Huawei Watch GT2 hands-on evaluation: An aesthetic smartwatch held again by its software program
“The Huawei Watch GT2’s elegant vibe provides it an upmarket really feel, and the function set is nice, however the sluggish software program could frustrate”
Two physique sizes
Light-weight and comfy
Inner storage for music
Software program is gradual
Notifications aren’t at all times useful
Huawei has upped the category with its newest smartwatch, the Watch GT2, a sequel to the comparatively unusual Watch GT, and it has made a world of distinction.
The software program has drastically improved too, however sadly it’s not as a lot a winner because the design of the watch, and it nonetheless lags behind different smartwatch platforms. I’ve been sporting the Huawei Watch GT2 for a while, and right here’s what it’s like.
The Watch GT2’s polished steel physique shines within the mild and is paired to a plastic case again, with a chunk of 3D glass excessive. What does this imply? As a substitute of a single piece of flat glass over the display, matched to a plastic or steel bezel, the Watch GT2’s glass neatly incorporates the bezel. The 3D impact refers back to the slight angle the place the display cowl turns into the bezel. It’s an aesthetic, fashionable, high-quality transition, and actually makes the Watch GT2 look nice on the wrist.
It is available in two sizes, a 42mm Elegant mannequin and a regular 46mm mannequin, and I’ve been sporting the bigger model. The AMOLED display measures 1.39-inches and has a 454 x 454 pixel decision, leading to sharp, detailed textual content and colourful watch faces. The brown leather-based strap is supple out of the field, and a black silicone strap is included as a substitute. I additionally noticed a Watch GT2 with a steel bracelet, which complemented the polished physique very properly.
Regardless of the dimensions of the display, the physique is slim at 12mm, light-weight, and matches comfortably. It appears nice too, avoiding a high-tech look and simply passing for a conventional watch, however provided that you don’t look too intently. The issue right here is with the watch face, which doesn’t at all times show the time, and defaults to a black display after a set quantity interval. Whereas this may preserve battery life, it’s annoying once you simply wish to look on the time, and spoils the in any other case decidedly basic model.
Let down by software program
If the is fascinating, the software program lets the Watch GT2 down. Though Huawei has not said what the working system is on the watch, it’s prone to be a model of Lite OS, Huawei’s personal software program that additionally ran on the primary Watch GT. Huawei has additionally hinted HarmonyOS would run on a future smartwatch, and the road between the 2 has blurred since code from Lite OS has been integrated into HarmonyOS.
What’s the issue? It’s a bit of gradual, the transitions stutter, and the display doesn’t at all times reply to touches. I’m making an attempt an early model of the watch, so updates could arrive to repair these issues. The unique Watch GT additionally suffered from related issues, which had been finally (largely) cured. Swiping by way of the menus, activated by urgent one of many facet buttons, is just too sludgy, and tapping an app or choice does lead to ready a bit of too lengthy.
Huawei has chosen the Watch GT2 to be its first wearable powered by the Kirin A1 processor, that’s the identical chip in its forthcoming Freebuds three headphones, so its efficiency is untested. It does promise low energy consumption although, and even with the GT2’s further options over the primary watch, Huawei claims two weeks from a single cost. That’s wonderful for a full touchscreen smartwatch, particularly with coronary heart charge monitoring and notifications energetic too, however I’ll want to check this declare to see if it’s correct.
The notifications are hit-or-miss thus far. The display doesn’t at all times mild up when a notification arrives and doesn’t activate once you increase your wrist both, forcing you to faucet the display to see what’s arrived. Even then, it’s complicated as to easy methods to work together with the notification, which very often simply states the app identify. The WhatsApp notifications seen within the picture above are consultant of how most arrive, though generally it would present the whole message. The rationale for the inconsistency will not be clear at this early stage.
What’s good? There’s a good collection of watch faces and several other have informative issues. Health monitoring has been enhanced, and now displays 15 totally different actions — from swimming to rowing — plus there’s sleep monitoring on board too. This makes use of the guts charge monitor and synthetic intelligence to supply sleep evaluation and solutions for enchancment. Different well being options embody reminders to maneuver about and step monitoring.
The Watch GT2 is a complete replace over the primary and consists of the a lot wanted addition of inner cupboard space for music, plus the power to pair Bluetooth headphones. Which means not like the primary mannequin, the GT2 can be utilized always with out the necessity to carry your telephone, or to train in silence. The design is extra upmarket than the primary, and it’s an actual pleasure to put on. Questions stay over the software program, however in the meanwhile, the sluggishness is irritating to dwell with each day.
Huawei has elevated the value barely, unsurprisingly given the quantity of further know-how. The 46mm mannequin will value 250 euros (about $275), or 230 euros ($253) for the 42mm. The unique Watch GT could be discovered for significantly lower than this.
The discharge is at the moment set for a while in October, at which period it would go up towards the $255 Fossil Sport and the $300 Samsung Galaxy Watch Energetic 2 — severe competitors, in different phrases, although it possible gained’t be obtainable within the U.S.