Huawei Watch 2 hands-on: one step forward, two steps back?

by birtanpublished on September 27, 2020

Everyone this is David with Android police and we're here in Barcelona at MWC 2017 and as you may be able to tell on my wrist here is the all-new Huawei watch 2 I'm going to tell you a little bit about it but first shout out to D brand thanks for sponsoring our coverage

Here at MWC if you want some sweet skin for your devices we've got a link to D brand down the description of this video now let me tell you a little bit about the Huawei watch 2 now the original Huawei watch was in all

Honesty probably one of the most well light Android wear devices ever released this new version then had a lot to live up to now the version I'm wearing here is what you would call the sporty-er version of the of the new Huawei watch 2

There's actually two versions so you've got the Huawei watch 2 which is what this is their LTE and non LTE versions of that and then there's the Huawei watch classic to have differences the Huawei watch classic has a more smooth

Over bezel it has a full stainless body and then it has 22 millimeter straps versus these strange 40 20 millimeter straps that I'll show you in our hands on here a little bit about as we as we progress now the support version of the

Watch and I'm wearing in this black color honestly I think it's pretty ugly it is not a good looking watch and I have spoken to no one here who's looked at it that it had anything really nice to say about the aesthetics it is almost

In every way a visual step backward from the first wall i watch which was a pretty striking device and in a similar vein as the Moto 360 what is good about it well I mean this LTE version has LTE if that's something you want in a wash

It has Android pay so it has annecy cow obviously unlike the watch sport also the antennas are not built into the bands of the watch they're built into this bezel area and the body of the watch you can swap the

Bands but on the sport version I'll tell you that's probably a little trickier than you might think at least in terms of pulling it off in a way that looks good now the display you have here is 1.2 inches across which is

A good 2/10 of an inch smaller than the outgoing while I watch and that just doesn't make sense to me this watches as you can see very sick around twelve point six millimeters and yet the display is absolutely tiny not

To mention you've got this big all bezel up here so that whenever you're working at the edge of the screen you're hitting this bezel and it's just it doesn't feel nice it doesn't feel natural it just feels like an older

Chunkier Android wear watch like the TV watch are but honestly a little worse than that even in some ways I just don't know if this is the right way for Huawei to go now let me take off the watch here and show you a little bit about the

Actual hardware as you can see we've got this rubber silicone strap the strap feels very cheap to me it's not nice if they offered a more premium option maybe something with metal links or at least a nicer silicone strap I would probably go

For that this this strap doesn't do anything for me it's just not very good the hardware is watch you can see you've got two buttons here this secondary button I'm not even really clear on what it does at this point or what it does is

Useful you're able to set some stats in the huawei fitness app with it right now essentially but other than that I haven't found anything too interesting that it does you've got the shoulder power button up

Here obviously your main mode of interaction neither of these are rotating buttons obviously so you don't get Android wears new rotating crown features which is kind of a bummer on the back you've got the heart rate

Sensor the PPG and the IR and such you've got pogo pins for charging so the while we watch shoot is not future wireless charging although the cradle is improved from the original Huawei watch I'll say that it's

Got little little ridges on it to make sure the watch is centered when you put it on and as you can see the bands are replaceable as you can tell I'm having to pull them apart here to show you that because they're they're fairly stiff up

Near where they meet the lug of the watch and all let's pull one off here for you and you can see they pop out pretty easily but as you can also see there's this lug insert so if you wanted to replace these you could but you'd

Probably want a band that had the same shape of insert to make sure that it you know looked right when you put it in the next thing I'll show you here is you can take out the SIM slot putting a sim in this thing is very easy you just take

Out that slot there and then put it right back in well it's very easy compared to at least the watch sport and on this version we have here actually if you if you can really see that in the video

It says meow meow 3 which is kind of funny I'm always doing this for prototype tracking these are prototype versions of the watch we should know the hardware is is design-wise final but fit and finish wise probably not necessarily

Hunter percent of the way there yet the software also is definitely not final and it has been buggy for me but I would say that's probably something that's going to be fixed by the time the watches go to retail so that about wraps

Up my thoughts on the new version of the Huawei watch and I know they aren't they aren't positive I just don't think Huawei did what they should have done with this new SmartWatch here I think that what made the Huawei watch the

Original one so well-loved just wasn't replicated here it seems like they honestly stepped away from a lot of what made the original Waller watch so nice I haven't tried the new classic version I will say the classic version is the same

Thickness same screen size it just features a slightly redesigned bezel and a different strap design so it really doesn't fix a lot of the critical flaws with this watch I'm just not sure what Huawei was thinking with it but anyway

There's our first thoughts on the Huawei watch 2

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