example, it can detect the floor number of your present location in a building.
The system can also detect your position with reference to the X+Y+Z axes when you are in an unknown mountainous region. You can use it in combination with the GPS to find the routes to your destination.
Heart-Sensor: The optical heart rate sensor located on the Huawei Watch 2 can detect the pulse rate and the count of oxygenated/de-oxygenated hemoglobin within the veins connecting from the wrist. Hence, it can also be useful for measuring the volume of oxygen consumption during a workout.
Using this parameter, it is possible to measure the maximum heart rate zone, fatigue level, physical fitness level, and endurance levels of your body. The system can also give you valuable information about calories utilization and cardiovascular activities accurately. The applications are in the fields of sports and fitness activities, about which you can read in the next section of Sports and Fitness.
Huawei Watch 2 | OK Google
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The Huawei Watch 2 has an inbuilt Google voice assistant system for recognizing your verbal commands. You can initiate it with the OK Google phrase followed by your command.
Activity Schedule: You can get the details of your day’s schedule by asking “OK Google what is my training schedule for today.” The system will respond by giving you the list of activities you have entered in your calendar for today. Similarly, you can get replies to the other programs you have stored in the calendar for a specific date.
Fitness Queries: You can ask queries about the maximum heart rate zones, calories, Volume of oxygen consumption, nutrition needs and related aspects. The system can provide you with detailed answers to all your queries.
General Queries: You can query about today’s weather in a particular city. You can also get details about the best fitness practices, diet plans, water and fluid consumption, and general health-related information.
2. Cycling Feature
The Huawei Watch 2 can monitor your cycling activity with the help of a heart rate sensor, GPS, accelerometer, and gyrometer. It gives you accurate data about the calories consumption, VO2, blood pressure, workout intensity, and related parameters.
Scheduling: You can create a unique cycling schedule with the help of inbuilt menu features. Assign a name to the training. Then choose all the relevant fields for your target. The system can use them for monitoring and calculations.
Input the start and end dates of the training program. Save the details. You can categorize the entire schedule into a number of sessions which last for a specific duration in hours or minutes.
Start: When you begin the first session, choose the program name and tap on Start. Then you can go on your cycling session. The system will continue to monitor your activities until you tap the stop button. It is one session for which you can get the data in statistical and graphical forms.
The accumulation of such data for the entire sessions of your program will give you the maximum, minimum, and average values for all the parameters in the target. It can also generate a comparative chart for the fields you select.
Intensity: The Huawei Watch 2 can monitor the intensity of workouts based on the maximum values of heart rate, time spend on hard heart rate zones, fatigue time, and the maximum calories consumption.
It can calculate the maximum and minimum intensity of the muscles workout in each session. Monitoring of the data over a span of time can give you information about the variations from your targets.
Routes: You can use the GPS/GLONASS tool for the creation of your cycling routes. The system can detect the nearest satellite in the vicinity and map your location. Hence, the mapping will be in real time to give you the maximum accuracy.
Use the touch-screen options to mark the route from start to finish. You can also mark the intermediate points on the route for the number of legs. It is possible to monitor and measure your performance for each leg and the session.
Changes: The Huawei Watch 2 give you options to change the target values, routes, and also add and remove fields from the target. You can find a list of available fields from which you can choose.
Personal Coach: The workout coach of the Huawei Watch 2 can give you valuable guidelines for performance improvement. You may use this feature for short term and long term training sessions. You can fine-tune the coach to get advice on heart rate zones that you need to work in the future sessions.
Once you get the guidelines, it is essential to read the monitoring data regularly. It helps you to make immediate adjustments to your speed, calories-consumption, and heart-rate zone by increasing the workout intensity. The coach can also give you data on how to improve the intensity within a specific time.
Lean Target: The Huawei Watch 2 can take input from the personal and health information input as the master data. It can also consider the target body mass index you need to achieve within the specific target time. The app can calculate the maximum calories, heart rate zone, and the VO2 your body needs to achieve this target.
Lean monitoring: The system monitors the three parameters related to the target and the real-time data from everyday activities. It can compare the two values and give you the variations. Since it is in graphical form, it is possible for you to understand the information quickly. In the next step, you need to go back to the workout coach and take inputs for performance improvement.
Recovery Calculation: The workout intensity and fatigue level data will be useful for calculating the recovery time. The system can also monitor the frequency of maximum heart rate zones you have reached within a span of time. By combining this data with the VO2 maximum, it can give calculate the minimum and maximum recovery period for your body.
Sometimes, you may need to shorten the recovery time and also reduce the frequency of hitting the fatigue levels. Then you can take the help of Workout coach for making changes to the nutrition and diet plan. The system will help you in finding the best methods for attaining your targets within the planned time.
Huawei Watch 2 Review | Sleep Tracking
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You can enter the details related to your present sleeping patterns and practices. In the next step, you input the target values. Then you can start monitoring your sleep using the inbuilt function. The system can give you details about many of the health-related parameters.
Sleep Cycles: The system can monitor five sleep cycles from the light sleep to the rapid eye movement. It can compare the standard time in each cycle with the actual gathered data. Then it calculates the difference and gives you the graphical chart.
Sleep Rating: The Huawei Watch 2 can monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and related parameters. It calculates the duration of each sleep cycle based on the individual value for a specific time.
You can tap on the sleep rating to know about the value of each sleep cycle that you have gone through. If you spend more time on the third and the fourth cycles, it gives you a maximum rating. Otherwise, it can rate your sleep cycles poorly.
Chart Data: The Huawei Watch 2 creates the chart data with the parameters of light sleep, deep sleep, and awake. The monitoring for the specific duration will be split into hours, minutes, and seconds. It can also monitor the restless sleep in which the heart rate will be abnormal. Using such parameters, the system can give you the complete chart data.
The sleep tracking methods used by Huawei Watch 2 are simple and straightforward. It considers the volume of oxygen intake along with the heart rate. If the heart rate is equal to your awake-state, it means you are experiencing restless sleep, or you are in the awake state. The system can further differentiate it based on the heart rate zone and the blood pressure.
The rates of muscle movement during the restful sleep, restless sleep, and awake-state are entirely different. The system can detect them based on the signals it receives at your wrist pulse vibrations. The intelligent app residing in the Huawei Watch 2 can determine the difference between skeletal muscles and the soft muscles in the cardiovascular system.
The rate of cardiovascular movement is moderate or high (due to restless tossing and turning on the mattress) during the wakeful state. During restless sleep, the movement of soft muscles will be more compared to the skeletal muscles. The skeletal muscles may also be at the state of rest.
By tracking these vibrations, the system can calculate the data accurately and generate the output.
Huawei Watch 2 Sleep Improvement App
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You can use the app search and download manager in the Huawei Watch 2 to find the best sleep improvement app. Install the app and configure it to the Huawei Watch 2 specifications. Here you can input the data from the sleep monitoring system. It can give you the best help for improving your sleep.
Nutrition Guide: Refer to the nutrition guide on the workout coach for getting details about adequate nutrition. It can also guide you about the volume of proteins, vitamins, and the calories intake that is recommended for you.
Fatigue Monitor: Check the fatigue monitor on the Huawei Watch 2 for evaluating the stress and strain levels on your muscles. Then you may have to take measures to reduce them.
Heart Rate: Check the maximum heart rate zone in which you have been working for the past week. If the rate is consistently in the 190+ range, you may have to reduce the frequency of reaching this level for the next few days. Also, check the recovery period suggested by the Huawei Watch 2 app.
If you are not reaching the target consistently, it could be one of the reasons for your irregular sleep cycles. Once you have completed the procedures according to the guidelines, you can expect your sleep cycles to improve considerably.
Quickly watch the few minutes video below to see this watch in action: