Looking for a smartwatch that’s really stylish and won’t result in you being mistake for an Android fanboy.
Perhaps the US$350 Huawei Watch (Graziano, 2015, September 30), released at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin, Germany (Deer, 2015, August 25) that was held from Friday September 4th 2015 to Wednesday September 9th 2015 is more to your liking.
The only giveaway that this isn’t your grandfather’s traditional timepiece is that fact that it sports a very bright 1.4-inch AMOLED display that crowns its stainless steel body finish.
So what’s so special about the Huawei Watch that makes it worth checking out?
Huawei Watch – Android Wear with Swiss Mechanical Watch Stylings
The Huawei Watch supports wrist strap of the following sizes:
These wrist straps are easily swappable without the need for a special tool. The Huawei Watch supports third-party wrist straps but Huawei themselves offers several noteworthy options:
- Leather strap
- Link bracelet
- Mesh band
- Rose gold
That pretty round face is a 400×400-pixel resolution (286 pixels per inch) Sapphire screen, a first on any Android Wear smartwatch and the highest resolution encountered so far. It looks a lot like the Moto 360 (Deer, 2015, January 7) but without the unsightly sliver at the bottom that breaks an otherwise perfect circle.
It’s also got a lot of power under the hood, with a, 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor, (sorry, not the newer Snapdragon 410!) with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of space to store music and apps.
On the outside, it has a digital Crown like the Apple Watch (Deer, 2015, September 26) but set at 2 o’clock position. Alas, it doesn’t turn but is merely a button, to light up and dim the backlight, with the main interface being the capacitive touch sensitive screen.
It also has an optical heart-rate sensor, and a six-axis motion tracking sensor to track steps take and your calories burned during exercise. But unlike the Fitbit Charge HR (Deer, 2015, July 21) this is a manually-activated check of your heart-rate; it doesn’t continuously monitor if you’re alive or dead!
And it’s a tad too heavy and delicate-looking for exercise, as my sweat alone will make this thing start to corrode!
Like its brethren, it has an IP67 rating, so no swimming or hot sex in the shower with this model. Also, it cannot be read in bright sunlight, as that’ll also burn out the AMOLED display over time.
Yes, this little badboy has Wi-Fi, so Wi-Fi Calling, which is now a part of Android Wear since their recent update (Deer, 2015, April 23) is possible.
So what’s not to love? Plenty actually.
Huawei Watch hobbled by Android Wear – Huawei Watch needs to be redesigned
This is typical of most Android Watches and is where I start to get disappointed with Huawei.
Albeit pretty, stylish and expensive at US$399, it’s really a lot more like a rehash of 2014 models, only shinier. Also no GPS, Cellular voice calling capabilities of or NFC (Near Field Communication) like the Samsung Galaxy S2 (Deer, 2015, September 5) which means no Android Pay (Deer, 2015, September 11) support on this smartwatch.
The final insult is the 300 mAh Battery which barely last two (2) days even on a full charge and when set on the lowest readable brightness level of 3 for the AMOLED screen. With all of those features it has and the poor battery, it’s a good thing it doesn’t have GPS or active fitness tracking features, as it wouldn’t last a day.
Be prepared to be tethered to your inductive charger!
The functionality of this otherwise impressive smartwatch is hobbled by the lacklustre Android Wear interface (Gokey, 2015, October 9) and the incomplete Hardware, which is stereotypical of 2014 Android Wear models.
The Huawei Watch is best experienced when tethered to a smartphone, as the screen is too cramped to see or even to type. Still, it good looks means you can at least wear it in public and for that I recommend this for the future…..when they’ve worked out all the kinks!!
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