Huawei Watch GT is a smartwatch with a heavy lean towards sports tracking, in both the way it looks and the way it works. With its 1.4in circular colour OLED display, it keeps tabs on your heart rate, daily steps and sleep, and includes its own GPS receiver.
The design and display
As fitness trackers go, the Huawei Watch GT is a design marvel. This is mainly because, unlike many competing trackers at this price, it looks like a watch. Its circular 46.5 x 46.5 x 10.6mm stainless-steel body is available in black or metal finishes.You can customise the device further, with Huawei offering a selection of silicone strap for the Sport version I tested. These include Graphite Black (tested), a Saddle Brown leather option, Glacier Grey and Fluorescent Green colour options.
Around the side sit two physical buttons plus that, paired with the 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen, act as the primary means to interact with the watch. Fit is outstanding: over the past three weeks of testing, I’ve found the Huawei Watch to be one of a select few wearables I’d happily wear 24/7.
The Watch GT also ticks most of the right boxes when it comes to hardware. The AMOLED screen is vibrant and has a sharp 454 x 454 (326ppi) display that ensures text and icons are uniformly readable. Maximum brightness levels are great, too, ensuring the screen remains legible even when you’re using it mid-run in bright sunlight.
To get your head around the Huawei Watch GT, it’s important not to think of it as a direct alternative to an Apple or Wear OS watch. This is something different.
It runs Huawei’s own software, called Light OS. And while the hardware looks like something Fossil or a designer brand might come up with, the appeal is all about fitness tracking, not smarts.
At launch Huawei said the watch had up to 30 days stamina. That has since dropped to 14 days of “typical” use, which seems more realistic. But, hey, that’s still brilliant and even outclasses most watches with dull-looking monochrome or non-backlit displays.
The central app on the Watch GT is called Workouts, and this offers most of the tracking capabilities outside of the normal step tracking and heart rate monitoring that’s working at all times in the background.
There are easy modes to set up called Outdoor Run, Indoor Run, Outdoor Walk, Climb, Trail Run, Outdoor Cycle, Indoor Cycle, Pool Swim, Open Water and other. The GT is 5ATM waterproof, so you can confidently wear it to track a swim.
It comes with GPS onboard too, which, as mentioned, we found connected extremely quickly.
Incredible battery life
No third-party app access
Not built for contactless payments
Limited phone app
The Huawei Watch GT is a competent fitness tracker but sub-par smartwatch. Visit Banggood.com to purchase one for $235.99