A beautiful design can't save the Huawei Watch

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[MUSIC] Huawei may not be the first brand that comes to mind when you think of luxury, but your opinion may seem to change once you see the Huawei Watch. This is an Android powered smart watch that will display personalized Google app card and notifications for things like text messages, emails, and calls from your iPhone or Android device right on your wrist. The 42mm watch face is protected by sapphire crystal which is a first for Android wear. This makes it harder to scratch and shatter the screen. I also like that the display is a complete circle unlike the Moto 360 which features an unsightly black bar at the bottom. However, the WaWa watch doesn't include an ambient light sensor. So you have to manually set the screen brightness to an acceptable level rather than it automatically adjusting based on your environment. But it's a small price to pay for that beautiful display. On the back you will find an optical heart rate sensor. Unfortunately there's not GPS, the WaWa watch isn't necessarily a workout watch Although it can track basic activities, like steps, distance, and calories burned. There's also no NFC, so you can't make wireless payments like you can on the Apple watch. Overall, I really like the Walleye watch, at least from a design standpoint. Battery life could be better, I got around a day and a half. Which is about the same as other Android wear devices, and the Apple watch, but far worse than traditional watches in the telling time. The only real flaw is the Android wear program. It still feels like a work in progress. It's hard to navigate. Notifications are messy. And for the most part, you still have to have your smartphone tethered for it to work. At $350 you're better off just getting an Apple Watch, or saving some money and picking up an old Android watch from last year. For more information be sure to check out my full review over at cnet.com. I'm Dan Graziano for CNET, thanks for watching.

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