The Huawei Watch Match is maybe finest described as a health tracker that would cross as a smartwatch as effectively.
This actually is not Huawei’s first try at a merging the 2 wearable worlds. Again in 2017, it launched the Huawei Fit, although the two.5 out 5 Wareable evaluation rating we awarded it tells you all it’s essential find out about what we considered that effort.
So having had extra luck with its Huawei Band health tracker line and most up-to-date Huawei Watch GT2 smartwatches, Huawei has taken one other stab on the hybrid.
Because the title suggests, it is a system constructed for health, serving up 24/7 exercise monitoring, a coronary heart charge monitor, built-in GPS and lots of the options that you will discover packed into Huawei’s smartwatches.
The Watch Match debuts animated exercises, that are designed to maintain you transferring while you want a short break from looking at a pc display screen or when you’ve got a bit extra time to train.
At Â£120, the Watch Match is cheaper than the Fitbit Cost Four, however nonetheless pricier than slimmer health bands just like the Garmin Vivosmart Four and the Samsung Galaxy Match. On paper, it seems to supply extra in your cash than all of these units.
We have been dwelling with the Watch Match to seek out out if Huawei is aware of make a superb health tracker/smartwatch hybrid. Here is our complete verdict.
Huawei Watch Match: Design and display screen
Some individuals who’ve spied the Watch Match on our wrist have described it as an Apple Watch that is been stretched and it is simple to see why.
There’s components of Apple’s design ethos right here, but it surely’s additionally very harking back to Samsung’s Gear Match vary too.
What you get is 46mm case that measures in at 10.7mm thick and weighs 21g. The case is constructed from polymer and you’ve got your choose of black, silver and rose gold (pictured) colours.
Does it really feel as luxurious as an Apple Watch? No, it doesn’t, however then we by no means anticipated it to be. That is in a completely completely different value bracket. For the cash, you are getting a reasonably attractive-looking wearable that is been snug to put on throughout the day, throughout train and at evening.
That case is paired up with a matte silicone strap that is available in graphite black, mint inexperienced, cantaloupe orange or sakura pink.
These straps are detachable, although they’re tough to do. Most significantly, we will report they have not prompted any pores and skin irritation points in our time with it.
Huawei has slapped on 5ATM water resistance ranking, which suggests it is secure to submerge in water as much as 50 metres depth. Which means you’ll be able to go swimming with it and bathe with it on.
There’s only one bodily button to interrupt up an in any other case streamlined look and there’s after all that touchscreen show.
You are getting a 1.64 inch, 456 x 280 AMOLED display screen, which is sharp and vibrant.
The show on Huawei’s smartwatches are nice and that does not change on the Watch Match. It is vibrant and simple to view, whether or not that is outside or submerged in a pool.
You do not have an always-on show mode, although the gesture to wake help is fairly good right here and is a few comfort. The not fairly full display screen look labored for us. In the event you did not need a full smartwatch, the Watch Match is an efficient compromise. Huawei’s software program is usually effectively optimised to that lowered display screen property and it does not really feel a problem to make use of or learn screens.
Huawei Watch Match: Health monitoring
In the event you’re shopping for the Watch Match to pay nearer consideration to your normal day-to-day well being and health, you are actually effectively served right here.
From the system itself, you’ve got a clearly Apple-inspired set of rings that replenish with steps, train minutes and hourly motion.
It’s also possible to view steady coronary heart charge monitor knowledge and arrange excessive coronary heart and low coronary heart charge alerts.
There’s an SpO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen ranges, although typically we struggled to get a studying and was prompted to tighten the match of the band regardless of having it on fairly tightly round our wrists already.
It’s also possible to view the latest evening’s sleep, examine in on stress ranges powered by coronary heart charge variability measurements. And in the event you want them there are respiratory workouts as effectively.
Step monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch Match (left) and Garmin health tracker (proper)
Our expertise of those options have been blended not solely when it comes to accuracy, however in our potential to correctly use them and the info seemingly being tracked, however not being displayed on the Watch Match.
We’ll begin with these core health monitoring options like step monitoring and sleep monitoring.
Steps tended to be decrease than different Garmin and Fitbit units, and did really feel underneath tracked.
The app does breaks down how these steps had been generated in percentages. So you’ll be able to see whether or not the vast majority of steps have come from simply strolling round or from different actions like operating.
You may view the latest evening’s sleep on the system, however you will want to move into the app to dig deeper into the info.
That knowledge includes of supplying you with a sleep levels breakdown together with REM sleep, in addition to sleep and respiratory high quality scores.
By way of accuracy, we discovered it pushed out comparable numbers to what a Garmin health tracker did for recognising the time we fell asleep and awoke within the morning.
Sleep monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch Match (left and centre) and Garmin health tracker (proper)
Digging deeper into the sleep breakdown and there wasn’t actually any consistency throughout each units when it comes to the occasions spent completely different sleep levels although. Huawei does attempt to put these numbers into context of what’s thought-about ‘regular’ for these sleep levels. The sleep rating does supply some fascinating insights too.
Huawei does a good job with its sleep options when it comes to monitoring and explaining what that knowledge means.
For steady coronary heart charge monitoring, which is beneficial for assessing present state of well being and health ranges, we discovered that it posted the next coronary heart charge vary and resting coronary heart charge in comparison with one other health tracker, which we have come to depend on being fairly correct for most of these readings.
Day by day HR monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch Match (left) and Garmin health tracker (proper)
There additionally gave the impression to be lacking knowledge all through the day regardless of having worn the Watch Match all day. There was additionally no knowledge proven on the watch itself regardless of knowledge being tracked within the app when synced. It was an identical story for stress monitoring. It seems like this could possibly be some type of software program niggle that Huawei wants to try.
Health monitoring on the entire is first rate however not with out its points. Hopefully these are the type of points that Huawei can iron out with a software program replace. There is a good quantity of knowledge you’ll be able to observe and it does go to the hassle that will help you higher perceive what all of that knowledge means, which can also be an necessary factor to ship.
Huawei Watch Match: Sports activities monitoring
The Watch Match provides a lot of the sports activities monitoring options you get on its Watch GT2 smartwatches.
On the sensor entrance, you are getting built-in GPS, its newest TruSeen Four.zero coronary heart charge sensor expertise and a 6-axis IMU sensor that features an accelerometer and gyroscope movement sensor to trace indoor actions like treadmill operating. It does appear to lack an altimeter to trace elevation nonetheless.
On the watch, you have received exercise, exercise data and exercise standing choices with the latter delving deeper into coaching evaluation.
These exercise modes embrace operating with Huawei’s operating programs nonetheless on board. There’s biking and each open and pool swim monitoring and you may choose from 96 modes in complete. It is these core sports activities that may ship the richest metrics although.
We have not made it by all of these 96 modes, however now we have honed in on a pair that we predict provide you with a way of how the Watch Match performs for sports activities monitoring.
We’ll begin with out of doors operating, which brings the built-in GPS into play and arguably provides the richest metrics from these plentiful exercise modes.
When you head to that Exercise display screen, you will nonetheless see choices to change on further settings like a goal-based goal, reminders while you hit sure coronary heart charges and change on the sensible companion that will help you maintain to a goal tempo.
Getting a GPS sign locked is not on the spot just like the Apple Watch and takes a couple of minutes. When you’re one the transfer, you’ll be able to view knowledge like tempo, distance, time and swipe as much as see cadence, common tempo and extra info like Coaching impact if that is been enabled.
Put up run, you’ll be able to head to exercise data on the watch itself to see key metrics. Head to the app to see a route of your run together with tempo splits and charts to point out off tempo and cadence knowledge.
It is also the place you delve into Efficiency metrics, which embrace cardio coaching impact, VO2 Max and a restoration time.
VO2 Max posted barely greater readings on tracked runs in comparison with to a Garmin Fenix paired to a MyZone chest strap, whereas the restoration time steered appeared a bit of on the extreme aspect for us.
Step monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch Match (left) and Garmin health tracker (proper)
Core operating metrics usually matched up with the Fenix 6 when it comes to distance tracked and mapping.
On events it barely underreported distance, however on the entire it felt dependable. Trying nearer to the extra metrics, common tempo was fairly spot on whereas calorie burn was in the precise ballpark, as was cadence numbers.
One factor we should always after all point out is that in the event you like pushing your knowledge to different apps, you can’t try this right here. So in the event you dwell for Kudos on Strava, the Huawei Watch Match is just not for you.
In the event you can dwell with out that app help, the Watch Match general does a really dependable job of doubling up as a operating watch based mostly on our expertise.
The Watch Match is match for use for open water and pool swimming and for the latter makes use of its movement sensors to trace motion and Huawei’s algorithm magic to dish out the swim-specific metrics.
Within the pool, it could at all times be extra fascinating to have extra display screen to play with to make it simpler to view underneath water.
It may need been useful to have the ability to improve font measurement or just dedicate a single or two metrics to every knowledge display screen.
It is not a horrible expertise viewing knowledge throughout a swim, however there are some issues that could possibly be executed to make it higher and take higher benefit of that top high quality show.
Swim monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch Match (left and centre) and Type Swim Goggles (proper)
Metrics you’ll be able to see on the watch are fairly primary. You’ve got received distance, energy, length and coronary heart charge (although that did not present for us). It is while you end your swim that you would be able to delve into stroke counts, tempo, common stroke charge, laps, common tempo and SWOLF.
So far as these numbers being dependable, we put it up in opposition to Type’s Swim Goggles, which we discovered to supply a number of the most correct swim monitoring in a pool.
On one 1,500m swim, it got here up quick on size depend and distance coated. It posted comparable common SWOLF scores and whereas it appeared to accurately recognise strokes for every size, the pacing appeared a bit of off.
It is positively not the worst performing watch we have used within the pool, but it surely’s actually not one of the best both.
Huawei Watch Match: Coronary heart charge accuracy
We have already delved a bit into what Huawei’s newest TruSeen Four.zero coronary heart charge sensor expertise can promise when it comes to insights.
For steady monitoring, we had been sceptical of the accuracy and it does not seem you’ll be able to carry out on the spot readings.
Placing it to the train check is often the place you get a way of what an optical sensor is able to. In our operating checks in comparison with a chest strap monitor, it is a comparable story to what we have discovered on Huawei’s smartwatches.
Whereas the graphs appear to color an identical image of the guts charge knowledge, it tended to supply a noticeably greater most coronary heart charge studying.
HR monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch Match (left) and MyZone chest strap monitor (proper)
On regular tempo runs (above), it posted a mean coronary heart charge studying that was 2bpm greater than a chest strap monitor, which is completely acceptable for many customers.
The utmost coronary heart charge studying although was usually a distinction of round 8bpm. That is a a lot greater subject and will result in folks coaching within the flawed coronary heart charge zone.
After we centered that testing on pushing how effectively the sensor may react to fast spikes and drops in coronary heart charge with some intervals, it was an identical story. The typical was shut, however the most coronary heart charge was effectively off.
Interval HR monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch Match (left) and MyZone chest strap monitor (proper)
Huawei does recommend that you just get a good match to get correct outcomes, however we do not assume we may get it to take a seat any tighter with out it feeling actually uncomfortable to put on.
It is merely one other case of an optical sensor that does not fairly reduce it when pushed to its limits and does not take pleasure in pairing to an exterior coronary heart charge monitor to treatment that subject.
Huawei Watch Match: Animated exercises
The large new characteristic that Huawei is speaking up is the introduction of animated exercises or health programs as Huawei refers to them on the Watch Match.
It is an extension of the operating programs it launched on its regular sized smartwatches, and are designed to supply exercises the place you’ll be able to observe step-by-step with animations to point out you carry out them.
There may be additionally some rep recognition at work right here too on some workouts to be sure to full them.
Huawei is not the primary (and definitely will not be the final) to supply this type of characteristic. Garmin added animated exercises to the likes of its Venu and Vivoactive sequence watches.
The place Huawei approaches issues otherwise are that these guided exercises are a mixture of the type of exercises you’d anticipate to do in a health club, however extra about exercises you are able to do while you want a fast break from work.
There are 12 of those exercises preinstalled on the Match and there is no particulars on whether or not extra will probably be added or there will be scope to allow you to create your individual too.
They vary in length from a three minute neck and shoulder session to a 11 minute superior chest exercise. No exercise is longer than 20 minutes, so the emphasis is on with the ability to squeeze these into your day while you really feel you do not have time for an hour within the health club.
The exercises themselves are all fairly easy to observe. Huawei does a superb job explaining the advantages of every exercise and the animations are typically simple to observe as effectively. There may be some motion monitoring in play right here, largely for wrist based mostly strikes and it was correct sufficient, however maybe not at all times on the cash.
It’s a good addition to Huawei’s health ecosystem?
We might say sure. It really works effectively on the Match and like operating guides, it is one other characteristic geared toward somebody searching for a simple solution to begin figuring out at residence.
It will be good to see whether or not Huawei can now construct on the characteristic, including extra to the library.
Help for customized exercises is not a should, but when Huawei can convey in additional that may take a number of the thought out of arising with exercises, that is what it ought to try to do right here.
Huawei Watch Match: Smartwatch options
That is referred to as the Watch Match, so it is truthful to imagine that there is going to some smartwatch-style options on board. You simply will not get every thing that Huawei has to supply on this entrance nonetheless.
It does work with Android telephones and iPhones and we predominantly used this with the previous.
It brings options like notification help, music participant controls, climate forecasts and the power to set alarms. Notifications will at all times typically want increasing to learn except it is solely a few phrases lengthy. You may’t reply to these notifications both.
There isn’t any built-in music participant, so you will must run along with your cellphone for a music hit. These controls do not less than work effectively and are accessible throughout exercise mode as an extra display screen.
Huawei additionally provides some selection within the watch face division with a number of faces that may go huge on exhibiting off your knowledge or maintain issues easy. There is a good assortment too and extra choices hiding away inside the Huawei Well being companion app as effectively.
So far as behaving like a smartwatch, that squashed display screen does convey some limitations for notifications and there is clearly no room for a music participant. You are not getting fee help, which you will discover on Fitbit’s Cost Four, and that actually might be probably the most fascinating characteristic that does not make the reduce right here.
What it will probably do it does effectively not less than, but when Huawei perseveres with the Match, we might have an interest to see the way it can develop issues on the smartwatch options entrance.
Huawei Watch Match: Battery life
Since its transfer away from Put on OS, Huawei has beefed up the battery efficiency on its full smartwatches and whereas the Watch Match does not go as far, it guarantees to impress on this division too.
Huawei claims that you would be able to stand up to 10 days battery in ‘typical use’. That typical use is outlined as having issues like steady coronary heart charge monitoring on and figuring out 30 minutes per week. That drops to 7 days while you examine the display screen extra recurrently and observe a 60 minute exercise every week.
In the event you’re eager on placing the onboard GPS to common use, Huawei says you’ll be able to anticipate 12 hours earlier than it is runs out of battery.
Based mostly on our expertise, we tended to get round Four-5 days, and that was with coronary heart charge monitoring on constantly and monitoring three 30-40 minute exercises every week. So we might say that Huawei’s numbers ring true. For a 30 minute GPS tracked exercise, we noticed a drop-off of round eight% usually. So it does not fairly maintain that battery in addition to the Huawei’s Watch GT 2e smartwatch.
it does not drop battery in a extremely undesirable method, however plainly display screen and options like coronary heart charge monitoring will impression on it. You can get these 7-10 days, however, you’d need to be fairly stringent on the quantity of exercises you recurrently observe.
When it does hit zero%, you’ve got a small magnetic charging cable that clips into two ports on the again of the Match and takes round an hour and thirty minutes to get again as much as full battery.
Huawei Watch Match
The Huawei Watch Match is a surprisingly good wearable to dwell with. We grew to love the not fairly smartwatch-sized display screen and it pulls a number of the finest issues we like about Huawei’s smartwatches. It does nonetheless appear to additionally pull in some issues we do not like, together with some odd software program points whereas coronary heart charge monitor accuracy continues to be not nice. It is nonetheless an awesome disgrace Huawei does not and doubtless will not open up its platform to share with different apps.
If Huawei can handle the niggles, the value makes it a extremely engaging choice for anybody not able to go full smartwatch simply but.
- Likeable design
- Filled with options
- Animated exercises a pleasant addition
- Iffy each day and exercise HR monitoring
- Some lacking knowledge on system
- Lacking fee help