I was a huge fan of the first Huawei Watch. It had Android Wear, was well-built, and looked like a normal watch so when Huawei reached out and asked me to check out their latest version the Huawei Watch 2, I said absolutely.
Now, after spending a little time with it, I figured I’d do a complete walkthrough of the Huawei Watch 2 Classic for anyone interested in the device and all the things it is capable of doing.
First up, the watch itself is larger than the original Huawei Watch, in fact, it’s pretty hefty, but along with that feels pretty solid (frankly always been a fan of Huawei’s products in that they are always premium feeling and made out of proper materials and this watch is no exception).
The case is made out of stainless steel and the bands, which can be replaced by any 22mm bands you find online, by the way, are leather outside with a rubber inside.
There are only two buttons on the watch, one is the home button basically that brings you back to the main screen as well as opens the app drawer and if you long press it’ll bring up Google Assistant so you can reply to texts while on your bike, etc.
The other button is a dedicated workout button. Pushing it brings up a quick option for starting a workout. There’s a ton of options and they are being pulled from the Huawei Health app that you can use to customize them as well as create a Training Plan. This allows you to set a race type you want to train for goals and it’ll use your V02 Max (the maximum amount of oxygen you can use during intense exercise and is what you see athletes doing when they’re running on treadmills with those masks on in sport wear ads) and your exercises to customize a plan to help you get there.
The watch has a built-in GPS, accelerometer, heart rate monitor and barometer as well to help the fitness conscience.
It’s also IP 68 certified which means rain and sweat aren’t an issue but don’t go swimming with it.
It has a 1.2″ AMOLED screen that can be seen easily in daylight and has a resolution of 390×390.
Internally it has a quad-core Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset with 768mbs of RAM and 4GBs of internal storage.
The internal storage is important as you can actually put your own music on the watch and connect it to a set of Bluetooth headphones if you wanted without needing to bring your phone. The only catch is that, at the moment, it only supports Play Music to do this with, but if that’s something you don’t mind using then your good to go.
Some versions, although not any in the US yet, unfortunately, also have SIM card slots for LTE connectivity which would allow you to then place calls and texts, etc. from the device without your phone nearby.
It can also use NFC and Android Pay to make payments at store terminals that support contactless payments.
We also have a 420mah battery which, for me, lasts about 2 days without a charge.
Now, on the software side, we’re running Android Wear 2.0 and so it’ll run all the same apps like Uber, Foursquare, Messages, etc. that any Android Wear 2.0 device will run and has a few additions from Huawei:
We have a battery app that includes optimizations and a power saver mode and lets you turn the watch into an actual watch and nothing else giving you almost a month of battery life in that mode.
Daily Activity which lets you track your V02Max we mentioned before along with all the other usual stats you care about, calories, steps, elevation, and setting daily goals, etc.
And that Workout app I mentioned before with different workouts. There is also a built-in fitness coach that can give you audio feedback as to how you’re doing during any of the workouts.