HONOR GS Pro watch review


Do you enjoy outdoor activities and extreme sports? If so, you’re probably in need of a smartwatch that keeps up with your active lifestyle.

While most smart watches cater for general exercise and sports, the HONOR GS Pro is the brand’s first rugged smart watch. The watch is more durable, rugged and practical than any of their watches before. From skiing to mountain climbing, it can withstand even the toughest of elements.

Offering a 25-day prolonged battery, as well as a powerful set of sensors and trackers to help track your daily fitness, the £249.99 (reduced from £339.98) GS Pro is designed for ‘the urban adventurer in you’.

HONOR Watch GS PRO Marl White Beige

HONOR Watch GS PRO Charcoal Black

Boasting a 25-day battery life, the HONOR GS Pro is the brand’s first rugged smart watch

The actual watch itself is quite chunky, which I thought may be a problem during the night, but it surprisingly hasn’t caused any problems. It features a water resistance rating of 50m, and has passed the 14 MIL-STD-810G drop test (a military-grade drop test designed to determine the ‘environmental worthiness and overall durability of material system design’).

The watch strap is a Charcoal Black fluororubber, which is great quality and feels super-comfortable. Compared to most smartwatch straps that can be quite basic, this one feels secure to my wrist.

The stainless-steel bezel ring and dial complement the overall rugged and handsome design. The GS Pro is available in three different colours to express your style: Charcoal Black, Marl White and Camo Blue.

The GS Pro’s top feature is probably its built-in GPS and GLONASS tracking system. This features a Route Back function with breadcrumb navigation, so you will always know your way back.

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The smart watch supports more than 100 workout modes, including traditional workouts such as indoor and outdoor running and cycling, plus more adventurous sports such as hiking, mountain climbing and open water swimming. The watch can also automatically detect and record your workout.

The GS Pro’s top feature is probably its built-in GPS and GLONASS tracking system

The GS Pro’s top feature is probably its built-in GPS and GLONASS tracking system

Its newly-launched skiing mode is also set to impress as it can automatically track your skiing exercise in real-time and can even track snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Its altitude barometer is also designed for mountaineering. You can set alerts for severe weather changes so you can avoid harsh elements.

Daily activities such as step count and calories burnt can also be tracked and monitored. Additionally, you can manage your phone calls via Bluetooth, store up to 500 songs in the watch, and control music playback.

The health monitoring technology is similar to most HONOR smart watches, including a 24/7 heart rate monitor, an spO2 monitor to track your blood oxygen saturation level, a sleep monitor to assess your sleep quality, and a stress monitor to help you improve your wellbeing. 

The newly-launched skiing mode is also set to impress as it can automatically track your skiing exercise in real-time and can even track snowboarding and cross-country skiing

The newly-launched skiing mode is also set to impress as it can automatically track your skiing exercise in real-time and can even track snowboarding and cross-country skiing

The battery life is an impressive 25 days on a single full charge, although this is using the bare minimum of the features, so it will be less if you’re using the features frequently. It also has up to 48 hours of battery life when GPS is enabled.

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The GS Pro can be fully charged in less than two hours, which is a little longer than other HONOR smart watches, but this is probably down to the GS Pro’s large battery capacity.

Overall, the HONOR GS Pro is a thoroughly impressive smartwatch, particularly if you want to track extreme sports or if you lead an incredibly active lifestyle.

The HONOR GS Pro is a thoroughly impressive smart watch, particularly if you want to track extreme sports or if you lead an incredibly active lifestyle

The HONOR GS Pro is a thoroughly impressive smart watch, particularly if you want to track extreme sports or if you lead an incredibly active lifestyle

The dashboard is easy to use, and the device is easy to pair with your smartphone. I like the robust design, built-in GPS, and Find my Phone feature. The auto-detect can be a bit of a nuisance as it is not always necessary, and it often alerts you when you’re simply walking at a faster pace or running for a bus.

If you need a watch to cover more general workouts such as running, swimming and cycling, I’d recommend checking out the HONOR Magic Watch 2 46mm, as it has a more affordable price point and offers a lot of the same features, such as fitness tracking and health monitoring. It is still waterproof (50m water resistance) and still boasts a rugged, masculine design.

The GS Pro is ideal for an outdoorsy person who is always off exploring, adventuring and partaking in outdoor sports. So if you tick all of these boxes, this is the smartwatch for you.

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