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Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.

Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.

For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.

So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.

Join us for our second look at one of the most expensive Android Wear offerings, and see if it’s still worth the extra money. For episode 54 of After The Buzz we feature the Huawei Watch.

According to our review, no other smartwatch exemplified Android Wear more than the Huawei Watch, and in that sense he was right. Even today this is one of the few alternatives that offers an elegant design and premium materials for less than $1000 in all its variants. The whole idea was indeed to de-emphasize the geeky and turn this into a timeless piece of hardware, and to that extent, some of its features met the goal, and others not so much. Watch our full video to learn more.

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  1. I'm pretty disappointed with mine – the problem is that some Wear apps want to use Wifi, others want to use Bluetooth. Some need both. So basically to do anything you have to turn both on, which is a HUGE power draw. If you don't have a SmartPhone, it's doublely useless. In the end, you just use it as a watch with everything off with a very poor 4 day battery life. Without a Smartphone or with Connectivity turned on, or with the Google Cloud being unavailable, you're basically wearing an almost useless black brick on your wrist.

    You can swish through the list of all the Android apps you have in the app drawer, but almost none of them will work without network connectivity (things like weather apps, or google hangouts). I can't get weather on mine, or even instant messages from my significant other, unless I connect it to my tablet, which kind of makes it a fail.

    I thought the watch would impress people as looking like something fun to ask me to play with, but nobody has been impressed as they just see a black obelisk disc on my wrist. My $25 dumb silver Casio Royale always gets nice comments and gets noticed… I have yet to get any comment about my Huawei Smart Watch :-/

    The Huawei ends up being a garage queen on the custom stand I made for it, and my Casio 1500 ends up being my daily driver… it's way more rugged, infinite battery life, atomic precise tiem, and has a barometer and always on time display. It's not perfect, but as a watch, it does the watch part at least right. In the end, it's a fun toy, but not a practical watch or even useful gizmo.

    Maybe if Andoid Wear gets its connectivity issues figured out, so you can use either bluetooth OR wifi for all data transfer, and not need both on at the same time, and be able to function completely standalone without a smartwatch pairing, maybe they'd have something.

  2. No GPS, so no GPS synced time, and what about screen burn? You never addressed that, which seems to be a problem on the Huawei Watch. I see watches on ebay listed with a warning that they have screen burn from someone having it on the same watch face too long.

  3. I just bought this a week ago and damn, i am impressed. I've researched heavily and tested so many watches. This looks great and works so fluidly on Android Wear 2.0.

    I use the brightness on maximum always and used it from 9AM to 1PM the next day and it still had 35% battery left on it. On a normal 9AM to 7PM day i have about 65% left on it so can easily get two days on it if i wasn't so used to putting all my devices on charge before sleeping.

    Bought a superb condition one for £140 and after still watching reviews of other smartwatches including the newest ones, this one is still my favourite. Well done Huawei on this one! Great After the Buzz review Pocketnow.

  4. "completely unreadable"… what a lie. I have the Huawei watch for a while now and i turn brightness down to 2 and i can read the display sufficiently from any angle…

  5. So this watch has garnered the most compliments from ppl? Funny how that works. I'm somewhat of a watch connoisseur, and own some decent timepieces. Yet the one that always gets ppl compliments is an 80.00 Kenneth Cole watch I got back in 2006.

  6. I have found that if you let the charger freely be picked up by the watch by the magnets and and not try to attach it with your fingers that it engages the charger every time. By doing this I have not had it once miss the pins. I think this is the way Huawei intended for the charger to be attached. But I have a new stock Huawei just gotten this week and they could have made some change. Those having trouble might try this.