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Huawei Watch GT 2 hands-on: Huawei’s best watch to date?


It’s been nearly a year since we first got our hands on the Huawei Watch GT, a lifestyle-focused watch with impressive two-week battery life. Today the Huawei announced a follow up Huawei Watch GT 2, alongside the new Mate 30 lineup, once again using its proprietary Lite OS.

But can the refreshed UI and updated hardware make up for some of its predecessor’s shortcomings? Find out more in our Huawei Watch GT 2 hands-on!

Huawei Watch GT 2 on wrist watch face on 2

A lifestyle smartwatch with fitness chops

Like the previous model, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is aimed at those who want the convenience and functionality of a smartwatch and fitness tracker, but don’t want to sacrifice style. It’s the kind of all-purpose watch you can wear to the office, then keep on for your gym routine afterwords. Huawei is also targeting this device at people who are into outdoor activities, whether it be rock climbing, hiking, and other such activities.

The watch features a huge amount of tracking capabilities, including GPS, active heart rate, and even air pressure. It’s clear Huawei is aiming to make this watch fitness-capable while still looking attractive. The box also comes with a silicone band in case you are planning on getting really sweaty.

Huawei Watch GT 2 on wrist casual 2

But the most impressive thing about the device is its battery life. You can expect a full two weeks from the larger 46mm version, and one week from the smaller version. Huawei achieves this thanks to the newly developed Kirin A1. The chip was designed specifically for wearables, and it’s the same chip found in the Huawei Freebuds 3 wireless headphones shown at IFA 2019.

An OLED display also helps the watch sip battery life. The screen is bright and punchy while it’s on, but it only needs to turn on the pixels it needs to use. This way there isn’t a constant backlight shining to illuminate the watch. The 46mm version uses a 454×454 display and the 42mm version has a resolution of 390×390. Both have a pixel density of 326 PPI.

Huawei Watch GT 2 on table at angle

Functionality away from your smartphone

The Huawei Kirin A1 chip also allows much better Bluetooth connectivity than we’ve seen in other smartwatches. Huawei says you can leave your phone charging in your bedroom while watching TV in your living room, and the watch will stay connected fine. We’ll have to test this ourselves to see if it holds up, but since Bluetooth has traditionally been pretty finicky, this is nice to see.

Both watches come with 4GB of onboard storage, meaning you can load up songs if you want to ditch your phone. You can connect Bluetooth headphones directly to your watch too. This combined with sensors like onboard GPS and a pedometer mean you should be able to run freely without the distraction of your phone. You can also listen to music through the watch’s speakers, which sound weirdly good for a smartwatch. Think mid-ranged Android phone. That’s pretty decent for the size.

Huawei Watch GT 2 contents spilled out of box

The speakers and microphone also mean you can take calls directly from your watch, though you’ll need your phone with you in order to do this. The Watch GT 2 has no built-in SIM card, so it requires a tether from your smartphone.

Huawei Watch GT 2 watch in box at angle

Huawei Watch GT 2 specs

Display 46mm: 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen
42mm: 1.2-in AMOLED touchscreen
Resolution 46mm: 454 x 454, 326 ppi
42mm: 390 x 390, 326 ppi
Memory/storage 46mm: 4 GB ROM, 32 MB RAM
42mm: 4 GB ROM, 16 MB RAM
Battery capacity 46mm: 455 mAh (2 weeks est.)
42mm: 215 mAh (7 days est.)
Sensors and components Accelerometer
Heart rate sensor (PPG)
Ambient light sensor
Capacitive sensor
Bluetooth 5.1
Microphone (46mm only)
Speaker (46mm only)
Water resistance 5 ATM
Compatibility Android and iOS
Dimensions 46mm: 45.9mm x 45.0mm x 10.7mm
42mm: 41.8mm x 41.8mm x 9.4 mm
Material Body: metal and plastic
Strap: fluoroelastomer, leather, metal

While these specs are a decent upgrade from last year, we were surprised by the amount of RAM on each device, especially the mere 16 MB on the 42mm version. While other smartwatches are starting to ship with a full 1GB of RAM, Huawei’s Lite OS doesn’t need nearly as much RAM as Google WearOS. We did see a bit of stuttering during setup, but functionality seemed smooth afterward. I honestly thought 16 MB and 32 MB were typos on the spec sheet, but here we are.

We’re excited to put the watch through our review process because Huawei seems to have made something that truly rivals both WearOS and Tizen. We don’t currently know pricing or availability for the watch, but we will update this article as soon as that information is made available.

What do you think about the Huawei Watch GT 2? Is it interesting or will you pass?


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How much data does video streaming use?

When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

This portable UV-C wand sterilizes your items and work space

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How to set up a Messenger Room in Facebook Messenger

With the launch of Messenger Rooms, you can now participate in video calls from the comfort of your smartphone and without any extra apps.If you’re using WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger, you can now make a virtual room and invite your friends in a matter of seconds. This saves you the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom.Today we’re going to look at how to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger.How to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger – The easy wayThe only real pre-requisite here is having the latest version of Facebook Messenger installed on your phone from the Google Play Store. Download it here.Step 1Tap on the People tab at the bottom on the Messenger app and choose to Create a RoomAt the bottom center of the screen, you will have the option of Share Link. Tap on it.With the Who Can Join, you can also control who joins the Messenger Room if you wish to keep the room exclusive to friends, family, etc.Step 2Copy the link in the box and paste it to the group or people you wish to share it with. They will also need to have the Messenger app installed and on the latest version of the app for it to work best.You can share the link via any app or medium you wish, but whoever has access to the link can join your room, unless you modify the Who Can Join settings in Step 1.From here, you just wait for your friends to join and carry out your business. When you feel the room has met its purpose, you can close the room by tapping on the X button at the top right of the room.Leave will mean that the room will still be there to return to for anyone who has the link. End Room will close the room and make the link invalid. This means you’ll have to make a new room if you do End Room here.We also wrote a guide on how to start a Messenger Room from WhatsApp. The feature will soon go live on Instagram globally, so be sure to look out for that as well!If you’ve used Messenger rooms, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below!