Written by Jonna

Expert review: Huawei Watch GT

At the beginning of October 2018, the Chinese brand Huawei announced the Huawei Watch GT. The smartwatch is the successor of the popular Huawei Watch 2. Not only the name, but also the operating system of the Watch GT was a surprise. Are you curious about what I think of the Huawei Watch GT? I tested the watch for a few days.

Out of the box

When I take the Huawei Watch GT out of the box, I immediately notice the light weight of the smartwatch. The watch case is also thinner than I'm used to from Huawei. In terms of appearance, the Watch GT does have the same style as its predecessors. The smartwatches look like 'regular watches' because of their border with printed numbers and 2 physical buttons. The border doesn't have a function, so I think the case is unnecessarily large. I can imagine that this looks less big on a broader wrist. The Huawei Watch GT is available in two versions. I use the Sport variant.

 

Sport and Fashion

The Huawei Watch GT is available in 2 variants. Do you want to use the watch primarily as an extension of your smartphone? For example, to reply to messages or view your next agenda appointment? If so, we recommend the variant with the leather watch strap. If you want to wear the watch a lot during exercise, a silicone strap is more comfortable and more resistant to sweat.

Functionalities: sports watch or smartwatch?

The Huawei Watch GT has functionalities that are characteristic of both a smartwatch and a sports watch. The Watch GT has various sport profiles, an integrated heart rate sensor, and GPS. When I swipe the watch face to the right, you see multiple watch faces where you can follow the progress of your movement goals or look at the weather. If I swipe from the bottom to the top, I see whether I have received a new message or missed call on my smartphone.

 

A long battery

While other Huawei smartwatches run on Android, the Watch GT runs on LiteOS: Huawei's own operating system. Huawei claims that thanks to this operating system, the battery lasts up to 14 hours in smartwatch modes. This is when you wear the watch while it's connected to your smartphone and you occasionally receive a notification. Do you always want the screen to be on? If so, the battery lasts 7 days. If you also use the GPS sensor, for example during exercise, the battery lasts 22 hours.


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