Bloody hell Huawei, I wanted to write this review on the weekend – had to wait until today because the battery on the Huawei Watch GT is so bloody good.
7 Days, in fact, 8 days and a bit – I took it out of the box last Thursday, charged it for a bit, started wearing it at 95% battery. 8 Days later I’m at the office on 4% battery. Now that’s good. Real good.
I’m more of a classic analogue watch guy, in part because I hate charging them every day or two, and also because I prefer the look of a classic watch.
Perhaps that’s why I like this watch so much.
Oh, and did I mention it’s free? Well – you’ve gotta buy a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but that’s not a bad deal given that’s the best smartphone on the market today.
Mate 20 Pro’s are selling for $1399 at JB HiFi ($200 off the RRP) and for that you get the phone AND watch GT.
It’s also available on promotion if you get the Mate 20 Pro from Vodafone or Optus – so worth thinking about.
Chatting with Bowen in the office – a new convert to the smartwatch, I think the key things you miss out on in the Watch GT are Tap and Go Payments (Apple Pay or Google Pay/Samsung Pay), Cellular connectivity when separated from your phone, a voice assistant, and things like music on the go without your phone.
Those may be dealbreakers for you – but for me, not so much.
It’s a classic look with a striking round face and leather strap, if you choose a traditional watch face you could hardly notice it’s a smartwatch.
Notifications come through thick and fast as per your phone, but there’s no obvious way to customise what I do and don’t see on the watch, and there’s little extra info on the watch showing other than the “headline”.
It is though constantly tracking your heart-rate. A great graph is just a couple of swipes of the face away – showing peak, low and resting heart rates.
Activity wise, I actually think this may be most suited to the active lifestyle. Running, Cycling and Swimming programs all pre set, as well as loads of activity based information – untested by me of course, but with three levels of GPS on board – it’s going to be accurate when paired with the time and your heart-rate.
Honestly, I love it – mainly for its simplicity. Up against the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch its third in class, but because it’s not a separate sale, it’s hard to compare – those watches (particularly Apple) may be priced out of this market so bang for your buck it might shape up well.
Certainly now, given it’s free if you buy a Huawei Mate 20 Pro and that’s the ONLY way to buy it – it’s the best bang for your buck you can imagine!
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
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