Tests Honor Watch GS Pro Smartwatch – Made to withstand bumps and hard use

Honor Watch GS Pro is a smart watch that promises knocks and bumps caused by a sustainable active life. The smartwatch is protected against shocks according to the MIL-STD-810G standard and can withstand immersion to a depth of 50 meters according to the 5ATM standard. In the cereal pack test, the watch did not receive such a harsh treatment, but the basic use went well and the battery lasted.

However, the innovations and improvements brought about by Honor Watch GS Pro, which is sold at a reasonable recommended price of 249 euros, compared to previous Honor and Huawei smartwatches, are mainly external and cosmetic. The smartwatch utilizes the LiteOS operating system familiar from previous smartwatches. Thus, the actual characteristics of the smartwatch are largely similar to those of other Huawei and Honor smartwatches. Older models can be found much cheaper than the Honor Watch GS Pro, especially at discount sales.

In addition, the Honor Watch GS Pro will, of course, also compete against Apple Waters and smartwatches with Samsung’s Tizen and Google WearOS operating systems. The most significant difference to watchOS, Tizen, and Wear OS is the complete lack of support for third-party applications from the LiteOS operating system used by Huawei and Honor. In practice, this means that it is not possible to load more applications into the smartwatch.

However, basic functions are included, such as a timer, an alarm clock, a “flashlight” that turns the screen bright white, a compass, a barometer, and a function that can be used to find a lost phone with a beep.

Calls can be made via Bluetooth directly from the smartwatch, and the watch can guide the user in a relaxing breathing exercise. You can also control the music on your phone via Spotify, for example, via a smartwatch, and messages arriving on your phone will naturally appear on the screen. However, messages cannot be answered via the clock, and acknowledging notifications from the smartwatch does not acknowledge them from the phone.

The minimalist approach also has its positive downside. Thanks to the large battery, the Kirin A1 system circuit for the power supply and LiteOS, excellent battery life has been achieved.

Honor promises that the Watch GS Pro will last up to 25 days of everyday use on a single charge, which proved to be quite achievable in the test. Battery life depends a lot on how much the smartwatch is used on a daily basis, but even for active users, the 790 milliamp-hour battery of a smartwatch should last at least about two weeks.

If you want to further improve the battery life, you can turn off the heart rate measurement and the always on dial and keep the use of GPS to a minimum. Then about a month of battery life is easily a reality.

The battery is charged with the included wireless charging dock with a USB-C connector. Unfortunately, the Watch GT 2 cannot be charged wirelessly with standard Qi-based chargers.

The Honor Watch GS Pro arrives to the user in a stylish black box. Inside the box, in addition to the actual smartwatch, you will find a charging dock, a USB-C cable and an instruction manual, but no USB wall adapter at all.

Externally, the sports watch Honor Watch GS Pro is a rugged-looking smart watch. The dial is remarkably large and steep.

In terms of its design and impact resistance, the Watch GS Pro is like a home run, gym or exercise in nature. Because the watch is waterproof, dare to take it with you on a swimming trip as well.

Both of the physical buttons feel stiff and otherwise the watch looks high quality. The large 48mm dial offers a 1.39-inch AMOLED display panel with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. The screen image is bright and easy to read outdoors.

Although the Honor Watch GS Pro is aimed at active riders, it is still closer to regular smart watches than actual sports watches. While there are plenty of different sports facilities on offer, sports watches often also offer training tips and other features not found in the Honor Watch GS Pro, for example.

The smartwatch works via Bluetooth with Android smartphones from all manufacturers, as well as iPhones with iOS 9.0 or later. For athletes, the downside to the Honor Watch GS Pro is also that the smartwatch is nailed very tightly to Huawei’s own Health app. The application itself is fairly functional, but, for example, the GPS data can not be transferred to an application such as Strava third party. However, data can be transferred to Google Fit.

While the Honor Watch GS Pro application support doesn’t boast, it still supports a wide variety of exercise modes. In total, the smartwatch can track more than a hundred different exercise performances, ranging from running to gym training, from downhill skiing to cycling and from triathlon to darts. In practice, different forms of exercise determine, for example, which sensors are activated from the smartwatch. In connection with salitrain, for example, GPS tracking is not very useful.

The GPS usually locks in just over ten seconds from the start of the workout. The GPS measures the distance quite accurately and the measured distance was very close to the result given by the GPS of the Apple iPhone 12 mini.

Like the GPS, the optical heart rate measurement of the Watch GS Pro also works well in general and the result was in line with the control devices. The differences between the devices were usually no more than about five beats per minute.

However, the optical heart rate measurement found in the Honor Watch GS Pro never maintains the same accuracy as the actual heart rate belt, so if you want very reliable heart rate results, you should continue to use the heart rate belt and the sports watches that support it.

In addition to heart rate measurement from the wrist and sp02 measurement, the Honor Watch GS Pro can also monitor the quality of its user’s sleep. The TruSleep 2.0 feature monitors the user’s sleep habits and promises to warn you if they detect signs of sleep-related problems, for example. However, the sleep monitoring reports provided by sleep monitoring are somewhat familiar from the wind, and they did not always reflect the state of being that was when getting out of bed.

During sports performances, you can use the down button to scroll through pages that show, among other things, your heart rate and distance traveled, so that the use of the watch is also smooth in your hand. The upper button, in turn, pauses the exercise. Pressing the buttons causes the speaker of the smartwatch to announce, for example, the stopping of the exercise quite loudly, which may gather glances in the gym, for example. However, audible alarms can be silenced if desired.

The Huawei Health app on a smartphone can draw running loops on a map template. There is also a heart rate curve and a table showing the average speed for each kilometer run. You can find performance details in the summary, such as the number of calories used and altitude variations along the route. However, as mentioned, data cannot be transferred to third party applications.

Huawei Health rewards the user for exercise performance with medals such as “run five kilometers” or “cycle 50 kilometers” and calculates how much the user has moved in a given period of time. The app also offers a variety of training programs, such as a five-kilometer training program for beginners or an interval program for active riders.

As a whole, the Honor Watch GS Pro is an intermediate form between sports watches, activity bracelets and actual smart watches. The impact-resistant outer shell hides a basic smart watch with great battery life. However, the lack of third-party applications limits the uses of the smartwatch compared to Apple Waters or smartwatches with WearOS.

It is strongly user-specific whether the Honor Watch GS Pro meets your own needs. If you want a smart watch with basic features and a good battery life for a jogging path, it is definitely a good choice. On the other hand, for $ 249, you can already get a full-blooded Wear OS smart watch or sports watch that is likely to offer more functionality. A sturdy appearance may also divide opinions. If you already find another Huawei or Honor smartwatch in your home, the Honor Watch GS Pro doesn’t offer very much new.

Good

Bad

  • No support for third party applications
  • Quite a bit new compared to other Honor and Huawei smart watches
  • No support for Qi download

Honor Watch GS Pro specifications:

  • Price: 249 €
  • Dimensions: 48 x 48 x 13.6 millimeters
  • Weight: about 45.5 g (without wristband)
  • Display: 1.39 ”AMOLED color display, 3D glass, resolution: 454 x 454, PPI 326
  • Memory: 32 MB RAM + 4 GB ROM
  • Battery: 790 mAh (battery life approx. 25 days)
  • Location: GPS / GLONASS / Galileo
  • Operating system compatibility: Android 5.0 or later, iOS 9.0 or later
  • Heart rate measurement: optical heart rate sensor
  • Water and impact resistance: 5ATM (up to 50 meters), IP68, MIL-STD-810G
  • Charging: Magnetic charging cradle
  • Sensors: acceleration, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, optical heart rate sensor, ambient light sensor, barometric pressure, capacitive sensor
  • Materials: metal + plastic (body), silicone (wristband)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth: 5.1, 2.4GHz, supports BLE, BR, EDR, portability up to 150 meters without obstacles

Modified 19.1.2021 at 18.02: Corrected the correct product name in the box containing the product box.


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