Huawei Watch D smartwatch
The Huawei Watch D is the latest flagship smartwatch from the Chinese tech giant, and it’s further proof that the company is more than capable of competing with Samsung and Apple in the highly competitive wearables market.
The state-of-the-art blood pressure monitoring feature uses a built-in airbag to make it as accurate as possible, and other great features like over 70 workout modes and ECG and body temperature monitoring. skin make the Watch D a real contender if you’re in the market for a new high-end smartwatch.
First impressions and setup
Compared to other smartwatches in Huawei’s current portfolio, you can tell right away that this is its best model. The packaging and overall unboxing experience feels premium and (dare I say it) almost “Apple-like”.
The device is surprisingly heavy at 41 grams and feels good and solid on your wrist. It is also pretty and has only two non-intrusive buttons on the right side of the face.
The Watch D puts a lot of emphasis on device setup. This is partly to optimize comfort, but it also ensures that the blood pressure monitor works as accurately as possible.
Two butterfly clasp bracelets are included in the box to adapt the watch to your wrist, as well as an innovative folding “ruler” to measure your wrist. The straps are made from a rubber-like material, while the rectangular watch face is made of glass in a durable aluminum case. It feels premium and very well put together.
I reviewed the Huawei Watch GT in March 2019 and commented on how easy it was to set up. It’s a good thing that aside from a few minor app upgrades over the past three years, Huawei’s user experience remains pretty much the same. Pairing to the watch only takes a few minutes via the HUAWEI Health app, and when complete, your device will appear on your phone and allow you to easily update things like the watch face.
All of your data can also be viewed through the app, and it goes without saying that the more you wear it, the more you can learn about your fitness and lifestyle. After about three weeks of wearing the Watch D, I was amazed at how well my fitness was being tracked – from dozens of times I tested my blood pressure to the amount of REM sleep I was getting.
The Huawei Watch D performs well, and the 1.64-inch, 456 x 280-pixel AMOLED display is one of the most responsive I’ve tested.
I’ve already touched on a handful of things the watch can do, but things like HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0+ heart rate monitoring technology make it one of the most accurate smartwatches out there.
The ECG app contains a high-performance ECG sensor module, which provides single-lead ECG measurements, real-time analysis, and reminders of sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation, and premature atrial and ventricular beats to stay informed and proactive about the main problems related to heart health. risks.
The handful of over 70 workout modes I tried worked great and were familiar too, given my time with the Watch GT (which I still use to this day). One thing to consider is that the fabric airbag built into the strap can sweat after a particularly strenuous workout. This could turn out to be a smelly problem over time. Built-in GPS lets you track your runs without needing your smartphone nearby.
The HUAWEI TruSleep 2.0 app works perfectly. It identifies key sleep states, including deep sleep, light sleep, REM sleep, naps and waking times, with sleep quality scores and personalized advice on how to get the best possible night’s rest. I found myself checking this every day, so I could try to improve my rest time the next night.
Other key features such as stress and SpO2 monitoring also worked well. Importantly, all key information was well displayed in the HUAWEI Health app.
There are also handy features like the ability to perform a daily health check and share your results with family members through the app. This could be especially useful for older users who might want to share their health information.
The battery can last for an exceptional seven days between charges, which is a great selling point ahead of the likes of the Apple Watch.
One complaint I had during my time with the Watch D was that it seemed to randomly disconnect from my iPhone 11, although I suspect it might not have this issue with an Android device, especially one. Huawei.
Unfortunately, you can’t do things like reply to messages through the device (which is a feature I know a lot of Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch users don’t even use due to the small size of the screen). It also lacks features like web browsing, which again isn’t for everyone.
The Huawei Watch D is well-equipped and has some of the best (and most) features I’ve seen in a smartwatch. Devices like this have now reached the point where they are truly capable of changing lifestyles and even saving lives.
The elephant in the room here is the price, which I purposely didn’t mention until now. The Watch D currently has an RRP of $749. In terms of price, that puts the watch right next to flagships from Samsung and Apple.
The question is, will Huawei be able to do enough to attract potential buyers to the Watch D? If it was me, I’d be seriously tempted…