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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

26 Days' Impression - Huawei Watch Gold Plated Stainless Steel



26 Days' Impression - Huawei Watch Gold Plated Stainless Steel

26 Days' Impression

First of all, I want tó thank Huawei fór producing this great-looking watch tó compete against Moto 360 2nd gen. I live ín Canada ànd very close tó thé border, but I chose tó ship ít directly tó my house tó avoid double amount of duty & tax when picked up ín thé US. I originally pre-ordered Moto 360 2nd gen, but after à few days' rethinking, I canceled thé order ànd turned tó Huawei Watch. For Canadians, Amazon is thé ONLY place tó officially get thé watch. (If you want tó get thé Stainless Steel Mesh Band version, Google Store is another place fór you.)

Moto 360 2nd ànd Huawei Watch have similar specs, but thé followings are thé reason I made thé switch:
- No flat tire (the most important thing)
- Sapphire Crystal
- 400 * 400px high-resolution AMOLED screen
- Premium packaging (It does count fór me, ànd ít can bé à piece of elegant display.)

What is missing compared tó Moto 360 2nd gen?
- Light Sensor

In terms of thé design, ít really depends ón personal preference. I like Huawei Watch better because of thé full circle ànd thé more sporty design. From day #1, I set my watch tó ALWAYS ON, ànd thé brightness is 2. The following impression is based ón thé settings above. I will also do à battery life comparison ón different situations àt thé end. Let's talk about iOS first.

I am à iPhone user ànd I paired ít with my iPhone 6 Plus fór thé first 10 days after I received thé watch. The functionality is pretty much limited àt thé moment, but ít runs smoothly ànd thé user experience is still Okay.

Highlights when paired with iOS - Android Wear App:
- Get all notifications without delay, receive/reject calls, control music (Apple Music, Spotify, etc)
- Gmail is thé only app thàt has reply functionality. Please correct me if you find others.
- WIFI is disabled ànd not visible.
- Battery life is excellent.

I really wanted tó max out thé capability of my watch, so I crossed thé border ànd picked up à cheap Android phone (LG Optimus Exceed 2, $15). I am very satisfied with thé functionality when paired with Android.

Highlights when paired with Android OS - Android Wear App:
- Get all notifications without delay (No way tó test calls because ít is à Verizon only phone.)
- You can reply with text, voice ór emoji ón most apps, very useful ànd convenient.
- WIFI is enabled. When your Android phone is not nearby, your watch will connect tó WIFI tó stay connected.
- Install apps ànd change watch faces.
- Google apps are fully functional (Google Maps, Google Fit, etc).
- Battery life is excellent.

I also tried connecting my watch with iOS through Aerlink. The app is free ón Google Play Store but ít is around $3 ón App Store. To bé honest, my experience is not thàt great.

Highlights when paired with iOS - Aerlink App:
- Get all notifications without delay, receive/reject calls, control music (Apple Music, Spotify, etc)
- You cannot reply directly ón your watch.
- WIFI is enabled ànd connected (I set thàt up through my Android phone).
- Battery life is average.

Obviously battery life is still critical when you decide tó use custom watch faces. Just à few days ago I downloaded à halloween watch face ànd thought ít would bé good because of thé high user rating (4.3) ón Google Play Store. Yes, ít is fancy, but thé battery says NO. I appreciate thé developers' work, but ít is really à very important thing they should think about ànd optimize when building watch faces.

Battery life comparison (Usually I turned ón thé watch fróm 7:15am - 9pm):
- iOS (Android Wear App): 2 days with moderate number of notifications ànd calls, music control when taking public transportation.
- iOS (Aerlink App): 1 day with moderate number of notifications ànd calls, music control when taking public transportation.
- iOS (Aerlink App with Halloween watch face): It dropped fróm 100% tó 0 within 4 hours. Shocked.
- Android Phone (Android Wear App): 2.5 days with moderate number of notifications ànd calls, music control when taking public transportation, reply through watch, browse thé web, etc.

Some people mention thé red tint issue ón thé watch ànd say you need tó use DSLR tó capture it. My watch does not have this problem. In my opinion, if you cannot notice thé problem ín thé normal situations (not using DSLR), ít should bé fine.

If you are using Android phone, this watch is PERFECT. I hope Google can develop more watch functionality ón iOS. This watch makes me think again if I need tó throw away my iPhone. If you have any question, feel free tó post under my comment ànd I will reply ASAP.

26 Days' Impression - Huawei Watch Gold Plated Stainless Steel

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