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.

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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.

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Great display

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

HONOR MagicWatch 2

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.

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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.

Specifications

DISPLAY
1,39”, AMOLED, 454х454, 326 ppi
PROCESSOR
Done A1
BATTERY
415 mAh
MEMORY
4 GB ROM
COMPOUND
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
PECULIARITIES
heart rate mon­i­tor, TruRe­lax stress mea­sure­ment func­tion, modes for var­i­ous sports, abil­i­ty to answer calls, water pro­tec­tion
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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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