There are smartwatches and there are smartwatches, but not all smartwatches are equal. Some smartwatches are heavily tied into a particular ecosystem, some need to be charged every day, some are optimised to walking, some to music and calls, some to application alerts, some to health metrics. What if you could have it all, in a watch that looked fantastic but where the feature set kept going ... and going ... and going?
Here comes Huawei's GT 2 Pro, where the list of possibilities seemingly never ends. It works with Android, it works with iOS; it has a two-week battery life; it has wireless charging; it monitors your heart rate 24x7 and all your steps; it's water-resistant to 50 metres for 10 minutes ... so far, you might think, besides the battery life and operating system compatibility, this is within the same realms as competing smartwatches. However, what if I told you it can improve your golf swing? Or that it has so many watch faces you could change them every week and take four years to get through them all (by which time there will undoubtedly be more?). Or if I told you it will help you backtrack your path if you get lost hiking? Or that it will speak alerts through your earbuds while skiing to ensure you stay safe and healthy? Or that it has 100 workout modes, while other watches barely exceed double digits? Or that it will monitor your stress levels .... and so many other things, yet it can recharge to 10 hours capacity within five minutes, and what's more, it's $120 off right now, in time for Father's Day.
How Huawei packed all these things into its tiny 52g 46.7mm x 46.7mm x 11.4mm body is a feat of engineering. The company has created a device that combines leather, titanium alloy, ceramic, and sapphire glass with a battery of sensors - accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic, optical heart rate, capacitive, ambient light, barometer, along with GPS and GLONASS, and with software that allows you to freely change the look while capturing all the health metrics it can, for your review and ultimately, for your betterment in sporting and healthy living.
Huawei has made it difficult for reviewers to give you all the details because there's always "one more thing." For example, as well as everything said above you can optionally turn on a smart companion that runs with you. You set your target, and your smart companion will set the pace, allowing you to follow along and make your running experience fun while aiding you in smashing your goals.
Oh, and also with a single raising of your wrist, you can know the times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset. You can observe the sky with full knowledge of the eight moon phase types.
And further, the built-in altitude barometer detects air pressure change in real-time, warning you of severe weather possibilities, and providing you with reminders so you can always be prepared for your trips or outdoor adventures.
The feature list is expansive and almost never-ending. By the way, it plays music too - without even needing your smartphone. You can load music onto the watch and listen while you run, then use the GPS to navigate back again.
As mentioned, there are 100 sports modes to help you collect data and measure your activity, always keeping you focused on fitness goals. These include the usual outdoor and indoor walking, running, swimming, as well as climbing, martial arts, surfing, and more. 10 running courses are included with built-in voice guidance to help you train better. The golf coach analyses your swing posture and provides data to improve your swing speed and frequency, leading you to your best rhythm. When Huawei put the "Pro" in GT 2 Pro I'm not sure they had in mind they'd lead you to become a golf professional, but with this watch, you're definitely on your way.
No matter which sport you prefer, the watch is measuring your VO2Max4 consumption to reflect your cardiorespiratory fitness and endurance capacity.
It's an elegant unit with sophisticated craftsmanship while using intelligent AI algorithms to combine all its data collection and capabilities without significant power consumption.
Whether you use Android or iOS, you can manage the watch via the Health App from the Google Play store or the App Store. Nearly all features are available on all platforms; iOS users lose music playback on the device and low heart rate alerts, and both iOS and non-Huawei smartphone Android users miss out on sharing photos with the watch by simply tapping the watch and phone together.
It has a 454 x 454-pixel colour display with 326 pixels per inch (PPI) on a 1.39" AMOLED display with a full-screen touch operation and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass surface. The Huawei GT 2 Pro smartwatch is ordinarily $499 but is on sale for $379 from the 23rd of August to the 8th of September, in time for Father's Day.
Oh - and it will scientifically track and diagnose six common types of sleep issues while providing suggestions for better rest. While you sleep it will analyse your breathing and monitor your heart rate, and provide feedback on how effective your sleep is.
And one more thing ... you can remotely control the shutter on your phone's camera, helping take great photos beyond your arm's reach.
I do not believe I have ever seen a more feature-packed gadget, particularly not at this price or size. If you have a person in your life - they don't even need to be a Dad - who loves sports, loves data, loves gadgets, loves a nice stylish watch, and what's more, loves a good deal, then this is the present for them.
Huawei is also offering $100 off the Huawei Eyewear II, $119 on the Huawei FreeBuds 3i, $70 off the Huawei FreeBuds Pro, and $170 off the Huawei FreeBuds Studio.
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