Huawei’s Watch GT was known for its long battery life and great design, but also for its laggy and limited interface. The Watch GT 2 is a definite step in the right direction, but still lacks in several important areas.
Smartwatches are difficult to get right. Some of Huawei’s past offerings have fallen short, sometimes with respect to software, other times with battery life.Let's Watch Gt Huawei Vert. Other companies have tried to do too much — putting a tiny smartphone on your wrist — with mixed results. Apple’s WatchOS and Google’s Wear OS certainly offer more tools and features than Huawei’s Lite OS, but is more always better? The Watch GT 2 aims to strip everything superfluous from a smartwatch and nail the basics.
Has Huawei improved its software, or is the Watch GT 2 all show and no go? In Android Authority’s Huawei Watch GT 2 review, you’re about to find out.
Update, April 2021: We have updated our Huawei Watch GT 2 review with details on recent price changes and software updates.
The smartwatch software world is currently a bit of a mess, at least on Android. I’m sure you’ve heard this time and again, but it needs to be stated. Tizen, Wear OS, Fitbit OS, and Huawei’s Lite OS simply haven’t been able to compete with Apple’s powerful wearable OS in raw functionality and seamless tie-ins with phones.
That hasn’t changed yet, but the overall smartwatch experience has improved significantly over the last few years. Moreover, some of my biggest complaints concerning Android-compatible smartwatches have been resolved. That said, while I commend Huawei for its excellent hardware, there’s still room for improvement in the software.
Also read: Huawei Watch GT review | Huawei Watch GT 2e review
Last year’s Huawei Watch GT had some issues, particularly with the laggy interface. The differences in hardware this year aren’t as big as you might expect — the Watch GT 2 and its predecessor are housed in similar external shells. The main improvements with the Watch GT 2 lie under the hood with performance, stability, health tracking, and battery life. The GT 2 isn’t a massive upgrade from the GT, so the question becomes whether the improvements that have been made are enough to recommend it.