It is usual that the devices with greater autonomy are also those that are less ambitious in their operation. The new iteration of Huawei tries to escape slightly from this cataloging under its own system, Lite OS, and a processor that is now designed by the founder from the same Chinese house, the Kirin A1.
Again, it arrives in the two sizes of 42 and 46 mm, the latter is the one we tested, which sells for 249 euros, in addition to two versions for each: Sport and Classic. There are differences between the two, in addition to the design, which in the larger format arrives with microphone and speaker for making calls.
As for its format, Huawei does not make just aesthetic changes in the Watch GT 2. Its body is bulky, and the interaction be tactile and with the presence of the two buttons that look but are not crowns. We see, however, that in this edition a 3D tempered glass is used, so that it is completely exposed to the touch interaction and the elements, being more comfortable to handle but also somewhat less protected. It is somewhat finer in the 42 mm edition, but also half autonomous, with 7 days of official use.
Huawei Watch GT 2, on the day
Until the Apple Watch Series 5, the smartwatches they turned off their screen in general to save autonomously. Alright here it is not measured in hours but in days, the Huawei Watch GT 2 has an always active screen mode. In this mode you can only see the clock, and it is not the main selected sphere, but to choose between a digital and an 'analog' one, without activity tracking or notifications.
It also has a mode to keep the screen active for the next 5 to 20 minutes, to be selected, in which it is fully functional from the moment it is activated. This is especially useful when the clocks have the tick of turning off the screen too quickly too configurable, from 10 to 20 seconds to save the most, sometimes leaving you halfway to perform a task.
The problem is that this mode, as well as the cardiac frequency measurement continuously instead of 'intelligent', are activated by default, and as we activate this series of functions and using the watch, the autonomous progressively moves away from the two weeks which Huawei talks about.
In our case of use as a smart watch, and not yet sports, the autonomous can easily go around ten days. However, in these about 5 weeks we have loaded it close if not more than five times. This is somewhat expected: the more features are used, or more intensively, the autonomous plummets.
The autonomy is still excellent even activating more demanding functions
As for its control, it is quite behind Apple Watch with its crown, or Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2, with its tactile edge. Here the interaction predominantly send the finger to the screen, making gestures of scroll through the interface, which causes us to cover a good part of the content with which it interacts. Their buttons seem unused: the upper one returns to the beginning, the lower one can be set to one of the clock functions. By default they will be sports activities, although it can be set to music, activity, altimeter or any of the other functions.
It has decidedly a lot to do the Watch GT 2 in terms of the extension of its functionalities through applications. This does not have external services, as we can find in the other two references, for example Spotify applications or services like that. It is also not possible to interact with notifications, beyond reading and discarding them: you will not be able to reply to messages directly from the clock. It will be great to take advantage of the microphone, with voice recognition, to be able to respond quickly.
In return, this GT 2 arrives with an internal memory that fits more than the system's own applications. We can use the more than 2 GB present now to store music Huawei talks about 500 songs, which we can play on the watch's own speaker (?) Or through wireless headphones. The speaker is blunt, maybe too much, and does not adjust to the external noise level.
Internal music, speaker and calls, but little control and interaction with the main device
The problem is that the transmission of files, despite having the latest Bluetooth 5.1, is very slow with about a minute for each song. We can also, control mobile playback from the face, though only in the Huawei music application. This is, only the local music of the device, forget to control Spotify or your Podcast player from the face.
Huawei Watch GT 2 'Sport'
One of the great niches to attack if you are a manufacturer of smart watches is the world of sport, or rather of fitness. Although the era of quantifiers remains in the background, its 'spirit' can be found after the functions of active minutes or step counting on the clocks.
And of course, at this point, the industry has gone much further. With the inclusion of GPS and advanced motion detection and a Kirin A1 now with half the consumption and up to 30% more performance over the previous version, according to the brand, the Huawei Watch GT 2 hugs ms is better, accumulating up to 15 activities that go from the race now with training plans to the triathlon, going through indoor sports such as rowing or the elliptical bike. Too many activities, where many of them are your replicas for in / out-door running and indoors, riding a bike and indoors, swimming and outdoors.
They look like too many activities, perhaps because of the organization and the way of showing, which becomes somewhat confusing when we are going to start any of them. One detail is that they are all preconfigured to work with 'reminders', that is, warnings of the time we have been exercising, at what intensity and at what pulse … in English and at full volume. This is annoying, because it is up to 10 seconds that can make you get attention, and not a little. Unfortunately, although they can be deactivated, you have to do it every time manually, which ends up being a barrier to use it.
As stated, the autonomy of the device is reduced when we activate functions, and sport is no exception. In fact, he will say that the function that consumes the most battery, above the continuous cardiac measurement, is the GPS. Luckily, the continuity of positioning depends on the type of activity we are doing: being more intense in the race than walking through the mountains, where we move more slowly. This can make the difference between a consumption close to 10% of battery every hour, or half.
Pulse measurement is indicative, although sometimes not much
This autonomous, next to a precision of the rather erratic pulse measurement It can happen without detecting complete bike sessions of more than an hour, it has made me stop using it actively to play sports I still trust my Garmin for it, although I have always worn it, with some caveat. The swimming mode is especially useful for keeping track of swimming distance, as well as the pulse, and also recognizes the style.
Other functions and features
Altimeter Through pressure, it is capable of measuring height. This is relatively accurate, and accumulate the rise in activities, although it is not perfect: it depends on weather conditions and does not contrast it with whether we are standing or not.
Compass Not with the highest speeds, but s: points north.
Load. Despite being one of the first manufacturers to implement the feature, the Watch GT 2 refuses to charge wirelessly by placing it behind the Huawei Mate 30 Pro with the option enabled.
The Huawei Watch GT does not charge wirelessly on the Mate 30 Pro
Straps. They are fast closing, and compatible with those of the original Huawei Watch GT.
Stress There is a record of the pulse and tension that excludes periods of increased physical activity, and relates it to stress continuously. By pairing the watch with an iOS device it is not possible to activate it, nor with an Android until it was not a Huawei.
Language. Although configured in Spanish, alerts during activity sound in English.
Calls It is possible to receive and make calls from the clock itself, although through the telephone, thanks to its integrated speaker and microphone. It works, although it hardly justifies the space dedicated to the speaker alone, nor does the music reproduction or alerts during an activity.
References. Many of the health implementations are justified, and also referenced to studies mostly from China in relevant publications in their field.
Multitude of functions and many very practical, although you miss a greater attention to detail
- Dream. It measures the number of hours we sleep, and how many minutes we spend at night in deep, light, REM and awake sleep. Rate each of the sections, and also the naps: if they are very long, score negative.
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Supplying defects at the blow of autonomy
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is a good complement to the smartphone and can act as gateway to a more active and healthy lifestyle. The registration of activities in a good sports range, is certainly a good start, but it doesn't reach something more serious If we really want to measure workouts.
Unfortunately, this attempt is also short as a clock. smart. Far from Wear OS and, thankfully, in view of the state of Mate 30, the Google system, lacks its own application ecosystem that can extend the use to the main services. And this includes basic tasks such as response to messages or control of reproduction.
Huawei supplements these shortcomings through an autonomous that is really great. Forgetting to charge the watch for an active week, that can give the appeal that a daily charge does not, depending on what the user looks for. If this search includes a really advanced watch that facilitates or improves the day, it is halfway.
In any case, we may see the Huawei Watch GT 2, which comes for 249 euros, soon in packs of the brand with other devices, which may be the definitive foothold that justifies its purchase.