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Huawei GT 2 Pro Review

Incredible battery life and great fitness tracking abilities make this watch a notable fitness wearable
Huawei GT 2 Pro
Credit: Huawei
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Price:   $250 List | $167.53 at Amazon
Pros:  Incredible battery life, great fitness tracking
Cons:  Lack of smart features, could be easier to use
Manufacturer:   Huawei
By Benjamin Hickok ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 23, 2021
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RANKED
#5 of 8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6.0
  • Smart Functions - 20% 4.0
  • Display - 20% 7.0
  • Fitness Impact - 15% 8.0
  • Battery - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Huawei GT 2 Pro proved to be a very capable fitness tracker with incredible battery life. Between excellent workout app selections, accurate impact tracking, a high-quality display, snappy responsiveness, and long battery life, the GT 2 Pro is a great choice for anyone that wants a fitness wearable that doesn't need to be recharged too often. We really like it, even if it does sacrifice some smart functions and features that are present on other premium devices. We also feel it could be a bit easier to use. Still, if you want to save some bucks and value long battery life, this is worth a look.

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Pros Incredible battery life, great fitness trackingLoaded with smart functions, beautiful display, easy to use, great priceGood value, great fitness tracking ability, excellent battery lifeSpecialized fitness tracking features, good battery lifeSupports mobile payments, good display, Android OS friendly
Cons Lack of smart features, could be easier to useSubpar battery life, fitness impact tracking could be betterCould be more convenient to use, doesn't have the most smart functionsPricey, not our favorite touchscreenFinicky to setup on the charger, just okay at everything
Bottom Line Incredible battery life and great fitness tracking abilities make this watch a notable fitness wearableAn incredible smartwatch for Samsung phone users but a little underwhelming when it comes to battery lifeThe fitness features packed into this wearable make it an excellent choice for the priceOffering features like skin temperature, SpO2, and stress management, this is a great wearable for specialized fitness trackingA great value option for Android users that want to add a little convenience to their wrist
Rating Categories Huawei GT 2 Pro Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Fitbit Versa 3 Fitbit Sense Mobvoi Ticwatch E3
Ease of Use (30%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Smart Functions (20%)
4.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
Display (20%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Fitness Impact (15%)
8.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Battery (15%)
9.0
5.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Huawei GT 2 Pro Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Fitbit Versa 3 Fitbit Sense Mobvoi Ticwatch E3
Water Resistance 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM IP68
NFC (contactless payment) Yes, Google Pay Yes, Samsung Pay Yes, Fitbit Pay Yes, Fitbit Pay Yes, Google Pay
GPS? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HR Monitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Microphone? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Speaker? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display 1.39 inch AMOLED 40mm or 44mm AMOLED 1.58 inch OLED 1.58 inch OLED 1.3 inch AMOLED
Resolution 454 x 454 396 x 396,
450 x 450
336 x 336 336 x 336 360 x 360
Other Sensors Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Geomagnetic
Air pressure
Accelerometer
Barometer
Gyro
Geomagnetic
Light
Electrical heart
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
Ambient light
Altimeter
3-axis accelerometer
Skin temperature
Ambient light
Electrical heart
3-axis accelerometer
Altimeter
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Gyro
SpO2
Low Latency Off-Body
Processor Kirin A1 + STL4R9 Dual-core 1.18 GHz Cortex-A55 N/A N/A Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor
Available Sizes One size 40mm, 42mm, 44mm, 46mm One size One size One size
Size Tested N/A 44mm N/A N/A N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Huawei GT 2 Pro may not have been our most capable smartwatch, but it did prove to be an exceptional fitness tracker, with a battery life that was far better than all the rest. While it could be a bit smarter and easier to use, its performance overall was above average. This is an easy watch to recommend, especially for users seeking great battery life.

Performance Comparison


Huawei GT 2 Pro smartwatch - the huawei is a fashionable watch that also adds convenience to your...
The Huawei is a fashionable watch that also adds convenience to your wrist.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


For this metric, we assessed all the smartwatches in regards to user-friendliness. Our testing involved the ease of taking screenshots, water resistance, charging setup, crown or bezel scrolling, screen responsiveness, and the ease of swapping wrist bands. The performance of the GT 2 Pro was only a little above average in this category.


The GT 2 Pro lacks a functional bezel or crown, instead opting for a physical power button and a function button. While the buttons and touch screen are adequate, this watch lacks the usability of the best-performing watches that include either a crown or bezel. The wake-up time for a wrist turning motion is just as fast as the best watches we tested, and the touch screen responsiveness is also very snappy. However, during our tests, the scrolling couldn't keep up with fast finger scrolling movements.

Capturing screenshots isn't impossible with the GT 2 Pro, but it is certainly not practical. The cumbersome nature in which the watch forces you to take a screenshot is far from quick or convenient. Lastly, wrist bands aren't as easily replaced on this watch as on Apple watches but they are still fairly easy to swap. The GT 2 Pro uses a lever-type of release that is fairly standard across many smartwatch models.

Huawei GT 2 Pro smartwatch - finger scrolling was a little sluggish on this watch.
Finger scrolling was a little sluggish on this watch.
Credit: Laura Casner

Smart Functions


For a watch to be more than just a watch, it needs smart features and functions to enhance everyday life and make it more convenient to set and track your daily routine. Our smart functions tests dove into the smart features and functions of each smartwatch and evaluated the availability and performance of popular apps, the ability to take calls and control music, wireless payment support, and whether or not each device has standalone GPS or cellular capabilities.


While the Huawei GT 2 Pro earned better than median scores for the test group by doing well with phone calls and having standalone GPS, it performed poorly in the rest of our smart functions tests. In our experience, we could not respond to Facebook messages or text messages, only view them. There are hardly any apps available for this watch, and contactless payment is only optimized for China. Storage is low, and the "find my phone" button did not work for us with either an Apple or a Samsung phone. Music control is also limited to Androids.

Huawei GT 2 Pro smartwatch - some things about this watch are desirable, but the included smart...
Some things about this watch are desirable, but the included smart features is not one of those things.
Credit: Laura Casner

Display


Our third test metric evaluated everything related to the smartwatch display. We tested each watch for screen quality, usability and legibility of the user interface in both bright and dark light, auto-brightness settings, and whether or not each device offers an always-on setting. Overall, the GT 2 Pro did well fairly well but fell a little short when compared to some of the other watches we tested.


The screen quality of the GT 2 Pro is great, though still not as good as top-tier offerings from Samsung and Apple, which both produce wearables with some really exceptional screens. Still, the screen quality, auto-brightness, and the ability to easily read text on the interface in dark lighting situations made the GT 2 Pro stand out amongst others. It also has an 'always-on' setting with different selections of watch faces. Unfortunately, it was a little more difficult to read screen text in bright light on this watch than on other models.

Huawei GT 2 Pro smartwatch - this is a nice enough screen, though not overly impressive when...
This is a nice enough screen, though not overly impressive when compared to top of the line smartwatches and less than ideal in bright light situations.
Credit: Laura Casner

Fitness Impact


Testing for this metric involved measuring the accuracy of the step counter and heart rate monitor, workout tracking, and stair tracking. The GT 2 Pro proved itself to be a pretty good fitness tracker thanks to a large number of exercises and workouts you can add to the watch. Most of these are for tracking fairly standard workouts, but there are also some obscure and interesting ones like laser tag!


The GT Pro 2 did very well with accurate step counting, producing one of the smallest margins of error compared to other devices. Its accuracy extended to heart rate monitoring, where it again stayed within a small margin of error, maintaining beats per minute with only a little variance from our control equipment during interval exercise. In addition to specific workout tracking apps, the GT Pro 2 lets you do goal setting like distance and calories and set reminders for specific workouts about heart rate, intervals, and training effects.

All fitness tracking features and test results considered, the GT Pro 2 is a very competent and helpful fitness tracking device, on par with some of the best fitness trackers we've tested. It only misses out on an even better overall score due to the lack of a stair counting feature.

Huawei GT 2 Pro smartwatch - the gt pro 2 is surprisingly good as a fitness tracker.
The GT Pro 2 is surprisingly good as a fitness tracker.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery


For our final test metric, we evaluated the battery performance of each device. This involved testing battery life under normal use and comparing charging times. Battery life is where this watch really shines.


It's really no surprise that the GT 2 Pro did well in our battery life test because with a lack of smart features and functions to consume power, this watch is essentially only used for working out and viewing smartphone notifications. You should have no problem getting 1.5 - 2 weeks on one charge unless you're heavily into the workouts and using the GPS a ton. This watch clearly stood out from the rest in this regard.

Interestingly, the GT 2 Pro was one of the slowest devices to recharge. Fortunately, with the extra-long battery life, it doesn't have to be charged as frequently as other devices, so a slower recharging time shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience to the user.

Huawei GT 2 Pro smartwatch - a charge level and care tip are clearly visible on the display of...
A charge level and care tip are clearly visible on the display of the GT 2 Pro.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The GT 2 Pro is a good value for somebody looking for reasonable performance and an easy-to-use wearable with impressive battery life.

Conclusion


The Huawei GT 2 Pro is a decent smartwatch that is fairly easy to use. It has incredible battery life, but the tradeoff is a limited number of smart features. Still, the fitness tracking is well designed, so if workouts and long battery life are all you care about, this could be a solid pick. It doesn't rival the major players from Apple or Samsung, but the price is more approachable for those that don't need every bell and whistle available.

Benjamin Hickok
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