Honor Watch GS Pro, analysis: Honor's most extreme watch



Honour remains ready to be one of the best technology manufacturers in Spain, and for this, they bet not only on smartphones but on computers and wearables. In its catalogue of smartwatches, the Honor Watch GS Pro is the most extreme and advanced, and after spending several weeks trying it we bring you our impressions, with its strengths, weaknesses and for whom it is recommended.

Honor Watch GS Pro: Technical details

Screen:

  • Diagonal: 1.39 inches.
  • Form factor: Circular.
  • Technology: AMOLED.
  • Resolution: 454 x454 pixels.
  • Outdoor-specific spheres.

Health Monitoring:

  • Heart attack all day.
  • An estimate of VO2 Max.
  • Sleep tracking.
  • Stress estimation.
  • Over 100 training modes.

Smart features:

  • Remote trigger for the camera.
  • Play music with storage up to 500 songs.
  • Bluetooth call control.
  • Weather warnings on the watch.

Battery:

  • Up to 25 days on a full charge.
  • 48 hours with GPS enabled.
  • 100 hours in outdoor training mode.
  • Charging time: 2 hours.

Resistance:

  • Rough design.
  • Stainless steel bezel.
  • Water resistance up to 5 atmospheres.
  • Weight: 45 grams.

"Extreme" is the best way to define the Honor Watch GS Pro

In the smartwatch market, there are devices for all tastes. There are round, square, rectangular ones, more focused on achieving an elegant or sportier-looking design. The Honor Watch GS 2 would enter this last stripe, fitting perfectly with both a casual and sporty look, but detonating a little with more formal attire.

Without become a gigantic watch, it is a large device and not suitable for small dolls. Its 45 grams, although considerable, are lighter than the Galaxy Watch 3 and are a similar weight to the Ticwatch Pro 3.

Among large watches, it is comfortable to wear in the day to day, especially if you choose straps. On a personal level, the rubber strap included with Honor is not too comfortable, but because it is compatible with standard 22-millimetre straps, you have a gigantic catalogue in both watch shops, Amazon or even Aliexpress. My recommended option is always the Nylon strap that mimics the Sport Loop of apple watches, with perfect fit and with a lot of breathabilities, the same one that I use on my Galaxy Watch and that I have been able to put without problems on this watch.

The quality of the materials conveys a sense of robustness, and the only element you feel as fragile is the screen glass, which unless it hits the beak of rock seems very unlikely that you will end up splitting it.

Not only is the appearance extreme, but so is the battery. Honour promises up to 25 days of autonomy in mixed-use, and in our daily life with sporadic sports practices and continuous health monitoring we have ended up spending it in 20 days. Not bad at all, considering how many health parameters you can record.

The battery can withstand 48 hours of continuous GPS mode, without having to carry your phone, so it's a watch that you can take on the road for the weekend with the confidence that even with geolocation activates most of the time, you're going to come home with charge. In our experience, a one-hour training session with active GPS has taken about 3% battery.



Smart features and apps

The Honor Watch GS is a smartwatch with Huawei's Kirin A1 processor and the same operating system we've seen in the Honor Magic Watch, Huawei Watch GT and on a smaller scale on the Huawei Watch Fit and Honor Watch ES. The system as such is limited in functions to which Huawei and Honor decide for each model, and this makes each model have its own applications.

One of the least frequent added values is that this model has the possibility to store local music from your own mobile, being able to carry up to 2 GB of music with you. The transfer is made pro Bluetooth and is slow, taking around the minute for each track sent, so transferring a list of 60 songs can take an hour. As the watch includes the speaker, you will be able to play the music on the watch itself with its speaker, with quality not too good, but acceptable considering that it is a clock. It's a good idea to connect your Bluetooth headset to your watch.

In addition to this, we have home screens to directly check heart rate, stress, control music or have weather information. And a wide variety of spheres that are managed in Huawei's own Health app, an indispensable application to be able to link and configure your watch.

Regarding the applications installed on the watch, this is the complete list that you will have at the factory and almost in its life cycle, since there is no app store:

  1. Exercise.
  2. Exercise log.
  3. Exercise status.
  4. Heart rate.
  5. Oxygen in the blood.
  6. Activity logs.
  7. Dream.
  8. Stress.
  9. Breathing exercises.
  10. Call log.
  11. Contacts.
  12. Music.
  13. Barometer.
  14. Compass
  15. Notifications.
  16. Time.
  17. Stopwatch.
  18. Timer.
  19. Alarm.
  20. Flashlight.
  21. Find my phone.

An interesting aspect that we find in the settings is the possibility to customize the lower button of the watch to be able to immediately open the function that we want.



Sports and health monitoring, its big strong point

The great strength of the Honor Watch GS is the possibility to measure our physical and health activity. Thanks to its gigantic battery we can have a heart rate control, stress levels throughout the day and blood oxygen measurement, in addition to having a very accurate sleep monitoring, which offers not only figures but interesting data about each of the sleep parameters it records.

Within the workouts, these will measure our heart rate and distance travelled, as well as include voice guides in workouts like skiing. GPS measurement will not only record the route but also allow us the option to track the path back on the watch itself, without having to carry the mobile with you.

Among the training functions, we have a virtual coach for races, which includes 13 career routines distributed in four levels. The most basic includes basic routines for someone who has never run, and then we have basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

Basic levels:

  • Walking and running, basic.
  • Walking and running, advanced.
  • Soft level
  • Smooth running.
  • Run to burn fat, basic.
  • MAF180, basic.
  • Aerobic endurance race.

Sports level:

  • Run to burn fat, advanced.
  • Run to burn fat, MIIT.
  • MAF180, advanced.
  • Long-distance slow run.
  • Run at speed intervals.

Advanced:

  • Continuous career.
  • HIIT career.

A definite watch for sport, adventure and health

When we try Huawei and Honor's most affordable wristbands, we define them as exceptional health products, and while this watch is much more advanced than these, in the end by the system itself the software experience is the same, with improvements such as local music storage and a more advanced GPS, but without guided visual training and the same limitations in notifications or extra applications.

Watches like Galaxy Watch Active or Ticwatch Pro 3 are much more complete options like smartwatches by including voice assistants, mobile payments or the ability to download new apps, but being much more complex systems they have a much more limited battery. It's not that Honor and Huawei have done magic in this regard, having such a limited system is what allows autonomy to be so good.

In the end, it's positive because you have the option to choose whether you want a super sophisticated watch or your only interest is in sports and health tracking and what you value most is a good battery. If this is your case, the Honor Watch GS Pro is an extremely recommended option.

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