so slightly scarily it’s been a couple of years almost since huawei launched its last big wearable the watch gt2 i still remember unboxing.
Then we’ve seen a few variants emerge like the one we watched gt2 pro the gt2 but only now almost halfway through 2021 so we finally have a true successor.
The huawei watch 3 sporting that fresh new harmony os this looks like a great bit of wearable tech pack and all kinds of great new features not found on earlier models.
What i’m going to do now is whip it on out of the box take you on a full on tour of the hardware and the software.
So first up of course what do you actually get in the box well the answer is one while we watch three you’ve also got one proprietary magnetic charger for powering up the huawei watch 3 when it’s low on juice looks very similar to the one on the gt2 except now.
Its all connected you can’t disconnect the head from the usb cable and that magnetic connection seems to be just as strong here on the while we watch three as on those earlier models as well take some serious jiggling to get it to disconnect despite.
The fact that the while we watch three is a bit of a hefty bugger code action as well to have you download that huawei health app though it’s freely available and likes the google play store and apple’s app store as well and we’ll be using that to set up the huawei watch.
So as of right now the huawei watch three only comes in this one size that is 46 millimeters there might be a 42 millimeter version launched in the future but huawei is remaining tight lipped on that one first impressions i’ve got to say are pretty strong i really like the aesthetics here.
The huawei watch 3 even though it is undeniably one hell of a chunky godzilla beast certainly a hefty more for as well you’ll definitely feel that the first time you slap this thing on your wrist at least if you’ve got weedy little man-boy biceps like i do definitely check back for my full review.
That but the stainless steel casing looks really nice hopefully will prove rugged as well as hopefully will that 3d curved glass because there’s no bezel action to protect it from everyday scratches and scuffs if you fancy more premium finish.
We’ll definitely check out the huawei watch 3 pro instead that’ll come back in a beefier price tag of course but what you’ll get is a sapphire display so that’ll be hardier and tougher to scratch you also get a titanium body and a good bit of ceramic backing instead so in other words very similar design to the huawei watch gt2 pro.
The actual strap that you get bundled with the huawei watch three well that’ll depend on which model you choose you’ve got the active for instance which comes with the flu raw elastomer strap which is great for if you’re doing lots of exercise you’ve also got a classic which comes with the nylon strap and the elite model.
Bracelet but just like most other huawei smartwatches as you can see there you can actually pull off the bands detach them entirely and attach a new pair uh to suit whatever you’re going to be up to so slap on a leather band if you’re going to be having a wild night out.
The town whatever and yeah the one we watch three is fully water resistant you can rock it in the swimming pool get a good bit of swim tracking on the go as you can see here on the side.
The while we watch three driver raw tier 10 crown which also doubles as the power button and then you’ve got another button.
Huawei watch threes if you’ve got any juice in the tank get it all set up and then we can tour the rest of the features thankfully pairing up with your smartphone is an absolute piece of piddle.
All you need to do is download the huawei health app the two will be connected in less than a minute.
Harmony OS UI & Settings.
This the first one with small watch to come rocking a bit of harmony away so they’ll touch but it seems fairly easy to get to grips with if basically used to wear os or any of the previous huawei smart watches.
First up i really like the main watch face that comes out as default it’s packed with information although it doesn’t feel too cluttered so first as it tells you just how active you’ve been you’ve got the main time and everything on there you’ve even got when the sun will set later that day you can have an alternative time setup.
If you’ve got a loved one in a different time zone and you’ve also got shortcuts on there to your call records if you want to see exactly who’s been ringing and your bit of heart rate action too if you tap the little planet icon or simply swipe right.
Then you will access the weather information well swiping the other way will bring up a whole bunch of widgets this is fully customizable showing you all of the information you want fast access to unfortunately right now at the time i shot this video there are very few actual uh widgets.
That you can play around with you basically got your activity records you got your heart rate monitor and you got your spo2 monitor as well and that is it even if you dive into the custom section there are no more that you can add to that selection hopefully that will improve soon though and then back at that main watch face swipe up.
That have trickled through either via the e sim or via your tethered smartphone and then if you swipe down you’ll access a whole bunch of toggles and the settings and it’s in here you’ll also be able to check out the current date the current day of the week if you’re that out of touch with what’s actually going on uh the battery life.
And whether you’re connected to the likes of wi-fi gotta say really liking uh the settings menu very comprehensive in terms of the toggles you’ve got access to all the usual stuff like do not disturb a torch feature alarms find my phone even the ability to drain the watch if you’ve been in water give that a little prod and basically the speakers will emit a pulse and that just helps to spit any liquids out.
The orifice shake until baby oh yeah and the actual harmony os settings menu is very dense indeed you can customize all kinds of stuff on this thing uh so as you say you’ve got fast access the wi-fi connectivity if you don’t have e-sim support i just want to save your ecm data and play around with the mobile and network settings turn on airplane mode.
If you need to check out the status you’ve got nfc support as well although i’m not sure if the while we watch three supports contactless pyramids it obviously won’t support the likes of google up here but i’ll check with while wait to see exactly what that does support you can fully customize the tiles or widgets as i mentioned before if you dive into display and brightness as you can see that’s on automatic brightness and certainly seems very very bright and punchy on that default setting.
You can change up the sounds and vibration settings as well as you can see that change the ring volume the ai voice volume ring tones all kinds of stuff you can also turn on the likes of the ultra long battery life as well which i will touch on later when we mention the battery and you’ve got the huawei assistant on board this thing as well you can activate the voice assistant at any point by saying hey celia otherwise alternatively.
You can press and hold the down button and speaking of that down button you can configure exactly what happens when you tap that as well you can either completely disable it or have it bring up a specific feature.
I forget let’s just put that assistant to the test so hey celia set a timer for 10 minutes sorry i didn’t understand that uh hey celia set a timer for 10 minutes sorry i didn’t understand.
That okay let’s uh let’s maybe try an easier one hey celia what day is it today sorry i didn’t understand that ah in a freaking way i mean frankly she’s understanding less than me after a case.
let’s carry on the actual display is a 1.43 inch amoled panel 326 pixels per inch so as you can see even tiny little images and text nice and crisp and clear got to see the touch responsiveness is seeming a little bit iffy certainly right now it’s early software.
That’s going to improve but it does seem that occasionally certainly when you first wake up the watch uh then it occasionally takes a couple of sort of swipes to actually get it going like so but once you do get it going nice smooth transitions.
Thanks to the 60 hertz refresh rate and as i said before certainly seems to be nice and bright uh even on that automatic brightness level uh should be absolutely fine.
What’s over and because it’s an oled panel yes you do have a bit of always on display action as well as you can see there and that is also customizable just like the main watch face all you got to do is long press on it like so and then you can choose which one you want and as you can see you got quite a few options on there by default mostly digital.
But we’ve got a few analog style efforts as well you can set one of your gallery photos to be the main watch face in addition to that and you’ve also got the option of downloading or should i say uploading actually more watch faces to the watch via that health app to check out.
The other watch faces just go into the huawei health app and go to uh watch faces obviously and then there’s a big old selection right there to choose from most of them will cost you one or two pounds but there are some free ones in there if you do a bit of hunting around.
If you’re a skin flint and basically something that suits all tastes in there as well and of course you can get your own uh watch face on the go with the gallery selection here’s one i made earlier this just allows you to choose any folder you’ve got on your smartphone use that as the background.
You can then change up the style of the time and the date from a limited selection unfortunately you can’t actually change up the color uh just basically the font and the layout that just basically switches it from top to bottom that is it unfortunately there’s no other extra complications or anything that you can add in there it’s quite basic stuff but nice.
If you want a you know a photo of the fam or a pretty anime girl if you’re an absolute nerd like me and they also have a different amount of information as well so basically it’s all about your priorities what you want to have there on the main watch face every time you wake the watch 3 app and so far really like the neat little animations that homily os throws up so for instance when you wake this particular watch face.
As you can see there the temperature bar at the top springs into life that’s a really neat effect and the always on display will match the main watch face as well which is again a really.
Touch and the huawei watch 3 certainly comes packed with plenty of apps by default as well as you can see there you can zoom in and out of this new grid style setup kind of similar.
To the apple watches effort using that rotating dial and all the stuff you would uh expect to find on a huawei watch is present and correct all the stuff you generally find on those previous weather watches likes of timers alarms.
All your fitness features stress busters all presented really neatly in a really colorful bold fashion as well you do also have a huawei music app as well which allows you to actually stream music direct from the cloud if you like using your e-sim or the wi-fi connection but you will need a plus premium membership or whatever to actually get this working and unfortunately.
This doesn’t work with other third-party services like diesel music and something that all the well-way watchers would not allow you to do is download new apps actually onto the watch but now you can do that thanks to the inclusion of huawei app gallery so just like samsung smart watches uh wear os devices etc you can actually download apps directly onto the watch uh via wi-fi or using that e-sim connectivity you don’t even have to be tethered to your smartphone.
However because harmony os is obviously quite young compared to the likes of watch os and wear os the selection on offer is uh not exactly particularly great.
Fitness & Features.
Huawei wearables as well lots of fitness support here on the huawei watch three as well including of course the good old workout uh tracking.
And i’m not kidding when i say it that pretty much anything you could possibly imagine is tracked by this thing you’ve got over a hundred different types of custom workout covering pretty much anything.
You could possibly think of i’m not kidding when i say that all tastes are cared for hula hoop frisbee darts does that even count as a sport laser tag tug of war swinging way and then basically select your chosen activity and then give a little tap to begin you’ll get the funky dutch sounding.
Telling you to start your workout i’ll tell you exactly how long you’ve been exercising for how your heart rate’s doing as you can see i’m really and how many calories you’ve burnt so far and you can also get some other uh stats of the goal sort of depending on obviously what activity.
ou are doing and then you can pause it at any time and then cancel the workout as well you’ve got the usual gps smarts built in there of course as you’d expect if you upgrade to the pro model you’ve actually got dual channel gps for pin point precision and like previous generations of huawei watches well the huawei watch 3 can automatically detect when you start to do an exercise and start tracking that for you with your permission although i’m not sure how good it’ll be previous generations occasionally you’d be walking for a good mile or so before it actually clocked that you weren’t just sitting on your ass anymore.
So again stay tuned for my full in-depth review for more and all that you’ve got plenty of the health smarts built into this so you’ve got the usual 24-hour uh heart rate tracking of course just leave it there on your wrist it will see how your pulse is doing throughout the day you’ve also got a temperature sensor built in there for continuous skin temperature tracking and continuous uh 24-hour seven days a week sp02 monitoring as well there’s also the obligatory stress tracking and i’m not actually sure how good that really is because i just had a mini meltdown over a brand new microphone not working.
And as you can see that didn’t even register on the scale and a good bit of sleep tracking as you can see there i got about eight hours of sleep last night that’s actually fairly accurate um it didn’t register when i was just plonked on the sofa just watching tv which is good because a lot of the the lesser sleep trackers do do that as you can see there yeah pretty much accurately tracked how much kip i got you don’t get much information actually on the watch itself but if you jump on into the huawei health app again.
You can see a bit more detail as you can see there light and deep sleep it gives you a score on how good your sleeping abilities are breaks down into rem sleep all of that good stuff and considering i had my first corvette job yesterday but i apparently slept.
All right now when it comes to your battery life the one we watch three is definitely a step down from previous huawei watches but that’s only because it’s got a built-in e sim support as well so if you’ve got the e-sim active then huawei reckons you’ll get probably about three days of full-on use with all the features going in the background as well i’ve just been using the wi-fi and obviously.
The partnership with my smartphone on this thing so far and it looks like around three to four days of used is actually probably what i’ll get with that even without the esim action on the go because if that’s not good enough for you you can turn on the ultra long battery mode this will extend the battery life up to two weeks but that will deactivate most of the features like.
The E-sim but if the wi-fi gets knocked off it just uses the tethered features and all it gives you is basically the animated watch faces and a couple of the other sort of standard features you would use and that is it the fitness tracking is severely curtailed.
There as well you’ve still got access to about sort of 14 15 activity modes i believe it is but that’s it if that does seriously put you off though you could always upgrade to that pro model because apparently that will extend the battery life to five days.
Of standard use or up to three weeks 21 days with that ultra long battery mode so anyway that in a nutshell is the huawei watch three and as i see i will keep it slapped on my wrist for the next sort of week or two fully test out the fitness tracking features the battery life all that good stuff.
How good they really are and hopefully bring you that in-depth review soon in the meantime it would be fantastic to hear your own thoughts on the huawei watch three or you’re tempted.
Have an official uk pricing or released it just yet because i’m shooting this a head of the official launch hopefully by the time the review.