Huawei Watch GT3 Review – Stunning Hardware, Great Features and Battery Life
Despite some manufacturers’ best efforts, there are still very few Wear OS watches that can seriously be considered a “good” option. That being said, several smartwatches of different OS origin can excite users.
With multiple options available between $399.00 and $499.00 across two screen sizes, the Huawei Watch GT3 delivers a lot. This is another example of a manufacturer deciding to put their operating system on a watch and doing it well.
Look and feel
We have the 46mm as our review unit and, without being deliberately sexist, it seems to be designed for men. I say this simply because it’s quite a big and heavy device that doesn’t look out of place on smaller wrists.
The variety of watch faces available (free or for purchase) is more than remarkable; it’s downright ridiculous. It gives a feeling of almost infinite customization to the device, which is a good thing. This is complemented by the buttons on the side and the smooth front of the device, which is very difficult to mark or scratch.
The screen (depending on the model) gives you a viewable area of 1.43 inches at 326 PPI (46mm option) or 1.32 inches at 352 PPI (42mm option) with a resolution of 466 x 466. screen is easy to read and responds well to varied lighting conditions like its predecessor. The physical size of the screen and the good resolution also lend themselves to being a very good option for quickly reading messages, emails and other notifications without needing to take out your phone.
While – as already mentioned – it’s quite a chunky watch, more importantly, it’s really, really comfortable. The construction of the body lends itself to being well protected in the materials used, which is found quite well after some experimentation with placement.
Software and Health Tracking Options
This step might worry some users because getting the current full version of Huawei Health; you’ll need to load the Huawei app gallery first. The process is very simple by following the instructions on Huawei website. Once App Gallery is installed, it is easy to install Huawei Health and connect the watch.
As with the previous generation of the Watch GT series, there are plenty of features to enjoy, and as a standalone smartwatch it’s an absolutely fantastic option. There are plenty of features and customizations available to users, including apps to receive notifications from, additional apps to install on the watch, and literally hundreds of watch faces to choose from.
The feature set continues with controls and easy access to all functions through the watch interface. By default, the quick access option (swipe from right to left) heart rate, SpO2, daily activity monitoring, weather, moon cycle and sleep tracking. Again, as with the previous generation, you can store music on the device to listen to on a walk, run or ride; alternatively, you can control music streaming with just one touch.
The Huawei Watch GT3 ticks all the boxes you could want as a smartwatch. Simply put, it’s one of the best smartwatch options on the market right now.
The problem persists, there is no way to import existing health tracking data into the Huawei platform or automated ways to sync data with existing platforms you have been using for years such such as Fitbit, Garmin, Google Fit, etc. There’s now a manual workaround to transfer your data from Huawei to Strava for errands and trips, or more broadly through Health Sync, assuming you might be bothered…
In terms of activity and tracking options, there’s far too much available to go through everything. The activity tracking options are more than extensive, and with the time and money Huawei has invested in developing the tracker, there’s a lot to be done as a tool for improving fitness, general health, and performance. performance in certain activities.
If you’re more of a casual fitness tracker, you’ll probably forget to start the watch tracker more than once. Auto-recognition is very good and generally fine for simple activities like walking, running, biking, or even working out at a gym.
Whatever your choice of physical activity, there’s a pretty good chance with a range of tracking capabilities as wide as you’re covered. Tracking capabilities are huge with GPS (speed, distance, elevation), heart rate, and calorie burn, and they’re all recorded in the app.
Charging and battery life
Let’s start with recharging because it’s quick and easy. The charging puck is magnetic, providing a very quick way to secure your watch because there’s no wrong way to do it. Once your watch is close enough, the magnets do the rest: locate and secure the watch correctly. Charging time will vary slightly depending on the charger you’re plugged into, but around 1 hour and 15 minutes will get you from single-digit percentage to full power.
If you get caught off guard, there’s the advantage of being able to charge your watch with almost any Qi-compatible wireless charger or even reverse wireless charging from your mobile.
On paper, Huawei says you can expect to get 14 of Ordinary
using the watch before charging. Apparently I’m not normal because I struggled for seven days, but I also spend over 6 hours a week exercising in various forms. These were mostly gym workouts tracking heart rate and activity versus using GPS; when I used GPS, the battery suffered more. That’s not to say it’s “bad” battery life; with almost daily use of GPS in addition to normal gym sessions, I got four days, which is a decent result in today’s smartwatch market.
Should I buy one?
If you’re looking for a smartwatch, aren’t in the Apple garden, and don’t have previous links to other platforms, the $449.00 price tag for the feature that you get really worth it.
If you’re looking to use the GT3 with more of a fitness focus and have invested years of data in another platform, this could be a much tougher sell. Although there is a manual workaround, the lack of integration into popular platforms will be problematic for some potential buyers.
The hardware is really great and as mentioned, as a smartwatch it’s an option I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. In all honesty, I’d be happy to buy one just to use as a smartwatch, given how good it performed during testing. The battery life alone is a big win over many other options on the market today if you’re not capturing daily activity.
You can take a closer look or buy one from Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, MobileCiti or Huawei Experience stores.