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‘Huawei Watch GT’ An Attractive GPS Smart-Watch Not Officially Available In North America.

by Anura Guruge


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Like the ‘Amazfit Verge‘, which I am currently evaluating, this is another impressive Chinese GPS smart-watch with a compelling AMOLED display. It is not Huawei’s foray into smart-watches but it is by far the most feature rich, in that it includes: GPS/GLONASS/Galileo, continuous heart-rate, VO2 max, sleep monitoring etc.

That it is currently not officially available in North America is rather frustrating. Yes, there are folks selling it in the U.S. — and it is available on eBay — but there is no U.S. warranty and Huawei is very explicit that it is not available in the U.S.

From the specs., I think it is more capable than the Amazfit ‘Verge’. But, the ‘Verge’ is now available in the U.S., even from Amazon, whereas the ‘Watch GT’ is not. That is a shame.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ Now At Software Version 3.2.0.13 (Jump From 3.2.0.7).

by Anura Guruge


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On a hunch I checked for updates this morning. Bingo. There was one. I, of course, downloaded — over Wi-Fi. Very quick. Download and install all within 3-4 minutes. That was good.

Appears that this version, 3.2.0.13 added 3 European languages — viz. French, Italian & German — and, as was to be expected, fixed some bugs. Alas, it doesn’t list what they were. Shame.

I have not noticed anything appreciably different. Floors climbed is still erratic but now counting more than it did previously.

That they have gone through 6 versions of software in 9-days is both impressive and scary. That is a lot. But, shows that they are committed. We are not even close to being done. This watch still needs some tweaking before it is ready for Prime Time.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ Is GREAT Running Watch — Better Than A Garmin Fenix 5!

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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.

So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.

In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.

Yes, the GPS might be a tad off, but not that different to say the Fitbit Ionic or the new Polar Vantage V. I much prefer the Verge to the Polar Vantage V.

Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.

I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ — It Is The Vibrant AMOLED Display That Makes It So Compelling.

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As some of you know I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, why am I so enamored with a watch that is 25% its cost and, of course, not as feature rich, e.g., lack of maps.

It took me awhile to work out why I find the Amazfit Verge so compelling and satisfying to wear, 24×7. It is the vibrant display made possible by its AMOLED screen — Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED).

Compared to this AMOLED display, the Fenix 5 Plus display, even with the fairly high brightness setting I use (at the cost of battery life), is dull and insipid. I like bold, bright displays. At its most simple, it is more cheery and there is a lot to be said for that.

I, given that I have been shoveling snow for 3-days in a row, haven’t gone for a run with the Amazfit Verge as yet. That would, of course, be interesting. But, outside of that, the Amazfit Verge does all I really care about — i.e., steps, continuous heart-rate, floors climbed and sleep — quite proficiently. While the Fenix 5 Plus does not bother me, the Amazfit Verge, a featherweight, is noticeably lighter and I, to my surprise, notice that. But, in the end, it is still the display. It is one heck of a compelling display. Plus the price is very right. Trust me on that.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ Now At Software Version 3.2.0.7.

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My Amazfit Verge updated to 3.2.0.7 as soon as I set it up and paired it with an Android Tablet.

The update was done over Wi-Fi and was very quick. Couple of minutes. No hassle.

It was supposed to increase stability and added more sports. I didn’t get to read the whole ‘blurb’ which appeared on the screen.

Since I have only had this watch for three days this is the only software I have seen. So, I cannot comment on it.

So far it seems fine. I haven’t run into any problems. Everything seems fairly accurate.

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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