Huawei Watch and Apple Watch Credit: Brian Sacco
Smartwatches aren't new, by any means. Companies such as Samsung and Pebble have offered smartwatch options for years. However, until 2015, and the release of the Apple Watch, smartwatches were designed for a very specific kind of user, and you just didn't see very many of them outside of TV commercials, Best Buy stores or other electronics retailers.
In other words: Until recently, only nerds wore smartwatches.
The market is still composed mostly of full-on nerds and partial geeks. However, 2016 is shaping up to look like a new and different year for smartwatches, thanks once again to the consumer-friendly Apple Watch and a few other fashion-forward options, such as the new Huawei Watch. (In case you're wondering, the correct pronunciation of Huawei is "wah way," according to this video from the Chinese gadget maker.)
Apple Watch and Huawei Watch. Credit: Brian Sacco
Research firm Strategy Analytics predicts the already mounting global smartwatch sales will increase by an additional 60 percent in 2016. During the holiday season, and the following weeks and months, lots of folks who formerly scoffed at the idea of wearing a smartwatch ("Why would I buy a watch that doesn't do anything my phone can't?") will slowly begin to explore their options. And both the Apple Watch and Huawei Watch, two of the best smartwatches available today, will sit atop many wish lists.
I spent the last few weeks using these two watches side by side — yes, I did on occasion wear two smartwatches at the same time, though I didn't enjoy it. (OK, maybe I did a little.) After weeks of use, some clear strengths and weaknesses emerged for the Huawei Watch and Apple Watch. Here are four things the Huawei Watch does that the Apple Watch can't. And because I'd be remiss not to tell the other side of this story, I also wrote a companion post, "4 Things Apple Watch does that Huawei Watch can't."
4 reasons to pick Huawei Watch over Apple Watch
1) Huawei delivers more watch for your buck than Apple
The cheapest versions of both the Huawei Watch and Apple Watch costs $350. However, though the price of entry is the same, what you get for the money varies widely, at least when you compare hardware.
For example, the $350, smaller 38mm Apple Watch Sport's case is made of aluminum, it comes with a silicon band, and its face is composed of "Ion-X" glass, which is reportedly durable but less scratch-resistant than the pricier Sapphire glass that's used to make the Huawei Watch face, as well as the displays on the pricier Apple Watch models.
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