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Huawei Fit review

6.4/10 AVG.
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The Huawei Fit is a far more convincing fitness band than the Chinese company’s previous effort – even at twice the price.

- NathanS, Alphr 


If you want to receive all your smartphone notifications on your wrist along with fitness- tracking features in an attractive, simple package, the Huawei Fit is worth considering.

- Althea Chang, Tom's Guide 

Specs / Features


Specification
Warranty (Months) 12 months
Size 24 x 4 cm (9.5 x 1.6 in)
Weight N/A
Reviews summary section

What's good

  • Good battery life
  • IP68 waterproof rating
  • Attractive design
  • Bright display
  • Accurate sleep tracking

What's bad

  • No GPS
  • Sketchy distance tracking
  • Unresponsive touch screen
  • Clunky software
  • Limited fitness app integrations

Having built a name in the mobile market, Huawei is now tackling wearables. The Huawei Fit offers basic fitness tracking features in a more traditional watch-like package than much of the competition. While the price is great, a fitness tracker is only as good as its data and usefulness.

Does the Huawei Fit have what it takes? Reviews are out! Let’s see what they’re saying.

The round metal design of the Fit received lots of love from reviewers. With a display just over 1-inch wide, it’s not the bulky monstrosity of early smart watches. Yet its watch-like appearance also doesn’t scream, “I’m wearing a fitness tracker!”

The rubber wristband features a buckle enclosure for a secure fit. If you don’t like the three color options, the watch face is compatible with most 18mm spring-loaded wrist bands.

Pocket Lint summed up opinions of the look of the Fit well, saying, “Styled like a traditional watch, it's slick, round, button-free body gives it a clean, unassuming look that's suitable for everything from a day in the office to a night out on the town, via that lunchtime gym session.”

For features and functions, reviews get sketchy.

While a lack of physical controls or ports earns the Fit an IP68 waterproof rating, it means you must do everything using the touch display. Most reviewers complained about the responsiveness of monochrome touch screen—especially if sweaty from working out.

With no automatic exercise tracking, this means you’re stuck fiddling with a frustrating display every time you want to track a workout.

Six watch face options and an always-on display offer access to your data with a quick glance. However, the large fonts made smartphone notifications unusable for most reviewers.

Then, there’s the data accuracy concerns. While reviews differed, many mentioned a drastic underestimation of distance when running and high heart-rates when using the monitor. The first issue is likely attributed to a lack of GPS—a feature now common in most leading fitness bands.

Pocket Lint outlined their issues, saying, “Overall, it's consistently about 10 per cent off in terms of accuracy, underplaying the true distances of your runs. Hold your phone or water bottle in your watch-accented hand while running and these accuracy shortcomings are further exaggerated. When you're covering distances of 10k or greater, that's a huge, energy-sapping discrepancy.”

The phone syncs data with Huawei’s fitness app. Reviews for the app are mixed. Many found the interface confusing and the lack of social features and integrations with other fitness apps made it a tough sell for most.

On the upside, reviewers mentioned a respectable battery life of at least 5 days on a single charge. Some reached a full week, even with workouts and sleep tracking in the mix.

Most reviewers recommended passing on the Huawei Fit. ChipChick summed up concerns well, saying, “It’s not so much that Huawei Fit is a bad device — aside from sometimes unresponsive touch controls, it does what it’s designed to do very well. Step counting is consistent, and the heart rate and sleep monitoring is on point. There’s nothing technically wrong with it, it’s just behind the competition.”


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