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Huawei Watch GT 3 overview: Lovely, enduring, functionally restricted

Did Huawei shoot itself within the foot with the Watch GT 3? The smartwatch could be very paying homage to the very costly and fairly good Huawei Watch 3 Professional, for which you must pay virtually 500 Euros. How properly the less expensive mannequin with an MSRP of 229 euros does in on a regular basis life, I discovered for you on this overview. Spoiler: Personally, I might go for the Watch GT 3. 🤓

Good

  • Lengthy battery lifetime of as much as 14 days
  • Nice show
  • Lovely workmanship
  • Good operation by way of the 3D crown
  • Exact monitoring

Unhealthy

  • Hardly any apps to select from
  • No LTE module
  • No reply choices for messages
  • Surprisingly annoying: No emojis
  • No NFC

Huawei Watch GT 3 in a nutshell

In contrast with its large sister, the Huawei Watch GT 3 shines with a significantly better price-performance ratio. Amongst different issues, the producer places the purple mark on the LTE and the response possibility for notifications. That’s annoying, however not an absolute no-go. It’s a pity that Huawei has nonetheless hardly expanded its vary of installable apps.

The {hardware} of the Watch GT 3 is, nonetheless, virtually impeccable. Processing and show are top-notch, and the monitoring features make sense. However if you’re on the lookout for a smartwatch with excessive autonomy, the GT 3 is moderately not for you. The battery lifetime of as much as 14 days is nice, however an LTE module is lacking. It’s also annoying that you just can not even reply to messages with pre-configured messages.

Design & show: Huawei exhibits what they’ll do

You should purchase the Huawei Watch GT 3 in two case sizes.
You may select between 42 millimeters and 46 millimeters – so the watch just isn’t discreet in any model. Nonetheless, it’s lighter and fewer cumbersome than the Watch 3 Professional, which is noticeable throughout sports activities. Huawei depends on AMOLED for the show, which is sweet for the watch on vibrant days. The smartwatch is waterproof as much as 5 ATM.

NextPit Huawei Watch GT 3 Hand
The design of the smartwatch is moderately easy. / © NextPit

What I appreciated:

  • Lovely workmanship.
  • Superb show.
  • Totally different case sizes.
  • Exact vibration motor.

What I disliked:

  • Strain level of the 3D crown too spongy.

There’s not a lot to criticize in regards to the design of the Huawei Watch GT 3 other than my private preferences. In comparison with its predecessor, the Huawei Watch GT 2, it has shrunk. The second GT mannequin got here to Europe completely with a 47-millimeter housing and was thus extra appropriate for giant wrists. The truth that Huawei presents two totally different case sizes is thus optimistic.

Case sizes and wristbands

DimensionWristbandWorth
42 mmPlastic bracelet209.99 GBP
42 mmLeather-based strap229.99 GBP
328.99 CAD
42 mmMilanese strap279.99 GBP
428.99 CAD
46 mmPlastic229.99 GBP
328.99 CAD
46 mmLeather-based strap239.99 GBP
46 mmStainless-steel strap299.99 GBP
428.99 CAD

The identical applies to the standard of the AMOLED panel. It has a crisp 466 x 466 decision and is vibrant sufficient to be learn even in sunshine. As with the Watch 3 Professional, the operation works by way of a 3D crown that’s considerably paying homage to the Apple Watch. Nevertheless, the stress level of the crown on the Watch GT 3 is noticeably spongier than on the opposite fashions. That is one thing you will get used to, however a sure ambiguity about whether or not you’ve got made a variety or not stays.

NextPit Huawei Watch GT 3 Side Watch
The crown has a spongier stress level than on the costlier mannequin / © NextPit

Final however not least, I’ve to reward the smartwatch’s vibration motor, as I consider that is particularly essential in wearables. The vibration is exact and robust sufficient to catch your consideration even whereas transferring. As well as, there are the sunshine impulses when turning the crown, which as soon as once more grew to become a type of “Fidget spinner” in the course of the take a look at interval.

Software program: HarmonyOS nonetheless in app disaster

HarmonyOS is used on the Huawei Watch GT 3.
That is Huawei’s personal working system that was developed on account of the commerce embargo with the US. Once more, HarmonyOS is intuitive and fairly, although nonetheless severely missing in obtainable apps.

What I appreciated:

  • Putting in companion apps is intuitive regardless of detours.
  • HarmonyOS is properly tidy.
  • Simple to make use of.

What I disliked:

  • Hardly any further apps within the App Gallery.
  • No apps in any respect in connection together with your iPhone.

After I examined the Huawei Watch 3 Professional a number of months in the past, HarmonyOS was nonetheless model new. Accordingly, there have been a number of teething issues, however they had been mounted by updates again then. It is good to see in December 2021 that Huawei has additional improved the Watch’s setup. With a Pixel 6, setup and pairing had been easy and simple regardless of the detour referred to as APK set up.

NextPit Huawei Watch GT 3 Side
You may even make calls via the speaker, offered you’ve got a cellphone with a SIM card linked / © NextPit

HarmonyOS has remained unchanged because the Watch 3 Professional. The working system is tidy, optimized for 3D crown operation, and presents clear menus and stylish icons. As well as, there’s quite a lot of watch faces, and you may as well prepare the assorted tiles within the working system your self.

Whereas I fairly like HarmonyOS, I can not comprehend Huawei’s negligence relating to app availability. Within the Huawei App Gallery, which you’ll be able to solely entry by way of the Well being app on the GT 3, there are solely 31 apps as of December 17. None of them is attention-grabbing for me, I moderately miss large gamers like Spotify, Google Maps and Co. Certainly, that is as a result of US embargo, however it’s nonetheless a pity.

Additionally a pity: Should you use an iPhone, you may’t entry the App Gallery in any respect. If solely there was a greater smartwatch different for iPhones

Efficiency & options: Neither LTE nor NFC

One of many methods Huawei is decreasing the price of the Watch GT 3 is by making three trade-offs: First, the producer has changed its flagship smartwatch SoC with the ARM Cortex-M. Second, the choice to order the GT 3 with an LTE module is lacking. Final however not least, there is no NFC for cellular funds.
As with the costlier mannequin, you will need to reside with out premium options like ECG, bioimpedance sensor, and extra.

What I appreciated:

  • Clean efficiency in on a regular basis use.
  • Sensors for pulse fee, SpO2, and pores and skin temperature.
  • Exact GPS.

What I disliked:

  • LTE and NFC have fallen sufferer to the associated fee discount.
  • Hardly any particular options in comparison with different smartwatches.

Since there is no benchmarking device in Huawei’s app gallery, it is not likely attainable to quantify the smartwatch’s efficiency. Nevertheless, a efficiency distinction just isn’t noticeable in every day use in comparison with the costlier mannequin. Apps and options open and begin shortly, scrolling via lists works with out jerkiness. A smartwatch hardly has to do rather more on this respect.

NextPit Huawei Watch GT 3 Sensor
Sensors on the again – you realize the drill! / © NextPit

What it ought to be capable to do in 2021, although, is hook up with the web with out a smartphone and never allow you to down on the grocery store checkout. The watch doesn’t meet these necessities, as a result of a model with LTE is lacking from the Chinese language large lineup. Whilst you can nonetheless substitute the web connection together with your smartphone, the dearth of NFC can’t be changed.

Pulse Huawei Watch GT3
My pulse tracked the Huawei Watch GT 3 exactly! / © NextPit

For sports activities use, Huawei has built-in numerous sensors for very important information within the watch, however there are solely the usual options right here. You may measure your pulse, get the blood oxygen degree displayed, and will measure your pores and skin temperature. All three options can be utilized routinely 24 hours a day, which ensures a whole monitoring of your physique. That is the place the watch shines!

The shine fades a bit, nonetheless, while you have a look at the competitors. The Apple Watch launched a digital ECG a number of variations in the past and may defend you from a coronary heart assault. The Galaxy Watch 4, along with an ECG, additionally presents a pulse measurement and, within the fourth technology, the measurement of your bioimpedance. Huawei must enhance this within the subsequent mannequin on the newest.

Battery: 14 days of battery life – underneath one situation

The Watch GT 3 comes with 292 or 455 milliampere hours relying on the case measurement.
With this capability, Huawei achieves lengthy runtimes of as much as 14 days, however solely within the bigger mannequin. The utmost battery life is halved within the smaller mannequin – so 7 days are attainable. Wi-fi charging can also be attainable, even together with your smartphone.

What I appreciated:

  • Lengthy runtimes on the bigger mannequin.
  • Stable runtimes on the smaller mannequin.
  • Wi-fi charging on board.

What I disliked:

The above data comes from Huawei itself and is predicated on lab assessments underneath optimum utilization circumstances. Nevertheless, the bigger mannequin additionally proved to have an extended endurance in on a regular basis use. Instantly after unboxing, I activated all measurement choices completely. Throughout intensive use, the smartwatch lasted seven days. An excellent worth, which permits a whole recording of your very important information.

NextPit Huawei Watch GT 3
Huawei despatched us the bigger mannequin with a rubber wristband / © NextPit

In line with Huawei’s homepage, the smaller watch ought to final 4 days with intensive use. Since we should not have this mannequin, we sadly can not confirm this in on a regular basis life. What I might attest for each fashions, nonetheless, is the compatibility of wi-fi charging. As a result of with the Pixel 6, I used to be capable of cost the smartwatch with out the included charging puck.

The charging puck, by the way in which, is similar because the costlier Huawei mannequin. It’s magnetically hooked up to the watch and connects to your pocket book or charger by way of USB-A.

Conclusion

The brand new GT mannequin is a smartwatch with plenty of highs and lows. Though the value of 229 Euros (round 229 USD) appears reasonably priced at first look, it additionally means plenty of compromises. There isn’t any LTE mannequin, NFC for cellular funds is lacking, and Huawei falls behind in monitoring options in contrast with many different smartwatches. As well as, the vary of features can hardly be expanded with apps within the Huawei Retailer.

The battery lifetime of the brand new smartwatch mannequin is especially noteworthy. Nevertheless, the promised two weeks solely apply to the bigger mannequin, which begins at 230 GBP/329 CAD. The smaller model lasts “solely” seven days, which continues to be strong. I’ve to reward Huawei once more for the very excessive construct high quality and the nice working idea, which comes from the interplay of the 3D crown and the intuitive HarmonyOS.

Within the present Huawei lineup, the Watch GT 3 is advisable for many who don’t need to spend so much on a smartwatch. The worth is engaging for a high-quality smartwatch with a strong characteristic set. Nevertheless, there are higher fashions from different producers at an analogous value level. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 particularly is a risk to the GT 3 with its nice characteristic set and plenty of apps.

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