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A short look at the long-lasting Huawei Watch 2

Huawei's second generation smartwatch incorporates Android Wear 2.0.

Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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Android Wear 2.0

The Watch 2 is one of the first new watches to ship with the upgraded version of the operating system. Others include the LG's latest Watch Sport and Watch Style.

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This is the Classic model. I think it looks great.

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Huawei has partnered with Porsche Design for a special version of the Watch 2, with its own black leather strap with attractive red accents.

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Swipe write

The keyboard on watches is tiny, but you can swipe on the keyboard rather than tapping each individual letter.

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Unlike the new LG watches, Huawei's don't have a spinning crown.

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Recovery rate

Huawei partnered with First Beat for some of its run-coaching features.

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Heart rate

Like the last version, it can give you your heart rate on demand.

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The Porsche Design model looks a little different, but it's functionally the same as the standard Watch 2.

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Heart rate

However, it can now also continuously track your heart rate.

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Weather

Information everyone needs.

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Play Store access

Introduced in Android Wear 2.0, you can now directly install apps from the Play Store without your phone.

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The Porsche Design watch from a different angle.

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Android Pay

The watch has NFC built in and also supports Android Pay, which was also introduced in the latest version of Wear.

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Sporty complications

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The straps are easily removable.

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Browsing the menu.

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The switch to Gorilla Glass 3 makes the watch a little thicker than the original, but it's lighter overall.

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The heart rate sensor is located on the back.

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The buttons are easy to press in a hurry.

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Exercise hard to fill these bars up.

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