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Huawei Watch GT 2, analysis: opinion and features

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

Huawei Watch GT 2

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.

Huawei Watch GT 2

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.

Stress measurement on the Huawei Watch GT 2