Huawei in September this year introduced the second generation of smart watches Watch GT, which are running a proprietary Lite OS. Last year, Roma did a review of the first Watch GT and then he had several complaints about the watch, or rather its operating system. Let's see if Huawei was able to fix these flaws in the Watch GT 2.
Let's start with the look. The second generation of the Watch GT is almost no different from its predecessor, except that the display glass is now not recessed and smoothly flows into a metal frame. The case is made of stainless steel, but the bottom panel, where the optical heart rate sensor is located, is made of plastic. Two buttons are also located on the side to control various functions of the device.
I liked the look of the watch – it resembles classic chronograph models, so it’s perfect both for casual and for a more formal style of clothing. However, the straps are interchangeable, so the leather strap can easily be replaced with a fabric or silicone one, which will give the watch a more sporty look.
Despite the fact that the watch looks quite large (in our case, the review has a 46 mm version, a 42 mm version is also available), the device itself weighs only 46 grams. On the arm they are almost not felt, wearing them, and even sleeping in them is quite convenient.
Watch GT 2 equipped with 1.39 ″ AMOLED-display with a resolution of 454×445 pixels. There are no complaints about its quality: the picture is nice, the fonts are clear, any text is readable, there are several brightness levels. The Always-on Display function is present, it is called Standby watch face, although only two dials for display are offered – digital and analog.
As the hardware platform of the clock, Huawei’s new chipset is developed. It is called Kirin A1 and is designed just for wearable gadgets. There are also Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS modules. But more importantly for users – the amount of internal memory is 4 GB. A user of them has a little more than 2 GB available, which means that you can throw several albums of your favorite artists on your watch. Moreover, the watch now supports music playback using both the built-in speaker and via plug-in Bluetooth-headphones. In addition, Watch GT 2 learned how to control the player on a smartphone.
The built-in speaker, by the way, is another useful feature that debuted in the new watch from Huawei. The device now supports voice calls. For me personally, this feature is in demand in smart watches, it pleases that Huawei added it to the Watch GT 2. Communication quality through the watch is at a high level, the speaker produces a fairly loud and clear sound, as for its size.
Well, since we have already touched on the watch’s functionality, we’ll move on to the most interesting question – has the Lite OS become better? Spoiler – almost none.
The logic of the system has not changed – several screens with various information on them are available to you. The main one is the dial, followed by screens with indicators of heart rate, stress, weather, a music player and various sports statistics. You cannot add, delete or customize screens. With a swipe on top, a quick access panel for some functions is called up, with a swipe on the bottom – notifications that can be read (and not always completely), but you can’t answer them. The top button opens the main menu, the action of the bottom can be customized (by default it brings up the training menu).
There are much more dials in Watch GT 2 – in the Health application on the smartphone more than two dozen watch interfaces are available. I can’t say that they are all straight wow, but you can choose an acceptable option for yourself. The proprietary utility itself acts as a journal for recording data about your activity, and for connecting and configuring smart watches. In particular, there you can see detailed information about your workouts.
As for sports opportunities, here at the Watch GT 2 everything is in order. The user is available 13 running training, cycling, swimming (there is moisture protection), climbing, triathlon, training on simulators and other activities. The watch collects information on heart rate, calories burned, elevation, average speed, distance traveled, etc. I would like the device to learn how to automatically determine the type of your workout, but if you generally consider the Watch GT 2 as a fitness tracker, then this is a very good option.
One of the main trump cards of the Watch GT 2 is their autonomy. A 455 mAh battery is installed inside the watch. It lasts for about 2 weeks of using the watch. Of course, in each case, these indicators can vary in one direction or another, but as for a wearable device, the autonomy of a smart watch is magnificent. The device is charged using a small magnetic docking station.
Another nuance that I would like to draw attention to is the vibration motor. Despite the fact that I had selected “strong” vibration in my settings, it is quite easy to miss it when a notification arrives. I would like this moment to be fixed in future models.
In the end, the impressions of the Huawei Watch GT 2 remain mixed. On the one hand, it has a great design, nice materials and build quality, the opportunity to answer calls, manage music, magnificent autonomy has not gone away. But on the other – the operating Lite OS is still very stingy in functional terms. Yes, there is enough sports training in the watch, but I would like to be able to interact with notifications, set up screens, and third-party applications and dials would not be out of place. The cost of Huawei Watch GT 2 is about 7 thousand UAH. It is cheaper than direct competitors (Apple Watch Series 5, Samsung Galaxy Watch / Watch Active 2), but buyers can look at smart watches from Apple or Samsung of past generations, which in some aspects will beat Watch GT 2 in terms of functionality.
Write your impressions of the watch in the comments. Would you buy them for yourself? Or what needs to be fixed in the device so that you consider it for purchase?