Pretty understandable that saying something like “Best Smartwatch of 2019”, that is a very bold statement to make but honestly after using it for over a month, even that might seem like an understatement to make.
From the harsh deserts of the UAE to the snowy mountains of Canada, I managed to pushed this device to its limits and it still came out with impressive results.
The Huawei Watch GT2 is the successor to the Watch GT which was launched last year in 2018 alongside the Band 3 Pro. The smartwatch took the world by a storm with its colossal battery life when Huawei claimed the watch could run for two weeks on a single charge with heart rate monitoring on and thirty days with just call & messaging notifications enabled.
What’s new compared to the original GT Watch
- It’s slimmer and lighter
- 3D Glass based AMOLED Display
- Bluetooth 5.1
- New Geomagnetic and Air Pressure Sensors
- Built in Mic and Speaker for Answering Calls
- Kirin A1 Dual-Chip Design with Intelligent Power Saving Technology
Huawei GT2 Highlights
- 3 inch AMOLED Display
- Huawei Lite OS
- Two weeks battery life
- GPS and Glonass Support for Precise Positioning
- TruSeen 3.5 for efficient and accurate heart rate measurement even during Swimming
- TruSleep 2.0 sleep tracking
- TruRelax Stress Monitoring
- Track up to 15 different sports (8 Outdoor and 7 Indoor)
What we loved
- The Colossal Battery life (Tested and Proven to last 14 days)
- That bezel-less display
- Solid Build Quality
- Easy to use
- Sleep Monitoring
- Very reasonably price for all the functionality given
What we didn’t like
- Lack of additional watch faces
- Extremely closed eco system no access to third party apps like Spotify
- No NFC Support for Mobile Based Payments
- No SPo2 monitoring for blood oxygen levels
- Software can get a little buggy at times
- GPS takes a long time to connect to a satellite for accurate positioning
- No Wireless Charging
Design and Display
In terms of design, it is very evident that they wanted to launch a wearable that would make a bold statement in terms of its looks. The metallic body with a piece of 3D glass wrapped on top, it very neatly merges on to the bezels to give you that bezel-free look.
At 46mm, the display is large enough to fit in a lot of important information such as your fitness and health related data. The AMOLED screen measures at 1.39 inches and definitely exhibits crisp and very detail oriented watch faces. We received a unit with a Black silicone strap and it was extremely comfortable to wear.
There was no issues wearing it in the hot climatic conditions of Dubai or the freezing sub zero temperatures of Canada. To be honest, whenever I forgot to wear it, I’d legit feel weird it wasn’t there on my hands. It had become a part of my life.
Performance and Battery Life
Huawei is among the few manufactures who use their own custom silicon chips for their smartphones. With the GT series, Huawei launched it’s first self-developed wearable chip, the Kirin A1 which on paper seems like a beast. You’ve got a dual chip design coupled to some next generation power saving tech that Huawei claims should give you an easy two weeks of battery life and we’re not surprised because 455mAh is a pretty good number for a wearable device.
The advantage of building your own chip always comes down to the close control of the hardware and software integration. Huawei definitely nailed that aspect without a doubt.
The watch also supports untethered accurate position via GPS and Glonass satellite position systems which come in handy during your workouts. After the work out, you can view all the health statistics as well as the trail on the map you covered.
You’ve got 2GB of RAM and 4GB of storage making it a very powerful device indeed. In my testing, I was able to get through 14 days of battery life in fact by the end of the night, I still had a lot of battery left.
You’ve got two buttons on the side. One that gives you an immediate to the main menu and then a second button that is user-customizable for different shortcuts. The 22-mm straps are interchangeable so feel free to customize your watch based on your taste and preference.
The user-interface definitely needs a lot of work as for some reason I didn’t find it as fluid as Apple’s Watch OS or Google’s Wear OS. Don’t get me wrong, this watch is priced at half of what the competition is currently offering in the market so we definitely have to cut them slack but kudos to the Huawei team for their efforts.
With no third party apps, functionality might seem a little limited especially for those of you who are reliant on services like Spotify and just watch to carry your watch outside leaving everything else behind and going for a workout. However, you can still sync your health and fitness related data with Google Fit but even that doesn’t seem to keep a track of everything. The Google Fit app was only able to pull data like your total step count and sleeping patterns. That’s it.
That being said, Huawei has included a ton of built-in apps that cater to all your basic needs. You’ve even got a Compass built in. It’s just a matter of getting used to everything but you will certainly be more reliant on Huawei’s own proprietary suite of applications than ever before.
Pretty obvious this is the part everyone is actually curious about. Don’t worry. Huawei has nailed this aspect and the data is pretty accurate as I had all the information like Speed, Step Count, Average Pace etc cross verified with other devices and wearables. You’ve got 15 different sport modes to choose from. I’m not exactly the most athletic human out there but it’s fair to say that they’ve got a majority of all the sporting activities where your watch would have an integral role in obtaining data. You’ve got your heart rate sensor, activity tracker, stress monitor and even the ability to analyze your VO2Max.
The ‘Huawei Health’ app stays at the core of all the functionalities as this is where you get a glance of all your information for the day. This is also where you can update the OS of the watch or adjust your settings depending on your convenience. I’ve had a chance to use the app over the years while testing other Huawei products and I must admit they’ve definitely come a long way in polishing the interface. You have all the features and functionalities in the main page itself.
One thing I really admire about the watch was the personal coach feature. Thanks to the built in speaker on the watch which by the way is actually pretty loud, you get live updates at different intervals of your work out. Sometimes even a shoutout for achievements!
Every device has its strengths and flaws, but Huawei seems to have genuinely put in a lot of effort with this work of art. Trust me, you have to wear it yourself to understand what I’m talking about. Anyone could even mistake it for the Luxury Brand Tag Heuer’s Connected Smartwatch. That’s how premium it looks.
Where Huawei really got it right was the pricing, At AED 849, you really can’t go wrong because that’s significantly cheaper than Apple’s Series 5 Watch and Samsung’s Watch Active 2.
You’ve got all the functionalities of what you’d expect from a typical smartwatch and the great design to go with it. Undoubtedly, Huawei Watch GT2 is by far the best smartwatch we’ve tested recently.