The Huawei Watch 3 Pro is getting a software update, so we’ll be updating some of the material in this review soon. Keep an eye out!
Harmony OS is now available, as are the first devices to run it. The Huawei Watch 3 & Watch 3 Pro are the flag-bearers who must demonstrate to the rest of the world what Huawei is capable of on its own. Unfortunately, the operating system appears to be unfinished, and it is currently unstable and limited.
The Huawei Watch 3 Pro is also a little rough around the edges, both physically and symbolically. It’s huge and thick, with a lot of harsh edges & hard lines, and the user experience isn’t particularly pleasant. Missing functionality and shaky performance need to be expected in an operating system, but Harmony OS, at least on the Watch 3 Pro, feels like a step backward from LiteOS at times.
This thing is enormous! And don’t make any jokes about how thick the Huawei Watch 3 Pro is; it’s over half an inch thick! Although the watch’s body is made from titanium, the watch’s sheer bulk makes it fairly heavy at 63 grams. Huawei has promised a more streamlined and modern appearance for the Watch 3, but this does not apply to the Watch 3 Pro. With its flat sapphire glass on the front, heavy bezel surrounding the screen, and chilly grey titanium sheen, the entire appearance reminds me of a Huawei Watch GT2 Pro.
Display & Hardware
The Huawei Watch 3 Pro has a 1.43-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 466×466 pixels. This amounts to a pixel density of roughly 326PPI, resulting in a sharp and clear image. Huawei claims 1000 nits of max brightness, however, in flashlight mode, I measured 506 nits. These figures aren’t an exact reflection of how well you’ll be able to read the screen on a bright day. When the sun is up and shining, 1000 nits isn’t always enough, and I’ve found it difficult to see what’s on the screen. However, the Watch 3 Pro is bright enough to use indoors.
Software & Features
For the first time, Harmony OS is available on a wearable device, and Huawei has made a huge deal out of it. The software experience, I have to say, feels like a “work in progress,” and there’s little to no functional difference between Harmony OS 2.0 & LiteOS, which runs on the Huawei GT2 Pro. What should I do first? The process of matching is anything from simple. I tried (literally) for two hours to connect the watch on my phone. The Health app via Huawei App Gallery must be sideloaded, like the one from Google Play Store will not work.
Fitness & Health tracking
When compared to the Watch GT2 Pro, fitness monitoring is almost the same. It’s not a terrible thing; there are over 100 workout options to choose from, including 19 professional modes & 85 personalized settings, as well as 13 running courses with voice instruction to help you improve your training. The watch failed to recognize and interact with my exercises on multiple instances, which could be related to the GPS lock failing. During your workout, the same robotic voice notifies you of critical metrics, adding some unintentional humor by mispronouncing second(s) and minute (s).