The Huawei Watch 3 is the connected watch you’ve been waiting for
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Now might be a good time to buy a smartwatch.
On my wrist is Huawei’s new Watch 3, and it’s an almost perfect blend of style and ease of use. The price is right too. You can buy one, which comes with a pair of Freebuds 3 headphones, for £ 379 at Currys PC World – that’s a saving of £ 149.
There are two good reasons to buy the Watch 3: First, it’s beautiful, and second, it has one of the best health monitors I’ve seen on a non-Apple watch.
Why we rate it
It is comfortable to wear. Some smartwatches can seem bulky, almost annoying. If you’re not a fan of gadgets, there’s little incentive to switch from a traditional timepiece – but the Watch 3 is lightweight at just 65g and has a perfect fit.
There are a variety of bracelets available (my sample comes with a classic beige leather bracelet). There are also silicone, fabric and metal alternatives. The case is made of stainless steel, the back is ceramic
The battery life is impressive, up to 14 days. So there is no need to panic if you forget to charge it overnight. The Watch 3 is the first smartwatch to run Huawei’s Harmony operating system, which is not only very efficient, but is also smooth and responsive.
The friendliness is good. There’s a rotating crown for navigation, while the 35mm AMOLED touchscreen is large and bright. At 1000 nits, it’s easy to read, even in direct sunlight.
Press the crown to open a grid of icons, while rotating it to zoom in or out, letting you see more apps at a glance. A secondary button gives you a selectable drop-down list. This makes it a breeze to select apps, features, and settings. It’s really intuitive.
When it comes to health monitoring, there’s a lot going on: A temperature sensor offers continuous monitoring of the skin (useful as an indicator of overall health). There is also continuous monitoring of blood oxygen Sp02, heart rate and stress monitoring. It even comes with sleep tracking, which becomes a handy option given the extended battery life.
There are all the usual workout modes, and if you want something more professional, take a look at TV.Fit’s TruConnect app.
There is also integrated fall detection, with SOS call. You can configure it to call emergency services or a family member, with or without a prompt.
And of course, you can add more fun stuff by downloading apps from Huawei’s app gallery.
Finally, the Watch 3 also supports eSIM for independent calls, no smartphone required; you will need a separate eSIM contract from your mobile provider to activate this – currently it is only available from Vodafone, but other providers are joining you.
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