Welcome to my review of the Huawei Watch.
First let’s take a look at the official specifications –
– Size 42mm diameter, 11.3mm thick
– Colour – Silver, Black, Gold
– Display 1.4-inch full circle AMOLED display, 400×400 screen resolution, 286 ppi
– 10,000:1 high contrast ratio
– Material Cold-Forged 316L Stainless Steel, Glass Sapphire crystal
– Battery 300mAh
– Connectivity Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, WiFi
– Sensors 6-Axis motion sensor (Gyroscope + Accelerometer),Heart Rate Sensor (PPG),Barometer, Vibration Motor
– OS Compatibility Requirements Android 4.3+ / iOS 8.2+
– Cases Stainless Steel Case,Black-plated Stainless Steel Case,Rose gold-plated Stainless Steel Case
– Straps (Standard 18mm lug width), Stainless steel Mesh Strap,Stainless steel Link bracelet,Genuine leather strap
– Memory 512MB RAM + 4GB ROM
– Magnetic charging base
The first thing that strikes you about the Huawei Watch is that it is a full circular display with smallish bezels, and overall its size is more watch size. Compared say to my LG Watch Urbane, it is somewhat less bulky.
Huawei have gone to town to try and make their watch appear more like an expensive time piece with another of steel and leather straps on offer, as well as different steel coloured finishes. The screen is very clear, and this is aided by the sapphire coated screen. See below the range of finishes and casing. The straps have quick removal pins.
As a comparison, here are two Huawei Watches either side of the LG Watch Urbane.
Huawei designed many top notch watch faces for the Huawei Watch. Tap on an image in the gallery to start viewing the options. Note there are some of my Watch faces included in this collection, but I really liked several of the Huawei designed faces.
However, at the heart of everything is Android Wear. Some people love Android Wear and its card based notifications, but compared to other watch operating systems it can feel left behind. Samsung introduced the Gear S2 based on Tizen. This is a slick watch operating system, probably with a deficit in third party apps. Apple Watch has all the apps, but not the range of watch faces available on android wear. Android Wear has all the watch faces but lacks the app integration of that provided by Apple. So there are pros and cons of each. The trick in my opinion is to have a smart watch look like a watch. And this is where Huawei succeed. In terms of battery life we are talking one to two days.
But what about pricing.
As you can see from the slide photo above, Huawei is pricing the watches at the mid to higher end.
Huawei have gone to town to make a smart looking watch, that runs android wear. To keep up this expensive or premium feel, the Huawei Watch is boxed in a luxury watch box too. The final decision is whether you want to outlay such an expensive on a watch running android wear, but then the same could ve said for those spending £10,000+ on the Apple Watch Edition!