OVERVIEW & RATING
The Huawei Watch is the pleasingly graceful, ultimately sophisticated, and tuxedo worthy high fashion statement smartwatch that you can wear several times a month to the most elegant special events, cocktail parties, and classy corporate retreats.
It will definitely come in handy as a splashy and attractively distracting accompaniment to any necessary dress up dinner evening on the town that makes up for the occasional egregious, yet ultimately forgivable mistake with your spouse, fiancée, or significant other.
And if you’re the type of sophisticate or top shelf tech professional who enjoys a dresser drawer that is chock full of at least a handful of various styles of watch for almost every occasion, then you should definitely consider acquiring a Huawei Watch for your drop dead hotty nights on the town and to impress your in-laws and cousins at the next family holiday dinner.
Just don’t expect this high fashion statement to adroitly execute with consistent panache the highly functional smartwatch features and benefits that are so easily and methodically performed by the likes of the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S2, the Moto 360, the Garmin Forerunner 235, the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, the Pebble, and the many Android Wear smartwatches out there and the ones that are confidently steaming down the train tracks right now.
Indeed, the Huawei Watch is a definitive high-end fashion statement “shot across the bow” of the entire global smartwatch industry. True that! Its high fashion design is likely only matched or exceeded by the LG Watch Urbane, and on its best Clark Gable in the Big Apple type day, the Olio Model One might be a competitor to the Huawei Watch in the “luxury looks” department.
Indicative of this confident fashion winner is the fact that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the Chinese multinational parent of this product, was emboldened to call this a “watch” instead of a “smartwatch” – because it is truly differentiated from almost all other smartwatches on the market by its looks. It’s Cinderella dressed to the nines in true ‘stunning from across the ballroom looks’ that are more like an elegant watch of the past, but with a good, though certainly not commanding dose of the smarts demanded by today’s teeming masses.
If you can’t catch the sparkle eye of the unattainable bells of the ball and the spring formal queens across the room by accidentally letting this watch slip out of its suit sleeve, then you need to rethink your shoes, your tie, and
Which reminds me — if you’re aged 16, 17, or 18 and you are nervously anticipating asking the gal of your high school dreams to the spring formal dance — you should seriously consider walking into your dad’s office (not his bedroom) and confront him like the man he knows you are becoming. Let him know you need to impress ‘the girl of your dreams’ when you ask her to ‘the dance of the year.’ Tell dad that you need a little something extra, a little extra wow factor to put you over the top and get dreamy Diana or tantalizing Trudy or down to earth Ann or sexy Sonya to say yes.
Just remind dad, “Hey dad, remember that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach when you were getting up the courage to ask your first girl to the high school dance? Well, dad, I gotta do that next week. If you could help me out a bit and spruce me up with a Huawei Watch, I’m pretty certain that’ll give me the extra boost of sophisticated confidence that I need to ‘get to yes’ and win the day.”
Dad’s like that kind of talk, all you high school Fred Astaires and Michael Jacksons.
Back on topic, though — unfortunately, Huawei apparently invested an unwisely asymmetric amount of capital, time, and effort on the product’s industrial design and not enough on the internal hardware and technical components, and all important software execution. The prototypical features and benefits expected by today’s very sophisticated stable of smartwatch customers around the world are just not up to par, sorry to say.
As such, the Huawei Watch earns a 6.0 rating instead of a 7.5. Now, if the internal hardware component integration and software execution were way above the smartwatch industry average and matched its own exceedingly solid and sexy industrial design spiced and laced with superlative fashion sense and a world class display, it would earn a 9.5. Alas, such is not the case. Too bad. Maybe the next generation will kick it up a notch or two or three.
Rating of the Huawei Watch
• 6.5 on a 1 to 10 scale (10 = best)
✘ Poor customer service/support drops the rating 1 full point
Still, the Huawei Watch is a good horse to place some bets for ‘place’ or ‘show’ in the smartwatch derby. It likely will not win the smartwatch war, but it will make the smartwatch war techie vets look darn good at their 10th to 50th year service reunions in the future.