Huawei Watch GT, analysis and opinion
By Steve Lowry 2019-04-16 645 0
As you can see this Huawei Watch GT is a watch with a traditional design but a clear vocation of sport quantifier thanks to its heart rate sensor, GPS support and a large number of activities to monitor.
One of his great tricks is, without doubt, his autonomy and is that we are in front of a watch that promises up to two weeks of autonomy and this almost trebles the autonomy of smartwatches like the Galaxy Watch or the Apple Watch (you can read our test in its analysis). But at what cost?
Design very close to a traditional man's watch
The Huawei Watch GT is a traditional smartwatch, with a ceramic bezel that simulates the rotating bezels of the chronographs, although in this case it is designed purely decoratively. It Cannot Rotate nor does it have any function as it happens in the Galaxy Watch.
The body of the watch is metallic with a touch that does not envy at all high-end watches on the front and side. It Is at the bottom where we see how the plastic is the nucleus of the body of the smartwatch which makes possible that weight so content of only 46 grams, something unviable with a solid metal body. The finish is in polished steel and offers a very nice aesthetic and touch.
In the body we find two physical buttons to control Lites. One of them serves as a power button and back and the other to enter the menu and accept. It'S a somewhat confusing combination at first but being able to use the touch screen to get into the different options doesn't seem too much of a problem.
In the lower part of the smartwatch, the one in contact with the wrist we have that plastic finish and the pulse sensor. This is used with a technology, Truseen 3.0, which according to Huawei makes the measurement of pulse very accurate and according to our tests so it seems to us with offset against pulse dedicated of maximum two beats in the worst case, almost tracing at all times the Pulsations that marks that heart rate monitor.
The strap of this Huawei Watch GT has a width of 22mm and you can mount traditional straps, the one that comes with has pins that you can remove by hand. In this case and our unit comes with the strap that imitates skin although it really is a traditional rubber bracelet with a top that imitates camel leather.
This has its positive point in that visually looks like skin and you will be able to wet it without fear, something that Huawei seems to invite with its water resistance of 5 ATM and measuring support for swimming batches.
And last and no less important is your 1.39 inch screen, circular with a maximum resolution of 454 x 454 px. It Is an AMOLED panel with a pixel density of 326 dpi that looks good and we do not like it has little brightness to be seen outdoors in full sunlight.
Huawei Health: For iOS and for Android
Huawei makes use of its Huawei Health application in which the information collected by the clock is centralized and we will be able to visualize it in a very complete way. It Is an application in which we can also configure what notifications we want to be rebounded to the clock from the mobile and which not, filtered by application.
It Is an application available in the Google applications store so you can download it from any current Android smartphone. It is Also available in the Apple Store of iOS devices. In Our tests we have made use of the application in both ecosystems and it is certainly the same experience, we do not have a cropped experience as we see Using smartwatches Wearos in iOS.
From this application is from which we will skip the firmware updates for the clock and from which we can update. It Is Therefore the bridge between the "smart" or the clock-connected functions. The application We liked although it would have left us even better feeling if we could make use of it to be able, for example, to configure new spheres in it.
We Understand that it is not only a matter of software on the mobile and that is where we touch the most conflicting point, the operating system of the clock. Huawei Watch GT is a big bet on the part of Huawei as they do not make use of Android Wear as they were doing in their line of watches. They Have opted for a proprietary system of very low weight and consumption of resources, Lites.
Lites, or how your biggest pro can become a disadvantage
Huawei Watch GT is a smartwatch that makes use of a very intelligent hardware-software combination to be able to offer a superb autonomy, to be a smartphone of these characteristics. With AMOLED Display, active pulse reading and some other sports activity tracking we have been able to reach almost 2 weeks of use that Huawei promises.
The Cortex M4 Processor takes care of tasks that require greater process power while in the most basic cases the smartwatch happens to use a very low consumption chip which helps to achieve that autonomy even with notifications, screen on and Pulse tracking.
All of that is controlled under a proprietary operating system, LITEOS, which is capable of doing that double chip management and offers a simple interface with support of the usual functions in smartwatch as can be the possibility of choosing different spheres, Alarms, stopwatch, pulse detection and monitoring of sports activity and sleep. So Far All right, the problem we have detected is the notification support that has Lite OS.
And Why do we say it? Because it is a very basic support, pure and hard notification, so we can read it, discard it and already. We have No choice to interact with her. We Understand that the clock does not integrate a microphone and does not offer voice-to-text support, but what less than a series of pre-programmed basic responses. It Is something that even in smartwatches years ago as the first Pebble could already be done.
Due to not having that microphone can not respond to calls, just hang them because to lift them we will have to make use of the own mobile or a handsfree connected to it.
As we are seeing the implementation of this operating system brings a self-imposed limitation: we can not install additional applications so we will have to be satisfied with what the Watch GT offers us as standard. Example of that, the built-in spheres, something that Huawei will be able to modify or expand on new clock firmware updates.
Seen this as the lack of Wi-Fi or NFC connectivity There is no doubt that we are in front of a mobile complement that we can use as a traditional clock and quantifier without it but little more. In fact the use of Lites and their limitations regarding the interaction with notifications make it a window to the notifications we receive but little more.
It Is far behind in this point of solutions with Google Wear OS or the implementation of Tizen OS that makes Samsung, not to mention Apple Watches. Where They have much better resolved both the support of management of notifications and the response or interaction with them.
We Have mentioned the firmware updates and certainly Huawei is putting a lot of care and attention to it, in our test of about a month with the clock we have received 3 updates of it with bug fixes and stability improvements.
Is it worth it? For who is the Huawei Watch GT?
This smartwatch is an elegant watch that makes the complete sport quantifier, with an autonomy that envy the rest of smartwatches Wearos, Galaxy Watch or Apple Watch. It Is his great asset in front of the competition and it is something that Huawei seems to take chest on the devices that it is making today, as happens with the new smartphones of family P or Mate as well as in their laptops MateBook.
If you are a user who wants to have on the wrist the ability to respond to notifications, this watch is not for you. However if what you are looking for is not to miss notifications or calls, to have a clock of elegant design, good materials and with which you almost forget that you have to load it from time to when the Huawei Watch GT is a great alternative.
Huawei Watch GT is an approximation that is closer to the use of a traditional watch than to a smartwatch. We Have A very complete quantifier device, with a very colorful and classic look, viewer of notifications of our mobile, with a series of both analogue and digital spheres that will make you not bored of it.
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