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Review: HONOR Watch GS 3


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Here is our review of the HONOR Watch GS 3.

HONOR Watch GS 3 comes with a 1.43-inch AMOLED screen and a 326 PPI resolution. The novel 3D ultra-curved slim design resembles a crystal-clear streamline. The extraordinary image quality offers you a visual feast.

HONOR Watch GS 3 with 10.5mm slim body weighing around 44g is lithe and comfortable to wear. 
The appearance of the watch adopts fully-polished 316L low-carbon stainless steel, matched with Nappa leather, to deliver a soft and gentle touch.

HONOR Watch GS 3, with 8-Channel PPG Heart Rate Sensor, supported by frequency tracking and AI-enabled dual-engine heart rate algorithm, detect your heart rate precisely.

HONOR Watch GS 3 tracks your blood oxygen conditions through consistent blood oxygen monitoring.

HONOR Watch GS 3 supports dual-frequency GNSS to locate positions. 

HONOR Watch GS 3 supports over 100 workout modes, including 85 tailor-made workout modes and more than 10 professional workout modes. Every mile you walk and every drop of sweat count.

What’s in the box?

The box contains the Watch, cable, charging stand and instructions.

A Closer Look

Final Thoughts

The first thing you notice is that the HONOR Watch GS 3 looks very nice and looks like a very professional. The watch face is large and clear and has two buttons on the side of the watch. The strap is made of Nappa leather and looks very good too and feels very comfortable when wearing all day. The weight of the watch is good too so it doesn’t feel like you are dragging it around with you – its only 44 grams!

Connecting the GS 3 to your HONOR phone is really simple. It’s a shame that it can’t be used with an iPhone too because the watch looks great, much better than an Apple watch!

The battery life is great, fully charged it can last around 30 hours if you are using the GPS functions. Normal usage should last around 14 days, and only 5 minutes of charge will last an entire day! So even if you forgot to charge it up and you plug in for a few minutes you will be fine!

Talking of GPS functions, the watch features dual-frequency GNSS for precise positioning which means it locks on faster and is more accurate so you always know where you are.

You can choose from a variety of different watch faces too which is fun, and as mentioned the screen is large and clear.

The GS 3 also supports over 100 different workout modes, so even if like me you are not a fan of working out, there’s bound to be something there that you like, and for those who do like working out there are over 10 professional workout modes too!

The GS 3 also monitors your heart rate, using an 8 channel sensor so you can see what your heart is doing. Along with heart rate monitoring, the GS 3 also monitors your blood oxygen levels meaning you can keep track of how you are and take any actions as necessary. Really useful after doing some of those workouts!

The GS 3 also supports “one tap reply” which is a feature that allows you to quickly respond to a call if you are busy and it sends a text back the caller.

There are also a number of apps and features on the GS 3 from alarm clocks, to a compass, the weather, a flashlight, music playback and more!

There are a few things missing though which you would expect to find on a smartwatch in 2022 – noticeably there is no support for contactless payments. This might not be a huge issue for some people, but given that a lot of smartwatches have been doing this for years, it seems like a big omission. Also the notifications on the GS 3 are not very detailed – maybe this is something that will get addressed in a future software update.

All in all this is a great watch that looks smart, has a lot of heath functions and workouts and has fantastic battery life, it’s only let down by few small issues, but for some those may not be issues at all. Go give it a try and see if its the right fit for you.

The HONOR Watch GS 3 is available now priced around £179.99 is available in Midnight Black, Classic Gold and Ocean Blue (which is the one reviewed here).

You can learn more from the HONOR website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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