Along with the new MatePad series, we have the new watch 3 series from Huawei. So I have the Watch 3 and the Watch 3 Pro, that I’ve been using for the last few days. And in this In-Depth Review, I will give you an unboxing, I will show you the design of them, applications there are on-board the watch here, the UI, the UI performance.
With all of the features and a road test as well, I’m going to go out for a bike ride and test how well the heart monitor works, GPS tracking, and sleep monitoring. As also on-board with the new watches, we do have the NFS support, e-SIM support, so yes you can place cell calls on your watch, you can leave your phone at home.
There is now two, a body temperature and skin temperature, monitor with these watches. And of course, they’re running the new Harmony OS. Watch 3 Pro and Watch 3, I will start with the cheap model first. This one has a brown leather strap and stainless steel silver, And I will show you the accessories we got with this.
So, on the side where you can see the watch, is nicely presented. obviously, I early turned on, I’ve been testing them already but this is to show you what we get, of course. Here we have the wireless charger, so these magnetic clips onto the bottom are no contact points you have to worry about getting duty, unlike the earlier versions.
The charge time is approximately two hours. There is a warranty card right here, and we have this for the Huawei health app, that you use in conjunction with these smartwatches. So scan the QR Code, you can download then the app. So similar build quality of this both of them, Excellent band, Watch 3 Pro you see definitely has the edge, but this has a really nice high-quality leather strap, very good stitching, I like the buckle on it is great too.
And you see underneath, removing this, that is the ceramic we have on the back, our sensors are right here, there is a barometer, there is a temperature sensor, it has NFC, it has Wireless, e-SIM support as well, and very very good high quality build. So, on the side got a loudspeaker, give you something that later on, the new dial here, goes up and down you can use that with the UI, and then the customizable button, presses in gives us our menu more, soon I’ll swap over to the Watch 3 Pro when I go through the menus and everything else, So bezel on it, you can see this one has the 2.
5 D glass, it’s very smooth and nice. Very curved and really just flawless built, Really nice, excellent. And then, my favourite. This one. Watch 3 Pro with the titanium strap. Really nice. Same setup. Apart from here with the accessories, they give us a silicone strap that is included. because you would probably want to swap over when you’re doing sports or you go for a swim you wanna take that titanium strap off and then put on this one.
A silicone strap which is, again high quality. It seems very strong here the clip, easy to get off, you can see the little point right there, you simply put that back, and you can replace the straps on both of these. so this one to pull the straps off-put silicone on. Easily done. Okay, the strap on this one is the titanium, with the titanium frame around the outside.
This watch is a little thicker because it has a large battery in it. So you can see the difference there and it also is heavy oak it onto the white soon shortly you can see there. The difference is slightly more chunky. But I really do like this. The quality of this strap is just absolutely superior, very very good.
Good finish on everything, the buckle mechanism and it does feel just pulling on that very strongest. as well I’m quite rough on my watch is often snag them on things, so I don’t think this was gonna be too much of a problem, the weakest point on the watch is a cause around here with a strap but that is quite reinforced with a lot of metal around, so there is no plastic here.
And the titanium there, the ceramic on the back and you can see again where is going to be a charge, wirelessly so this is magnetical. That’s just the light sensor there at the moment, sorry, the light sensor worth their hurry monitor. so that just clips on like that and just over two hours with this one, because of the slightly larger capacity, So the same dolls on the side they, adjustable dial, however, better built here higher quality materials and this one the screen is Flat, but there is a slight little angle because he just on the edges.
Again, really nice. very very good build for this one. So the Watch 3 with delivering strap that weighs 66 grams and our titanium strap, Watch 3 Pro is heavier, it is a thicker device, it has a larger battery in it, that is a much heavier 111 grams.
Screen, workouts, settings, features and apps
The watch support raises to wake to see, just flick your wrist and the screen will come on, I’m going to override it now to make sure it stays on, this is the screen on the timer for five minutes.
So it is cover with scratch-resistant (Saphire) glass, and it does have 2.5 D edges, have a little bit smoother on the magic watch 3, this is the pro version that is very curved each tour and it is very comfortable when using in it So how does this glass actually hold up? I can tell you, very very good.
Because I got the Magic watch 2, which is basically the watch 2. Here it is. and I’ve banged into a lot of things there are a few little chips on the frame around the outside but the glass is flawless, there are no scratches on it, and I have this watch, for like, even since when coming out. Like a year or so on, ten months or something.
And it is really good. no scratches coming through Pretty brightness on this, it is very very bright. so I just display the torch here and this is a thousand nits. I have measured, just over 900 nits, the official is over a thousand or thousand nits. And it is a very bright screen, so no problem to make it out in direct sunlight and the touch response is really great there.
The buttons, you can customize the buttons that are our workouts here just quickly go through that they’ve got running courses, 13 courses, outdoor running and indoor running, outdoor walk, indoor walk, outdoor cycling, indoor cycling, pool swimming, open water, mountain biking, hike, and just goes on and on.
The list here of different activities, this can track without workouts and you can even set your own custom ones in it. There is a lot with this watch that’s going on, so, let us go into the main menu. Tapping this button here, we can use that little wheel that I showed you before you can scroll this just to size zoom out, insert applications will support this, and we can go and see your heart rate, your music, in load music onto this.
Screen, workouts, settings, features and apps
I will give you a loudspeaker example later on, but it is very good. The speaker is on the side, it does a decent job there. We got a remote camera there. We have our stress levels, workout, weather, calendar, clock alarm, stopwatch, it is really got so much in this. The barometer is there too, settings, and of course your apps, and this is the new one, which is our skin temperature.
The sensor now is there two with all the other sensors that are on board this. So, in settings, I will show you some of the new different things that we have. First, if you are familiar with watch 2, then this is all quite familiar the way it’s laid out, here with harmony OS, there is new. Display, sounds and vibrations, the haptic motor in this is very good it is a nice vibration, it is enough.
the alarm– wake me up, even when I’m super tired, it wakes me up, that is good, the vibrations coming through from that, notifications, PIN, apps, battery, security and privacy, Huawei assistant on-board, and we got the customization that we talked about, Bottom there, sorry. Workout setting, system updates, updates have already been coming up for this of just got on the latest update, of course, new thing in here too, is to do with our options here, like NFC.
NFC is there you can turn it off, to save battery life Mobile network, this is the new thing, it does support LTE with this watch, which is great. and wireless, you can get wireless updates via the watch itself. Without having to use the app to get them, you have to sync them before the update to the watch, this is a quick way to do it.
And of course, having the LTC support with the e-SIM, that does mean that you can take just to watch out with you, dial on now, to show you turn phone with the apps you can go and plays phone calls, springing them up, keypad, there’s even an onscreen keyboard for various things like entering in, for example, your wireless password, here you can dial I can place a call because it has the microphone and the loudspeaker.
Bluetooth wise hit up to your device, your phone, then of course you can answer your call on it. On this, without even the e-SIM, you don’t have to use the e-SIM support on that. So the UI is very quick, very smooth. on this go through some of those menus here, so if you swipe from the top that’s a quick toggle Swiping up, there brings up the notifications.
You can clear those out so I haven’t there and you can see your workout. So this is no showing a lot because I’m swapping between the different watches here the time I’ve done this. Heart monitor there, to be very accurate. I will be doing a test of that later on in this article. We have SpO2 so that is our blood oxygen levels.
Should be around 90 something, for good, healthy people. an increase the temperature sensor I showed you before and you can customize. this is quick access once there. The watch face can be changed and customize on both of them, of course. They all have the same features. They all the same UI.
And all you need to do is tap and hold there, and you can swap and go change all the ones here. if you prefer a classic. It depends, you can change this, if you are doing more sport, you can get one sport. If you want it to be a little bit more elegant, swap over to one that looks more traditional, analogue face even of course it is all digital.
And this is a simple out loudspeaker within watch 3. They both sound the same, and it is loud enough that I can play calls on this comfortable. Microphone works well enough too to hand the calls. and they do handle a lot of calls throw my watch because it is quite convenient I don’t’ have to reach down and get my phone out of my bag, I use my watch to plays calls too.
And it also does use the speaker course for the voice feedback prompts you to get when training. -Start the workout. First position, speed walk, 3 minutes, I try to keep your heart rate between 94 and 149. So no review would be complete of course, without testing out some workout function. I’ve gone for walks and now going for a bike ride here.
GPS and heartrate monitoring test results
Just to test out the GPS tracking, but not only that helps monitors my heart rate, how is it going to council that in GPS accuracy. and these are the results of that bike ride I did 419 km and you get all your information here, it’s mapped out on this map, which is Huawei maps they using here and you can see it goes along the coast and the accuracy to me seems pretty good, okay.
it’s not going to be as great, maybe some of the dedicated GPS common out there cheap that you can get, but it follows me around the road reasonably well. Now because I was mountain biking, it does go off areas where it’s not quite on the road 100% to me it’s pretty good. You can see with some of the climbs I did just up here, this is a little off beach, however, but why is that? That’s because I went off trail, there’s a road along their and trail along here down the side of the mountain, that is why that is reporting that off.
But this part here, this should actually loop around more on the route, again because I was off-road I don’t know who’s folded is right here, but to me, the route I do is normally about 19 to 20 km, I’ve tested it with the Garmin before, and look at that, to me that is very good accuracy.
Speed charts right here, you can see that mountain bike most of the km that I did, with between one to five with especially a lot of climbs, the chart here can show those climbs there and then that gets me onto our heart rate accuracy. Again I have used the chest mount polar before, a polar device, and monitor this.
And I know when I pushed myself really hard, going up the steep climb, that my heart right will pick two around about 175 sometimes even up to 108 and that’s good, that’s fine, that’s what the large climb where I really pushed it right here, and you can tell because the chart here shows the elevation, that’s when I was climbing up, heart rate going up, when I was going downhill was quite flat, my heart rate decreased, so the heart rate accuracy again, I have to give this, a thumbs-up as being I think very accurately final details here, you can see everything to do with the workout, duration so just under 2 hours, average speeds, the elevation gain and the training effect and also my recovery time.
The applications of course, which I just showed you before with the GPS, this is now just the main menu of it Huawei Health. So previous exercises are right there, did a walk of almost 7km again, and it seems to be reasonably accurate with the GPS, no problems. Heart rate monitoring is up to date when I sync with the watch, that was, well I’ve been swapping between different watches here, that’s why it’s kind of all over the place some of the data that I’m showing you, and sleep tracking.
The app & sleep monitoring results
You can monitor your weight and there you can add that the stress levels as well. and your SpO2 that isn’t into as well. In devices, you can add them in here, different watches, you can go in here and also update firmware, you can change the watch faces as I showed you before with them, and you’re able to do that or from the app.
You can see the different stats and whatnot notifications, change out the settings, if you don’t want to go through the watch, you can change a lot of it here in the application. And it is a very full-featured app and it does really offer quite a lot, a new going on profile in there too as well, so you can change and tweak different things.
Setting there, and for the e-SIM, you would add them on the watch and then you need to finish it off with the application here. And then on to one of the big things, especially with a wearable, is the battery life. So, the watch 3 can go in the smart mode, it’s everything activated, using all of the monitoring, It will go for up to three days, depending on the use and how often you touch get using this screen, of course, it will vary a little bit.
And then here, with the Watch 3 Pro that will be 5 days. Now if you turn on, the power saving mode the ultra battery saving mode, you can extend the battery life up to then 15 days with the Watch 3 and 21 with the Watch 3 Pro, which is pretty good. With the previous gen, I’m getting around about 10 days, but of course, it doesn’t have the e-SIM support, it doesn’t have the NFC and one less sensor which is the body temperature sensor.
So, the still very good battery life on this particular watch is much better than the competition, where some of them, you have to pretty much charge your wearable every day or every second day which is kind of annoying, at least he’s due to go for a little bit more. So build quality on both of them.
Pros & Cons
The pros a lot more expensive, especially this particular model here, which has the titanium strap. The titanium frame around it too as well, the ceramic on the rear of it, the build quality is absolutely superb, it is very very good. It’s a really nice watch. We can place the voice calls on them, which is very handy to have, you can with the e-SIM support, just leave your phone at home. Go for a run, you got your tracking on here, GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, which seems to be accurate, and then your ability to handle the calls through the watch, which I often do with my last gen watch.
Well, the Magic Watch 2 that I have, I’m always using it for calls, because it’s just very handy to have that. So what about the screens? Very good, more fluid now the UI too, Harmony OS seems to be a lot more fluid, but the screen brightness, very good you can make it in direct sunlight, not a problem it is brighter enough here.
So up to one, I’m measuring indoors here 900 nits. And because they are fully laminated screens, you don’t struggle to see them at all, touch response also as good. Haptics is very good. A couple of other things I do like about these is we have Wi-Fi support, so you don’t need to use the app to be able to update them as well, you can do that by updating all through this, you got the App Store on them.
And that’s where it counts too, for one of the cons is the App Store, the third-party developers support is a little on the lenient side. So that is, yes it’s improving, with the app gallery, slowly getting more developers on board, but I would like to see a lot more on there and it’s just gonna take time, is one of those things, that I love to see banking apps on it because we’ve got NFC on this watch, that you could go and make payments and things just using your watch, would be very handy to have, without having to carry a wallet and cards and things on you know how it is.
The other thing which is a very minor nitpick for me is the feedback mode when you’re training when using the workouts when you’re recording a workout. It’s great to have and I love the updates it gives me it’ll tell me my average speed, the distance, my heart rate, it’s all great but it still doesn’t say anything in the plural.
At least the biking mode, the mountain biking mode, will say: “You have ridden 5 kilometres” and it will not say 5 “kilometres” and now I know it’s a minor nitpick but it’s still there, and that’s just one thing. Charge time isn’t bad, it’s about 2 hours and it’s great that it’s wireless charging this has.
These are really high spec watches and I really like them. I think they are fantastic. Thank you so much for watching my review of the new Huawei Watch 3 and the watch 3 Pro. Don’t forget, I’ve got my review up also of the 12.6-inch version here of the notepad. Do check that out if you’re interested.