Overview & Price
The Honor Watch Magic was released for sale in the UK on 23rd of January.
In this Honor Watch Magic review we will be looking at what makes this watch special and finding out if its worth your hard earned cash.
The watch has a very attractive design and can be worn with almost any attire, to the gym or the club this watch has got you covered.
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This was is extremely similar to the Huawei Watch GT, mainly because Huawei and Honor are closely related and share a lot of information with each other.
The Honor Watch Magic specs are impressive, it has lots of features that are handy for those that are into health and fitness.
To buy the Honor Watch Magic it is priced at £179 here in the UK, the device has a beautiful AMOLED display coupled with some impressive features too.
But how much better is this watch than the Honor Band 4?
Lets take a look..
Design & Display
One of the firs things we noticed about the Honor Watch Magic design is that it is very thin, 9.8mm to be exact.
This means that it doesn’t feel like a clunky piece of metal on your wrist and wont leave any awful skin indentations after having it on all day.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the black version of the watch with the black and red strap, however if this is not to your taste then you have the choice of; Coral Pink or White Apricot each with customisable straps to your choice.
The actual face of the watch is made from ceramic, this gives it an incredibly premium feel without it being too weighty and aching your arm after wearing it all day.
Weighing in at 32.5g the watch is lighter than the Huawei Watch GT, it’s heavy enough to feel premium and noticeable on your wrist but not so much that it’s chunky and annoying.
The watch is also water proof up to 50m, so you wont have heart palpitations if you find yourself in the shower and this device is still on your wrist.
The watch has numbers around the edge of the face making it look like a normal watch, around the back of the watch you will notice that it is made from plastic.
This doesn’t sound ideal considering the front is ceramic but the plastic feels nice on your skin. On the side of the watch face you will notice two buttons that have red accents and are extremely eye catching.
We loved that the front of the strap is black and then when flipped over its red, the black and red combination looks incredible and we got lots of questions about it when we wore it for the week we had it.
Moving onto the Honor Watch Magic’s display, it has a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390, this isn’t quite as good as the Huawei Watch GT but nevertheless the display is still fantastic and colours are bright and poppy.
We found text to be very clear with great brightness levels too, you will have no issues viewing the display even when in direct sunlight.
There isn’t too much to report here as the watches face is rather small, but overall we were very happy with the Honor Watch Magic’s display and we are sure you will be to.
So what are the Honor Watch Magic specs like?
Well it performs exceptionally well and has some pretty amazing features.
This device can be used with not only Honor devices but Huawei or Apple devices too, its super simple to pair the device to your smartphone.
All you need to do is scan the QR code from the watch face and it will link you up to the Huawei health app.
This application is great and this is where you will find all of your fitness related analytics, you simply need to set up a Huawei ID and then this will keep track of everything for you.
When diving into the watches features you will find a compass, as expected this is very accurate and is nice to have if you happen to find yourself wondering off path when out walking the dog.
There is a flashlight and find my phone, this is super handy and will make your phone go off so if its lost, you can easily navigate it.
We loved the fact that there are a ton of watch faces to choose from; with the device being Android based you can download your own too from third party applications.
That being said you are unable to download any applications that are not already pre-installed on the device, meaning what you see is what you get for the whole time that you have the watch.
The watch of course tracks your heart rate too, we tested how accurate this was by doing different breathing techniques and found it to be a lot better than we thought.
You may be wondering what use this has to you?
Well if your like me and into fitness, this is an excellent tool that can be used to help you lose weight, simply aim to keep your heart rate rather high when running on a treadmill.
The Honor Magic Watch does also track your sleep, we loved this feature when we reviewed the Huawei Watch GT as when combined with the app, it lets you know how much deep sleep you have had each night, giving you an excuse as to why you feel groggy on the 9am commute.
Now just like the Huawei Watch GT, we found that most of the analytics are actually stored in the app and not on the device itself, therefore anytime you are watching some in depth information on your sleep or fitness tracking analytics you will need to pull your smartphone out and load up the app.
Overall we were very happy with the performance of the Honor Magic Watch and we found it has some amazing features, the fact it can be paired with iPhones is a huge bonus too!
When navigating through the UI of the watch everything was extremely smooth, the device has a double-chipset that is low energy consuming therefore meaning the battery life lasts a long time.
The Honor Watch Magic has 16MB of RAM and 128MB of internal storage; this is what keeps the watch flowing smoothly without any lag or stutter.
The Honor Watch Magic specs are impressive, with this amount of RAM and storage you can expect a high performing device without any slowing down.
Now just like the Huawei Watch GT, the device isn’t able to install any music, meaning if your going for a workout be sure to bring your smartphone with you as you cant hook up your favourite playlist to the device unlike the Apple Watch Series 4.
The Honor Magic Watch has a 178mAh battery, this doesn’t sound like much but it is more than capable of keeping the watch running for at least 7 days without needing a charge.
This is partly thanks to the chipset that is extremely conservative of the battery, meaning the device wont drain battery when it doesn’t need to, when in stand-by etc.
The battery life is largely down to how many notification and tracking options you have set on the watch though, if your someone who is tracking fitness goals during the day and sleep on the night, whilst having WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger notifications go off during the day then you will find that its around 5 days.
This is significantly lower than the 14 days of the Huawei Watch GT as it has a 420mAh battery inside, as a whole though we were pretty satisfied with the devices battery like, however there are other alternatives that offer more power.
So should you buy the Honor Watch Magic?
Throughout this Honor Watch Magic review we got lots of compliments on how it looked when wearing the device.
The tracking features are cool too; anyone who is into fitness will find this a useful tool for getting in shape.
The fact that the device tracks your sleep is great too, it is slightly annoying having to go into the Huawei app every time in order to see the statistics but this wasn’t a deal breaker for us.
The value for money here is great, we love the fact that it doesn’t need to pair with an Honor device too and can be paired with iPhones or any other device for that matter.
That being said we definitely recommend checking out our Huawei Watch GT review before making a purchase as this might be worth the extra money for you.
We hope you enjoyed our Honor Watch Magic review and feel free to leave a comment below and give us some feedback.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: November, 2018
- Dimension: 42.8 x 42.8 9.8mm (1.69 x 0.39 in)
- Weight: 32.5g (1.16 oz)
- Build: Stainless steel 316L frame, plastic ring and back
- Sim: No
– 50m Waterproof
- Type: OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 1.2 inches, 92.2² (50.5% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 390 x 390 pixels, 1;1 ratio (-326 ppi density)
- Card slot: No
- Phonebook: Yes
- Call records: Yes
- Internal: 128MB, 16MB RAM
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- WLAN: No
- Bluetooth: 4.2, LE
- GPS: Yes, with GLONASS, GALILEO
- NFC: Yes
- Radio: No
- USB: No
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, heart-rate, barometer, compass
- Messaging: Email, IM
- Games: No
- Java: No
- Non-removeable Li-Ion 178 mAh battery
- Colours: Lava Black, Moonlight Silver
- Price: As seen in above post