Huawei Watch GT Review
It’s been a couple of months since the Huawei Watch GT arrived in the Philippines and as an owner of the device, I was able to use it as my daily wearable driver. I’ve shared my initial impressions back in April but after more than a month of taking it for a full spin, here’s my full take on this device. Let’s start!
The Huawei Watch GT is one of the most stylish wearable today as it has different color variants (Graphite Black, Saddle Brown leather, Glacier, Gray, and Fluorescent Green) that are easily swappable thanks to its QuickFit strap. It is made out of a rubber-like material which means that it is pretty flexible and doesn’t break easily.
It has two sizes to choose from — 46mm and 42mm. The watch that I got from pre-ordering my Huawei P30 is the former, however, I can only avail the Sport Edition which is the color Black. Its design is actually not just plain black as it has Gray accents surrounding the strap. It looks nice and premium where it can easily fit any occasions that you want to go to.
The watch comes with different designs and what I got is actually best suited to my taste as it has a bezel marker that is in the form of minutes (shown in multiples of 5). This design feels like I have a normal analog watch which is pretty comforting. At the front, you’ll see the 1.39-inch 454 x 454 AMOLED touchscreen display. This configuration is not too big nor too small for me which is great as I can see and read the texts and the time easily at a comfortable position.
There are two buttons located at the right side of the watch. The top button is for power or home while the bottom is the function button which allows users to select an option in the watch.
Below are numerous sensors namely the Huawei TruSeen 3.0 which monitors heart rate (optical), Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light, and Barometer.
What’s good about this device is that it comes with three satellite positioning systems namely GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO which helps users track their location quickly and accurately.
Before you can officially use the Huawei Watch GT, you must at least connect the device once in a smartphone that has a Huawei Health app. Connecting it is pretty easy as you just need to turn on your device’s Bluetooth then locate the Watch’s model number and pair it. After that, you’ll be able to use and monitor your wearable from your smartphone. It has useful features where you can enable or disable activity reminder, heart rate monitoring, notifications, alarms, weather reports, and even raising your wrist to wake the watch automatically. This is pretty convenient as I sometimes needed to enable the automatic message notification whenever I’m commuting to places. It actually reduces the exposure of my smartphone in sketchy places.
Once connected, you can now fully use the Watch GT at your own disposal. The main screen will show you the default theme of your watch. Swiping down from the top of the screen will show you the options to enable “No Disturb”, “Show Time”, “Find Phone”, lock screen, Settings, battery percentage, and the date today. You can change the “Watch Face” which is the layout of your watch by going to Settings then pressing the Display option.
Swiping up from the bottom of the screen will show you the message notification area. Swiping left or right, on the other hand, will show you your current heart rate, the weather forecast, and the stepcount along with how long and how many times you’ve stood up today.
The overall user interface is clean and simple to a point where I did not get confused when navigating through it. The instructions are also easy to understand and has good readability.
Pressing the Power button from the main screen will show the overview of all the things that you can do with the watch starting with Workout, Workout Records, Workout Status, Heart Rate, Activity Records, Sleep, Barometer, Compass, Weather, Notifications, Stopwatch, Timer, Alarm, Find My Phone, Settings, and even a Flashlight — yes, you can turn your watch into a flashlight by making the whole screen bright white.
Pressing the Function Button, on the other hand, will show you all the workout activities that you can do such as Running Courses, Outdoor Run, Indoor Run, Outdoor Walk, Climb, Trail Run, Outdoor Cycle, Indoor Cycle, Pool Swim, Open Water, and Other.
I’ve tried some of the workouts presets in the Running Courses such as Run/Walk, Fat Burning Run-Primary, Fat Burning Run-MIIT, and MAF180 Primary. I’ve tried the first one and it gave me a detailed instruction on what to do. There are a total of 9 activities and the first one will let you speed walk for about 3 minutes while monitoring your heart rate, steps, cadence, and the total calories burnt in your workout. If you run or jog frequently, this will come handy. It even has a water resistance of up to 50 meters so you can take it for a swim.
What I like about this wearable is that there is an option to notify me if I’m sitting for over an hour. The Watch GT vibrates and shows an avatar reminding me to stand up or work out which is great given my profession of staying indoors and writing all day.
Now let’s talk about the battery performance. When I got the device, the battery percentage was at 64%. I didn’t charge it and started using it normally. A week went by and still got 14% which means that in the span of 7 days, the battery life only consumed 50%. If we compute it, the Huawei Watch GT can last for 2 weeks of regular use, which is impressive. That held true when I went for an out-of-the-country trip for more than a week.
As for charging time, you’d be delighted to know that from 20% to 100%, it only took 30 to 45 minutes to fully charge the Watch GT via its own portable charging dock. It’s perfect for those who are always on the go.
The Huawei Watch GT is a great wearable that you can use as your daily time-keeper and fitness tracker. It has all the things you need especially if you are keen on monitoring your activities.
With a price tag of PHP 12,990, the Huawei Watch GT is not too pricey for a smartwatch of this kind. So if you’re looking for a smartwatch with very impressive battery life and plenty of features, then this wearable will serve you well.
Huawei Watch GT
- 1.39-inch 454 x 454 AMOLED color touchscreen, 326ppi
- 16MB RAM
- 128MB ROM
- Bluetooth 4.2, BLE
- Huawei TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitor
- Huawei TruSleep 2.0 sleep monitor
- GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
- Water resistance up to 50 meters
- 46.5 x 46.5 x 10.6 mm
- 46 g w/o strap
- Black Stainless Steel, Stainless steel
- Strap colors: Graphite Black, Saddle Brown leather, Glacier Gray, Fluorescent Green