Style and technology, the Huawei Watch GT4 review

The US embargo has pinned its wings on Huawei, especially in the smartphone sector, where it gave Apple and Samsung a hard time. Huawei Watch GT4 has been launched globally in two variants, which are distinguished by their design: a model with a 46 mm dial designed for larger wrists and a 41 mm one, which fits more to the feminine taste. The two smartwatches are also used with Android smartphones than iPhone, although with the latter, you have to accept several compromises, which we will see later.

Huawei Watch Gt4 certainly has generous dimensions, with a 46 mm wide, 46 mm high and 10.9 mm thick case. The strap is adjustable to fit wrists of different sizes, from 14 to 21 cm. The stainless steel case houses a 1.43-inch AMOLED display. The screen is very bright and ensures good readability in direct sunlight. The watch is waterproof, up to 5 atmospheres, translating to a depth of 50 meters. Surely, the Watch GT 4 is unsuitable for underwater use and its direct competitors, Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch. There is also support for Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC technology for contactless payments. However, given the absence of Google services, you can not use the Big G Wallet, the only app in Italy to support a bit of all payment cards.

Design on everything

The Huawei Watch GT 4 is the son of deep design and technological research care, work which Huawei reaches thanks to its dozens of research and development laboratories around the world. The software is one of its strengths; however, it has updated and expanded concretely in recent years, so much to present hundreds of more or less useful applications that make up for the lack of the most known. One above all? Petal Maps instead of Google Maps, which, even on the small screen of the clock, shows its integrations and peculiarities.

The HarmonyOs operating system runs the wearable, which can be operated with the Huawei Health app for health-related features. The battery of the Huawei Watch GT 4 has a stated duration of 14 days, although the experience on the field makes the battery life drop to about eight days, more than the 24 hours of the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch 6. In this respect, Huawei marks an accurate record.

Compatibility in Huawei Watch GT4

Huawei Watch GT 4 is compatible with iPhone but has some limitations compared to Android. For example, you cannot answer calls on the clock; you can only accept or reject them, and you must follow up on the phone. There is no opportunity then to respond with a text typed live or with the audio on messaging clients now widespread, such as WhatsApp or Telegram, for which, in addition to notifications, you can only attach a predetermined text, although configurable at will for subsequent times. Huawei Watch GT 4 is available in 46 mm and 41 mm.

Huawei Watch GT4
Huawei Watch GT4

The 46 mm version has three variants: steel, fluoroelastometer and leather. The 41 mm version is available in two variants: fluoroelastometer and steel. The price of the Huawei Watch GT 4 starts from 249 euros for the 46 mm version with a fluoroelastometer strap and drops to 249.90 euros for the 41 mm version. Is it a clock for everyone? The answer is not simple. The most suitable one is “depends”.

If the need is not to answer from the smartwatch to phone calls or messages that arrive on the watch with a text that always changes, or even with voice messages, but you want it to be a beautiful device to see and wear, with an unusual autonomy, then there is no doubt. If, instead, you look for a surrogate for your smartphone, a choice that causes the autonomy of these objects to drop drastically. There is to look elsewhere, considering more the “cons” than the “pros” of such a decision, even in economic terms.

Antonino Caffo has been involved in journalism, particularly technology, for fifteen years. He is interested in topics related to the world of IT security but also consumer electronics. Antonino writes for the most important Italian generalist and trade publications. You can see him, sometimes, on television explaining how technology works, which is not as trivial for everyone as it seems.