Timeless design. Smart within.
The Huawei (pronounced ‘wah-wey’) Watch clearly got our attention when it was first introduced earlier this year. Much like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, the Huawei Watch has a rounded design, which in some ways more pleasant to the eye compared to the square shaped ones.
This smartwatch features a 1.4-inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. The display is sharp, and even with the small text, it is still highly visible on the watch. Even the colored and custom watch faces appear great on the screen. It includes an ergonomic button that acts as a back button when navigating Android Wear.
The stainless steel design evokes a more premium look and feel on the Huawei Watch. The screen is also made from Sapphire crystal, making it virtually scratchproof. The back of the Huawei Watch includes an optical heart rate sensor which also supports inductive charging. The device includes Bluetooth 4.1 LE and needs a constant connection to your smartphone so it can properly sync notifications and other information.
Powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor with 512 MB of RAM and a 4 GB storage, this smartwatch is fast enough to respond to each touch gesture. The Huawei Watch runs on Android Wear and since Google doesn’t allow customization of the interface, its functions are identical to all other Android Wear-based smartwatches.
That being said, Android Wear still needs a lot of improvement. Navigation is still confusing and getting to the most common functions will require to dig through the menus. The good thing is that Android Wear is now compatible with iOS, though some functions are limited. If you want to take full advantage of Android Wear then you would need an Android-based smartphone.
The highlight of Android Wear is Google Now, which displays text and other relevant information that might be useful to you. You can also your voice to initiate the search using the familiar ‘OK Google’ command.
Battery life isn’t the best with the Huawei Watch – since I find myself looking for the charger by afternoon when I start in the morning with a full charge. Also note that the watch does not include an ambient light sensor, so chances are you’d manually change the brightness level of the screen to conserve battery.
In all honesty, smartwatches at the moment act more of like an extension of your smartphone rather than becoming a standalone device. So devices like these seems to be more of a want than a need.
The Huawei Watch ranks up there as one of the beautiful smartwatches we’ve tested. Despite its flaws, its features make it stand out and be at par with most premium Android Wear devices on the market.