Huawei Watch 2 (Android Wear)
The first thing you notice is that this is huge. I have small wrists and despite the size this is actually comfortable to wear which is unusual.
The link to the phone (android in my case but it does support iPhones) was quick and easy and then off to the play store to download the Huawei’s wear app. It also links with Huawei Health so your step count is dealt with.
Once you are set up there is a microphone built into the phone so just say Hello Google and ask away. So yes voice control is cool. In comes a call you can take a choice here if the settings on the watch are set up one way it will let you know you have a call and tell you to answer on the phone. However if you are set up right then you can answer the call on the phone. There is no headphone point so you call will be on loud speaker but can save digging in your bag to hunt for the phone. It uses bluetooth to synch but there are options that have a sim card in your watch (ours was WiFi only).
One neat trick, a feature of all Android Wear 2 devices, is that if you leave your phone at home and it is connected to the internet then if your watch has already been paired to the WiFi in your office any notifications on your phone at home will still appear on your watch in the office.
It is monitoring your heart rate and it can show this depending on the watch face chosen.
Click the bottom button and you get all the fitness options, run, cardio fat burning, and training plan. If you click run it will locate your GPS to locate and track you. Handy as what you want to focus on is your run not the tech. Click what looks like a play button and it starts tracking. There are also treadmill options .
It was frustrating to try and get it to make a call using voice dialling. It failed to find the relevant contact.
Overall a good add on to your phone with a variety of watchfaces to choose from. It would be nice to see some more feminine option in terms of styling.
Editor's Note: the first Huawei Watch won our TrulyFascinatingAward this came close but whilst it has sevral improvements in technology over the first watch, notably the inclusion of NFC for Android Pay, we felt it had lost something in style over the first model and also the competition have caught up. It is still a highly recommended device.
Jabra Elite sports headphones
These start with some impressive packaging that gives a feeling of luxury. It is a really big box for two small headphones. There are wireless headphones so my first concern was how well they would stay in when moving. They come with “wings” that you fit over them to achieve the best fit. The smaller “wings” are a little easy to detach but the others were fine. Did I mention these are truly cordless there isn't even a cord between the earpieces.
These are designed to synch through Bluetooth and use the Jabra Elite sports app.
On starting you are required to jump up and down to calibrate the headphones and to run a fixed distance so they can calibrate your cadence.
The headphones also read your heart rate and included is a VO2 test app. This was puzzling at first until you realise that is only counts time when your heart is in the right zone.
The app provides a workout program having assessed your fitness to recommend how you can improve your fitness. You select the days that you want to work out and the app provides a recommended workouts for you to follow to improve fitness. Each workout is assessed to see if this is improving your fitness, maintaining your fitness or assesses if your fitness is deteriorating.
The only problem that can be a bit annoying at times is the loss of heartrate. That I would recommend is tweaked so that the monitoring is better. It is unclear why the heartrate is lost so easily but if you are trying the VO2 test and it loses the heart rate then you end up with a longer test and the result may not be quite as accurate.
They last approx. two hours but you can place them back in the case and they recharge twice so overall you are looking at about 6 hours.
They are fine in quieter environments but could actually cut out more sound when you are chatting on the go. Noisy traffic can challenge but that is not to say they are bad. There needs to be a balance between hearing for safety and cutting out enough you can easily hear the call. You will hear the call no problem but personally I’d prefer a bit more of a sound reduction. They have a listen through facility so that you can press that to hear the outside world.
They have options for running/walking outside and detecting GPS but also options for using a treadmill too. The exercise though does not stop there with cycling options too. Then if you select a workout you will get one and if you think you’ll just sit around the headphones detect if you are moving. So if this says say sit ups it only counts the proper ones you do in its view. The instructions are easy to follow and you just press your way to the next option which includes counted 30 second rests.
Battery life is reasonable at around 4 hours and they come with a recharger box with its own battery that allows them to be topped up for up to another 9 hours on the move.
Overall this is very comprehensive experience when you combine the app with the headphones and would achieve some good results.
Highly Recommended for fitness headphones due to the app back up.