I’ve had the Huawei Watch GT 2 smartwatch for a couple of weeks now. Here’s my Rapid Review of this “Smart” smartwatch.
I love the design of the watch – it is a very nice looking smartwatch. I particularly like the leather strap. It makes it look like a watch that you could wear to a fancy restaurant, as well when exercising. I also liked the ever so slightly raised glass of the screen. Talking of straps, the watch came with a spare black strap. When using this, the watch didn’t look as high end.
The first thing I did when I unboxed the watch was to charge it using the included charging pad. It connects to the watch using magnets. The watch came with around 50% charge. As a result, it only took an hour or so to charge it fully.
Talking of charging, Huawei claims that the battery can last for up to two and a half weeks, so I left it without charging for as long as possible.
After charging the watch, I switched it on. I was then greeted with the usual language select screen, and I was then prompted to pair the watch to my phone using the Huawei Health App.
As a Huawei Mate 20 Pro user, this process was seamless. Using the Health App, I was then able to update the firmware on the watch. Thankfully, this didn’t take long at all.
The battery life of the Huawei GT 2 is very impressive. I used the watch every day for two weeks. This included monitoring my heart rate, stress levels, making and receiving calls, checking notifications, checking the weather, listening to music, and using the watch as a torch. After all of this, the watch finally lost battery power on the Friday evening of the second week.
Customising clock faces
As well as changing the watch strap, you can also use the app to change the look of the watch face. There is enough choice to suit everyone’s tastes. I particularly liked the option of choosing a picture from my phone’s gallery.
The screen is vibrant, and the text on the watch is crisp and easy to read.
I had no trouble getting to grips with the watch OS. It is very clean and smooth to use. You can use several gestures to navigate your way around the menus, as well as the two physical buttons.
The top button takes you to a list of the apps installed on the watch, and by default, the bottom button takes you to workout mode. Thankfully, you can change the function of the bottom button if you’re not as exercise focussed. I changed it to my contacts so that I could call my favourite people quickly.
Since having the watch, I have used it as the primary way to contact my friends and family. I have been very impressed with the call quality this watch provides. It is loud and clear.
The music app is basic but does everything that you would expect it to. You can either use it to play songs stored on the watch itself (a very useful feature) or as a way to control music and audio on your phone. You can also use it to control music on your earbuds. The sound quality is more than decent, even at the highest volume.
Health and Fitness
When paired with the Huawei Health App, the GT 2 provides a wealth of data. The area that I have explored the most is the TruSleep mode. It tracks your sleep in a very detailed manner and gives you a sleep score so that you can try to improve your sleeping patterns.
Heartrate and stress
Another useful health feature of the Huawei Watch GT 2 is the heart rate and stress monitors. As someone who has decided to take more care this year in terms of my physical, and mental wellbeing, having a heart rate monitor and a stress rate monitor on my wrist provides me with some useful data.
I must confess. I don’t go to the gym, and other than the odd cycle or walk here and there, I don’t exercise. That’s not to say that I’m not trying to look after myself. A mixture of completing Dry January and healthy eating has led me to lose a stone in weight in January.
Anyway, I digress. What I will say is that I can see how this watch would be perfect for people who take exercise more seriously, and gym-goers. There are a set number of workouts built into the watch, and when you choose one, you are greeted with an audio prompt of “workout started”.
During a workout, it presents you with multiple stats, for example during a predefined running course, you can see your heart rate, pace, calories burnt, distance and time. You’re also kept on track by the audio prompts. You will be told if your heart rate is below the target range, for example.
I’m going to be using the watch for the foreseeable future. During that time, I’m going to try and use the fitness aspects of the watch more often, as I can certainly see the benefits of it.
Overall, I’m impressed with the HUAWEI Watch GT 2 46 mm Smart Watch. The battery life is excellent, and it looks great. There are plenty of features for those who are more serious about their fitness, and enough for those who just want to take their first steps towards a more active lifestyle.