While our experiences with the Huawei Watch 3 on iOS were irritating, it is an unquestionably stylish top wristwatch. The brilliant and vivid AMOLED display is without a doubt its primary feature, while the functions are generally reliable and the style and build are also excellent. We’re convinced that anyone owning a Huawei smartphone running Huawei’s new HarmonyOS would enjoy this.
Part of an ecosystem
First and foremost, we used an iPhone to test the Huawei Watch 3. Which you could argue isn’t the best smartphone to use to assess a wearable that’s unmistakably intended at Android consumers. Plus, anyone with an iPhone or other iOS device who wants a premium wearable will gravitate toward an Apple Watch.
That may be true, but we doubt it is Huawei’s official position. And the truth is that, although Apple’s insularity means that its Watch range is only compatible with Apple’s smartphones, the opposite is not valid. Huawei’s watches are pretty consistent with iPhones; however, the outcomes are mixed. And that’s precisely what we found when we put the Watch 3 through its paces.
The Huawei Watch 3 is part of an ‘ecosystem’ of new Huawei gadgets, including the MatePad 11 tablet and Freebuds 4 earphones, all of which are powered by the all-new HarmonyOS, an umbrella operating system meant to address cross-device issues that can occur with connected smart devices.
This is fantastic news for Huawei phone users: HarmonyOS was recently upgraded on the Mate 40, P40, and 30 series, with more phones to follow. But how does it work when used in conjunction with iOS?
Huawei’s latest top-of-the-line smartwatch, the Watch 3, was released in June 2021. The Watch 2 was released back in 2017, so this wearable has been a long time coming. We weren’t sure if a successor to the Watch 2 would be released, given Huawei’s volatility on the Western market in the intervening years. But it’s finally here.
What is the purpose of the Huawei Watch 3?
The Huawei Watch 3’s numerous functions and features are listed below:
- Watch three will track your heart rate, sleep patterns, SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation), and temperature.
- There are 100 workout modes to track your activities, with six of them offering automatic detection, such as running, walking, and swimming.
- Celia, Huawei’s voice assistant, is integrated inside the Watch 3.
- The built-in GNSS sensor allows you to track your location without relying on your phone’s GPS.
- You can use your phone to control the music playing on the watch, and you can even store music on the watch itself.
Is the Huawei Watch 3 a worthwhile investment?
We think Huawei’s asking price is a touch high, but that’s with the proviso that other companies, such as Apple and Samsung, do the same with their flagships. This is mainly due to the abundance of flashy-but-not-obvious-useful indicators available in these high-end devices: examples include blood oxygen and temperature check controls, which have little analytical potential.
(It goes without saying that you should never trust a tech device for medical advice over your doctor.)But, this only gets us more eager for wearables manufacturers’ future advancements and developments in the years to come. Who knows what smartwatches will be capable of in a few generations?
Setup for the Huawei Watch 3
In less than an hour, we were able to get the Huawei Watch 3 up and running. That was partly due to it arriving without a charge, but we could get it up to 90% power in that time. The Huawei Watch 3 comes packaged in a sleek black box with an embossed gold Huawei logo on the inside.
The watch, a magnetic charging cable, and a set of printed instructions are all included in the box. The watch face is already affixed to the strap. The Huawei Health app was required to access the fitness features and analytics, so make sure you have it loaded on your phone.