Today we will discuss smart watches from Huawei of the second generation - Watch GT 2. Every manufacturer today seeks
The 46mm version of the Huawei Watch GT2,which I used during the last ten days is best suited for big wrists. The accessory is equipped with an incredibly clear 1.39-inch round AMOLED display, which is very bright, but can still work better in direct sunlight. The watch has a rather thick bezel with signs engraved on the front panel.
On the right side there are also twobuttons that can be twisted or directly pressed. As for functionality, the upper button opens the main menu, the lower button switches to training mode by default, although you can reconfigure it in the settings as you like, if you are not a fitness fan.
The bottom of the smartwatch is covered with cheapa plastic panel that includes a heart rate monitor, speaker and a small microphone. In addition, depending on the version you purchase, it comes with a silicone, metal or leather strap.
The manufacturer also offers a 42 mm version of the watch.for those who are not a fan of the traditional look of a watch or just looking for something less. There is no thick rim and the display is noticeably smaller - up to 1.2 inches. Huawei also made this version about 1 mm thicker and used 3D curved glass on the front panel.
Interface and dials
Watch GT is runningHuawei's operating system - Lite OS - which minimizes battery impact but also limits the number of available features. A user interface that is not paired with a dedicated app store is extremely easy to navigate, but sometimes it also doesn’t work due to a weak processor that backs up. The only thing I found during testing was a strong slowdown when you swipe left to return to the previous action.
Huawei smart watches show by defaultthe watch dial when you turn on the screen, although with a simple scrolling to the side, various useful information will appear, such as your heart rate, weather and personal fitness goals. On the dial, users can also swipe up to access messages, and swipe down to view the quick settings menu, which displays the date, percentage of battery and some useful settings.
If you do not use the predefinedThe default dial, you can easily change it by pressing and holding, then just scroll and select the one you want. Watch GT 2 comes with a predefined set of non-customizable dials, and some others can be downloaded via the Huawei Health app. Unfortunately, although 25 options are available, they are all very similar.
Fitness monitoring and other features
Most features of wearable devices are hidden inthe main menu, which can be accessed by pressing the top button. Users can monitor sleep status, check notifications, view call logs and view contacts. Speaking of calls, the sound quality was surprisingly good. The speaker is loud enough, and the microphone is clean enough, which allows you to easily communicate with someone while performing your daily tasks.
Some of the most intriguing optionsinclude short breathing exercises that try to lower your heart rate, and a stress test. The latter must be enabled from the Huawei Health app and must first be calibrated.
Other features include the ability to add alarms, use a timer, turn the watch into a flashlight, or use it as a compass.
Another useful feature is Find My Phone.which I was forced to use this week. Your smartphone starts ringing immediately, but if the ringer volume is muted, it's pretty hard to hear.
Completing the Watch GT 2 Feature List - This is Modeworkouts accessed via the bottom button. It supports a number of GPS-enabled physical exercises, including 13 built-in running modes, several walking, cycling, hiking, rowing, triathlon and swimming modes.
During testing, the Huawei watch seemed to betracked all more or less accurately. Once you're done, you can see everything from the duration and calories burned to the average heart rate, intensity and recovery time. All collected information can be checked in more detail using the Huawei Health application, but perhaps the best option for some is the ability to share everything with other applications, including MyFitnessPal and Google Fit.
Like the first generation, battery lifeThe performance of the Huawei Watch GT 2 is really excellent. Huawei claims that the watch can run for up to 2 weeks without recharging thanks to its energy-saving algorithms and a special Kirin A1 chip. Eight days after I last charged them, my watch still had 30%.
If you want to not charge your watch every day,Huawei says you should not rely on activities supported by GPS for more than 90 minutes a week, and calls and music playback should not exceed 30 minutes.
In addition to this, make sure that forcontinuous heart rate monitoring set to Smart Mode. In addition, the automatic stress test function must be disabled. I made a mistake by turning on the stress test function as soon as I got the watch, and as a result, my battery barely worked all day.
If you are one of those who plan to buy a Watch GT 2for fitness, Huawei says that the battery can last up to 30 hours if you constantly work with GPS on. To charge, all you have to do is put them on the magnetic charger supplied. The latter has a USB-C port and can be connected to a standard phone charger.
It would be much easier if SmartWatch supported wireless charging, but Huawei missed this feature here.
Is it worth buying?
Huawei Watch GT 2 does not compete with Apple WatchSeries 5 and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, they are in another segment with a lower price policy. Their price is 239 euros in Europe, in Russia from 13,990 rubles. But at this price, smart watches are a direct competitor to the 2017 Apple Watch Series 3, which are slightly cheaper and offer a much more advanced operating system, combined with most fitness and health features.
Therefore, if you are an Android userand you’re looking for a device that can track your workouts, but also a little smarter than a regular fitness tracker, this can be a good buy.
But if you are an iOS user who is looking for a smart watch, but against the bad battery life of the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch GT 2 will solve this problem for you.