Huawei Watch GT 2 review: Great battery life, but is it really a “smart” watch?
Quick verdict: If you want a wearable with exceptional battery life, buy the Huawei Watch GT 2, but if you want a smartwatch with full app compatibility and music playback from Spotify, Apple Music or any other music streaming service, buy something else.
- Battery life is amazing
- Good for fitness tracking
- Works across Android and iOS
- No apps
- Limited watch face customisability
- Lacks NFC
- Only supports music playback on the watch
Huawei's original Huawei Watch GT was something of a revelation when the Chinese tech giant unleashed it on the world for one simple reason. Smartwatches, so the industry tells us, are devices that at best can last a day or two before needing a power top-up.
The Watch GT flipped that assumption on its head, with a battery life that can be measured in weeks. However, it wasn't without its limitations, sitting somewhere between a fancy fitness tracker and a full "smartwatch" of the style sold by Apple or Samsung.
The second time around, Huawei has tweaked around the edges for the design and feature set, but it still has very much the same story to tell.
- 42mm or 46mm watch face sizes
- Band designs limited by size
- Sports or Classic designs
- Limited range of watch faces
- LiteOS still lives up to its name
- Lacks NFC
- Good fitness tracking
- Easy single week or more battery life
- Custom charging plate
- Battery life takes a big hit if you keep the display on
- Good battery life, but app limitations are a genuine problem
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is very much an iterative update to the Huawei Watch GT, which means that I'm still stuck. It can't quite decide if it's a straight fitness tracker with smartwatch aspirations and a somewhat higher price or a somewhat affordable smartwatch that really isn't that smart.
If what you want out of a wearable is covered by the Huawei Watch GT 2's feature set, it's well worth considering for that exceptional battery life, but if you do want more access to your smartphone's functions than it will allow, you'll all too quickly find it limiting.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is available in a range of styles, colours and sizes in Australia.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Sport 42mm as tested typically sells for $369 outright. If you want the classic version of the 42mm watch, expect to pay $399.
If you want the larger 46mm Huawei Watch GT 2, it will set you back $399 in the sports configuration or $429 for the classic model.