The Huawei Watch Fit Elegant is a smart fitness watch brimming with handy health features and a neat, everyday style. It’ll track workouts, monitor heart rate and stress levels, is waterproof, and has a 10-day battery life (depending on usage).
The 1.64-inch AMOLED touchscreen is clear, bright and reacts to swipe commands without missing a beat. Menus and features are well-presented, and the watch face can be customised to display as much or as little monitoring information as you like. Similarly, the Watch Fit look-detection is spot on, with the screen turning on in around a second when the wrist is raised to check the time.
There’s a single button on the side of the Watch Fir Elegant - this is used to open the main menu. In this menu sits the device’s fitness and wellness features, including specialised exercise tracking, records and stats, as well as short guided workouts and calming breathing sessions. All such features work without fault, providing accurate feedback to help you maximise the benefits of your given activity. There are a few handy everyday features, including text and call alert, alarm and phone finder.
The Watch Fit links with the Huawei Health smartphone app: this app controls the parameters of heart rate, stress, sleep and oxygen saturation monitoring. It’s a user-friendly application that is perfectly fit for its purpose. It will even track steps if you forget to wear the Watch Fit for a day and let you check data records.
|Display:||1.64-inch AMOLED, 456 x 280|
|Battery:||Up to 10 hours, rechargeable|
|Sensors:||6-axis IMU accelerometer and gyroscope, optical heart rate, capacitive, ambient light|
|Waterproof:||5ATM (50m for 10 minutes)|
|System requirements:||Android 6.0 or later, iOS 9.0 or later|
|• Reliable tracking across multiple disciplines||• Basic smartphone interaction|
|• Smart styling||• The stress test can be stressful|
|• Great battery|
A deeper look at the Huawei Watch Fit Elegant:
What’s to love?
The Huawei Watch Fit is a well-thought-out watch. It’s a slightly upgraded version of the Huawei Watch Fit from 2020, most notably featuring a new stainless steel body. While its smart design allows it to be worn casually, its functions are laser-focused on fitness and wellbeing. Its exercise and 96 activity tracking programs are all reliable, and its waterproofing makes it a nice companion for tracking swims, too.
On top of this, Huawei has a good number of baked-in quick guided workout routines, complete with fully animated exercise instruction (as seen in the picture above). In addition to fitness-based features, the Watch Fit carries Bluetooth 5.0 and local weather reporting.
There’s also a selection of medals that you can collect to celebrate milestones, from hitting your 10,000 step target to running your first 10k. They work as welcome little reminders that your efforts are paying off.
The battery life is sizeable, maxing out at roughly 10-days for moderate use. During testing, I dropped to 10% battery following a week that included exercise tracking and intermittent HR/stress monitoring, checking text messages and playing around with the settings.
The Huawei Health companion app is also another highlight. It’s a low-fuss app that doesn’t get in the way of day-to-day life. It’s very focused on what it offers you, with all the main functions a user could need being front and centre. It can also act as a hub for controlling other Huawei fitness devices.
The Huawei Watch Fit will interact with select smartphone features, including vibrating text and call notifications and some light control over music playback. There’s nothing bad about these features - they're just basic. Such a fact makes the Watch Fit feel more limited than, say, an Apple Watch.
The Watch Fit uses a short USB cable with a two-point magnetic head. Does it work? Yes, but it’s a little clumsy and inelegant. Thankfully, the battery is good enough to mean that charging needs doing once a week.
The last 'only okay' point on the Watch Fit will vary depending on taste. But, in my testing, I found the watch uncomfortable for sleep tracking. Similarly, the tightness need for accurate monitoring was irritating at first, but I soon got used to it.
There’s no other way of putting it - setting up the stress test is annoying. The process is set up via the smartphone app and requires you to answer a few questions about how you are feeling, followed by a one-minute monitoring test that requires you to sit still. The issue is that the monitoring test frequently cancels the test, claiming movement or that the watch isn’t tight enough on the wrist. After several attempts, and by almost cutting off the circulation to my hand, I was able to get a reading. This reading was likely higher than needed, courtesy of the Watch Fit itself.
Gladly, the intermittent monitoring that the Watch Fit undertakes throughout daily life did work without issue. It’s a nice stat to keep an eye on.