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Honor Magic Watch 2 review

Huawei sub-brand Honor has shocked us with the Magic Watch 2, a smartwatch which claims as much as 14 days of battery life. We let you know every little thing it’s essential to find out about its design, specs and efficiency.

Honor, the Huawei sub-brand, is changing into increasingly fashionable within the UK market. It doesn’t simply provide high-quality smartphones although, with its smartwatches changing into more and more competent.

Like its telephones, the smartwatches it launches aren’t fairly as fashionable because the Huawei fashions. That’s not essentially a foul signal, as Honor has turn into identified for its capability to create top quality merchandise for an reasonably priced worth.

On this assessment, we’re specializing in one of the vital current merchandise the corporate has launched, the Honor Magic Watch 2. This smartwatch is available in two totally different sizes (42mm and 46mm), which Honor claims will present as much as 14 days of battery life.

We’ve been testing the Magic Watch 2 for just a few days, as a way to let you know all about its design, high quality, specs and efficiency. Does this new Honor wearable actually final so long as marketed? We’ll let you know all this and extra in our full assessment of the Honor Magic Watch 2.

Worth and availability

The Honor Magic Watch is on the market now, with the 46mm variant at £159.99 on Amazon. You will save £10 in the event you go for the 42mm mannequin.

Honor has additionally unveiled particular editions of the Magic Watch 2, a collaboration with varied artists and designers. The Magic Watch 2 is curiously not out there on its UK website, so we would suggest going by way of a 3rd occasion. 

Maybe unsurprisingly, it’s not out there within the US, however that interprets to round $210 in the event you’re pondering of importing. 

That is cheaper than the overwhelming majority of gadgets in our greatest smartwatch chart. Nevertheless, it’s undercut by the Amazfit GTS, our high choose on the time of writing.

Design and construct

If we examine it to the unique Honor Watch Magic, we will clearly see how the Watch 2 has refined its design, with a bigger display screen and extra assorted aesthetic. There are 4 totally different fashions in all: Agate Black and Sakura Gold with a 42mm face, and Flax Brown and Charcoal Black with the bigger 46mm entrance panel.

The 46mm watch additionally has a better decision (454×454 versus 390×390) and naturally a bigger display screen (1.39 and 1.2in). All variants include AMOLED know-how, although, which we’re happy to see.
The sizes of each fashions does affect battery life, which we’ll focus on in additional element later.

Each sizes provide a sporty and stylish mannequin. For the needs of this assessment, we’ll be specializing in the 46mm Black mannequin which we have been in a position to take a look at.

We loved carrying the watch: it seems like a top quality gadget, full with a pleasant 361L chrome steel end and black rubber strap. Its design clearly has sport in thoughts, however its simplicity makes it appropriate for plenty of functions.

The actual fact it’s made out of 361L chrome steel makes it a lot extra proof against corrosion. This implies the outside of the watch ought to final for much longer than different watches with out this certification.

The aforementioned water resistance means the Magic Watch 2 will be submerged as much as 50 metres, making it excellent for many who like to trace their swimming within the pool.

It feels notably gentle once you put on it, due partially to it weighing simply 41g. It’s snug to put on to the extent that we quickly neglect it’s on our wrist.

Similar to the earlier mannequin, on the best there’s two distinct navigation buttons. These will take us to 2 totally different menus, or they are often customised as shortcuts to particular functions. From an aesthetic perspective, we really feel they protrude an excessive amount of, and we regularly began workouts or opened functions by mistake.

Its design is similar to the Huawei Watch GT 2, and we additionally assume it bears just a few similarities to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Energetic 2, particularly in the event you take a look at the 42mm mannequin.

Nevertheless, we shouldn’t consider these likenesses as a damaging, in reality fairly the alternative. The Huawei and Samsung watches have achieved nice success, which proves that this a tried and trusted design which pleases nearly all of smartwatch homeowners. Why wouldn’t you imitate what different gadgets do effectively, notably in the event you can undercut them on worth?

As chances are you’ll bear in mind, AMOLED screens such because the one on the Magic Watch 2 is ready to use much less vitality and present larger ranges of distinction than different sorts of display screen, one thing you may actually discover on this watch.

The display screen seems to be and feels high quality, responds completely to the touch and appears nice in brilliant environments.

Lastly, it’s price mentioning which you could select between plenty of totally different watch faces. In fact, all of them have fairly an analogous, sporty model. We discovered that the extra primary designs nonetheless will let you see every little thing you need at a look.

Nevertheless, in the event you use the Huawei Well being app in your cellphone, there’s a way more assorted number of faces which you’ll set up everytime you like.

Battery life

The highly effective battery on the Magic Watch 2 is unquestionably its most outstanding function. Honor claims the bigger 46mm mannequin is ready to final 14 days earlier than you attain for the charger, whereas the 42mm variant guarantees 7 days.

One of many essential drivers behind that is the Kirin A1 chip, which we’ll speak about in additional element later. The mix of a 455mAh battery and AMOLED display screen means the battery life is actually excellent.

When in comparison with the unique Magic Watch’s 178mAh cell, Honor has been in a position to extra double the battery capability.

This all sounds nice on paper, however how did it carry out in actuality? We have been very happy with the watch’s battery life, however it fell a way wanting the 14-day determine that Honor claims.

In our testing, the battery lasted 7 days, 22 hours and 30 minutes, regardless of utilizing the bigger 46mm mannequin.

We really feel our utilization was fairly typical, too. We tracked a few of our walks, answered some calls and acquired some WhatsApp notifications (the one app we had turned on).

Whereas it’s disappointing to get little over half the battery life Honor states, an entire week with out having to cost remains to be a really constructive determine.

Charging time can be fairly good – in half an hour the Magic Watch 2 charged 52%, whereas it took just below an hour to be absolutely charged and prepared for one more full week.

{Hardware}

Along with the slight refinements by way of design when in comparison with the earlier Magic Watch, a extra substantial enchancment is the brand new Kirin A1 processor, which was developed by HiSilicon solely for wearables. This chip works in tandem with the LiteOS working system, which we’ll go into extra element on later.

This is identical chip as will be discovered within the Huawei Watch GT 2 and the Huawei FreeBuds 3. It would sound formidable, however this processor is aiming to catch as much as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100. In fact, its efficiency on the Magic Watch 2 doesn’t put it in a foul place.

A headlining function of this chip is its Bluetooth 5.1 know-how, which suggests you may even obtain calls utilizing the Magic Watch 2 when your smartphone is 150 metres away.

In our expertise, this labored rather well. Whenever you obtain an incoming name, the clock vibrates in your wrist and prompts you to both settle for or decline. The built-in microphone means you may discuss by way of the watch with out having to boost it in direction of your mouth.

This implies you may proceed with no matter you’re doing, even shifting your arms, whereas the decision stays clear and simply audible.

In fact, this works like a loudspeaker, so that you most likely gained’t be serious about utilizing this operate if there’s plenty of individuals round otherwise you’re in public.

It’s additionally suitable with Bluetooth LE 5.1 and able to supporting bandwidths as much as 6.5Mbps, though it should solely use 2.3Mbps for normal high quality sound.

There’s 4GB of storage on board, of which you should use 2GB to save lots of and play music immediately from the watch. Sadly, you may’t set up different apps, so this would be the solely means to make use of up this capability.

The processor additionally has twin frequency GPS, which permits a extra superior location monitoring with decreased error margin.

The Magic Watch 2 additionally comes with varied sensors that sports activities followers will take pleasure in utilizing. This comes along with all of the software program devoted to bodily exercise and well being, making this watch an excellent gadget to make use of as a health tracker.

As with many state-of-the-art sensible watches, it comes with coronary heart price monitoring, atrial fibrillation reader, accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer. Within the following part we’ll discuss in-depth about how the Magic Watch 2 takes benefit of all these sensors.

Software program

As talked about within the earlier sections, the Honor Magic Watch 2 comes with a Kirin A1 chip, which powers its wearable working system, LiteOS.

It has a easy and straightforward interface for navigation, with every little thing managed by way of the 2 bodily facet buttons. The highest one means that you can entry the complete library of apps, whereas the one beneath offers you choices for several types of bodily exercise.

These will be customised, so you should use these buttons to immediately set off apps you utilize extra incessantly.

When utilizing the watch, we did discover ourselves beginning workouts by mistake, because the facet buttons have been pressed by chance whereas taking off our coat or strolling.

Each buttons will let you scroll by way of the checklist of functions as a way to select the one you want. The system could be very conscious of the contact, making navigation easier and fewer irritating than in different smartwatches.

As you may need come to anticipate with a Huawei-owned gadget, there are not any Google functions put in. Nevertheless, what’s extra disappointing is that there’s no possibility to put in every other software program on the cellphone.

You might be no less than in a position to decide on which functions you’d wish to obtain notifications from on the watch, however you gained’t have the ability to reply to them in any means immediately from the gadget.

To get probably the most out of the watch, you’ll should obtain the Huawei Well being app in your cellphone. In our case, we used an Honor 20 Professional to make sure most synchronicity between gadgets. Nevertheless, in fact any Android or iOS gadget ought to work wonderful.

Pairing for us was quick, easy and really intuitive. It needs to be the identical for you, offered you comply with the steps that seem on the cellphone and the watch.

The Magic Watch 2 means that you can report as much as 15 totally different actions; eight out of doors and seven indoor. You may measure totally different points of every bodily exercise, together with blood oxygen saturation.

In testing, we used it to measure some lengthy walks round London. As you may see from the picture beneath, the knowledge is organized in a really intuitive means.

You too can activate a setting which lets you obtain motivational voice instructions whereas coaching, which ought to undoubtedly preserve you going. Talking of motivation, the Magic Watch 2 is ready to detect once you haven’t moved in an hour, and can encourage you to face up.

One in every of our favorite options was the sleep monitoring, because of Huawei’s TruSleep 2.0. All it’s essential to do is preserve the watch in your wrist at night time, after which open the Well being app the subsequent day to see an in depth breakdown.

Within the app, when you create a profile all of your bodily exercise is recorded, alongside information about your sleep. The data is impressively assorted; you’ll get loads of element on the size of various sleep cycles and total sleep high quality, amongst others.

Huawei is ready to determine as much as 6 typical patterns of sleep issues, in addition to providing ideas, strategies and further info that can assist you get the absolute best night time’s sleep. What’s extra the 7-day battery life means it ought to have the ability to observe your sleep with out you even noticing.

It’s additionally price mentioning that the Magic Watch 2 can be utilized as a stress measurement sensor. This device can be utilized to higher perceive your stress ranges, and monitoring them may give an excellent indicator of your psychological well being.

Verdict

The Honor Magic Watch 2 is a superb watch with nice efficiency and spectacular battery life. Whereas there may be nothing outstanding concerning the aesthetics of its design, that is one thing we appreciated – it’s basic, easy and sporty, all on the similar time.

The {hardware} screams high quality and sturdiness: that is clearly a tool designed to final a very long time, serving to us to keep up a wholesome life-style over an extended time period.

We loved the number of information it is ready to present on bodily exercise, in addition to the opposite measurements on the likes of sleep, stress and coronary heart price. This will all be discovered throughout the Huawei Well being app, which is intuitive, simple to make use of and really helpful.

Nevertheless, it’s not excellent. As a Huawei gadget, we can not set up any of our personal apps so have to stay with how it’s out of the field, which enormously limits its potential. There’s additionally no capability to reply to messages immediately from the watch, whereas we undoubtedly miss the shortage of NFC and subsequently assist for contactless funds.

If you happen to can look previous these small inconveniences, the Honor Magic Watch 2 is a superb smartwatch, which enormously improves on its predecessor and provides superb worth for cash.

Word: This story was initially printed in Spanish on our sister website, PC World Spain.

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