O Huawei Watch GT2e is in a superior position compared to smartbands and a step back from complete smartwatches. With another proposal in the segment, the Chinese smart watch focuses on physical activities and quality of life, has an AMOLED screen, long battery life and integrated GPS.
The GT 2e is more affordable than the regular GT 2 and can be found at national retailers for up to R $ 1,100. Does it pay off? Do the features work well? The Huawei Watch GT 2e has not left my wrist in the last few days and I now share my experience of use.
Huawei Watch GT 2e video review
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Design and canvas
The Huawei Watch GT 2e is a simple and sophisticated watch at the same time. The rubber strap is very beautiful and the stainless steel structure contributes to a feeling of having a premium product on the wrist. The watch is still firm and comfortable without weighing too much, which is great if you consider sleeping with the wearable to monitor sleep.
It is sold in only a 46 mm version and is available in four different colors, including red and green with holes for an even more sporty look. Replacing the bracelet is also relatively easy with the removal of the pins without the need to use proper objects for this.
The watch case houses two buttons on the right side and the second can be configured as you wish: it is possible to activate it for exercises, records, heart rate, check notifications, among others. The upper button is used exclusively to access the menu or return to the display.
By the way, Huawei has taken care of this 1.39 inch touchscreen, which is AMOLED and has 454 x 454 pixels. She can display animations very efficiently, the colors are strong, as well as the brightness. In sunlight, visualization is only favorable with maximum brightness. And in settings, you can always leave the screen active, if you wish.
Features and usage experience
The Huawei Watch GT 2e has a number of features for your training. When accessing the sports menu, you will have access to indoor and outdoor running, walking, cycling, swimming, climbing, hiking and even very specific options, such as street dance, Latin dance, martial arts, darts, hunting, shuttlecock and even tug of war. For water activities, the gadget is water resistant up to 5 ATM (or 50 meters).
The clock menu has other cool functions that allow you to analyze your heart rate, stress level, quality of sleep and number of steps. An important differential is the SpO2 sensor, responsible for measuring the oxygen saturation in the blood, and which, in general, is not found in fitness bracelets.
All the health information extracted by the Huawei Watch GT 2e is registered in the brand app and what most enchanted me was the level of detail of the company’s system. In addition to maintaining a history, any lay consumer can understand the data displayed in the application.
Cardiac monitoring works properly by simply displaying the peak and minimum recorded each day. And compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fit 2, my heart rate records were similar. The same happened with the step analysis, with both gadgets registering a minimum difference between them. I did this test with the Samsung bracelet, as it is an interesting option for customers who are not looking for a watch but for a more discreet and affordable device.
However, my favorite feature on the Watch GT 2e is, without a doubt, sleep monitoring due to the accuracy and, again, the details. During my tests, the watch managed to identify the exact time I was going to sleep and delivered it to me in the morning as it was my night. It also shows how many hours you have slept, dividing by light, heavy and REM sleep, all detailed for anyone to understand.
But not everything works well. The application that concentrates all this information is Huawei Health, available on the App Store and Google Play Store. And, being very direct, I would not recommend the Watch GT 2e for iPhone users, because you will not enjoy all the features as on Android and Huawei is wrong to not make this clear to the consumer.
I used an iPhone 11 and a Galaxy A21s to test the smartwatch and the experience was much more complete on the Samsung device. For example, who has an iPhone will be limited to just 12 displays, while on Google’s system you will have access to more than 60, that is, a stark difference.
Notifications also change. When connected to the Galaxy, the watch displayed the image of the app, but at Apple it showed a generic icon in some apps. It is important to note that you can even read notifications from your phone on your watch, but cannot respond. Another problem that bothered me was pairing; the Huawei Watch GT 2e failed in all attempts to interact with the iPhone and on Android it happened in seconds.
The Chinese smartwatch works with the Kirin A1, an exclusive chip for wearables. It comes with 4 GB of internal memory, but the system already uses half of that. You can use the remaining 2 GB to add music and listen later during a run with a connected Bluetooth headset. At the height of streaming, does it still make sense to download music and transfer it to your watch?
On the other hand, when the phone is connected to your smartphone which is also paired with the watch, the Watch GT 2e’s music function can now pause or fast forward a track on Spotify, as well as increase and decrease the volume. It still reminds me that there is no way to add third party apps, so it’s good to take this into account before purchasing.
Battery life is the great attraction of the Huawei gadget. The company says it is possible to have up to two weeks of use on a single charge, but of course it depends on how you will use the product in practice.
With continuous monitoring of heart rate, sleep and stress always on, I got exactly one week of use, which is great. The Watch GT 2e was still programmed to display all notifications from WhatsApp, Twitter, Messenger, Gmail, Instagram, Slack and any other messages that arrived on the smartphone.
If you want, you can turn off all these features in the app to save your battery. Another alternative is to disable some alerts for specific apps.
Huawei Watch GT 2e: is it worth it?
I could even criticize Huawei for not offering Wear OS on the GT 2e, but I understand that the goal here is to offer a slightly more advanced device than smartbands. Taking this strategy into account, I can conclude that the Watch GT 2e is an interesting option for basic consumers who are thinking of venturing into the world of smart watches for the first time.
In terms of health and quality of life, the product really manages to deliver the combined and my experience was positive, thanks to the accurate data that Huawei provides. Sleep monitoring, for example, is great with pertinent details of your night.
There are also other points that the company needs to improve. Integration with iOS devices is the first step. I tested it several times with an iPhone 11 and an iPhone 12 and the communication between the devices failed so much that sometimes I felt like giving up. In addition, delivering more features on Android is also very disappointing.
Considering all this, the Huawei Watch GT 2e is recommended for you who are not interested in purchasing a smartband; owns Android; and search for a more affordable smartwatch. For those looking for more features, it may be worth investing in a more complete watch, like the Galaxy Watch Active 2 or, if you have an iPhone, the Apple Watch SE is an option, but also be sure to review the old versions.