Huawei Watch Review And Essential Information

Huawei Watch Review and Essential Information

The Huawei Watch is an Android Wear smart device--specifically, a smartwatch--meaning it can connect with all other Android devices.

Wearable tech is becoming increasingly popular as we develop ways to make our tech smarter and smaller - small enough to be fit into, say, the face of a stylish watch. Apart from the nearly inescapable Apple Watch, there are dozens of equally advanced and more affordably priced models to choose from.

We'll be highlighting and reviewing several of these stylish and useful wearable computers, with a specific focus on Huawei's recently released model, the Huawei Watch.

What Is A Huawei Watch?

The Huawei watch is not the first smartwatch not made by Apple to be compatible with the Apple iPhone.

This makes it a highly flexible option in the market of Android-powered wearable tech and smartwatches, as compatibility with Apple devices tends to be a rarity for products not designed by Apple themselves.

As with most smartwatches, it's capable of handling everything from fitness tracking to event planning to maps and more. As it is an Android device, it has access to the Android Wear store, allowing you to download apps of all kinds to your Huawei Watch.

Product Specs

The Huawei Watch is equipped with a circular, AMOLED touch display screen of 1.4-inches in diameter and 400x400 pixels at 286ppi.

The screen's brightness is fully adjustable and is always on. It is highly visible in daylight and is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass cover. There is also an optional ambient mode which dims the screen after a period of inactivity, leaving a time display visible with a reduced interface.

The watch comes with a rechargeable 300mAh battery. The processor is a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor sporting 512MB of RAM.

There is a crown button situated ergonomically at the 2 o'clock position which functions as a home button and a wake button simultaneously.

On the back is a heart rate monitor, that works with various fitness apps, as well as the contacts for the charging dock. The watch is waterproof up to one metre of water for a half an hour, so it isn't a problem to wear it in the rain or in the shower.

The Huawei Watch now makes use of Android Wear 2.0 with firmware updates constantly coming in from Google.

Pricing

Although the Huawei Watch was priced at around $$$ at launch, the price has recently dropped to as low as $$$-$$$ since the release of the Huawei Watch's successor, the Huawei Watch 2.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

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As a mid-price Android smartwatch, the Huawei Watch offers all the services typical of an Android operating system based smart device, such as interconnectivity with other Android devices and access to the Android Wear app store. 


In addition to these baseline features, the Huawei Watch is also iPhone compatible, making it simple to keep your devices in sync even if you aren't necessarily an Apple-head. The design is simple, streamlined, and attractive to the eye without sacrificing usability.

Price

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The Huawei Watch now retails at $$$-$$$ dollars, depending on the retailer, and can be purchased from most online tech retailers, as well as through services such as Amazon. Since the price has declined in light of the release of its successor, the Huawei Watch 2, now is a good time to snag it.

Features

The Huawei Watch's high-quality design, incorporating cold-forged stainless steel and multiple strap options, makes it a very attractive watch. It is nonetheless a fully featured Android device and supports gesture control, watch-to-watch messaging, and app notifications, making it only a bit less feature-rich than a smartphone.

Battery

Depending on app usage and activity level, the charge should be good for up to two days of use. Although this isn't the best battery life on the market, the watch does a good job of preserving charge when it's not in use.

Software

The Huawei Watch is an Android smartwatch and works within Android's services and compatibility limitations. Fortunately, as Android Wear - Android's wearable tech specific service - has been on the market and developed, it's become a serious competitor to the current moguls of portable tech, Apple. 


Updates are solid and regular, and the app store service covers just about every need one could have with their smartwatch. It is also capable to communicating with iPhone. 

Performance

Generally, the Huawei Watch performs as smooth as silk, running Google's relatively lightweight and processor-accommodating operating system without noticeable slowdown. However, there is some lag when opening apps. 


The ergonomic design of the chassis, and responsiveness of the touchscreen and internal gyroscope, make use very intuitive.

Pros

  • Fetching, minimalist design
  • Communicates with a significant number of other smart products
  • 4GB of onboard storage

Cons

  • No GPS integration
  • Battery life left us wanting
  • Slightly bulky
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Another Android Wear smartwatch, this model is geared significantly more towards fitness. With a combination of LED and touch LCD screen displays, it offers more options for battery conservation, switching between a more battery light 'watch' oriented LCD screen and a more battery heavy 'smart' oriented LED screen. 


It sports a round 1.39-inch display with 400x400 pixels. The face of the watch is beveled and features markings at five-minute intervals, which may turn off more style-conscious consumers. There are two crown buttons on the side controlling various functions apiece.

Price

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This watch currently runs for $$$-$$$ depending on the retailer, and can be purchased with most online tech retailers, as well as with services such as Amazon. 


It is a somewhat more cost-conscious option, offering many features similar to the Huawei Watch.

Features

The dual screen tech on display with this watch is certainly an interesting twist on the formula, however, the LCD screen is a bit lacking in functionality. It is what it says on the tin: an electronic LCD watch. 


Onboard GPS works well with fitness and navigation apps. A thousand 'watch faces' come with the purchase of the watch, which is a nice bonus.

Battery

With two options to choose from, Smart Mode which uses the LED screen by default and Essential Mode which automatically switches between the LCD and LED screens, it's definitely the choice for a wearer who doesn't like to be bothered with battery life. 


Battery life is between two and five days, depending on which mode you use and how often you activate the screen.

Software

The TicWatch Pro is an Android smartwatch and works within Android's services and compatibility limitations. Fortunately, as Android Wear - Android's wearable tech specific service - has been on the market and developed, it's become a serious competitor to the current moguls of portable tech, Apple. 


Updates are solid and regular, and the app store service covers just about every need one could have with their smartwatch. It is also capable to communicating with iPhone.

Performance

Although the battery life and double screens might be a boon for some, the performance of the watch itself leaves a bit to be desired, with slowdown and clunky navigation common issues of complaint.

Pros

  • Onboard GPS
  • Flexible battery consumption
  • Two screens for 'smart' and 'simple' use

Cons

  • No GPS integration
  • Battery life left us wanting
  • Slightly bulky

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Unusual, but somewhat stylish, this smartwatch is of the 'tiny screen on your wrist' school of design. It comes with the ability to customize your own watch face via an external app, allowing you to decide the sorts of information it displays at a glance. 


Its square Gorilla Glass covered OLED screen is 1.63-inch with 320x320 pixels at 278ppi. At the center of the right side of the watch is a crown button that acts as a power and reset button.

Price

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This inexpensive watch currently runs for $$$-$$$ depending on the retailer and can be purchased through most online tech retailers, as well as from services such as Amazon.

Features

The watch face customization is interesting and useful to an extent, but there can be issues with the process of actually syncing these layouts to your watch. 


The lack of a heart rate monitor is also unfortunate. 


The apps available are limited and occasionally redundant, but serviceable, with the highlight being the Together app that allows users to exchange hand-drawn emojis. While the screen is small, it looks as good as it needs to.

Battery

With a 300mAh battery, this watch gets about two days of full usage. It also features an ambient mode, allowing for slightly reduced battery consumption to a point.

Software

The ZenWatch 2 is an Android smartwatch and works within a limited version of the Android OS. There's also limited connectivity to iPhone devices. Despite the Android operating system, there are only a limited number of apps available for this watch

Performance

Smooth, effective performance within the watch itself, however connectivity with iPhone and even other Android devices can be shoddy at best.

Pros

  • Small, potentially attractive design
  • Inexpensive for a touchscreen smartwatch
  • Watch face customization

Cons

  • Limited apps
  • Connectivity can be buggy
  • Small screen

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This smartwatch is a bit of an outsider in the group--literally. As a hybrid watch, most of its 'smart functions' are handled via an app outside of the watch itself, available both for iOS and Android. 


It can communicate fitness information to your smart device while maintaining stylish analog functionality as an ordinary wristwatch. Even with no screen, it still provides the services of a smartwatch and pairs well with those who already own a smartphone or other smart devices.

Price

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This inexpensive watch currently runs for $$-$$$ depending on the retailer, and can be purchased with most online tech retailers, as well as with services such as Amazon.

Features

With no screen, it is somewhat feature limited. There are no onboard apps to download or customize here. 


However, for those looking for a no-nonsense compliment to their existing arsenal of smart tech, this is likely a feature in and of itself rather than a strike against it.


Fitness information, such as steps taken, distance walked, calories burned, and general activity are relayed to the home app on your phone. Reminders and alarms are also covered, and the watch is waterproof

Battery

As there is no screen to power, this smartwatch has a somewhat shocking (for a smartwatch) battery life of up to 180 days.

Software

There is no onboard operating system, as the smart functionality of the watch is controlled via an app. The functionality of this app is largely limited to fitness tracking.

Performance

Communication with a smartphone via bluetooth is quick and effective. Aside from that, it performs as an ordinary watch is expected to.

Pros

  • Elegant, discrete design
  • Inexpensive smart-featured watch
  • Long battery life

Cons

  •  Smart features limited to fitness tracking
  • No heart monitoring equipmen
  • No GPS tracking

Conclusion

Huawei is gradually becoming notable for its high quality and affordable answers to the popular high-tech gadgets being put out by some of the world's more notorious outfits, such as Apple and Wacom. 

However, don't take this as an admission of inferiority. The Huawei Watch is an excellent contender as a fully featured, touch screen smartwatch. 

Its elegantly designed circular screen and cleverly integrated smart features set it apart from even the Apple Watch. 

Although the other options we explored may be better suited for those looking for a cheaper alternative or a perhaps less heavily featured smartwatch, the Huawei Watch is an ideal choice for anyone in the market for a well made and competitively designed piece of wearable tech.

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