Smartwatches offer few practical uses, have terrible battery life, and are little more than plasticky toys - you've heard the rants. Well, while we're waiting for developments on the first two counts, the Huawei Watch addresses the last one.
Universally accepted as the most beautiful smartwatch in existence upon its announcement in March, the Huawei Watch sure took its time to make it to consumers' wrists. Its classical timepiece design is as relevant now as it was on day one, and that's its main allure - the Huawei Watch just looks and feels a lot like a regular watch.
You get a few case color options, each with a choice of a leather strap or a steel bracelet and you can grab standard aftermarket replacements and swap them in a matter of seconds with your bare hands, or fingernails, really. Not exactly Motomaker customizability but not strapped (punny...) for options either.
Under the classy surface it's as standard-issue as they come, though. The vast majority of Android smartwatches now are powered by the Snapdragon 400 paired with half a gig of RAM and 4GB of storage, and the Huawei Watch is no exception.
There's the usual features, but nothing extraordinary - dust and water ingress protection, motion and heart rate sensors, vibration. The greatest bit is perhaps the Sapphire crystal glass - an exclusive feature outside of the Apple realm (where it doesn't come cheap, either).
The price to pay for having the classiest smartwatch is certainly a pretty steep one. For the same amount of cash you can easily get a pretty good Swiss-made regular watch, which unlike the Huawei Watch won't be obsolete within a year. Or ten.
We're also quite bummed by the lack of an ambient light sensor. The claim for design considerations doesn't really stand - both Apple and Samsung have implemented one underneath the display without spoiling the looks.
And then comes the issue of what you can actually do with a smartwatch. The fact that the Huawei Watch is marketed more as a dress watch doesn't help either - you won't be pumping iron with the same timepiece you'd be taking to the restaurant in the evening, right?
With all these thoughts battling inside our heads, we kick off our review of the Huawei Watch, starting with unboxing and hardware overview on the following page.