Huawei Watch GT Active Review: Stylish with great battery life

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The Huawei Watch GT Active is a solid smartwatch on its own merits, sporting superb battery life and handling basic notifications and fitness tracking quite well. But with the Huawei Watch GT 2 on the horizon, you may want to consider holding off.

The good

  • Battery life is amazing
  • More comfortable than previous Watch GT model
  • Heart rate tracking works well

The bad

  • No apps
  • No music control
  • Battery life is managed by constant screen blanking
  • Watch GT 2 is already announced

Huawei certainly likes making a stir. That was undoubtedly the case when Huawei announced the original model of the Huawei Watch GT, a smartwatch with a claimed battery life of two weeks. Competing models such as the Apple Watch Series 4 (or the newer Apple Watch Series 5) measure their endurance in hours, not weeks.

The Huawei Watch GT Active is essentially a style makeover of the existing Huawei Watch GT model, which has more of an impact in design and comfort terms than anywhere else. It's a very good option if you want a long life watch with some smartwatch features, although as I noted with the original, the lack of apps and certain features does make it a less compelling option than many "true" smartwatches.


Design

  • Lighter and more comfortable straps
  • Limited watch faces
Huawei Watch GT Active

Performance

  • Covers most of the basics well
  • Good heart rate tracking
  • No music control for connected phones
Huawei Watch GT Active

Battery life

  • Astonishingly good battery life
  • Custom charger is a pain if you lose it
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Should you buy it?

  • Refined looks, but that's about it
  • May be worth waiting on the Watch GT 2 anyway
Huawei Watch GT Active

The Huawei Watch GT Active has taken its time landing on our shores, and that presents a rather obvious problem for it. Huawei's already announced its successor, the Huawei Watch GT 2, and that's a slimmer, even more refined model that does include a level of music playback (albeit on the watch itself) while still retaining that two-week battery life claim.

We don't know right now what the Huawei Watch GT 2 will cost in Australia, or even when it will launch, but it's got to be top of mind when considering the Huawei Watch GT Active. On its own merits, it has superb battery life and handles the very basics of smartwatch notifications and fitness tracking quite well, but with a new model waiting in the wings, it might be wiser to hold off.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Watch GT Active sells in Australia for $399 outright

Specs

Huawei Watch GT Active

General

Connectivity

Features

Face Size 46mm
Strap Size 14cm - 21cm
Colours Black, Stainless Steel, Titanium Grey
Battery Life Up to 14 days for typical use
Wi-Fi No
Bluetooth BT 4,2, BLE
Wireless Charging No
Accelerometer Yes
Calories Burned Yes
Distance Yes
Gps Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Heart Rate Yes
Pedometer Yes
Rechargeable Yes
Sleep Tracker Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Usb Charging Yes

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