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Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Vs Huawei GT 3: Which Will you Choose

In this comparison article I will take a look at two of the most popular and powerful smart watches currently available on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and the Huawei Watch GT 3.

In my previous article, I pitted the Huawei Watch GT 3 against the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and found that the former was the more superior of the two. Now, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is almost identical to the Galaxy Watch 4, but there are a few differences. A comparison between them is necessary to truly understand the contrast.

Like I always say who ever wins in this comparison does not mean that it’s a better watch than the other. Each brand offer something different and unique. Here is a quick summary of the results.

Smart FeaturesGalaxy Watch 5 Pro
Health FeaturesGalaxy Watch 5 Pro
Third Party AppsDraw
Activity TrackingHuawei Watch GT3
GPS TrackingDraw
Battery LifeHuawei Watch GT3

To break the dead lock, I will add price into the equation. I payed $850 NZD for the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro where as the Huawei Watch GT 3 I payed $350 NZD. Thats a very big price difference for the same value so Im going to give the win to the Huawei Watch GT 3 which costs nearly 60% less than the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. I will go through each sector in detail.

Smart Features : Winner Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is unbeatable in terms of smart features, and offers the same user experience as the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 5. Both watch’s have the ability to control music, NFC which is a great thing to have. But where Galaxy Watch 5 Pro really shines is in the messaging and calling. Here is a summary of why the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro easily triumphs in this sector.

Smart FeatureGalaxy Watch 5 ProHuawei GT3
ContactsCan access all your contacts10 favourites only
Pre text quick messageYesYes
Speech to textYesNo
Qwerty keyboardYesNo

NFC : Google Pay is widely regarded to be much more dependable than the Huawei Pay system – and this is based on its global presence. People from around the world have reported issues when using the Huawei Pay system in their country, ranging from incompatibility with the banking system to not being available in certain countries. In my experience, I live in New Zealand and I cannot use the Huawei Pay system with my bank. On the other hand, Google Pay has been problem-free.

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Contacts and Calls: The great thing about this is you can connect to your full contact list, whereas the Huawei Watch GT3 only allows you to store 10 favourite contacts. So you need to be very selective of your 10 favourite contacts.

Downside : Hands down the battery life is a big issue when it comes to quick messaging. You have to be extra careful when using text to speech or calls from your watch, or else you’ll have to be prepared to charge your watch every day.

Health Tracking : Winner Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

When determining which health tracking brand to choose, a wide variety of features are offered by both of them, making the decision hard to make. To make it easier to decide, here’s a summary of the specifics of the features that are available:

FeatureGalaxy Watch 5 ProHuawei GT3
Sleep TrackingYesYes
Stress trackingYesYes
Measure Resting Heart RateYesYes
Menstrual CycleYesYes

When it comes to sleep tracking, both brands don’t do particularly well compared to industry leaders such as Apple Watch, Fitbit, or Withings. Yet, they still offer a pretty good experience in this area.

As far as the Galaxy Watch 4 Comparison is concerned, I have no choice but to declare the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro the victor. This is mainly because of its BIA sensor that can measure your body composition with great accuracy. While this level of accuracy is certainly impressive, there are some doubts as to its efficacy. Nevertheless, it still provides helpful readings without any sort of disruption.

Third Party Apps : Draw

When looking for third party applications, the Samsung Galaxy Watch series features a vast selection of apps to choose from. In addition, with WearOS, there are numerous apps available that are practical and useful. Furthermore, you can easily download whichever app you choose to your watch.

In comparison to the Huawei Apps Store, you dont have the same luxury as the Galaxy Watch series. When I look at the apps that are on offer, they are not very useful, well to me anyway. The types of apps on offer are calculator, fitness programs, gossip, horoscope and travel (only applicable to Singapore transport only) and games.

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In this comparison I haven’t run any apps directly off the watch because I do not own a Huawei Phone. If you dont own a Huawei phone, then you will have to run the third party app from your phone. Considering what’s on offer in the Huawei App store it’s a waste of time running the apps directly off the watch because the Huawei Health App does it all.

The way to achieve the greatest benefit from third party apps is by connecting the Huawei Health App and the Samsung Health App to the third party app, this is something I’ve discovered through my own experience. The Huawei Health App is quite capable of controlling your third party apps without any issues. The Same goes with the Samsung Health App, it can control third party apps as well. This is why I declared this sector as a draw.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro : Using third party app Komoot to track my hiking. You must have your phone in Bluetooth range for app to work. It’s better to link Samsung Health to third party apps.
Huawei Watch GT3 : If you dont own a Huawei phone a prompt like this will show. It’s better to link Huawei Health to third party apps

Activity Tracking : Winner Huawei GT3

Without a doubt, the Huawei Watch GT3 comes out as the clear victor in the activity tracking realm. Not to diminish the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, but the GT3 is superior in every regard. The Huawei GT3 is just one level down from Garmin or Polar Smartwatch when it comes to specialized features that can support your training and performance goals.

In the table below, I have compared both brands in terms of activity level, rating them out of 5, with 0 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. I may include this in future comparisons, as I believe it is the simplest way to illustrate the differences between them. Advanced end is really the Garmin and Polar territory.

Activity LevelGalaxy Watch 5 ProHuawei Watch GT3
Basic 55
Intermediate 15
Comparison table : 5 is the highest score, 0 is the lowest.
  • Basic Level : Calorie counting, fitness tracking, heartrate tracking, step counting, duration of workout, heart rate variation.
  • Intermediate Level : Ability to determine your fitness level, ability to measure training load/intensity, GPS Tracking, ability to improve cadence, AI coach feature
  • Advanced Level : Ability to connect to motion sensors, ability to prepare you for a race, Ability to provide advanced analytics (similar to Polar flow, Garmin Connect), ability to provide specialist features to improve performance.

Activity tracking advantage to Huawei Watch GT3 with a score of 11 points to 6 is about right in terms of a head to head comparison. The gap between the two brands is a clear indication of the fact that the GT3 is more focused on an activity tracking and fitness.

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GPS Tracking : Draw

The GPS tracking from both brands is absolutely impressive. Not only that the battery consumption rate is absolutely impressive as well. If you take a look at the tracking, both brands did really well when I did a GPS tracking test. I have provided a image so you can see for your self that the GPS tracking is really amazing.

Left : Is the Galaxy Watch 5 GPS tracking, using Samsung Health App Right : Is the Huawei GT3 GPS tracking via third party app Komoot- Using the same track to compare accuracy

GPS Battery Consumption Rate Per Hour

  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro : 5%
  • Huawei Watch GT3 (Performance Mode) : 13%
  • Huawei Watch GT3 (Power saving mode) : 6%

As for GPS battery consumption rate, both smart watchs really did well in this area. The advanatge to Huawei Watch GT3 is you have 2 different options when it comes to GPS battery consumption rate. The performance mode is the default setting, where as the power saving mode is an option that can match the Galaxy Watch 5 battery consumption rate

Battery Life : Winner Huawei Watch GT3

I think the battery life of both smart watch’s is pretty good. I have made a comparison between both devices to give you a glimpse on what they offer. Please note that the battery life comparison is based of my typical usage which is

  • 110 – 120 workout tracking
  • 60 minutes of GPS tracking
  • All day heart rate tracking
  • 60-70 minutes strength workout tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • 60-70 minutes GPS tracking
  • Up to 200 screen activations (always on display)
ComparisonHuawei GT3Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
Capacity455 MAH590 MAH
Battery Consumption Rate per day (No GPS)18%22%
No of days without GPS tracking5 days4 days
GPS consumption rate per hour13%5%
Battery Consumption Rate per day (With GPS)26-28%24-26%
No of Days with GPS Tracking4 days3.5 days
Time to recharge 0% to 100%120 minutes150 minutes
Huawei GT3 Data based on the default performance battery mode, and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro based on the battery saving mode

As a Quick Summary of The Battery Life Comparison

  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro battery capacity is 23% greater than the Huawei GT3
  • No of GPS tracking days are about the same
  • Huawei GT3 recharges 20% quicker than the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Comparing battery life between the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 4, it would always seem like the Galaxy Watch 5 would be the quicker one to drain, a lot of which has to do with the continuous heart rate tracking that the two watches have in common. I’m planning to back this up with evidence in an article soon but for now, my initial experience with the two watches shows that this is the case.

Final Conclusion

Both smart watches ended up having the same features and performance, but in the end I had to factor in the price. With the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro being 60% more expensive than its competitor, it was clearly the more sensible and cost-effective decision to go with the other smartwatch.

The comparison is purely based on my own personal experience with both watches and is in no way meant to be a conclusive judgment. Im not really a fan of the Huawei wearables but after this experience, I have grown to love what Huawei had to offer. Anyway I hope you enjoyed the article and I hope to you found it useful before you deicide to purchase your next smartwatch.