The Honor Watch GS 3 is a smartwatch that guarantees a premium watch appearance without the premium cost to match.The previous
Huawei-owned business launched the Watch GS 3 in China initially before it went further afield, and sees a little a shift from the extremely outdoor-centric Honor View GS Pro that introduced back in 2020.
While it’s no longer part of Huawei, there’s clear signs of its stewardship. It’s a fitness-focused smartwatch that will track your heart, blood oxygen levels, let you see your notices and bring around music and deal weeks of battery life.At ₤ 169 (approximately $195), the Honor See GS 3 can be found in at a really appealing cost, however yet once again isn’t one that’s easy to acquire in the United States. That price puts it up versus the similarity the Amazfit GTR4, Huawei Watch GT3 and the inbound Fitbit’s Versa smartwatch.Gone are the days that you ‘d have a hard time to get an attractive smartwatch for under ₤ 200/$200 mark, so does the Honor View GS 3 deliver on appearances and smarts? Here’s our thorough verdict.Honor Watch GS 3: Design and screen As we stated, the GS 3 is a little a departure from the Watch GS Pro where Honor has actually
swapped ruggedness for curves and a more traditional watch look. You’re not going to mistake it for a timeless watch, however there’s certainly something a bit more attractive about it this time.That is if you choose the more expensive ocean blue or gold versions(₤ 179 ), which include a Nappa leather band and case combination that help to develop that more conventional watch look. The midnight black variation we had on our wrist is available in a little cheaper than those variations and drops a nicer leather band instead of a more exercise-friendly fluroelastomer one included with the more affordable GS 3. All variations do feature a 45.9 mm case made from a mix of metal and plastic that determines in at 10.5 mm thick and function two, crown-style physical buttons.
It also includes a microphone and speaker. There’s a dynamic, 1.43-inch, 466 x 466 pixel
resolution AMOLED touchscreen screen, which can be used in an always-on mode consisting of in workout tracking mode. The curved construction helps to give the GS 3 a sleeker look and while there’s a slither of bezel, it’s easily concealed away with among the many onboard watch faces.Screen visibility indoors and outdoors was usually good for us. It provides strong brightness and while it’s not the ideal type of screen innovation to have in actually bright outside light, it worked well for us in the majority of scenarios. Together with that touchscreen you do have those 2 physical buttons that appear like they need to
twist, however are used to get up the screen with the bottom one offering fast access to an appointed function, which is workout tracking out of package. Around back is Honor’s optical sensor setup and it utilizes a white, circular charging cradle that unsurprisingly, looks a lot like the one Huawei uses with its smartwatches.The GS 3 is fit for the water as well, with a 5ATM water resistant ranking deeming it safe to be used for pool and sea swimming however isn’t one you wish to take
diving with you.We ‘d say if you want the best that the Honor Watch GS 3 has to provide in looks, pay the additional for the blue or gold variations. That will match up a that nice, curved glass screen with a more attractive band and case color that attains what we think Honor was attempting to provide with this smartwatch.Honor Watch GS 3: Smartwatch features We’ll start by stating that this is a smartwatch for Android users right now. Honor states by itself site that iOS gadgets are not supported, though an OTA variation will be readily available to change that. It hasn’t stuck a date on when it shows up, so in the meantime you’ll need a Google-packing mobile phone to put it to excellent use.You likewise require the Honor Health app, which is basically a clone of Huawei’s Health app and preserves UI aspects from that app you previously utilized to establish and pair Honor’s wearables with.The operating system running the software program is proprietary one, however it’s not far offering something that looks a lot like Huawei’s HarmonyOS and LiteOS. You can swipe up from the main watch face screen to see your notification stream, swipe left and right to see your widgets and the primary menu screen is all very Huawei too.Swiping through those screens isn’t rather as smooth as doing the very same on a Huawei smartwatch though. There’s certainly some visible lag, which may suggest the GS 3 does not have the very same level of processing power to deliver that slick UI experience. In regards to the smartwatch features you have at your disposal, you can naturally view phone alerts and Honor does permit you to act on notifications through a series of quick replies.The weather report provide a good summary of upcoming weather updates for the day and for the rest of the week,
while functions like find my phone and the capability to set alarms and timers are pretty standard inclusions as well.You get perfectly integrated music controls that spring into action as quickly as you’re playing something on your phone and
if you want to take music around with you, there’s that option too. That 4GB music player does not work with 3rd party music streaming services, so you require to have your own audio currently stacked onto our phone, which can then be synced to the Honor Health app and after that over to the watch. If you like watch faces, you have actually got plenty to choose from here. There’s currently an excellent mix of analogue and digital-style faces and then you’ll require to venture into the phone app if you want to get your hands on more from Honor’s own watch face market.The GS 3 is a good smartwatch that provides well supported functions for things like notices and music. If you want something that offers you apps, payments a wise assistant or deals with an
iPhone however, it’s not going to be the one for you.Honor Watch GS 3: Sports tracking Honor seems to maintain a lot of what it soaked up from Huawei, so we had high expectations here for the GS 3’s sports tracking skills. It’s assuring to dependably track heart rate, blood oxygen levels, outside workout time and will offer serve up step counts and sleep data too.As a sports watch, you have actually got your choice of over 100 workout modes, with 10 of those providing
to bear in mind here. Interval HR tracking compared: Honor View GS 3(left)and Garmin HRM-Pro Plus chest strap (right)Outside of running, we invested some time using it for indoor rowing and pool swimming and found that information it dispensed in those modes was pretty good from an accuracy viewpoint. For swims, it tape-recorded the very same distance covered as a Polar sports watch and had the ability to acknowledge the mix of strokes.
Average pace over 100 metres seemed a little slower than what was taped by the Polar though. Pool swim tracking compared: Honor Watch GS 3(left and centre)and Polar Pacer Pro(right)Post-workout, you do have those exercise status insights, which are largely sustained by heart rate and logged workouts. Training Load insights will let you know if you’re training is low, high or optimal and appeared nicely in tune with the amount of workout time we were putting in with the GS 3. It was comparable story for tiredness evaluations when compared to Garmin’s recovery advisor insights.Overall, you’re getting an excellent sports see experience with primarily great information, a lot of workout modes and an interface both on and off the watch that makes it good and straightforward to absorb your statistics.
The addition of that dual-frequency positioning assistance and more accurate heart rate information didn’t quite deliver
though.Honor Watch GS 3: Fitness, health and sleep tracking If you could not care less about burpees, crouches or jumping in the pool with the GS 3, then it does imitate a fitness tracker. It’ll count steps, track sleep and keep tabs on heart rate and blood oxygen 24/7. There’s a dedicated widget to track daily steps, when you have actually discovered time for some moderate to high intensity exercise time and will keep tracking of active hours too. Honor utilizes rings to display development and we discovered action counts resembled those caught by the Oura Ring 3 on many days. Step tracking compared: Honor See GS 3( left)and
Oura Ring 3(right )When you take the GS 3 to bed you can choose whether to opt for the fundamental sleep tracking mode, which will work out when you have actually gone to sleep and the length of time you invest in deep and light sleep stages.
Enable the more clinical sleep tracking and you’ll likewise get REM sleep data along with breathing quality info and some included sleep analysis. Turning that on does have a larger effect on battery life. Sleep tracking compared: Honor Watch GS 3(left)and Oura Ring 3(right )We compared sleep tracking to the very dependable Oura Ring 3 and discovered on most nights there was around a thirty minutes difference with the sleep duration information tape-recorded. The GS3 appeared to be taking a little longer to determine when we ‘d fallen asleep.The breakdown of sleep stages were comparable in regards to period and felt most trusted for those deep and light sleep phases, however normally tape-recorded longer REM sleep time compared to the Oura.You’ll also get a simple sleep rating together with scoring your sleep connection and breathing quality.
By doing this you can quickly see if you have actually scored a high number to suggest a
good night of sleep.Honor can also track heart rate, SpO2 and tension with accompanying breathing workouts to assist you return to a calmer state.For heart rate, it’ll capture heart rate ranges for the day along with reading heart rate and whether that heart rate was invested in a warm-up, aerobic or fat loss zones. We discovered data like most affordable heart rate and resting heart rate readings were within 4-5bpm of the Oura Ring’s heart rate monitoring and the information on the entire felt good to us.Blood oxygen data can
be caught continually and on the spot like heart rate. We took on the spot readings alongside a dedicated pulse oximeter and discovered it provided comparable data on some celebrations and other times it was 4%out from the pulse oximeter. That information isn’t actually put into any actionable usage and much like heart rate, isn’t developed to offer serious health insights.You do get a great physical fitness and sleep tracking experience with the GS 3. It might not be as inspiring to keep you moving or deal as many actionable insights as some other smartwatches, however those core tracking stats didn’t ever feel wildly off.Honor Watch GS 3: Battery life Honor doesn’t specify the capacity of battery loaded into the GS 3 however does state it’s capable of lasting
for as much as 2 week in what it considers’common usage circumstances’. Those are lab based screening conditions and consist of doing things like using the GPS tracking for 90 minutes, playing music for thirty minutes, making it possible for alerts and taking 30-minute’s worth of calls by means of Bluetooth over a week.It also breaks down that you can delight in a rather impressive-sounding 30 hours of GPS battery life and there’s likewise a quick charge feature that will get you a day’s of usage from simply 5 minutes of charge time.This is a smartwatch that is capable of choosing two weeks, however if you’re utilizing GPS regularly, enabling 24/7 heart rate tracking and shooting a great deal of alerts its way, then we found it drops to a week.
It’s still not a bad showing
and you do have that quick charge feature too if you require a quick top-up. In regards to that 30 hours of GPS battery life, we ‘d state that evaluation falls a little short of that. An hour’s worth of GPS running saw battery stop by around 5%. Like previous Honor smartwatches, the GS 3 offers a well constructed style and offers you an excellent mix of fitness and sports functions. Take the exact same cash though and you can pick up a Huawei Watch GT 3 or an Amazfit GT series smartwatch and a slicker software experience and perhaps much better looking hardware also. Streamlined watch appearance Great fitness and sports tracking Strong battery life Honor Health app isn’t very slick Dual-frequency GNSS not great Some annoying screen lag