Hands on with the Huawei Watch GT 2e 3 weeks ago

Hands on with the Huawei Watch GT 2e

Stylish and comfortable.

Huawei has proven consistently that they’re more than just a smartphone creator, just take a look at some of the offerings they’ve produced recently.

We’ve had our hands on the Huawei’s latest wearable, the Watch GT 2e, for the past few weeks and testing out what it has to offer users.

Full disclosure, it’s not the first watch I’ve tested for Huawei but this has been the best experience so far, even though we did like last year's Watch GT 2.

Design

It’s based on the design of the Watch GT 2 with some differences, making the GT 2e the sporty first cousin of its predecessor.

The Watch GT 2e is a little more streamlined with the silicon strap fusing to the body of the watch for both a more comfortable and more aesthetically pleasing finish.

There’s no buttons jutting from the watch which may snag in your clothing, instead they’ve been replaced with flat buttons, similar to other fitness watches and I think the result is a tidier product.

The display is a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen with excellent vibrance and contrast.

Fitness Tracking

The Huawei Watch GT 2e can automatically detect up to six different workouts which is useful if you forget to select one at the start of a workout. The watch will prompt you asking if this is a workout then backdate to the time you started.

It's also got a whole host of workout modes.

While lockdown has not been kind in terms of maintaining fitness, I did feel like the GT 2e did slightly underestimate my fitness level at times. After some long cycles, the watch noted that 85 minutes of a 95 minute cycle was anaerobic exercise. I’m no sports scientist and this could potentially be accurate, but it did jar with me.

Overall though, through various runs I was happy with the accuracy of the data and the sheer volume of it the watch gathers.

The heart rate monitor is definitely accurate and the stress and breathing exercises are useful and a pause for thought, especially in the new work from home environment facing many people today.

A Noteworthy Battery

In 2020, it’s not desirable for any smartwatch to have less than four days of battery life and hugely irritating to have less than three (sorry Apple Watch users, didn’t mean to throw shade).

Luckily you won’t come close to either of these with the Watch GT 2e which manages to boast a two week battery life, despite maintaining a huge array of features. It really is a great achievement.

If you’re doing a heavy workout every day, you can expect it to drop by about 10%-12% each day, which still gives you an impressive battery life.

Overall
Huawei Watch GT 2e looks really good, performs well, has weeks-long battery life, and can track a myriad of activities.

We did poke fun at the battery on Apple Watches earlier but they still remain North Star for all wearables.

Its rivals are not quite on the same level yet, but it’s gotten a lot closer and with Huawei’s commitment to Huawei Mobile Services and the AppGallery, you can expect to see more feature laden watches which sync well with their own devices.

But for now, any fitness conscious individuals in the market for a good tracker, which is sleek, stylish and doesn’t break the bank, you won’t go too far wrong with the Huawei Watch GT 2e.

It's a really good mid tier smartwatch that is available for €169.