There's a lot to like about the Huawei Watch, but it's by no means perfect. Here are our final thoughts on the device.

We Liked

I really like the premium design of the Huawei Watch, it's understated, sophisticated and wouldn't look out of place underneath a dinner jacket. The materials they've used feel great as well, with a solid build and soft touch leather. Of course, design is always subjective, and some in the office think the watch looks too bland.

Where the Huawei Watch really stands out is with hardware, the processor and memory are the best around, and the screen is one of the best I've seen on a smartwatch. The AMOLED is bright, sharp and delivers strong colours.

Android Wear is also worth shouting about, Google's OS has come on leaps and bounds in recent months, with more polished UI navigation and new features. This isn't exclusive to the Huawei Watch, but it's a positive trend if you're considering an Android Wear smartwatch.

We Disliked

Those premium materials and top specs come at a price, literally. The Huawei Watch is currently the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch at £299 (US$349.99, around AU$549). That's a tough sell considering all Android Wear smartwatches have exactly the same functionality, including the Sony Smartwatch 3, which can be picked up for £130 (around US$170, AU$230).

Battery life is also a bit of an issue, as with most smartwatches. While around two days is on par with most Android Wear smartwatches, and better than the Apple Watch, it's still not ideal. You're much better off with a Pebble Time if you're after long battery life.

There are no size options for the Huawei Watch, which is a shame if you've got small wrists, and the customisation options lack taste.

Needless to say, if you're looking for a GPS running watch replacement, this isn't it. The watch doesn't feature GPS, and it just looks a bit too posh to take jogging in the park.

Verdict

The Huawei Watch is one of the best smartwatches in the market, but then again it should be, because it's also one of the most expensive.

The extra money does mean you get more premium materials, build, and specs. There's no question the impressive circular screen is one of the best I've seen on a smartwatch.

Android Wear has improved a lot recently, but it's identical on all devices, so that price isn't really buying you any more functionality.

It's a 'nice' addition that the current crop of Android Wear watches are now compatible with iPhone, although functionality is limited, and you're better off with either an Apple Watch, or getting an Android phone.

If you're fully sold on the idea of smartwatches and want the best Android Wear watch around, the Huawei Watch is probably your best bet. If you're not so sure, and want to test the waters first, there are cheaper options available with the same functionality and, in the case of the Moto 360, a remarkably similar look.