Yes, Smart watches are around the corner for a while now. But they are yet to get attention from the gadget lovers and typical watch users. Being smart doesn’t mean one will jump into the new trends. However, companies like Motorola, LG, Samsung, Asus and Huawei have been working on it to grab some market. We got to play around with a Huawei Smartwatch for some time and here is our detailed review of the same.
Started with Pebble who were first to bring in smartwatches with their Kickstarter campaign, Google then joined the category by introducing Android wear OS. A wearable OS then got easily incorporated into many other smartwatches. So does the Huawei smartwatch.
Introduced back at Mobile World Congress in March 2015, Huawei showcased their first smartwatch and made it available to masses post-IFA 2015. The company launched it in India after a few months in April 2016. We already have smartwatches from Samsung, Apple, Asus and Motorola in India. Can Huawei smartwatch stay up to the competition? Let’s find out.
Huawei Smartwatch: In the Box
- AC Adapter
- Magnetic Charging Cradle
- User Manual
- Health and Safety
Build and Design
Just like any other normal watch out there, even this Huawei smartwatch comes with a round dial. It is elegant, premium and made out of the metal casing. There is a single button on to the right which works as a power on/off and display on/off button. A watch dial on the top part. There is a heart-rate sensor on the back along with charging pins. The smart watch is completely molded and can’t be broken open easily.
The best part of the Huawei smartwatch is, like any other out there, one can change the strap as per their needs. There is a variety of combinations to choose from but not like Moto 360 with Moto Maker. In terms of the cases, the Huawei offers Stainless Steel Case, Black-plated Stainless Steel Case, and Rose gold-plated Stainless Steel Case. With respect to straps, there are Stainless steel Mesh, Stainless steel Link bracelet and Genuine leather strap available.
Not just for the men, Huawei has also made their smartwatch available for the ladies. There are a Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel, Swarovski Zirconia (Huawei Watch Jewel) and Clous De Paris Pattern (Huawei Watch Elegant) cases available to lure ladies’ interest. Huawei watch Jewel comes with a Pearl White Leather Strap and Elegant variation with Sapphire Blue Leather Strap.
All-in-all, Huawei Smartwatch comes with a beautiful design and a sturdy build quality.
In terms of the display, the Huawei smartwatch comes with a 1.4-inch full circle AMOLED display with 400×400 screen resolution, 286 ppi and 10,000:1 high contrast ratio. It is vibrant with colors and gives a better experience under the sunlight as well. The display is surrounded by a very small bezel. The screen size is aptly made for watch lovers. It isn’t big or small.
However, the best part of the smartwatch is having a leverage to play with it. Yes, it is a touch screen and work like a sports watch for athletes, analog watch for businessmen and digital watch for others. All thanks to the changeable watch faces. There are numerous free and paid watch faces on play store that works well with any other Android Wear-powered smartwatch.
Due to lack of ambient light sensor, one can’t set the watch to auto-brightness. You will have to forcefully set to the brightness we want to and change when needed. The brightness bar varies from 1 till 4 and there is a brightness boost option for better view under sunlight.
The Huawei smartwatch runs on the Android Wear operating system. Android Wear is a drilled down version of Android OS for smartphones. It comes with heart rate, Google Fit, Calendar, Alarm, Find my phone, Fitness tracking, Google Now, Keep, caller ID applications. They are optimized for the lower screen.
But the best part of the smartwatch is, watch faces to play with. There are some beautiful watch faces on the play store. Users will be notified on the watch for all the notification that comes to paired smartphone. One can read their WhatsApp and hangout texts. Navigate using maps. Set alarms, call/SMS and a lot more.
Thus, keeping you away from your smartphone for a while.
Connectivity & Compatibility
Huawei smartwatch comes with a WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the watch with your phone. Under the same WiFi network, notifications will be pushed over the network. Else the other way around would be using Bluetooth.
It comes with 6-Axis motion sensor (Gyroscope + Accelerometer), Heart Rate Sensor (PPG), Barometer and vibration Motor. Using the motion sensor, the smartwatch allows us to use gestures for certain operations like,
- Flick wrist out to scroll down the page
- Flick wrist into scroll up the page
- Push arm down to select a card & open it
- Pivot up to go back
- Shake your wrist (in & out) to exit from any screen
The Huawei smartwatch is compatible with Android smartphones and iPhones.
Under our heavy usage, the Huawei smartwatch was able to withstand and showed very little lag now and then. It was quick to respond while clicking, swiping and gestures. All thanks to 512MB RAM.
One obvious question when we add “Smart” to watch is, what’s the battery life?
To answer it, Huawei Smartwatch comes with a 300mAh battery that can charge completely under 45minutes. As per our usage, we are very much happy with the battery life. Under heavy usage, the battery lasted for a day. Under moderate usage and maximum time on standby mode, the battery lost its juice for about two and a half days. Yes, it’s impressive when compared to other smartwatches with such capabilities.
When compared to traditional watch user, it seems to be less and might not buy them. But if they start considering smart features it comes with, they will be forced to grab one.
To be precise about our verdict, if you wear a watch and a gadget lover, Huawei smartwatch is for you. Without a miss, at Rs. 21,000, this smartwatch does the justice for purchasing it.
As a reviewer, I’m still not towards buying one for sure. I’m yet to find better use case around the smartwatches. That doesn’t mean, Huawei smartwatch is worst. But it isn’t best either yet to be produced. The premium built, classic design and luxury to select cases and straps are very nice for this price segment.
"Introduced back at Mobile World Congress in March 2015, Huawei showcased their first smartwatch and made it available to masses post-IFA 2015. The company launched it in India after a few months in April 2016. Currently available on Flipkart for Rs. 20,999."
- Sturdy Build Quality
- Battery Life
- Android Wear OS
- Reducing time spent with your smartphone
- No multi-tasking
- Build and Design 90%
- Display 85%
- User Interface 85%
- Connectivity & Compatibility 80%
- Performance 75%
- Battery 80%