The HONOR MagicWatch 2 smartwatch boasts a classic design with a round dial, a good battery and advanced features. The device pleases with its appearance from the very first seconds of acquaintance, but is this watch convenient in practice? And why did they add a stress level meter here?
What is TruRelax?
Among the many features of HONOR MagicWatch 2, TruRelax, a stress measurement system, looks interesting. To use it, you need to fasten the watch on your wrist and take a short test in the Health app. The sensations are unusual, as if you are being tested by a detector. The smartwatch will then track stress levels by monitoring movements and assessing heart rate fluctuations. The results are displayed in the form of a chart on the screen: a value from 1 to 29 corresponds to a low level, and from 80 to 99 to a high level.
We checked how it works. During the day, the watch recorded a jump in emotionality three times: after waking up, while visiting a coffee shop, and during active communication on the w3bsit3-dns.com forum. If the latter is still understandable, then the price of a simple cup of cappuccino could hardly make you very nervous.
In the evening, the TruRelax system had the opportunity to show itself properly. Old school games were launched on the 16-bit SEGA console. During doubles matches in Ultimate Mortal Kombat and the completion of Cadash, the stress level jumped above 90. This seems to be true: emotions really went off scale.
Is the stress measurement function useful or is it more of a curious feature of the watch? TruRelax assessments should not be taken seriously: these readings are approximate and describe only the approximate emotional state of the day.
When you first get acquainted with the watch, you immediately pay attention to the high-quality AMOLED matrix. The brightness reserve and viewing angles are impressive: the image is clearly readable during the day outdoors, as well as when viewed from a wide angle. The screen diagonal of the 46mm version is 1.39 inches, the resolution is 454x454 pixels, and the image density is 326 ppi. Scrolling and switching between menus is smooth, and it’s a pleasure to interact with the gadget.
There are 12 types of display available in the settings, the design is specific — I would like a greater variety of classic, strict options. The issue is resolved using the proprietary HUAWEI Health application, also known as “Health,” to which HONOR MagicWatch 2 is connected. The choice of watch faces becomes noticeably wider.
Economical battery consumption
The manufacturer promises up to two weeks of operation without recharging. It would be good, but what in reality?
In gentle mode, 14 days of operation is easily achievable. We turn on auto brightness, limit ourselves to counting steps and receiving notifications, as well as checking the time. As a result, the charge decreases by only a few percent per day.
The next test is how HONOR MagicWatch 2 copes with a serious load. The screen brightness is set to maximum, continuous heart rate and stress level measurement, as well as weather tracking are activated. The watch was regularly used to switch music tracks on a smartphone, and the quality of sleep was assessed at night. The display was activated every time the wrist was raised to face level. After three days of operation in this mode, the battery charge dropped from 59% to 33%. Very good result: the watch will work for a week without difficulty. However, such autonomy is typical for the average user, and for athletes the gadget will probably run out faster.
The proprietary charger is a round pad that connects via USB Type‑C to a computer or other power source. Unfortunately, the charger itself is not wireless. Therefore, it is necessary to correctly place the watch on the site, and also monitor the cleanliness of the magnetic contacts.
Appearance — timeless classic
Advanced functions are great, but a watch is still an image accessory that significantly affects the style of the owner and the impression he makes on others. HONOR MagicWatch 2 has everything in order: the classic round display is housed in a metal case, the design of the watch is universal. They can be worn with a business jacket, but this accessory will also look good on a person wearing a T‑shirt and a fashionable robe.
The model is offered in two case versions, with a diameter of 46 and 42 mm. The design of the versions is slightly different; the larger one has a more brutal appearance in the style of classic chronometers. This is exactly the modification that came to the editorial office.
The test unit had a brown leather strap. It is easy to replace, so you can install any other suitable width if desired. The quality of the materials is pleasing: only the lower part of the HONOR MagicWatch 2 is made of plastic, the body itself is made of stainless steel, and the glass has an oleophobic coating.
How it works?
There are two mechanical buttons on the case: the top one is responsible for turning on the watch and returning to the main screen, and the bottom one calls up the training menu. Despite the massive design, there are no problems with ergonomics: even when bending the wrist in the opposite direction, there are no accidental key presses.
The built-in microphone and speaker significantly expand the capabilities of the smartwatch. For example, it is convenient to answer a call if the phone is in another room. The speakerphone is also useful while driving a car. The sound quality is sufficient so that interlocutors do not have problems with hearing. You can also send a signal from your watch to your smartphone if you suddenly can’t find it in the depths of your apartment.
HONOR MagicWatch 2 is equipped with 4 GB of internal memory, of which approximately 2 GB is available to the user. Interestingly, the gadget can be used as a player regardless of the smartphone. It is clear that a large music archive will not fit here, but a couple of MP3 collections will definitely fit. True, listening to music through the built-in speaker is a dubious idea. It’s worth connecting Bluetooth headphones.
Audio downloading occurs through the HUAWEI Health application; tracks for downloading must be in the memory of the phone itself. At the same time, nothing prevents you from simply synchronizing the HONOR MagicWatch 2 with your smartphone and controlling the playback of its music from your wrist, as is implemented on most wearable devices.
Advanced Fitness Features
The choice of training modes in HONOR MagicWatch 2 is extensive: from walking on the street to triathlon and training on a rowing machine. The recording of the lesson starts when you press the bottom key. The watch announces the start of a workout by vibration. The built-in GPS module allows you to more accurately track the distance traveled. There is also water protection: the device can withstand immersion to a depth of up to 50 meters for up to 10 minutes. You can engage in water sports, but it is better to use a silicone strap rather than a leather one. The training results are available in the same Health application.
The watch’s capabilities don’t end there. HONOR MagicWatch 2 monitors sleep phases in detail, dividing them into deep, light and fast sleep. The app provides an assessment of the quality of rest — a good help in going to bed on time and starting to get enough sleep. There is also a “Breathing Exercises” item in the menu. With their help, you can relax a little during a break between work tasks.
The gadget runs on a proprietary operating system, so installing third-party programs from the market is impossible. For those who want to use separate apps on the watch for fitness, navigation or listening to music, this will be a limitation.
- 1,39”, AMOLED, 454х454, 326 ppi
- Done A1
- 415 mAh
- 4 GB ROM
- Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
- AUTONOMOUS OPERATION
- up to 14 days of operation in gentle mode, up to 8 days of operation with active use
- heart rate monitor, TruRelax stress measurement function, modes for various sports, ability to answer calls, water protection
What’s the result?
Elegant design is not the only strong point of the HONOR MagicWatch 2. The watch is equipped with a high-quality AMOLED screen and many useful functions. You can even answer calls and listen to music without using your smartphone. There are also numerous training modes for sports enthusiasts. The most serious drawback of the gadget is that you cannot install third-party applications on it. This will not appeal to those who, for some reason, lack the capabilities of the standard software. However, for most owners, the standard functions are more than enough: there are many of them, and the ease of use is excellent.
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