Huawei Fit review: A very likeable fitness tracker

£120
Price when reviewed

Huawei Fit: The App

As with most trackers, the Huawei Fit works closely with the Huawei Wear app. It’s pretty basic when compared with TomTom and Garmin’s offerings, but it has most areas covered. The homescreen gives you an overview of your step, calorie and distance tally for the day; your cumulative exercise for the week; the option to kick off a training plan; your recent heart activity and how you slept last night. Tapping on any one of these will give you more data, as you’d expect.

The exercise breakdown is pleasingly detailed. You get graphs of your steps per minute and heart rate, but can also break things down into raw numbers, namely duration, average pace, calories, average speed, average heart rate, average steps, total steps, pace, VO2Ma and estimated recovery times. It also has a bar telling you how good a workout this has been, giving you a nice incentive to do better next time.

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That, I think, is detailed enough for most people. Where it lags behind its rivals is on connectivity and social features. The best fitness apps can plug in to others, swapping data between them and that feature is here, but in a really limited way. Huawei Wear currently offers just three: Up by Jawbone, Google Fit and MyFitnessPal. It’s a strange and pretty unsatisfying selection.

How much you care about the lack of social features will depend on your attitude to fitness. Some people need a rival to spur them on or offer encouragement; others are fine just doing their own thing. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of social integration in Huawei Wear: just you and your stats. That’s kind of understandable given Huawei is a relative newcomer to this industry. Maybe it simply doesn’t have the community to justify the feature yet.

Huawei Fit: Battery life

You should usually take a company’s battery estimates with a large pinch of salt, but as I mentioned earlier in the review, if anything Huawei seems to be underestimating the device’s stamina. “Up to six days” is what Huawei estimates, and five days after its last charge it’s sitting pretty on 50%. That’s great, and a strong vindication of Huawei’s decision to A) stick with a monochrome screen and B) not be tempted into including GPS.

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Unfortunately, the swimproof nature of the Huawei Fit means you’re looking at another proprietary charger. It’s a small white plastic dish that the watch clips into. No need to remove the straps – it’ll sit in there. It’s completely flat, so it won’t be a makeshift night clock like other smartwatches. That feels like a small shame, but then again it’s probably best you’re not tempted to use it as your bedside timepiece, given it’s got great battery life as it is, and is supposed to be on your wrist tracking your sleep.

The charging speed is pretty average for a wearable. Because the damned thing wouldn’t empty in the time before I had to file this review, I had to charge it from 50%. It took roughly an hour before it was completely full again, so scale that up and say two hours from flat to charged.

Still, given the incredible battery life it has in action, you can’t really complain too much over something you’ll need to do less frequently than once a week.

Huawei Fit: Verdict

The Huawei Fit is an extremely likeable wearable. Huawei’s decision to embrace fitness rather than generic smart functions is a good one, and this is a decent alternative to the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and TomTom.

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It’s a shame that the price has had to increase to match the functionality, though. We don’t actually have an official UK price yet, but it looks set to be somewhere between £110 and £130 – putting it fully in Fitbit Charge 2 territory, or around the same price as the cheapest TomTom Spark 3.

The Huawei Fit has a number of things in its favour: astonishing battery life, a swimproof body, and a round face making it look more like a classic timepiece. However, the pricing gives it some tough opposition, make no mistake. Most notably, Fitbit, Garmin and TomTom have stronger communities, on account of having been in this game for longer. If you’re a lone wolf, you likely won’t care, but for some a fitness tracker loses its sheen without that layer of competition/support that you get from bigger community.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, but this is a strong contender and a tracker you definitely won’t be disappointed by. If you see it at the lower end of the price guide we’ve given, it’s a bargain. At the top end, it’s a slightly tougher sell, but still a super wearable that won’t let you down. 

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