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Huawei Fit | Review

Overview
Reviewed

3 February 2017

Launched

November 2016

Design

Unibody metal case
Interchangeable Bands -
Black, blue, orange
IP68 5ATM water resistant
Colours: Grey, silver

Display

1.04" Memory LCD Touchscreen
208 x 208 resolution, 200PPI
Always-on display
Corning Gorilla 3 Glass

Ease of use

Compatible with Android 4.4 and later, IOS 8.0 and later, smart notifications, personal running coach, Heart Rate Monitor, V02Max, multi-sport modes, daily activity tracking, sleep monitoring

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2, BLE

Battery

6 days battery life
Charge time: 1.5 hrs

Portability

Large: 246.5 x 39.4 x 9.9
Small: 229.4 x 39.4 x 9.9
weight: 35 g

Other Features

6-Axis motion sensor(Accelerometer + Gyrometer), Heart rate sensor(PPG), CAP-Sensor, Ambient light sensor

Positives

Lightweight, comfortable design
Accurate Heart Rate readings
Water Resistant

Negatives

Innacurate distance readings
Connectivity quirks

Our Rating
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-Design
8.2
-Display
8.0
-Ease of use
7.7
-Connectivity
7.5
-Battery
8.3
-Portability
8.1
The Last Word

With an abundance of fitness trackers on the market it's hard to know which one to go for, is Huawei Fit a good mid-range fitband? Yes and no, for the very affordable price you do get a nice looking, understated fitness tracker with a slender round watch face which is very comfortable to wear. However Huawei has missed the mark on a number of things, firstly the touchscreen is not always reliable, with no GPS the Huawei Fit distance readings are inaccurate and at times you will find the tracker disconnecting from your mobile device. That sounds like a lot, though there are many good points, aside from the nice simple design, the monochrome display is easy to read, you can take it swimming and the Heart Rate Monitor gives very accurate readings. There are a lot of pro's and con's, it's a bit of a mixed bag and feels like Huawei's first draft, hopefully it's successor will iron out the kinks. If you are a fitness buff look elsewhere, if you want a basic fitness tracker the Huawei Fit can do the job, but then again so can a lot of other trackers at this price.

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The Review

A look at Huawei Fit, simple in design, what’s it like to use?

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Design

Fitness Trackers are just as much a fashion statement as smartwatches these days, while some prefer rectangular shapes with a more sporting look, others prefer something more subtle that looks like a piece of jewlery and there are those who want a fitness tracker that looks like a smartwatch so it can be worn as both and that’s just what Huawei has gone for. The Huawei Fit looks like a close cousin of the Huawei Classic Smartwatch, not quite as premium, but with a unibody metal case and round watch face the Huawei Fit is subtly stylish, simple and classic. Huawei has not gone for any fancy finishes or expensive wristbands, the Huawei Fit is understated and it works for a fitness tracker. The tracker comes in either grey or silver with a large bezel that has notches around the face marking each hour. Huawei has also made the wristbands interchangeable with an option of black, blue or orange in a flexible rubber, very comfortable to wear for those sweaty work-outs. However, as the Huawei Fit resembles a classic time-piece you may want a more urban look for the evening, if so the Huawei Fit is compatible with most 18 mm wristbands, if you have the Huawei Classic smartwatch with this size strap you can switch them out easily. The Huawei Fit has an IP68 5ATM water resistant rating meaning you don’t need to worry about going running in the rain or sweaty workouts, you can even take it swimming, just not deep sea diving. Overall, it may be a simple design but the subtly stylish Huawei Fit will appeal to many.

Display

Huawei Fit comes with a 1.04″ Memory LCD Touchscreen, 208 x 208 resolution with 200PPI. It’s not the most hi-tech display, in fact it’s monochrome but it’s clear, readable with good viewing angles. The Fit also has a backlit display which makes it easy to read when working out in the evening, it’s not the brightest but it’s helps visibility in dim light and given it’s a monochrome display it’s actually bright enough. The Huawei Fit enjoys an always-on display so you will always have the time visible, just like a regular watch and a flick of the wrist or touch of the screen will bring up your home screen. While you won’t be blown away by the Huawei Fit display and it certainly doesn’t have a patch on it’s cousin the Huawei Classic Smartwatch, it’s easily readable which is what you want for a fitness tracker.

Ease of Use

Usability: The Huawei Fit is compatible with Android 4.4 & later and IOS 8.0 & later, just like any other fitness tracker or smartwatch you pair the Huawei Fit to your mobile device and download the app, once this is done you can sync the data captured on your Huawei Fit to your mobile and use the app to view stats. Huawei has also enabled the Fit with smart notifications, you can choose what apps you want to receive notifications from on the app and then the Huawei Fit will buzz when you receive a text or call, or what ever you have set it up to notify you with. If you receive one call or text the Fit will show you what you have missed, though you can’t reply, however unfortunately if you miss multiple calls or texts then Huawei only displays that you have missed x amount of texts or messages, it bundles them all together. Huawei Fit works the same as most fitness trackers, different cards display different information like steps taken, calories burned etc, just swipe the screen to get to the information you want, while the basis is the same and therefore should be very easy to use, the Huawei Fit encounters a problem. The display’s touchscreen does not handle wet fingers well, which means during a sweaty workout or swimming you will find it difficult to swipe through to the screen you want, also if you want to flick quickly to a screen sometimes the Huawei Fit finds it hard to catch up and you need to slow down, again frustrating during a workout. Huawei has given the Fit an ambient light sensor which means visibility is always good, even when out jogging in the dark.

Fitness: Huawei Fit is a daily activity tracker that covers the basics like step count, distance etc and supports multi-sports modes so you can use the fit when you’re cycling, playing football etc. Unfortunately Huawei Fit does not have a GPS or altimeter so it cannot decipher when you are jogging uphill and you will need to reply on your mobile for it’s GPS tracking. When it comes to basic step count the Huawei Fit is quite accurate however the lack of GPS has an affect on distance readings, when compared to more advanced fitness trackers the Huawei Fit is actually quite off. For some this may not be an issue if you want a fitness tracker for basic usage or as a guidance you may forgive the reading differences, and it’s not the first mid-range fitness tracker to have this issue. The reading inaccuracy will have an affect on Huawei’s personal running coach, however, while this is a great feature, with the difference in readings the Fit may be telling you that you need to keep on running, when you have in fact reached your target, again for some this may not be an issue but for those looking to reach specific targets it needs to be considered. Where Huawei has managed to hit the mark is it’s Heart Rate Monitor, the readings are very accurate and assist in your training and development giving you V02Max readings to help you increase your fitness. Huawei Fit also acts as a sleep monitor, this is an area all fitness trackers suffer, while Huawei’s readings are quite accurate it only shows you deep sleep and light sleep. Overall the Huawei Fit works well as a basic fitness tracker with the advantage of a Heart Rate Monitor, it is not sophisticated enough to satisfy fitness buffs but general fitness fans and beginners will be quite happy with what Huawei Fit has to offer. 

Connectivity

Huawei Fit connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth 4.2, BLE. This is an area some have reported issues, Huawei Fit loosing connection with the device and needing to be reconnected, this would some-what account for the Fit showing shorter distance ran than other devices, though I only noticed this issue a few times. That said this is not a good issue to have and Huawei needs to iron out the kinks for their next release.

Battery Life

Huawei boasts a 6 day battery life for the Huawei Fit which is about average for a fitness tracker, however if you use all functionality like smart notifications and have a busy workout schedule you will find the battery life closer to 4 days. As a mid-range fitness tracker this is not disappointing but nothing to write home about either. Luckily the Huawei Fit has a quick charging time of 1.5 hours from an empty battery.

Portability

Weighing a light 35 grams and thanks to the slender design the Huawei Fit is very light and comfortable to wear. It is designed to be worn all day and you will happily do this, the thin design means you won’t have any issues with it catching on your sleeve and you won’t mind wearing it to bed to benefit from the sleep tracking. Huawei Fit’s display is protected by Corning Gorilla 3 Glass which means it’s quite tough and can withstand the odd knock during a workout.

Huawei Fit black front run
Huawei Fit black front run
Huawei Fit black front run
Huawei Fit blue front run
Huawei Fit blue front run
Huawei Fit blue front run
Huawei Fit orange front run
Huawei Fit orange front run
Huawei Fit orange front run
Huawei Fit orange black front angle run
Huawei Fit orange black front angle run
Huawei Fit orange black front angle run
Huawei-Fit orange black front left right run
Huawei-Fit orange black front left right run
Huawei-Fit orange black front left right run
Huawei-Fit feature
Huawei-Fit feature
Huawei-Fit feature
Huawei-Fit blue orange front angle run
Huawei-Fit blue orange front angle run
Huawei-Fit blue orange front angle run
Huawei-Fit black orange front right run
Huawei-Fit black orange front right run
Huawei-Fit black orange front right run
Huawei-Fit black orange front left run
Huawei-Fit black orange front left run
Huawei-Fit black orange front left run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange side front side run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange side front side run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange side front side run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange front run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange front run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange front run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange front left run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange front left run
Huawei-Fit black blue orange front left run

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