Earlier this week, at long last, the Huawei Watch finally went on sale in the US, and it’s certainly not your typical gadget, nor your typical timepiece. It costs as much as some decent smartphones do outright, off contract and it can reach as much as $499, although it does start at a more reasonable $349. Many Android Wear fans have been waiting a long, long time for the Huawei Watch to hit shelves, and now that it’s finally here it makes me wonder whether or not it’s worth the asking price. We spent some time with it during IFA 2015 earlier this month and were mighty impressed with its display and the craftmanship. That’s all fine and well, but the innards and software of any smartwatch make a price tag somewhere around $400 seem a little questionable.
The Pebble, the little gadget that kicked all of this smartwatch business off is a cheap, cheap smartwatch. It doesn’t act cheap however, with better battery life than the majority of other smartwatches on the market it’s one of the best available for some users. It’s low price tag however, means people don’t mind that the software isn’t all that speedy, or that it lacks some more modern features of others; it was much cheaper! Who cares! Now that devices like the Watch Urbane, ASUS ZenWatch 2 and the new Moto 360 have proven Android Wear devices to be yearly refreshes, spending a lot on a device like the Huawei Watch isn’t quite as simple. Sure, it looks stunning, but what happens when it stops getting updates? Which we all know will inevitably happen. What happens if the processor ages quickly and new apps run slow and aggravate me?
These are the questions that people should be asking about a smartwatch, any smartwatch. I’m still using a G Watch R, a 2014 model and love it, but those with a 2014 Moto 360 might be feeling the urge to upgrade after just a year or so of owning the original. We could argue that watches are of course fashion accessories and somewhat designed to be frequently changed. Considering that Android Wear is still somewhat in its infancy, and there’s no telling what Google is planning in terms of software updates, would you spend around $400 on a smartwatch? Join our poll on Google+ and let us know!