The price of the potential. Test Huawei Watch 3 Pro with HarmonyOS

The latest Huaweia watch is available in several versions, which are priced like this:

  • Huawei Watch 3 Active (fluoroelastomer strap) – PLN 1699;
  • Huawei Watch 3 Classic (leather strap) – PLN 1799;
  • Huawei Watch 3 Pro Classic (leather strap) – PLN 1999;
  • Huawei Watch 3 Pro Elite (titanium bracelet) – PLN 2399.

I was tested by the most expensive variant, which differs from the models without Pro’s note by better quality of the materials used, more precise GPS and a more capacious battery.

The review of the Huawei Watch 3 Pro cannot fail to start with the battery

During testing, I came across several internet and radio ads for Huawei Watcha 3 Pro. The manufacturer consistently promotes “breakthrough battery life”, declaring “up to 21 days on a single charge”. So my guess is that this aspect will tempt many potential customers.

The case is quite absurd, because these 21 days & hairsp; – & hairsp; although real & hairsp; – & hairsp; can be drawn only in optional “ultra battery” mode. This deactivates the HarmonyOS interface, installed applications and the eSIM chip, which are practically all the functions that distinguish Huaweia Watcha 3 from the much cheaper Watcha GT 2.

To be fair, in low battery mode you can still read notifications, receive voice calls or even monitor activity with continuous heart rate measurement, which is a real salvation in emergency situations. However, if someone wants to regularly charge the watch once every several days, they should reach for the older generation.

In normal use, the working time is shorter, but still very good

When I started testing the Huawei Watcha 3 Pro, I turned on all measurements (heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and sleep) and notifications from all applications and activated the eSIM chip. Most of the time, the watch was paired with the phone via Bluetooth, but on average I spent an hour a day at the pool, where the Huawei Watch 3 Pro was doomed to LTE connectivity.

In this mode, the watch lasted for me on a single charge 4 full daysduring which he completed a 30-minute training with GPS.

For hardware with such an advanced operating system, it is very good result. And charging is not a problem, because the support for the Qi standard means that you can use not only the included charger, but also virtually any inductive charger. Including the increasingly popular reverse charging in phones.

What does HarmonyOS in Huawei Watchu 3 Pro? First of all, the watch is more comfortable and pleasant to use

Earlier Huaweia watches had light but very primitive software with few functions, a very simple interface and poor animations. The third generation brings the Android-based HarmonyOS system, which is much more advanced.

The system pleases the eye with smooth animations, and the operation is comfortable and intuitive. Digital lace (although it does not work in all external applications) allows you to scroll the content without covering the screen with your finger …

… a mesh interface (clearly inspired by Apple Watches) allows you to reach any app with one finger movement.

Thanks to 2 GB of RAM, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro can also keep several open applications in the background and switch between them efficiently. Finally, the manufacturer has created full-fledged smartwatchand not a fitness band in disguise.

The software works lively and stably, although on the first day you are irritated by Android accretions associated with phones. Virtually every app, when first launched, displays a message asking for the appropriate permissions.

The great advantage of HarmonyOS is the ability to install external, full-fledged applications

Several new programs appear each week in the AppGallery & hairsp; – & hairsp; which is installed on your watch & hairsp; – & hairsp; As of this writing, there are 35 of them, some of which are quite useful.

For example Stocard allows you to display loyalty cards on the watch to be scanned in stores, Radioline listen to radio stations via Wi-Fi or LTE, Polish Listonic manage shopping lists, and iTranslate translate single words or entire phrases.

So far, there are not many apps, but it must be emphasized that I am publishing the Huawei Watch 3 Pro test a moment before the start of sales.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro impresses with its design and quality of workmanship

In the most cool version, the smartwatch has titanium case, titanium bracelet and scratch-resistant screen sapphire glass. So the manufacturer did not save on materials.

The price is not low (PLN 2399), but it is worth recalling here that the steel bracelet itself for the competing Apple Watch costs slightly less (PLN 2229).

In my opinion, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro looks great, and the workmanship is also masterful. The button and the digital crown are embedded with watchmaking precision.

The manufacturer also reached for & hairsp; – & hairsp; which in the world of watches is still not a standard & hairsp; – & hairsp; po high quality vibration motor. This one generates nice “kicks” and mimics the work of physical gears when using a digital crown.

They are only a slight downside to me markings on the frame surrounding the screen. It looks good, but making smartwatches resemble traditional watches is a bit cheesy for me. That’s why I like the usual Huawei Watch 3 more, which does not pretend to do anything and has no such markings.

The bracelet is modular and can be easily extended, shortened or replaced without reaching for any tools. The manufacturer also adds to the set plain plastic strapso the user immediately gets a set for various occasions. The Huawei Watch 3 Pro will work both at a banquet and at the gym, and changing the strap takes seconds.

Applied OLED display it is also top shelf. It produces a sharp image and ensures good readability in sunlight.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro has a solid fitness background

The new watch has a built-in gyroscope, pulse oximeter, barometer, barometer, thermometer and GPS. It allows you to constantly monitor the heart rate, blood oxygenation and skin temperature, and automatically detect sleep.

Built-in GPS – which I checked at the stadium – works greatby accurately measuring 400 meters for each lap run.

During testing, I regularly take Watcha 3 Pro to the pool and gym and I am satisfied with the accuracy of most of the measurements. Why the majority? Somehow, the new watch is much worse than its predecessor when it comes to estimating the distance run on the treadmill.

According to the treadmill, I ran 3 km and the watch shows 3.76 km. And to such inflating the result by 20-30 percent it comes every time. Interestingly, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is only wrong by a few percent in the same situation.

In theory, the software allows for manual correction of the distance covered, but due to an error, the corrected value is not saved. It remains to count that one of the upcoming updates will fix the problem.

The built-in thermometer is a novelty, although its usefulness is highly debatable

Huawei Watch 3 Pro can measure skin temperature. Huawei notes, however, that measurements can be affected by “wearing style, environmental conditions, and other factors.”

While writing this text, I am healthy, I have practically not moved from the couch for several hours, I went out on the balcony once every few minutes, and the measurements are as follows:

The lowest result was noted after removing the watch, but even unspecified factors can translate into more than 5-degree shooting in subsequent measurements. So I have no idea how this feature could be useful for detecting a fever or… anything, really.

eSIM does the job, but the Huawei Watch 3 Pro is wasting its potential

If the operator’s offer allows the activation of the eSIM chip, the watch can gain partial independence thanks to LTE connectivity. In my case (Orange), the activation took place without any problems.

Thanks to LTE you can away from the phone make and receive voice calls or use applications that require internet access. The call quality is very good (as long as there is no wind), and the apps (including internet radio or weather) work flawlessly.

In conjunction with the built-in GPS, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro can also monitor training independently of the smartphone.

Unfortunately this is roughly where the autonomy ends. Huawei Watch 3 Pro does not have an e-mail or even SMS application pre-installed (not to mention Messenger or WhatsApp). You can find some SMS apps in the AppGallery, but personally I’m afraid to grant access to my messages to programs of unknown origin.

In addition, the Huawei Pay service is still absent in Poland, so it is impossible to pay with the new watch in stores.

The eSIM chip has the potential to make the smartwatch a completely autonomous device, but in this case it is untapped potential. Actually, when I leave the house even for training, I feel the need to take my phone with me.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro has potential, but & hairsp; – & hairsp; well, just & hairsp; – & hairsp; here more potential than actual possibilities

With a system as advanced as HarmonyOS, Huawei could have worked wonders, but approached the subject quite conservatively, wasting software potential.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro & hairsp; – & hairsp; Like previous generations & hairsp; – & hairsp; displays notifications, but does not allow you to interact with them. So you can forget about replying to a message from the level of the watch, sending a reply from a template or at least giving “okayka”.

It’s a pity, because HarmonyOS & hairsp; – & hairsp; in addition to two built-in keyboards (QWERTY and T9) has an excellent mechanism for converting Polish speech into textso it would be great for dictating messages. This feature is a waste, because so far it can be used in a handful of external applications such as a translator.

There is no system in the Polish version either no voice assistant, so you can forget even about facilitating even the simplest activities, such as setting the alarm clock.

There are not many pre-installed applications (even the calendar or the aforementioned SMS app are missing), and the watch AppGallery is in its infancy. The lack of contactless payments is also a serious downside.

Yet the competition is awake. For August, Samsung and Google announced the premiere of a new platform, which will potentially be free from most of HarmonyOS’s flaws.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro is by no means a bad device

It still offers a fairly unique combination of a polished design, pleasant to use software, good battery life and partial autonomy. If someone appreciated the previous generations, but felt limited by the primitive system, perhaps he would be satisfied with the fact that in the “three” of these limitations there are much less.

However, taking into account that the Huawei Watch 3 Pro is almost twice as expensive as its predecessor, it is hard to resist the impression that so far the price increase is primarily due to the potential that may & hairsp; – & hairsp; but not & hairsp; – & hairsp; be used in the future .


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