Huawei Watch GT Review

Huawei Watch GT Review
 
 
 
 
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Huawei is known to make great Android wearables among them the Huawei Watch and Huawei Watch 2. The newly released Huawei Watch GT is a bold step considering the company decided to use its own operating system, Lite OS. The Watch GT is a fitness tracker bearing what you’d expect in a smartwatch, but with more details than most of its competitors and at an affordable price. Although compromises have been made, one feature that you’ll really love is the long battery life. Below is a comprehensive review of the Huawei Watch GT.

Design and Features

At first glance, you can mistake the Huawei Watch GT for a normal watch, given its classic look. But, on a closer look, you realize that you have a beast of a watch with a pretty design and quality build. The Watch GT models come in two sizes, a 46mm Active case and a 42mm Elegant case. You can choose either silver or black and you can select from four different straps to suit your daily routines. The straps have 22mm pin fittings to give you all-day comfort. If you own a Huawei Watch 2, you’ll notice some common features here and there but this one is slimmer and lighter, at only 10.6mm thick. The watch will fit snuggly on your wrist and easily complements your looks. The 1.39 AMOLED display is the highlight of the Huawei Watch GT models. The screen brightness and clarity are sure going to impress any smartwatch lover. The quality of pictures can only be compared to that of Samsung Galaxy Watch or Apple Watch. This means that you get more visuals to check your running stats and even read notifications without straining in daylight.

One thing that you might find annoying though is the slow response of the system when scrolling through the menu, especially if you were used to quicker smartwatches like Apple Watch. On the same note, it’s a shame that you can't use other apps other than Huawei’s for the simple reason that Wear OS has been replaced with Huawei’s Lite OS. However, Huawei makes up for this by including the longest battery life on a smartwatch ever. Add this to its practical design and you find it comfortable and easy to live with.

The Watch GT doesn’t come with over-the-top sporty elements, but you get virtually everything you can expect in a smartwatch. We’re talking an optical heart sensor, GPS (with GLONASS and BEIDU support), accelerometer, a gyroscope for motion tracking, a barometer and a compass. The only thing missing is the option for contactless payments, wireless charging, Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connectivity. If you can do without these extras, then you’ll fall in love with the Huawei Watch GT.

Ease of Use

Huawei ditched Google’s Wear OS in favor of its own Lite OS to bring a new interface to the world of wearables. It’s the first time the company is deviating from using the Wear OS platform, although the company claims that’s it's just offering the Lite OS as an alternative as opposed to ditching the Wear OS completely. Well, only time will tell. Back to the Lite OS, although it has stripped off things like music storage and standalone apps, we found it to bring a refreshing look and feel that only focuses on the essentials. You get four menu screens that are easily accessible by just a few swipes.

You can check the weather, monitor your heart rate, and your activity, plus an array of features, including a flashlight, alarm, timer, compass or stopwatch. Like a smartphone, swiping up from the home screen allows you to turn on screen lock, do not disturb or find your phone. Swiping down allows you to check your notifications, but unfortunately doesn’t allow you to respond to them.

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The Positives

  • Amazingly long battery life (up to 30 days)
  • Sleek design
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Superb run tracking features
  • Affordable than most watches with similar features

The Negatives

  • Doesn’t work with third-party apps
  • Could use a little bit more depth
  • No Wear OS

Specs for Huawei Watch GT

  • Huawei’s Lite OS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Non-removable 420 mAh battery
  • 1.39-inch AMOLED display screen
  • GPS
  • Tracks swimming, running, and cycling
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To Consider Before Your Purchase

If you're a beginner runner, you’ll find training programs in the Huawei Watch GT to get you started. For experienced runners, the Huawei Health app allows you to tweak the GT’s heart rate zones, plus you’ll find the watch an easy to use on-the-go training aid. Sleep tracking works pretty well although there were some inconsistencies compared to results on Fitbits. There is an absence of common features like music player and controls. However, with a battery that lasts up to 30 days (with maximum use lasting up to two weeks), this is a top-notch smartwatch with essential functionalities for everyday use.

Our Notes

  • Design: simple but sleek, with a user-friendly interface and bright color display.
  • Fitness tracker: comes with a decent fitness tracker with sensors for the serious athlete. Ideal for monitoring performance.
  • Price: A fairly affordable wearable costing around $199.9.

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“Amazing battery life: As Long as you understand this is a sports watch not a smartwatch you will love it. Great battery life. Running, walking, swimming it tracks everything. App is good just not amazing. If the app was better and I could reply to texts I would give 5stars.” (Anthony on Very)

“Not so great: Brought this to make daily life a tad quicker in a busy city. Unfortunately, this watch doesn't support Google pay or any other alternatives. Am going to return.” (J. Jardine on Very)

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