I Went Through 20 Minutes Of Hell Just To Try The Huawei Watch GT 2
Fitness wearables are no longer ‘new’. They’ve been around for years now (heart rate monitors have been around since the 1980s, for example), with each year and generation bringing with it a new wave of technologies designed to improve our workouts, get us exercising and help us to look and feel our best.
Chinese technology giant Huawei has been in the game for some time and has just released its latest creation, the Watch GT 2. As the name suggests, it’s the successor to the Watch GT, but on the face of it, you wouldn’t be able to tell that Huawei has actually made any changes. Physically there’s little to differentiate the two models; it’s under the hood where Huawei has tinkered about.
I spent 20 minutes working out with celebrity personal trainer Corey Caillet to put the Watch GT 2 through its paces, to see how it performed as a fitness companion. PSA, the watch faired far better than myself.
Overall, here’s what I found.
Fitness On Everyone’s Wrist
While it may not appear that Huawei has made many aesthetic changes for the GT 2, the company now offers two case sizes: the same 46mm as before and a new 42mm. The smaller size means those with smaller wrists don’t need to feel hard done by.
You Name It, The Watch GT 2 Can Track It
Fitness trackers and smartwatches are two very different categories. While the Watch GT 2 aims to be both, it’s far more capable as a tracker. It can track a vast range of activities (15 in total) including running, hiking, cycling and, thanks to 50-metre water resistance, swimming too. The water resistance also helped repel the vast quantities of sweat pouring out of me during my nightmare workout.
It’s Your Personal Trainer Away From The Gym
If you have a PT at the gym – and if you do, we hope they’re a good one – then you can continue being told to keep going when you’re not in session. If you set a goal for a three-mile run, for example, and the watch detects you slowing down halfway through, it will gently remind you to keep on pushing to reach your fitness goals. If you continue to ignore it, it might just turn into your wife. We’re not sure, we obeyed its first command through fear of finding out.
It Has Insane Battery Life
The main issue currently affecting fitness wearables is poor battery life. The Apple Watch, for example, needs recharging virtually every night. The Huawei Watch GT 2 laughs in the (watch) face of Apple’s creation, lasting up to two weeks on a single charge (the smaller 42mm model gets a seven-day battery life). And that’s without rationing how much you use it, but using the full suite of notifications, activity tracking and heart rate monitor. Hats off Huawei.
The Companion App Is Your Health Bible
As with most other fitness wearables, Huawei has a companion app available for Android and iOS devices. Once you’ve paired it with your Watch GT 2 you can start keeping track of your daily, weekly and monthly fitness goals. Other features including being able to monitor your weight loss/gain depending on your preferences, daily calories burned, sleep activity and more.
Leave The Phone At Home
If you’re someone who likes to walk, run or cycle outdoors hands-free, without having to hold on to your phone with the tightest grip imaginable, you can be safe in the knowledge that the Watch GT 2 has some onboard storage for storing up to 500 songs. It can connect to Bluetooth headphones too, and because it has GPS built-in, it can track your movement without the assistance of a phone. Unfortunately for iPhone owners, only Android users can take advantage of the music feature.
It Can Help You Sleep Better
The Watch GT 2 isn’t just designed to be worn during your daily workouts, but it can track your sleep as well. Science says you should get at least one to two hours of proper deep sleep every night, and spend your entire sleep uninterrupted. The Watch GT 2’s TruSleep technology can analyse your slumber so you can see what happens during the night, giving you the information you need to get a better night’s rest.
You needn’t worry about it feeling uncomfortable or digging into your wrist either, as it’s incredibly lightweight and has curved edges on the bezel, so you’ll barely notice it’s there.
It’s Rather Sexy
Some fitness wearables are ugly. Fortunately, Huawei has got the styling just right. While we think a traditional timepiece is the ultimate stylish accessory, the Watch GT 2 has a variety of faces to choose from, and the strap can be changed out as well, so you can change the look when you leave the boardroom and head into the gym.
We’re keen to put the Watch GT 2 through longer and more varied workouts, so stay tuned.