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Huawei Watch 2 review: A truly smart watch

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The combination of onboard 4G for near-permanent data connectivity and a simple style make the Huawei Watch 2 a great option if you never want to miss a notification while you're out running.

The good

  • Integrated 4G
  • Android Wear 2.0 is easy to understand
  • Good sports tracking

The bad

  • Screen is small
  • Call forwarding is fiddly
  • No simple dial or scroll wheel
  • Not swim proof

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It's odd to think that smart watches have been around as a category for a couple of years now, but in that time, few manufacturers have really stepped up to define what a smart watch is or what it can do.

Huawei's latest entry into the smart watch game is the Huawei Watch 2, available exclusively through Vodafone in Australia. The big hook this time around is that it's the first Android Wear device to launch in Australia with integrated 4G LTE compatibility, meaning you can throw a nano SIM card into it for additional data connectivity. Is that enough to make it a must-buy prospect?

Design

  • More subdued design than the first Huawei Watch
  • Only compatible with Huawei's own watch bands
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Performance

  • 4G connectivity saves you from having to take your phone with you
  • Touch screen is fine, but less flexible than physical controls
  • NFC support lets you make contactless payments
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Battery

  • All-day usage is easily achievable
  • No support for Qi wireless chargers, unfortunately
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Verdict

The Huawei Watch 2 improves on the original in all the right ways, but at $599 outright, it's still something of a luxury buy. That's true of just about any smartwatch, however, because while I do personally love having notifications pop up on my wrist, and the integration of 4G LTE is a nice twist to ensure that they keep on coming, I'm left thinking that I'm still waiting for the next real evolution in the smartwatch model.

The Huawei Watch 2 is a fine digital timepiece for right now, but it's just an evolution of existing ideas, rather than a radical reinvention of the category. It is more flexible than the Apple Watch, because it'll work across Android or iOS, and its simplicity does make it an easy smartwatch to simply set up and use as it is.


Pricing and availability

The Huawei Watch 2 is available in Australia through Vodafone on a specific $10 Red Wearable plan with 1GB of data to use each month on the watch for $26.63 per month over 36 months for a total minimum cost of $608.68

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The 42mm Watch 2 features a 1.2" circular always-on 390 x 390 AMOLED display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass and is powered a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon Wear 2100 quad-core processor and 768 MB of RAM.

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Specifications

Huawei Watch 2

General

Face Size
30.48mm
Strap Size
20mm
Colours
Orange, Black, Grey
Internal Memory
4GB
Battery Life
Up to 24 hours

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network Compatibility
4G on select models
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.1 LE
NFC
Yes

Features

Wireless Charging
Proprietary
Accelerometer
Yes
Built In Microphone
Yes
Dustproof
Yes
Gps
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Nfc
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Usb Charging
Yes
Voice Control
Yes
Water Resistant
Yes

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