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Is the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro an upgrade vs Apple and Samsung?

We take a look at 5 categories

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Smartwatches are slowly becoming an essential wearable, especially for those keen on monitoring their health and fitness. Luxury watches are cool and all, but wouldn’t it be nice if your precious timepiece can do more than just tell time? 

To this end, several smartphone manufacturers have crafted their own versions of a smartwatch. Most of which are designed to perfectly match the phone they’re selling. And over the years, we have gone from counting steps, all the way to adding heart monitoring and even an ECG function. 

With so many things to consider, how exactly do you decide which smartwatch is your match? In this article, we’re taking a look at the 46mm and 42mm variants of the latest from Huawei – the Watch GT 3 Pro. And we’re putting it up against the Apple Watch Series 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch4. 

Specifically, we’re looking at five aspects to determine whether the Watch GT 3 Pro is an upgrade over the wearables made by Apple and Samsung. These are Design, Display, Battery Life, Health and Wellness features, and Active Lifestyle. 

Design

Watch GT 3 Pro

Design is probably the most subjective of all the categories we listed. After all, it will ultimately come down to your personal preference. However, there are undeniable facts about how these wearables look. 

For instance, which of the smartwatches actually look like a premium timepiece? 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, much like its predecessors, is designed to look and feel like the type of watch you ask for as a gift or reward. The leather strap, the sleek titanium body, and the dial; they all evoke luxury in just a glance. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

You can’t exactly say the same for the variants of Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch4 we have on hand. Sure, you can buy straps to achieve a certain higher-end look. But you don’t have to do that with the Watch GT 3 Pro. This look is what you get straight out of the box. 

Titanium and Ceramic

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Titanium Edition, as the name suggests, is made of titanium making it light but strong. And the three-dimensional finish adds edge and character to this looker of a smartwatch. 

Meanwhile, the Ceramic edition was made with more than just the looks in mind. Ceramic is resistant to corrosion and heat. Premium attributes of a premium device. 

For a feature-packed smartwatch, the Ceramic edition is incredibly lightweight. You’ll barely notice you’re wearing it during your activities, especially when you use the stylish white leather strap which gives a more polished appeal to anyone who wears it.

Display

Here’s a quick glance: 

  • Titanium Edition, Watch GT 3 Pro – 1.43-inch AMOLED HD display, Sapphire glass
  • Ceramic Edition, Watch GT 3 Pro – 1.32-inch AMOLED HD display, Sapphire glass
  • Galaxy Watch 4 – 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
  • Apple Watch Series 7 – 1.9-inch OLED display, Sapphire glass

Watch GT 3 Pro

What do these mean exactly? Well, as far as display tech is concerned, AMOLED is superior to OLED in terms of power efficiency. When it comes to durability, Sapphire glass can endure more than Corning Gorilla Glass DX+. And guess what, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro has the best of both worlds. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Tough, power efficient, and all around sharp, vivid displays. Huawei’s latest smartwatch easily takes this one. 

Battery life

Watch GT 3 Pro

On paper, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro promises the longest battery life – 14 days, to be exact. Meanwhile, the need to charge the Apple Watch daily has been well documented by plenty of reviewers. And the Galaxy Watch 4 lasts less than a day when you activate all the features + when you connect it to WiFi, Bluetooth, and background tracking/GPS. 

In practice, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro doesn’t always reach the 14-day promise. However, it easily outpaces the smartwatches from Apple and Samsung.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro (43mm) retained 80% of its battery life even after heavy usage – from tracking the workouts during the day, continuous connectivity to WiFi and Bluetooth, and always-on tracking of GPS.

This category might be the most runaway win, and the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is ahead of the pack by a mile and then some.

Health and wellness

All these flagship wearable devices have come to a point that they now share pretty much the same health and wellness tracking features. 

The Apple Watch Series 7 finally added an always-on display missing in previous iterations. And then there’s heart rate monitoring as well as ECG. Plus, the well-documented helpfulness of the fall detection feature. 

Samsung, for its part, added a unique body composition tool that uses a technology called Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) on the Galaxy Watch4. They’re basically little charges shot through your body to tell how much is fat and how much is skeletal muscle.

It helps in understanding your body to determine what adjustments you have to make in terms of workout, diet, and your lifestyle to achieve the best results you’re going for.

Watch GT 3 Pro

 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, on the other hand, provides a holistic approach to tracking your health and wellness features, bringing features that are essential to your everyday lives. 

The Galaxy Watch4 and the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro basically have the same tracking features. The Galaxy Watch4’s advantages include its unique body composition tool and its fast and accurate sensors.

Even stevens?

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, like the Apple Watch Series 7, offers measuring your ECG, temperature, stress levels, heart rate monitoring, and all day SpO2 monitoring. Built-in apps allow you to create a health plan, keep tabs on your sleep, practice breathing exercises, and   your air pressure.

All three have a dedicated Health app providing an overview of your status and condition, based on the data collected by the smartwatch. It has data on your activities for the day, water intake, calories burned, heart beat rate, blood oxygen level, sleep status.

In this regard, you might be better off getting the smartwatch that’s made by the manufacturer of the phone you’re already using. Unless, of course, you don’t like how it looks or have issues with its battery life.

Active lifestyle 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Like health and wellness monitoring, living an active lifestyle with the help of fitness tracking from each of these smartwatches should have you covered.

The Apple Watch Series 7 has a daily activity tracker that’s great for keeping you moving. On top of that, you can track activities like running, cycling, dancing, paddle boarding, and many more.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro measures your running ability, has a barometer feature that lets you read atmospheric pressure to predict the weather which might affect your training. The same feature allows the watch to measure how many flights have been climbed throughout the day.

There’s even an all new diving mode as well as golf mode on top of the already sizable 100+ workout modes.

Huawei, in particular, is proud of its deep diving capabilities. The free diving mode lets the Watch GT 3 Pro function even at a 30-meter depth. This follows the EN 13319 engineering standard as well as the 5ATM water resistance.  This is a feature Huawei is proud of and has been thoroughly tested on their end.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 auto-detects walking, running, and cycling. Inside the smartwatch, it can track 37 more workout modes which include swimming, hiking, circuit training, treadmill, arm curls and extensions, deadlifts, and even yoga.

Through the Samsung Health app, you can add more than 50 workout mode. These are primarily considered sports such as archery, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, bowling, horseback riding, golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, and even tennis.

Tied again?

In this instance, it’s best that you look up if your preferred sport or activity is supported by the smartwatch you’re eyeing. At a glance, though, it would appear that all three support a wide gamut of workouts that whatever you do is bound to be supported. 

Again, you’re left with choosing based on compatibility with your phone, battery life, and looks. The choice is ultimately yours. 

Is the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro an upgrade?

Watch GT 3 Pro

Based strictly on the categories we listed, it would appear that the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is an upgrade. 

  • Design +
  • Display +
  • Battery life +
  • Health and wellness =
  • Active lifestyle =

Its classic watch look may appeal to more people, its display is topnotch, and the battery life is far and away the best of the bunch. Everything else is just gravy at this point. 

Any of the three are fine choices. And there’s a legitimate reason to just choose the one that matches best with your smartphone. But you’re getting more juice and a few extra value if you opt for the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

Additionally, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro will work seamlessly with whatever OS your phone is using. Whether that’s Huawei’s own, Google, or iOS. And that’s not something you can say with all the smartwatches here.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition retails for PhP 16,999. Meanwhile, the Ceramic Edition is priced at PhP 24,999. 

Buy them here: HUAWEI Store | Lazada | Shopee


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4: First 24 Hours

And a quick unboxing video!

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The Galaxy Z Flip4 was just announced, and it’s the perfect time to get the review devices.

But this time, we’re doing it in a different way.

Here’s Michael Josh’s unboxing and first 24-hours with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4.

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GadgetSnaps: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 in New York

Snaps from the Unpacked trip

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The Unpacked event for Samsung’s newest foldables was a little unusual but it was still a blast. After the event, we immediately got our hands on both the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4. So, what did I do? I took the Galaxy Z Fold4 and snapped away around New York City. 

The camera department is one area that the Galaxy Z Fold4 got an upgrade in. Here’s what it looks like on paper: 

Cover: 

  • 10MP, f/2.2

Under display: 

  • 4MP, f/1.8

Rear: 

  • 12MP Ultra Wide, f/2.2
  • 50MP Wide-angle, f/1.8
  • 10MP Telephoto, f/2.4

Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get to the photos!

Food 

Let’s start with something that everyone loves taking photos of. Food! In true Samsung fashion, these tasty treats are made to look even tastier with Samsung’s tendency to make colors really pop.

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Here’s one taken with 3x zoom. 

And here’s a couple flexing Samsung’s Nightography capabilities. 

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Zoom in, zoom out

Like the Samsung Galaxy S22+, I had fun taking photos with the main wide angle lens, the ultra-wide angle lens, and the multiple zoom capabilities. 

Here’s a quick demo of what that looks like on this cool United States of America flag display in our hotel lobby. 

Ultra-wide 

1x (Main wide angle)

3x Zoom. (As we zoom in, you’ll see exactly how they made this and it’s pretty cool). 

10x Zoom. In case you couldn’t tell from the 3x Zoom pic, these are beer cans, arranged in a way that they would look like the American flag when viewed from across the room. 

Here’s a 20x Zoom shot for good measure. 

I went up close for this next shot, using the main wide angle lens, for a different perspective. 

Galaxy Z Flip4

And here’s a shot of the same area with someone passing by. I sort of wanted to see how the Galaxy Z Fold4 processes a person in motion and this was pretty good. At least, I think so. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I later on learned that this person on the shot is Yejin Choi. One of the Generation17 Young Leaders that Samsung featured on this trip. You can read and watch about her amazing contribution to education here. 

Fun at Times Square

Hours after the Unpacked event, we made our way to Times Square to capture the BTS Times Square takeover ℅ Samsung. 

On the way, I took a quick snap of Madison Square Garden — the Mecca of basketball. Too bad it’s the offseason so I couldn’t catch an NBA game. This was taken inside a moving vehicle.

Galaxy Z Fold4

And then we got to Times Square where the ultra wide angle lens really came in handy. Just take a look at this shot. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I tweeted a quick video capturing the moment, taken using the Galaxy Z Flip4. 

I also put the Galaxy Z Fold4’s zoom capabilities to the test. And it was pretty impressive. Caught this nice shot of BTS member Jungkook.

Galaxy Z Fold4

And here’s a group shot so ARMYs don’t come after me. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I took a few selfies while I was here for good measure. This was using the 10MP camera on the cover. As you will see on the clouds behind me, the dynamic range varies in every shot. And this was just the camera auto adjusting the colors. 

Spidey sighting!

Of course, what’s a New York trip without encountering Spider-Man? We saw this dude dressed up as Spider-Man Miles Morales and I just had to take shots.

For some dramatic effect, I used the portrait mode here and I think they came out well, creating a nice little separation between Spidey and the rather busy background. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Galaxy Z Fold4

Walking around the Big Apple

Here are a few more shots of just me basking in the City that Never Sleeps. 

There are plenty of pizza places around New York. This one had a nice neon sign that I thought would look good on camera.

Galaxy Z Fold4

You can rent bikes too. These are found everywhere. Although, this photo was taken fresh off some rain that’s why a lot of them are just parked here.

Galaxy Z Fold4

This was taken at the cafe in the hotel where we typically had breakfast. It was taken right around the time it was raining. I just liked the contrast of the warm light inside the cafe and the cold, dull sight of the rain outside. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Growing up, I watched a lot of American TV series. Walking around town, I was amused at how familiar the neighborhood seemed only because I’ve seen them a lot on TV. 

Here’s a shot when it’s bright and sunny. Taken right outside Kobrick Coffee.

Galaxy Z Fold4

A quick selfie with Michael Josh and Chay who were hard at work producing Reels and YouTube videos while I was just hanging around. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Here’s a shot of Michael Josh posing with the Galaxy Z Flip4 in hand. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

The Galaxy Z Fold4 photo-taking experience

I’ve used both the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Z Fold3 and I can say that it was a tad more fun snapping with the Galaxy Z Fold4. 

The image results using the main camera, I found, were very satisfactory. Samsung is still doing its usual Samsung things in that the photos tend to look more saturated. But that’s a plus for most people, especially if you just want to snap a quick one and quickly share on social media. 

There are instances, though, where the overprocessing is a little too obvious. Take the photo below. Right on the top-left side, you’ll see some weird color lines that you otherwise probably wouldn’t see without any heavy-lifting from the photography AI.

Galaxy Z Fold4

The color reproduction among the rear camera lenses still isn’t 100% consistent unlike what I experienced with the Galaxy S22+. But they’re not half bad and aren’t immediately noticeable if you don’t compare them side-by-side. 

And if you take shots carefully, the color consistency can be surprisingly good. Take a look at the shots below.

The reduced weight, especially compared to the Galaxy Z Fold2 which I spent time with the longest, also made it easier to take photos when the Galaxy Z Fold4 is folded.

Not the best visual aid since I just took this while inside the hotel room, but here’s what that kind of looks like.

Overall, I had a grand time taking pictures with the Galaxy Z Fold4. The results aren’t too wild. In fact, they look vivid, sharp and ready for the gram. And the whole experience using the Fold to snap photos also feels natural. Sometimes even more so than the regular smartphones most of us have in our pockets right now. 

I’ll leave you with this shot of our hotel’s dark front desk area with a rather inspirational neon sign.

That’s it for now, make sure to tune in to GadgetMatch wherever you like to find your content to see more of Samsung’s foldables and accessories. 

Watch our Galaxy Z Fold4 Hands-on.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 Hands-on: What’s New?

Any differences from last year’s Galaxy Z Fold3?

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Samsung paved the way for foldable smartphones that transform into tablets.

That engineering marvel made the Galaxy Fold possible.

After three years, the Galaxy Z Fold continues to evolve.

The Galaxy Z Fold4, while it may look almost the same as the Z Fold3, offers upgrades that one should consider.

What are those changes?

You should definitely watch our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 hands-on for you to find out.


Pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold4: howl.me/1782498420013699516

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