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First Look: Huawei Watch GT 4. Stylish smartwatch for an attractive price

Smartwatches are a product segment in which Apple dominates with its Watch. The Cupertino company has the largest market share. In addition, Samsung, Google, many Chinese smartphone brands and sports-oriented brands such as Garmin are competing for market share. China’s Huawei is one of these players.

Huawei is plagued by sanctions and therefore has a much less extensive program in our region than before. It was once one of the biggest players in the smartphone market. Because it can no longer supply phones with a full-fledged version of Android, its popularity has decreased considerably. It is still an important player in other markets.


The Watch GT4 is a stylish watch.

Huawei recently launched the Watch GT 4. This new watch is available in two sizes, namely 41 and 46mm. The watch is sold in different versions: gold, silver and with different straps. This way it fits with every outfit.

The watches use the company’s own HarmonyOS, which is also used on Huawei’s phones and other products. The round design makes the Watch GT 4 look more like a traditional watch, more so than, for example, the square Apple Watch. This makes this model less noticeable. HarmonyOS is somewhat more limited than Google’s WearOS and Apple’s WatchOS. That is a disadvantage. Many well-known apps are not available, although the watch itself offers quite a bit of functionality.

The Watch GT 4 has an AMOLED screen with 466×466 pixels. That’s more than enough for a device that mainly sits on your wrist.

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The GT4 has many sensors on board. This not only tracks your location (GPS) and heart rate, but also your sleep rhythm. You can also keep track of your eating behavior, among other things. Of course, Huawei also focuses on athletes. Although the watch has a chic appearance, you can swim with it.

The interface on the watch is clear. It works together with the Huawei Health app on your phone. In addition to HarmonyOS, Android and iOS are supported. The app is not available in the Play Store. You must download the app directly from Huawei, or via Huawei’s App Gallery.

For those who are not very proficient in Android, this can be a challenge. iOS users can simply find and download Huawei Health in the App Store.


Huawei Health is not available on the Play Store.

Long working time

Some smartwatches need to be charged often. Huawei indicates that this watch only needs to be charged once every two weeks. On average, the Watch GT 4 needed a new charge of energy after a week. That is considerably less often than, for example, an Apple Watch. We had the screen brightness set to 80 percent. Fully charging takes about two hours.

Conclusion

The Huawei Watch GT 4 is a stylish watch. It is available from 249 euros, which is a relatively low price. For that money you get a usable device. The disadvantages are that installing the app in Android is quite a hassle, and that the range of apps for this watch is more limited than the competition.

At the bottom of the line, the question remains whether this is a good purchase. We wouldn’t buy the Watch GT 4 for the extra apps. Can you get by with the standard functionality and do you like it? Then it is a great choice.


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