We’ve enjoyed reviewing many smartwatches and fitness bands on our site, and you can read them here. Our latest review is of the Huawei Watch 3. Read on to find out what we thought of this stylish looking watch.
Dimensions: 46.2 mm x 46.2 mm x 12.15 mm
Case Size: 46 mm
Weight: Approx 54g
Display: 1.43″ AMOLED Display 466 x 466 pixels, PPI 326
Sensors: Acceleration sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Optical heart rate sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometric pressure sensor, Temperature Sensor
Memory: 16GB Internal ROM, 2GB RAM
Design and Build
The first thing that strikes you about the Huawei Watch 3 is how nice it looks, and it’s a timepiece that you can wear to work, out for a meal, or to the gym. The new addition to the Huawei Watch 3 is the digital crown, making navigating the watch a seamless experience. It’s also incredibly well built and feels like it would survive any bumps and scrapes. The watch is also 5 ATM water-resistant, so it can be worn when swimming or building up a sweat in the gym.
The 1.43” AMOLED colour screen looks great and is readable in all light, including direct sunlight. You can easily navigate the screen using a variety of swipes, pinches, and pressing and holding. You can set the display to always-on for those who want it, but if you do enable it, it will be to the detriment of the battery life.
In Perfect HarmonyOS?
HarmonyOS is Huawei’s crack at creating their own Operating System. While it looks great (with many features looking similar to WatchOS) and makes navigating the menus very slick, I still found that the lack of good apps let it down. If Huawei can convince other software companies to create dedicated apps for HarmonyOS, it has a lot of potential.
Huawei’s virtual assistant, Celia, is built into the watch and is very responsive. I was able to set timers, ask questions about the weather, and set reminders.
The Huawei Watch 3 supports eSim, so you can make and receive calls independent of your phone. It also means that you can stream music to the watch. You can also use Huawei’s own-brand video call service, MeeTime. While I could not test these features out, it’s great to know that they are available.
When using the watch as normal, I was able to get around the advertised three-day battery life. This might be seen as a little low for some users. However, you can charge the watch using the wireless charging pad included with the watch, and if you have a phone capable of reverse wireless charging, you can also use that. In my testing, I found that it took about two hours to charge the battery fully. Ultra-low battery life mode squeezes up to fourteen days battery life.
Fitness and Wellbeing
I was impressed with the number of health metrics that the watch provided on the fly. This includes: heart rate, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature, and stress levels. The data is measured and presented quickly, and you’re given a lot of information that you can read on the watch itself. However, it’s when paired with the Huawei Health App that you’re able to drill down into the data. It is impressive to see all of the information available.
The Huawei Watch 3 has nineteen exercise modes, with six that begin recording your workout automatically. You can also create eighty-five custom modes. I wore the watch to record several indoor cycling sessions, and I was impressed with the level of detail recorded about my cycle. The watch also gives verbal feedback about your heart rate and calories burnt at ten-minute intervals.
When wearing the watch to bed, it tracks your sleep, and in the morning, you are presented with a very detailed analysis of your sleep and advice on how you can improve certain aspects of it. Another wellbeing feature that I appreciated was the guided breathing sessions.
The Huawei Watch 3 is a perfect combination of style and function. With many different watch faces available, you’ll find something that suits you. While the lack of third-party apps lets it down, the apps that come preinstalled are excellent and could be enough on their own. You’re also getting several sensors, each providing accurate and reliable health readings.
Rapid Reviews Rating
4 out of 5
To find out more about the Huawei Watch 3, follow this link to visit the Official Store Page.