Posted at 11:00 am
Pretty low-key these days in North America with its phones, Huawei, on the other hand, wants to be hyper with its smartwatches, launching four models in a year. Here’s the newcomer, the Watch GT 3 Pro, offered in two coatings, titanium and ceramic. It’s this first version, which costs $250 less than the second, that we tested.
It is a round watch, with a diameter of 46.6 mm, 10.9 mm thick and a weight of 100 g, metal bracelet included. The controls are limited to two possibilities: a clickable button with a scrolling crown, and a key that displays a hundred sports activities.
As Huawei has made it a specialty, this watch has an absolutely unbeatable autonomy of 14 days, or 12 days in permanent display mode. We are very, very far from the 18 hours guaranteed by an Apple Watch 7 or the 40 hours of a Galaxy Watch 4.
It looks great, this Watch GT 3 Pro in titanium, with a slightly old-fashioned look and a brilliant AMOLED touch screen in sapphire crystal, which we assure you can’t scratch.
Pairing is done with the app. Huawei Health, available on the App Store for an iPhone. On Android, on the other hand, you must first go to Huawei’s AppGallery from a web browser, as the app is not available on the Google Play Store.
First we have the option to choose between 14 different free clocks. If this fairly limited option doesn’t satisfy you, you have access to dozens more at prices ranging from $0.96 to $4.49.
Listing everything that can be displayed would be tedious, let’s review what is most used. In addition to the time and date, we have the weather, the next calendar appointment, the number of steps, physical activity reports, heart rate, moon phases and times of sunrise and sunset, all phone notifications . If a call is received, the caller’s name and number are displayed and can be answered directly on the watch.
The Watch GT 3 Pro displays skin temperature, atmospheric pressure, can be used as a compass and remote camera shutter.
When you start a physical activity, you choose from the hundred offered and the watch identifies a GPS signal. After a few seconds, we see the screen adapted to the activity, with the classic distances traveled, the pace and the heart rate. This watch is IP68 rated and can withstand 30m depth for diving.
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Sp02 measurement, such as Huawei Wallet payment, is not available in Canada.
The only way to allow the Watch GT 3 Pro to control music is to transfer your songs to it, the watch has a storage memory of 4GB, this transfer is totally impossible for iOS, so you have to go through an Android phone.
Compared to Apple and Samsung smartwatches, Huawei’s is pretty much on its own when it comes to controlling a third-party app.
Huawei’s gallery of applications for your watch is made up of 33 totally unknown applications, at least as far as we are concerned.
This watch is expensive: $548.99 for the titanium version and $798.99 for the ceramic one.
We bought ?
Let’s first solve the case of those who shouldn’t buy the Watch GT 3 Pro. If using third-party apps is important to you, forget it. Also, an iPhone owner will have to deal with many missing features. Unless you’re seduced by the autonomy and design of this watch, it’s hard to see how you could prefer it to an Apple Watch, which remains the device that best fits into the Apple ecosystem.
There are still those who will want to take advantage of the Watch GT 3 Pro’s still respectable sports capabilities, useful features that will have you pulling out your phone much less often to read emails and notifications, answer a call, start a timer or check the weather forecast. . In this sense, the Watch GT 3 Pro defends itself well: if Samsung’s smartwatches are more complete, Huawei’s are more beautiful and enjoy remarkable autonomy.
Sheet: GT 3 Pro Watch
Price: $548.99 (titanium) and $798.99 (ceramic)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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