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Huawei Watch GT3 Vs Fitbit Versa 4, Which Will You Choose

In this comparison, I am contrasting the two smart watches that are similar in price but very different in terms of features. To be specific, the Fitbit Versa 4 and the Huawei Watch GT3 aren’t very comparable in terms of features. I want to emphasize that each smart watch brand has its own specific purpose and sometimes, when you compare them, you can see where they focus more on certain features, and very less on others.

At the end of the day, while one smart watch might be technically better than the other, it isn’t necessarily the best option when it comes to value for money. It all depends on what you, as an individual, are looking for in a smart watch. That should be the real deciding factor when it comes to finding the right one for you. Here is a quick summary of the results

Smart FeaturesHuawei Watch GT3
Health FeaturesFitbit Versa 4
Third Party AppsHuawei Watch GT3
Workout Mode AbilityHuawei Watch GT3
GPS TrackingHuawei Watch GT3
Battery LifeFitbit Versa 4
Comparison table : Huawei Watch GT3 wins this comparison 4 to 2.

As it is apparent from the comparison table above, the Huawei GT3 emerged victorious with a score of 4 points to 2. Paying an almost similar cost for both devices, the Huawei GT3 stands out by offering a few extra features. I will be going into greater detail to explain why that is the case. Please take into consideration that I won’t be discussing the specs between the two watches due to the fact that, in my opinion, the focus should be on the features as those are what you will be using most frequently.

Smart Features : Winner Huawei Watch GT3

With regards to intelligent features, both devices provide equivalent services, such as pay wave, quick answer, answer calls and fast messaging. I have found the Fitbit pay to be beneficial here in New Zealand, whereas Huawei Pay is a struggle to get it functioning. Where the Huawei Watch GT3 really shines is

  • Music control
  • New updates HarmonyOS 3

Apart from that, the most modern operating system upgrade to HarmonyOS 3 has brought to the table some really incredible advanced features like a qwerty keyboard in a watch. I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet since it’s not available in New Zealand, but it’s definitely something to be excited about. From what I’ve heard, the Chinese version already had the qwerty keyboard included when it was first released, and now this feature will be available for everyone soon.

Health Features : Winner Fitbit Versa 4

With regard to health monitoring, both devices have all the necessary features to keep track of your health such as anxiety-reducing tools, sleep tracking and your blood oxygen levels. Where the Fitbit Versa 4 really shines is the accuracy of the sleep tracking and the ability to track your skin temperatures.

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Fitbit is one of the most renowned brands when it comes to tracking your sleep health. If improving your sleep health is something you want to invest in, then getting a Fitbit is a great way to go about it. However, the sleep tracking feature is part of the premium package, so if you don’t want to invest, you will be missing out on the wonderful benefits it offers.

With regard to skin temperature, the Fitbit Versa 4 is equipped with an integrated skin temperature sensor, and the Fitbit application also offers a separate tracking tile for this so that you can monitor your skin temperature while you are asleep. You must wear the device for at three days straight before you can get accurate readings from the skin temperature sensor.

The real benefit of the skin temperature sensor is that it gives you an idea of how hard your skin is working to regulate your body temperature. Essentially, if your skin temperature is too high, it can lead to difficulty in getting quality sleep.

Third Party Apps : Winner Huawei GT3

Whilst neither really offer much in the way of third party apps to make a difference, there is an advantage to linking the Fitbit App or the Huawei Health App to an external source. In my opinion, this is the most efficient and convenient way of connecting the device to a third-party application, as you don’t have to directly connect off your watch.

You allow the third party application to get access to the data stored on the watch via the phone. Then the third party app can then provide the insight you need.

My decision to pick the Huawei Watch GT3 as the victor was based on its outreach to third-party applications, which has been growing over time. The news that Huawei has just made known that the Huawei Health app can now connect with Strava is great news to all premium Strava users.

Workout Mode Ability : Winner Huawei Watch GT3

The rating system that I have constructed for the new workout method is something I am confident you will find very helpful. If tracking your workouts is important, then this is a perfect approach to assess the watch’s capacity to do so and determine if it is a worthwhile investment. I call this the workout mode ability, see the results in the below table.

Activity LevelVersa 4Huawei GT3
Beginner Level5 out of 55 out of 5
Intermediate Level2 out of 55 out of 5
Advanced Level0 out of 52 out of 5
7 out of 1512 out of 15
Workout mode ability : Huawei Watch GT3 the victor with a score of 12 out of 15. The 6 point difference explains the clear gap between the 2 brands. In my experience the score is about right, and the versa 4 really offers a basic level of workout tracking
  • Basic Level : Calorie counting, have various workout modes available to track, heartrate tracking, step counting, duration of workout, heart rate variation recording, ability to connect to third party apps (directly or indirectly), auto detection workout.
  • 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. Advanced auto detection (automatically change workout modes based on your motion)
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In this comparison the Huawei GT3 completely out ranked the Versa 4 with a 6 point difference, which signals the clear gap between the two brands. The Versa 4 offers workout tracking at a basic level, however a basic fitness tracker is still useful in the market, it all comes down to preference on what you are comfortable using.

Where the Huawei Watch GT3 shines is where the Versa 4 cannot provide at intermediate and advanced levels. I will quickly give a brief explanation on each.

Intermediate Activity Level

1. Ability to determine your fitness level

The Huawei Watch GT3 can measure your fitness level in two ways which is heart rate recovery (Anaerobic and Aerobic) and your V02 max. This feature is very useful if you are looking to use the AI coach. When your fitness level is discovered, the AI coach can provide programs to help increase your fitness capacity, which is fantastic to any beginner.

2. Ability to improve your cadence

The Huawei GT3 can help you improve your cadence with a feature called metronome. This feature works like a timing tool and you have a choice of following a vibration or a chime. Once you choose your option you time your rhythm to the chime or vibration which will give you an idea how much stress your body will under go at that pace. A lot of my friends like to use music instead by timing your rhythm with a upbeat song, which is pretty much the same.

Advanced Activity Level

Ability to connect to motion sensors:

The Huawei Watch GT3 has the ability to connect to four different types of Bluetooth sensors, they are

  1. Heart rate strap – You can connect to a Polar H10, or any other brand to track your heart rate.
  2. Speed/Cadence sensor – A sensor to track your cadence while cycling
  3. Power meter – Used to measure the power generated from the pedal axel while cycling
  4. Huawei S Tag – A multi sensor to track running and cycling.

If you are someone who have any Bluetooth sensors as mentioned, I think you will really like what the Huawei Watch GT3 has to offer.

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GPS Tracking : Winner Huawei Watch GT3

While there are many watches out there that are capable of tracking your location accurately, the Huawei GT3 stands clearly wins this category. I’ll demonstrate why by first showing you a side-by-side comparison of the two watches when it comes to location tracking. Here is the full summary

ComparisonVersa 4Huawei GT3
Assisted GPSNoNo
Dual Band FrequencyNoYes
GPS Navigation (American)YesYes
GLONASS (Russian)NoYes
Galileo Navigation (European)NoYes
BeiDou Navigation (Chinese) NoYes
Accuracy1 out of 43 out of 4
GPS Tracking comparison : As you can see the Huawei GT3 really offer more to help track your location accurately. This is important to help support the built in AI coach with the running program and gets a 3 out of 4. The Versa 4 was inconsistent a lot of the time and deserve it’s rating of 1 out of 4

I really found the Versa 4 very in consistent a lot of the time when it comes to GPS tracking. First there is the long wait before you start. At times you could be waiting for about 3-4 minutes before you can get a signal

Fitbit versa 4 GPS tracking accuracy easy level
Comparison of Accuracy : on the left is the Versa 4, the blue markings is where the device was out of alignment in a big way on the right is the Huawei Watch GT3, this is what it should look like with a accuracy of over 90%
Another comparison : on the left is what I get some of the time. Just be patient and wait until you gain a GPS signal before you start.

Battery Life : Winner Fitbit Versa 4

From a smart watch perspective, the Versa 4 really stands out when it comes to battery life – I typically get 6 days of use per charge, and even more if I don’t use the GPS tracking. That’s an impressive amount of usage time without the need to recharge. Here is some numbers in comparison

My Typical Usage Per Day

  • 60-70 minutes of strength training (Morning)
  • 60-70 minutes of GPS tracking (running/ hiking)
  • Up to 100 screen activations (AOD always on display)
  • Up to 20 messages viewed
  • All day heart rate tracking
  • Sleep tracking 6-7 hours per night

Comparison Based on My Typical Usage

FeatureVersa 4Huawei GT3
No of Days Without GPS Tracking*6-75
Battery Consumption Rate Without GPS Tracking15% Per Day18% Per Day
No of Days With 1 hour of GPS tracking per day*44 days
GPS Battery Consumption Rate7% per hour13% per hour
Battery consumption rate with 1 hour GPS tracking22% per day29% per day
Time to recharge battery from 0 to 100%150 minutes120 minutes
Time to recharge 1% of battery90 seconds60 seconds

As you can see the numbers are all in favour of the Versa 4. The Huawei Watch GT3 only gains the advantage in two areas really which is the time to recharge which is 20% quicker than the Versa 4. I do think that the Versa 4 have limited features, which is in my opinion why it has a very impressive battery economy rate of 15% per day without GPS tracking.

The other part of battery life is the GPS battery consumption rate. This is very important to me because I do a lot of GPS tracking workouts and in my experience GPS tracking is a massive battery drainer. Based on the watches that I have tested so far the Versa 4 wins in this comparison. I do have the Huawei Watch GT3 rank higher but only in power saver mode. Power saver mode can only be used in two workout modes which is running and hiking.

NoBrand/Smart WatchConsumption Rate Per Hour
1Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro5%
2Huawei Watch GT3 (power saver mode)6%
3Garmin Forerunner 557%
4Fitbit Versa 47%
5Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 & 412%
6Huawei Watch GT3 (performance mode)13%
7Fitbit Charge 520-22%

Final Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to read through this detailed comparison. It should provide you with enough information to make an informed decision. The comparison also revealed a number of interesting facts. The Huawei Watch was designed with a focus on activity tracking, while the Versa 4 has a lot of health features and a longer battery life. That to me is how I would sum it up in a very short sentence.

It is important to remember that just because one smartwatch may have come out on top in this comparison, that does not mean that the other one is any less of a viable option. You must take into account what you will be using the watch for, what features are most important to you, and how much money you are willing to spend. Thank you for reading.