Certain expectations come with the term smartwatch.
At its core, a smartwatch takes the basic time-telling abilities of a watch and improves upon it in a specific way that makes it special and different from a standard timepiece. In the past few years, this idea has lead to smartwatches being more and more connected, be it with apps or social integration, which has also made them rely less and less on the watch aspect and more on the gizmos surrounding it. This is a significant reason why my initial reaction to the Huawei Watch GT was disappointment.
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That blending in starts with the visuals, as the Huawei Watch GT looks like a rather standard smartwatch. It features a circular face design with a black stainless steel finish, as well as a Fluoroelastomer strap. It weighs around 46 grams which is enough to give it a weight that feels premium, and it features two knobs for navigating the watch's menus. The face is a touch screen and while you can navigate the menus using it, there is a bit of inaccuracy to the touch commands. Conversely, the Fluoroelastomer strap is a real highlight as it manages to both attach firmly enough for a tight fit but also feel comfortable enough that I forgot that I was wearing it throughout my daily routine.
This low-key look and comfortable fit are integral to the Huawei Watch GT because it is first and foremost an exercise companion. There are several different activities that you can choose from, ranging from outdoor walking and indoor cycling to both open water and pool s
The other main selling feature of the GT is its sleep tracker, which adds to the overall health footprint of the device. Using the Huawei app, you can see an in-depth analysis of your sleep, including restless times, moments you woke up and more. The Huawei GT also tracks your quality of sleep, showing you how much light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep you had last night and at what times each occurred. This paints an easily digestible picture of sleep progress and I was able to make adjustments to my sleep routine based on the information. The sleep option also allows you to look at your past year of sleep and see your overall averages for all the categories.
Outside of tracking activity and sleep, there is a significant lack of customizability and flourish to the Huawei Watch GT. There are 14 watch faces to choose from, but none of them stands out as particularly exciting. Android users can download more faces on
Compared to a standard watch the battery isn’t impressive at all and its lack of bells and whistles
It’s not the type of device that most people will think of when they think of a smartwatch, and if you’re looking for a watch with apps, phone calls, or any sort of social interaction then you’re better off looking elsewhere. That being said, the Huawei Watch GT is a surprisingly satisfying device that interprets 'smart' as being there when it's needed and fading into the background when it's not. In doing so, it manages to make you feel both connected and free which is a simple yet powerful feeling.