I’ve been impressed by Huawei this year. The Huawei P8 is the best phone I’ve tried and the P8lite was no slouch either. So I’ll admit to some excited anticipation for the Huawei Watch.
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The Huawei Watch comes in three different cases – stainless steel, black-plated stainless steel, and rose gold-plated stainless steel – and three different band types – stainless-steel mesh strap, stainless-steel link bracelet, and basic leather strap – so you can choose one that suits your style. The various options come at different prices. The version I tried was the black version with a black leather strap. But the insides are all the same.
The part of the interface I liked best is being able to leave the screen on in a low-power state. This meant I could just glance at my wrist to see the time rather than having to lift my hand and flick my wrist to get the screen to display.
The watch’s round face (42mm diameter, 11mm thick) looks better with the Android Wear system than a square screen. It also makes the watch look more like a “real” watch. The Huawei Watch has a variety of watch faces ranging from futuristic digital to more classically styled analogue.
The only button on the watch is a flat disc but its position at two o’clock on the dial means it’s not too difficult for left-handers to press and still see the screen. The button allows you to go back to where you came from.
Other than checking the time, I mainly used the watch for notifications. One of the best things Android Wear watches have is the weather reporting – other watches have weather reports but Android Wear presents them the nicest. The default setting is to swipe up from the watch face and you can see what the weather is going to do; when you live in Wellington, this is a very important feature.
Battery life is important with wearable devices. You don’t want it dying on you during the day. The Huawei Watch’s battery life is impressive, lasting almost two days before giving up the ghost. I am constantly using my tech devices so this is quite a feat!
Overall, the Huawei Watch was great to use and comfortable to wear. The price may put you off – I feel if you are going to shell out for a smartwatch then you may as well get something a bit flashier.
Our writer received a Huawei Watch on loan for this First Look. First Looks are trials of new or interesting products from the perspective of our product experts. Our lab-based tests offer truly objective product comparisons.
By Hadyn Green.