The Huawei Watch looks great. As far as fashionable timepieces go, it’s top notch and wouldn’t look out of place paired with an expensive three-piece suit.
The display is also superb, and the battery life good enough. This smartwatch performs as well as any other on the market, though that’s a bit backhanded as Android Wear smartwatches are still buggy.
It’s confounding then that Huawei omitted an ambient light sensor and GPS, especially give the Huawei Watch’s premium price. It’s also confounding that Android Wear is still very limited more than a year after launch.
So where does that leave the Huawei Watch? It’s the best of the classy Android Wear smartwatches (looking at you, LG Watch Urbane), which makes it the best of a niche of a product class that really isn’t ready for primetime.
In other words, if you’re an Android user that has to have a smartwatch and it has to look professional, then go with the Huawei Watch. Everyone else, get something cheaper like the $150 Asus ZenWatch 2. Or better yet, just wait. Smartwatches just aren’t useful enough, yet.