Review of Huawei Watch 3, which everyone needs to know.
Huawei has made significant progress in the wearable sector and is now one of the leading manufacturers. The trick has been to provide watches that are capable fitness trackers while also remaining competitively priced.
Huawei has taken what it learned from the Watch GT series and improved it in the Huawei Watch 3. The goal is to have a ‘real’ smartwatch with solid battery life and fitness statistics without sacrificing the interactivity that some users expect from a smartwatch in the future.
It’s also one of the company’s first HarmonyOS-based products. So, to what extent does this have an impact, for better or worse?Huawei’s latest watch is fully spherical, as is customary. There’s no desire to go square here, as the company has done since the Wear OS days (or Android Wear as it was called back then).
The angled slope has been replaced with a toughened glass lens that curves at the edges, noticeable from the GT 2 Pro and GT 2e. Although the stainless steel case retains its straight edge, this creates the impression that the watch is considerably rounder than previously. Having said that, the polished finish is a welcome contrast from past years’ brushed style.
A rotating crown has replaced one of the two buttons on the right side, and it looks similar to the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown. It also acts like one. Rotating it zooms in and out of the new grid-style app view in the interface or scrolls up and down listings on the screen. When you engage with it, you even get minor haptic input, which is a treat.
Meanwhile, the bottom button starts workout mode from the home screen, allowing you to instantly start a run, walk, HIIT session, or whatever else you want to track.In the watch 3 review has luckily avoided employing its attractive (but unworkable) seamless lug design.
That means you may swap out the strap for any other universal watch strap. The one that comes in the package has a quick-release catch, so you can easily remove it and replace it with something more to your liking.
If you plan to use the Watch 3 primarily as an activity tracker and work out many times per week, we recommend choosing either the nylon or silicone case. The brown leather we were sent isn’t suited for extended runs on hot days, even though it looks great with the pure polished silver. It will absorb your sweat and become discoloured as a result.
Similarity with GT 2
The Watch 3’s underside is quite similar to the Watch GT 2 Pro, which is unsurprising. It’s dark and gleaming, with a domed centre that houses an intelligent array of sensors and LEDs. It’s a smooth finish with no visible exterior contact points, allowing for wireless charging.
The charging cradle is a straightforward plastic disc that snaps into place. The magnets appear to be strong enough to keep the watch linked even if you bang against it while it’s charging, which is excellent news.
The Watch 3’s AMOLED display spans 1.43 inches diagonally (on the classic model) and has a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. It’s bright, colourful, and crisp enough for something that’s always within arm’s reach.
The display, unlike its predecessors, can reach stratospheric heights of 60Hz refresh rates, which means screen animations are significantly smoother than they were on the prior Watch GT. It also appears to be more responsive to gestures and touches. Even simple tasks like raise-to-wake are much faster.
Because of this, as well as the sharpness and vibrant colour, it can display higher-quality visuals in the user interface (UI). It only fits that this new UI is accompanied by new software HarmonyOS.
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