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TLC’s Huawei Watch Review: Why it Poops all over Apple

I’m a self-confessed gadget geek, I love good fashion, and I love love love new shiny gadgets. When smart watches began to come onto the market a little while back, I’d already made the switch from my Apple iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (planning a Nexus when my current contract is up).

And I felt vindicated that the Apple Watch was (and still is), in my humble opinion, ugly. It reminded me of those calculator watches people had in primary school; you know the ones hipsters tried to make cool again? Rectangular, flat and plastic-looking:

Calculator Watch
Not the Huawei Watch

So I sat back and waited. As tempted as I was to buy into the latest trend, to bedeck myself with the most cutting edge of tech-fashion, I knew something had to come along eventually that looked like an actual, nice, legitimate timepiece – and not an experiment from StarTrek.

Enter, the Huawei Watch. And yes, I assure you that this is a smart watch:

Huawei Watch
THIS is the Huawei Watch

Huawei Watch Review: The Good

All smart watches do basically the same things: display time and other chrono-stats (obviously), alert you to phone calls and messages by vibrating and use of their digital screen, and link to a wide range of apps and games which are essentially minified versions of those you already have on your phone.

What I like about the Huawei Watch is that it does everything the other leading smart watches do as well or better, plus it looks so freakin’ sexy. Those smooth silver lines, the glossy glass face, the stylish (and interchangeable) leather wrist band.

One of my favourite things about this watch is the ability to customise the watch face. Do you prefer a traditional analog style? There’s a face for that. Clean digital? Easy. Want to see the weather, your steps, the time and notifications in one place? That exists too. Or, like me, do you want a cute cat that jumps when you tap her? There’s a watch face for that too.

Many of the faces are free and the options are enormous and ever growing, and easy to install through the Google App Store.

Hey Kitty Kitty watch face
The cat from my favourite watch face. I named her Priscilla

Huawei Watch Review: The Bad

I have to say the only thing I don’t like about the watch, and it became virtually a non-issue after I’d had it for a week or so, is its profile on my wrist. I’ve got small wrists and one of the first things you hear about when you google reviews on this device (and every smart watch, to be honest) is how big it is in diameter in height.

Honestly though, when I wear it now I don’t even notice its bulk. The watch doesn’t get caught on my sleeves and I don’t feel self-conscious with it pointing out the smallness of my wrists. If you’re unsure I’d recommend finding a stockist near by and trying it on.

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Huawei Watch Review: The Verdict

A week rarely goes by that I don’t get a compliment on the watch. Most people like the look of it and are really surprised to learn it’s also a smart watch. So for vanity alone – don’t judge me – I’m happy with it.

But is it necessary? No. The technology is fairly new and the makers haven’t come up with too many innovative ways to use the watch that make it a must have. If you just want a pretty watch, I’d recommend going the traditional timepiece route.

However, if you’re like me and the melding of old tech with new excites you, the possibilities of future updates get you dreaming of new functionality, and you just love new gizmos, then I would highly recommend the Huawei Watch. In my humble opinion it’s better than the Apple Watch and other similarly priced options.

For more information on the Huawei watch, click here.

What do you think of this Huawei watch review? Do you own or a smart watch, or is the technology not ‘there’ yet for you? Are you an Apple fan and have I insulted your life choices? Let me know in the comments below.

Image credits for this Huawei watch review: 2: Ebay 3: Gizmodo  4:Greenbot. Others taken by TLC Interiors.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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3 Responses

  1. LOVE the title of this article. I’ve never considered getting a Smart watch (I’m old fashioned), but this post is warming me up to the idea. the watch face really ties the old with the new

    1. I’m so not techy Clementine but when Gavin got it and I saw it in action it actually looks awesome. I love that it resembles and old-school watch. I am old-school all over lol, so it’s right up my alley.

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