The Huawei Watch GT 3 is a solid option that balances some smarts with excellent battery life and a comprehensive set of fitness features, without costing the earth…
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BEST WATCH FOR LONG BATTERY LIFE ON A BUDGET
Huawei Watch GT 3 46mm
$220 / £179 / huawei.com
- Excellent battery life
- Insightful sleep tracking
- Limited app support
- No contactless payment function
Battery life: 4.5/5
Smart features: 3/5
Fitness insights: 4/5
Sharing the same guts as the GT 3 Pro – only missing out on the titanium build and some premium features like diving support – the Huawei Watch GT 3 is a good-looking option with a lovely feel to it and can be picked up in a few styles and prices.
If you’re choosing between sizes, we’d urge you to get the larger 46mm option over the 42mm version, as it has longer battery life and a few more features. Its expansive touch display is finger-friendly and responsive, and the digital crown and button combo makes interaction with it intuitive.
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Huawei’s voice trainer activates when you start a workout – delivering loud, abrasive updates to everyone within earshot as to how your training is going. Fortunately, you can quieten this feature, or turn it off completely. The watch misses out on the app support you can expect from the Apple Watch or Garmin options, but that quibble can’t be remedied with a dive into the settings.
Value for money
With accurate heart rate tracking, SpO2 measurements, excellent sleep reporting and basic notification support – you can read all your notifications and reply to messages with preset responses – you still get plenty of bang for your buck with the GT 3.
The best thing about the watch, however, is its battery life. Pick up the larger option and you can eke out two weeks of use from a single charge. Better still, like the GT 3 Pro, the vanilla GT 3 charges wirelessly, and uses the same charger as most phones.
With Android and iOS support, Huawei’s wearables are amongst the best when it comes to cross-device compatibility, making them a winning mix of style, smarts, value and fitness tracking.