Huawei Watch GT 3 is ‘comfortable, stylish and has a huge battery life’
Posted On April 23, 2022
The latest smartwatch from Huawei boasts a huge battery life, round design and features that go toe-to-toe with Apple, but is it enough to encourage the switch to Android?
Huawei Watch GT 3 Series is the latest smartwatch to arrive in Australia, despite releasing months ago in other countries.
It’s an Android watch, meaning this device is more suited for an Android phone — but that doesn’t mean it’s not compatible with Apple. Huawei has implemented a tonne of great features to compliment iOS.
For this review, I’ve put the Huawei Watch GT 3 to the test using the iPhone 12 Pro.
The most impressive thing about the Huawei GT 3 Series is its battery life.
Let’s be clear, a long battery life isn’t new to the smartwatch world. What’s impressive is how much use you can get out of it within charge timeframe.
I wore it for 11 days before I charged it for the first time. It still had 6 per cent left at that point; despite the battery indicator displaying low, I was still confident that’d get me through the day.
This is with consistent text messages, social media, email notifications, and a half dozen phone calls using the watch too.
It’s quite remarkable, going from an Apple Watch which needs to be charged daily, to the Huawei device which lasts well over a week.
Huawei says the 46mm watch can get up to 14 days of battery life, while the 42mm version lasts seven. I’m sure you could stretch the battery out that long but there are some operational conditions to make it last.
The Watch GT 3 can be charged using any wireless charger — very handy!
Tap to pay — where is it?
I’m an advocate for tap to pay, Apple Pay and the like. Unfortunately, the Watch GT 3 doesn’t have an equivalent — well, in Australia at least.
Apple Pay, or Android Pay, is something I value very highly from my watch.
Of course, Apple Pay won’t be coming to Huawei device any time in the foreseeable future, but an Android option would go a long way for Aussie users.
This is the hub for everything to do with the Watch GT 3.
Setup, pairing, display customisation, and if not using an iPhone you’ll be able to share music with the watch.
Setting up the device was daunting, especially with Huawei’s history.
But it was a very transparent experience — although I was seemingly signing over all my information. All permissions I had to share with Huawei were laid out and clear.
The Health App is where you’ll be able to check all your watch’s settings and features — and there’s a lot of them.
The Watch GT 3 can monitor the temperature of your skin, heart rate, blood oxygen levels and it has an inbuilt GPS, in addition to exercise programs.
Make sure both your mobile phone and your watch is up to date before using the device.
There’s no shortage of personalisation. A watch face gallery features endless options to customise the look. It was almost overwhelming.
Changing the watch face is as simple as tapping and hold the centre of the screen, then swiping left or right.
The watch display can be kept by simply swiping down from the top of the screen and choosing the “screen on” button; this will keep the screen illuminated for five minutes by default, but you can increase the time the screen remains on in display settings.
This is great if you’re wanting to show off the device, but I wouldn’t recommend keeping the screen on for long periods of time as it’ll drain the battery.
It’s without a doubt one of the most comfortable smartwatches I’ve used. I only removed the watch once a day for a short period, I even slept with it on my wrist to track my sleeping patterns.
Unlike Huawei’s previous smartwatches, they now have a curve on the back of the device that sits nicely against the wrist bone.
I love the classic round watch display, but the winner for me is the crown on the side.
The crown is used to navigate through the menu and close apps. Each button press, crown turn and notification emits a satisfying, modern haptic vibration.
Menu navigation is very similar to Apple, with the app menu appearing in bubbles. It didn’t take long to familiarise myself with the device. But if you’re not a fan of the app menu it can be adjusted to a list view.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 46mm device weighs in at just 46.6 grams, that’s lighter than a four-finger Kit Kat — but far less delicious.
As an iPhone user, I feel a bit let down when it comes to music and music control.
The Watch GT 3 has the ability to play music directly from the device, meaning you don’t need to take your phone with you when out exercising, you can just load up the watch with some tunes, pair your audio and be on your way.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to use this feature if you’ve got an iPhone, you also won’t be able to control your music with the watch through Spotify or Apple Music.
The Huawei watch has its own spin on the exercise ring system. It’s more like an exercise rainbow and it works great.
Daily reminders of when to stand up and stretch will all coincide with your exercise routine.
It’s a very nice unboxing experience.
Huawei’s packaging always has a nice scent to it, like it’s intentionally fragranced.
Alongside the Huawei Watch GT 3, you’ll also find a magnetic charging cable, warranty information and quick setup instructions.
It’s clear the Huawei Watch GT 3 has taken a lot of inspiration from Apple, but that’s not a bad thing. It just added a sense of familiarity to the device.
The 46mm Watch GT 4 46mm device will set you back about $450, with the smaller 42mm starting at around $400.
It has excellent exercise functionality and health monitoring features, it’s comfortable, stylish and has a huge battery life.
If you’re looking to make the switch to Android, the Huawei Watch GT 3 will do the job nicely. But if you’re an Apple user I’d recommend sticking with the Apple Watch.
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A review unit of the Huawei Watch GT 3 was supplied to 9News.com.au for the purpose of this article.