A simple, yet attractive alternative to the Huawei Watch GT 3, the Huawei GT runner at its very core promises to be a running-focused smartwatch for people who love lightweight smartwatches. Over the past couple of years, it seems as though Huawei’s brand marketing and product development has shifted towards sports, health and fitness. While this might be an attempt at focusing on a more athletic; health-conscious generation, it has quietly become a major competitor for Google in the fitness-focused smartwatch field.
However, the GT runner is hardly a standalone product on the market, since the wrists of sprinters have been a focus for companies for almost a decade now. The Apple watch seems to be all the hip nowadays, and any smartwatch looking for market space must compete with it. And surprisingly, the Huawei GT runner does outdo the Apple watch in battery life. And while the bright display, the complex analytics and the weight are all wonderful features- they take a while to get used to. So, we equipped 10 of our most athletic colleagues with the Huawei GT Runner this summer to get users’ feedback on it. This article will primarily focus on that experience, but let us get to know the watch first.
Huawei GT Runner- key features
- 46.4 mm x 46.4 mm x 11 mm screen size
- 1.43 inch Bright AMOLED display 466 x 466 HD
- 38.5 grams in weight without the strap
- 5 ATM/ 50 M waterproof
- Quick release strap (22 mm)
- Rotating crown/ button
- 46 mm case (Durable polymer fiber)
- Available sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic, Optical heart rate, Air pressure
- 4 GB memory
- 2 buttons: Power button, function button
- 14 day battery life
So why buy the Huawei GT runner?
Alright, straight off the bat- our testers absolutely loved how simple the watch was and most of them ended up keeping it as their primary running tracker. But that is where the caveat lies- the watch is extraordinarily simple. This simplicity is great for runners or everyday athletes who just need a workout or calorie tracker. But for those who need a more professional experience, this is just not the right call. However, if you are someone considering the GT Runner; here is what you should really consider:
- The battery life is monstrous:
Suppose, we took all of the complaints about Apple watches or Fitbit’s and skimmed through them. Most of these issues would revolve around poor battery life and quick battery deterioration. It seems as though Huawei took this as an opportunity and ran with it. Our testers reported a fully charged watch taking 3-14 days to completely empty out.
- Complex analytics and trackers:
If it’s one thing Huawei seems to have really invested in, it is their tracking and analytic software. The GT Runner tracks and maps out runs and other cardio devices really well. An added plus is the dynamic running plans the built-in software suggests based on user behavior.
- Lightweight and gorgeous:
Straight off the bat, the watch looks absolutely stunning. Our testers wore it everywhere from morning runs to corporate events with nothing but positive reviews. The GT Runner acts as a personality statement and there is no going wrong with that.