Review: With the Watch GT2 Huawei builds on an already well-functioning formula, but we had hoped for a little more new.
Test of Huawei Watch GT 2
Huawei is back with a new smartwatch, the successor to the good Watch GT, with up to two weeks of battery life, a new Kirin A1 chipset, heart monitoring, sleep measurement, bluetooth calls directly on the clock, a good platform for recording the workout and a new design.
We have had the watch for testing for almost a month, where it has been through a bit of each. Compared to the predecessor, the news in the new watch is rather limited, but overall it is still a worthwhile experience. Huawei's Watch GT2 isn't the market's best full-blown smartwatch, but hits its own little niche.
Also read the test of Huawei Watch GT Active Edition
Huawei Watch GT 2: Pros and Cons
- Two weeks of battery life
- The user interface is easy to find around
- Completed health app
- A solid, nice and comfortable smart watch
- A good fitness tracker
- Good microphone and excellent speakers
- Reasonable price
- Not the most fluid and flashy software experience
- No Qi-wire charging
- No reply to messages
- For opportunities to share workouts
Huawei Watch GT 2 is a beautiful smartwatch. Here it is seen in the 46mm sports edition.
Designed on Watch GT 2
Huawei's new smartwatch comes in two models, each with two variants: Classic (46mm), Sport (46mm), Classic (42mm) and Elegant (42mm). The clock we have bolded for testing is sports in 46mm. The first thing to notice about Watch GT 2 is the new design. Previously, the frame was wheat over the clock screen, but this time the transition is completely free of obstacles. It is nice when you navigate the clock software and look good – but the latter is obviously a matter of taste. I was worried about scratches on the screen and in the black-colored aluminum case, but the watch is like new. Even though I know it has had some blows here and there.
As something new, the Watch GT 2 comes with a built-in microphone and speaker, which means that phone calls can be handled directly on the wrist and new notifications can be played with audio. Despite this addition, the watch is fortunately still 5 ATM water resistant. You can swim with it, but not dive. More about the quality of the speaker and microphone later in the test.
In addition, there are no major differences in design from the predecessor. But it certainly doesn't matter, for Watch GT 2 is perhaps the best smartwatch on the market and the quality is absolutely fine.
Specifications on Watch GT 2
|Ml and vgt||45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm
46 grams without strap
|Skrm||1.39 inches AMOLED
Up to two weeks of battery life
Magnetic charging dock
|RAM / Internal Storage||16MB / 4GB|
|software||Huawei Lite OS|
|Other things||5 ATM water resistant
Optical heart rate monitor
|Indicative price||1,999 kroner|
The P Watch GT 2 has the same height as the frame around it. After a month's time, there are still no scratches to be seen.
Now with sound p
This time, Huawei's smartwatch comes with a built-in microphone and speaker. It offers a host of new opportunities – including some that Huawei does not intend to exploit.
First of all, phone calls can be handled directly on the wrist. Quite smart if the phone is hiding or both hands are busy with other tasks.
In addition, you can now receive notifications and the clock can play music. The last thing I do not quite know why to do and it does not sound very good either. But that is possible.
The microphone could also be used to record sound, like a voice recorder, but so far, Huawei unfortunately has not thought.
The quality of the microphone is impressively good. I have had quite a few conversations on the clock and everyone has reported that the sound is perceived as really good. The speaker is not quite of the same high quality, but excellent for calls if there is not too much noise around. However, I miss being able to turn up the volume even more.
Saved on the finish line
Watch GT 2 comes with Huawei's own Lite OS in version 22.214.171.124. The version is important. Three quarters of the test period has been increased on previous versions, which does not was a good experience. The navigation around the clock software was choppy, the screen didn't always turn on when I wheat wrist and it didn't always respond to my touch input.
I got so tired of it that I ended up throwing it in the drawer for a few days. A few days ago I again had the courage to try it. I updated to the latest software version and it has been a completely different experience since then.
It's still not the super-flowing experience you know from, say, Apple's smart watch, but very similar to the predecessor of Watch GT 2. It hooks a bit here and there and doesn't always react quickly enough, but you can easily live with it. Compared to other smartwatches on the market, Huawei's has some limitations. Namely, there is neither an app store, navigation, reply to messages nor many of the other things that both Samsung's Galaxy Watch series and Apple Watch offer.
Huawei's Lite OS software is also quite excellent and very easy to find around. Swipe up to see notifications, swipe down for shortcuts, swipe right and left to see steps, playback, stress and heart rate. The two buttons provide access to the watch's menu and GPS measurement training. Pretty simple.
The watch's excellent display has a positive impact on the software. The resolution is 454×454 pixels, ie 462 ppi, and is AMOLED. Everything is razor sharp and the dials' black color perfectly matches the black frame of the watch.
Huawei's health app, available for both Android and iOS, is shaping up to deliver a great experience. It is beautiful to look at and is simple to build. Here you get an overview of steps, activity minutes, workouts, heartbeat, sleep and stress. In the app you can also play clock settings and change dials. Now that we are around the dials, there are not many to choose from and for a few of them are open to look at. More dials Huawei, please.
Huawei's health app works really well and is very clear.
A good exercise maker
Like the predecessor, the Watch GT 2 comes with a fairly well-executed training platform. Here are 15 different exercise categories to choose from, including cycling, swimming, climbing and roma training. According to Huawei, you can gain insight into up to 190 types of data when training.
When you press the bottom physical button on Watch GT 2, you get directly to the training part of the watch. If you cannot find exactly the sport to be practiced, you will find at the bottom of the list "Other training". The watch remembers which exercise was last chosen. Under the different categories, there are additional settings, such as keeping the monitor turned on during the entire workout.
Both the GPS of the watch and the optical heart rate monitor appear satisfactory. The GPS can take up to 10 seconds to find a signal, but also seems very stable.
If you already use a specific training platform, the chance of automatically synchronizing your workouts from Huawei's health app is not great, because data can only be shared with Google Fit and MyFitnesspal. If you use the watch with an iPhone, however, data is synchronized with Apple Health.
The Watch GT 2 comes in two sizes. 46mm costs 1,999 kroner and 42mm from 1,799 kroner. Note that 42mm has shorter battery life.
Even better battery in Watch GT 2
Huawei Watch came with the market's best battery in a smartwatch, but is now surpassed by Watch GT 2. Not by much, but it is arguably better. Huawei promises up to 14 days, including a little use of the GPS. I can only confirm that.
I've had about 2×15 days out of two charging GT Watch 2, which is very impressive. If you exercise with GPS every day, expect about half the battery life.
Conclusion: Watch GT 2 is worth the money
Watch GT 2 is very similar to Watch GT. The differences are primarily in the design and the addition of a microphone and speaker. Personally had hoped for a more fluid, accomplished and delicious software experience this time, but perhaps the most time? That is the biggest disadvantage of the watch. By contrast, Watch GT 2 provides the best battery in the market and a solid platform for exercise, fitness and wellness.
It's a nice smartwatch and it's simple to use. It is nice to finally be able to answer calls and sound notifications we appreciate.
It is certainly not the most advanced smartwatch on the market, but comes with some limitations over its competitors. If you know about these, you get a really good experience with the clock. In addition, the recommended price of DKK 1,999 is very reasonable. There is certainly no need to replace Watch GT with this, but for anyone else considering a smartwatch, Watch GT 2 should be included. At least it will be on my wrist for a while.
We can only recommend the Huawei Watch GT 2, which lands 5 out of 6 stars.