Huawei Watch 3 review: A powerful smartwatch with far-reaching effects

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Huawei’s Watch 3 is saying something:

It’s the first smartwatch to run its in-house Harmony OS and it has broad ramifications in its test to Google’s Wear OS and Apple’s WatchOS. Albeit still in its initial days, Harmony OS is Huawei’s response to Google Mobile Services, with the exception of the Chinese organization needs it to go further: to stumble into a wide range of Huawei contraptions – going past cell phones. Watch 3 is a significant wrist wearable for Huawei as it gives a kind of litmus test for how the product just as Huawei’s application store (Huawei App Gallery) will be gotten globally.

The Watch 3 has been accessible for half a month in places like the UK, where it begins for £349 (converts to $480, and AU$ 660), however the worldwide rollout is in progress. The Watch 3 has a ton of things making it work: a fresh and striking OLED show, eSim support (however in the UK it presently works with Vodafone just) and a yield of sensors supplemented by helpful wellbeing and wellness observing provisions. The Watch 3 screens pulse and blood oxygen, has GPS and is one of only a handful of exceptional smartwatches available to offer nonstop temperature checks. Huawei’s most recent wrist wearable currently likewise flaunts water obstruction up to 50m, something 2017’s Watch 2 needed. What’s more, there’s likewise 2GB of RAM, which made for zippy stacking of application just as exchanging between menus.

Be that as it may, it comes more costly than it most likely ought to. At £349 in the UK, it has a greater cost tag than the Apple Watch 6, and it will probably confront some rivalry from any semblance of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 among others. It’s likewise missing a couple of things: NFC-empowered installments – otherwise known as no contactless installments utilizing the gadget – and no electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), which is a genuinely normal sensor on smartwatches that checks for sporadic heart mood. Likewise, in my brief time frame with the Watch 3 in any event, battery daily routine didn’t experience up to Huawei’s cases of three days. While the Watch 3 will not be getting a US discharge like a significant number of Huawei’s gadgets, it could in any case be testing Apple’s and Google’s better quality watches in global business sectors.

Design and display: Go big or go home


As soon as you see the Watch 3, you’ll immediately notice that it looks like a classic sports watch complete with a big and round face. On the upper right, there’s a digital crown offering a similar scroll-wheel effect as the Apple Watch. That face is home to an enormous 1.43-inch AMOLED screen, making for relatively easy typing (as easy as it gets on a smartwatch, at least) and effortless reading of displayed text thanks to that expansive display.

The Watch 3, however, has a raise-to-wake display, and I genuinely missed having an always-on display — one of the most useful features on a smartwatch, in my opinion. The raise-to-wake display worked just fine, but if you’ve become used to an always-on display, it can feel a tad cumbersome waiting that extra second for your data to appear. For Watch 3, Huawei took something of a half measure (if you can even call it that), letting you turn the screen on for 5 minutes. Watch 3 Pro does have an always-on display.

Overall, I found that the watch rested comfortably on my wrist with a case made from stainless steel and a ceramic back. At 46mm, the watch was simply too large for my wrist, but I can see how this size would work for many people as well as its understated elegance. There are swappable straps crafted with various materials, including fluorescein, leather and metal links.

Software: Must-have apps missing


The Huawei Watch 3 is the company’s first smartwatch to debut Harmony OS, its proprietary software that’s steadily been making its way across a range of Huawei gadgets — beyond smartphones. Setting up the watch on iOS was straightforward: You download the Huawei Health app directly from the App store, then pair it via Bluetooth. For non-Huawei Android phones, there’s an additional step involved. You’ll need to download Huawei’s app store, the App Gallery, first then get Huawei Health from there, though there have been reports of a tedious setup process. If you have a newer Huawei phone, the Health app should be preinstalled.

Overall, the user experience was intuitive and everything ran smoothly as far as I can tell: Apps loaded, notifications popped up (even though you couldn’t do much with them), and things just worked. There was an undeniable Apple-inspired touch on Huawei’s Watch 3 (to put it mildly) in the form of the app grid, which is an all-too-familiar take on Apple’s signature honeycomb arrangement.

Copycatting aside, the big letdown was the sheer dearth of apps available in Huawei App Gallery. There was no Spotify, no Uber and no Strava — and this lack of third-party apps is likely a function of this app store’s newness. Hopefully in the future, more developers will go on to develop apps for the App Gallery. Of course, this is by no means a reflection of Huawei’s product team, but a part of the growing fallout of US sanctions, which banned the Chinese tech titan from using American technology in its gadgets. As a consequence, Huawei has been forced to live without Google’s immensely popular apps and services like the Google Play Store and Gmail, instead opting to build its own.

Huawei P40: User experience with Watch 3

Huawei says the watch is more viable with its own telephones, and the organization demanded I test the gadget with its leader P40 alongside my iPhone 12 Pro Max. In light of my short active time combined with the P40 lead, I saw somewhat better battery life execution, and some additional advantageous contacts. For example, it was ideal to have the option to charge the Watch 3 in a hurry by means of opposite remote charging on the P40. Another key component upheld was a one-jump watch face move and video watch face, an element I was unable to encounter with my iPhone.

Wellbeing following: Mostly covered

Huawei stressed its attention on wellbeing for the Watch 3, loading it with more than 100 exercise modes just as a huge number of wellbeing observing provisions that run the range. From more fundamental ones like pulse to obvious unquestionable requirements like blood oxygen observing (SpO2), which is a component that was pushed into the spotlight in the midst of the Covid pandemic since low SpO2 levels could be a manifestation of the disease. The Watch 3 is additionally the principal standard smartwatch highlighting a temperature sensor, which offers nonstop readings of your internal heat level. I didn’t get an opportunity to cross-really take a look at exactness with a thermometer, yet it was ideal to have the option to see my readings on request. One progressed wellbeing highlight that the Watch 3 is missing is EKG. Different things I appreciated were autodetected rest following elements, which put your rest into a rest class or the normal rest classification. However, I’m apprehensive it didn’t have an “conscious” class for the events when you awaken in the evening, so I’d accept the readings as a harsh aide.

Exercise following: Swimming and climbing

I tried the Watch 3 in the pool and during my climbs. Everything went wonderfully as should be obvious and it was ideal to get ongoing BPM estimations while swimming to figure out how hard I was functioning. The Apple Watch Series 5 I utilize just offers this to you whenever you’ve finished your swim, and it lets out a normal pulse all things being equal. During climbing, the Watch 3’s BPM a few beats higher than my Apple Watch. Lamentably, I was unable to affirm which was more precise since I didn’t have a chest tie available, yet the two readings were sufficiently close to one another. In any case, I like having the pulse exercise zones accessible to measure how hard I’m going and to assist me with following my pulse zones.

Battery: Underwhelming limit

The battery, in my experience, was a bit of a disappointment. Huawei put battery life at three days, and furthermore 14 days when utilizing an uncommon battery mode. Regardless of whether you hit these appraisals relies upon in case you’re a weighty or light client, however as far as I can tell the Watch 3 kept going just two days. Accordingly, I wound up charging the gadget each and every day just to err on the side of caution.

To study Huawei’s Watch 3, investigate our specs outline underneath.

HUAWEI WATCH 3 SPECS

Huawei Watch 6
Display size, resolution1.47-inch AMOLED (283ppi)
Always OnNo
Dimensions (Millimeters)43 x 25.4 x 10.99 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams)18g (without straps), 64g (with straps)
ColorsBlack
Mobile softwareHarmony OS
GPSYes
ConnectivityBluetooth
CompassYes
AltimeterYes
ProcessorN/A
Voice assistant Yes, Celia
Text repliesNo
CallsYes
Storage/RAM16GB/2GB
Mobile PaymentsNo
Automatic workout detectionYes
Sleep trackingYes
Water resistanceYes, up to 50m
Emergency featuresAutomatic fall detection
Special featuresSPo2 tracking, temperature
BluetoothYes
Price (USD)N/A
Price (GBP)£349 (converts to $480, and AU$ 660)
Price (AUD)N/A

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