Health & Fitness
Huawei Fit Review – The New Style of Fitness
A Fitness Watch Coaches You Personally
The Huawei Fit is the latest smartwatch and fitness wearable from Huawei. It is an improvement over the Huawei TalkBand B3, but it looks more like a smartwatch than anything else. It is also one of the few wearables which gives compelling reasons to wear the watch 24/7, or at least until the next recharge cycle.
It introduces some innovative ways to navigate or use a wearable. For instance, you can use a twist of the wrist, instead of swiping on the screen. You would think that somebody else should have thought about this earlier. It has the basic notifications from your Android or iOS smartphone, including SMS, missed calls, emails, and some third-party chats apps.
For a new entry into the fitness wearable market, the Huawei Fit gives mixed signals.
The Fit is light and comfortable to wear. The band is of standard size which allows the user to have it replaced with a color or material they are more comfortable with. It does not look like the Huawei TalkBand B3, a fitness wearable released earlier by Huawei. The Fit looks more like a smartwatch.
There are some innovations which are included in the watch. It has a twist-the-wrist capability which is equivalent to a swipe left or right. Of course, there are other context gestures which are dependent on the current screen or appalthough not all of these support the twisting wrist gesture.
All in all, the Huawei Fit is an alternative take on a fitness wearable. However, it is to be seen if it can carve a niche of its own.
The Huawei Fit retails for $130. It is a bit expensive considering the feature set. Somehow you would expect more features for the price. There are other more popular fitness wearables with more features at the same price point or less.
• Lightweight and comfortable
• Twist the wrist feature
• Can be worn while swimming or under the shower
• One week battery lifetime
• No GPS
• Touchscreen is difficult to operate
• Limited functionality for price
• No buttons
Huawei Fit Specification
Huawei tried to be aggressive with the Fit. For one, it does not have a button. It relies solely on the Fit’s apps. This may or may not be a problem for the user. However, coupled with problems when swiping on its 208×208 pixel space, it can be annoying.
The Fit has one of the longest use-time between charging. It can be used for six to seven days before it needs to be recharged. On standby mode, you won’t need to charge it for up to 30 days. In contrast, most smartwatch and fitness wearables need to be recharged once or twice a day.
The dial or face is not as bright as other fitness wearables. It has a relatively bland design, but it also has a nightlight, illuminating the screen in the dark. However, it only works when the face is turned up. For this reason, if you are in the dark and lying in bed, the light might not turn on and you won’t see the watch face.
The Huawei app is available on the Android and iOS. Among other things, it has training plans for everyone and for every kind of training, which is not very common. Another uncommon thing is that it is the only noteworthy feature. It has no milestones, rewards, badges or benchmarks. It is a planning and recording tool, but it does not aim to motivate the user.
One of the reasons why you would want to wear it for the whole day is that it is rated at IP68 water-resistant. This rating means the device has been tested to 5 atmospheres. In short, you can wear this while swimming or when you take a shower.
It does not have a GPS of its own. It depends on a smartphone to read location. However, the location is still on your smartphone app and not on the Fit. A fitness wearable without a GPS is not a deal breaker, but you would be scratching your head about it. To put this into perspective, you can count the steps, and determine the distance from the steps. However, you cannot get an accurate reading of the distance you covered. It is much like the difference between a workout on a treadmill against running a course in an outdoor trail. You can see your run, and feel the trail, but these types of feedback are not found on the treadmill.
This is only the second time that the company has come out with a fitness wearable. As a wearable it fills the necessary requirements, even if it left holes in the requirements. It seems like it compromised with interim solutions, which have gone on to become permanent solutions. The Fit is a wearable in search of a niche. It has features of a fitness device including a few surprises.
Most people nowadays, do not wear wearables when they sleep. This ties in with the fact that most people use their cell phones to know the time. The wristwatch has become a redundancy. The Fit gives a reason to wear a watch to sleep, even as it reads and records your vital signs. Then again, you have to turn the dial face up in order for the light to work, so you can read off whatever data you want, or just to check the time.
The Fit itself lacks some features which are standard in most wearables. For instance, it does not have a GPS, and it does not automatically detect when a workout starts. This limitation on the watch can be remedied on the app. It depends on the cellphone for the GPS data. However, if you don’t have your cellphone with you when you run, you would not have any GPS information. Like all smartwatches, the Fit is dependent on the app. This time the functionality is lacking on the phone.
The Fit is not for everyone. It is an attempt at doing things slightly differently, but ended up leaving out features which are standard on most fitness devices. The price point gives it away as a high stakes gamble. It would have been a fairer comparison with its competitors if it had filled the Fit with a lot of features. Instead, the features were thrown out without a follow-through replacement.