Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don't mesh

Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don't mesh

So what do the Huawei Watch GT and LiteOS have to offer? Essentially, the device is a simplified smartwatch that has all the hardware bells and whistles you'd expect from a a high-end Wear OS device or an Apple Watch-things like an AMOLED display, a continuous heart-rate monitor, an embedded GPS, and more It's possible that Huawei put most of its efforts into LiteOS, because the physical design of the Watch GT isn't inspired There are only 11 watch faces to choose from, and Huawei doesn't provide any others.

My review unit came with a brown leather band, and combined with the large case, it gave the watch what some would consider to be a traditionally masculine aesthetic The Watch GT has numerous activity- and sleep-tracking sensors inside, including an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, optical heart-rate monitor, and built-in GPS What it doesn't have are NFC technology for contactless payments or onboard storage for saving music.

The Watch GT also doesn't support Wi-Fi on its own, meaning it won't receive alerts when your smartphone is out of Bluetooth range This is a feature we take for granted now on high-end smartwatches like Apple Watches and Wear OS devices, making it noticeably and confusingly absent on the Watch GT But Huawei equipped the Watch GT with a battery that's designed to last a whopping two weeks on a single charge, with heart-rate monitoring turned on. More

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