With the Huawei Watch 2 Classic, a metal body and leather strap make all the difference.
It’s no secret that we weren’t big fans of the Huawei Watch 2, a plastic-and-ceramic successor to a metal legacy that left us feeling dejected and a little confused over the company’s seemingly half-baked plans for wearables.
Well, after having used the Huawei Watch 2 Classic for some time, I can safely say the issue lies largely with branding and marketing than with the series itself. While the Classic is by no means a true visual successor to one of 2015’s best Android Wear devices, its use of actual metal around the frame and replaceable 22mm bands certainly gets it close.
Like the Watch 2, the Classic is equipped with a bunch of top-notch specs for a modern smartwatch, including a super-sharp 1.2-inch OLED panel at 390×390 pixels, a Snapdragon 2100 processor, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage (which can be used to store and play music offline), a heart rate sensor, a GPS radio, IP68 water resistance, and a 420mAh battery that’s quoted for two days (but is closer to a day and a half).
All it lacks compared to the Watch 2 is an integrated LTE radio and eSIM, which provides 4G service with a compatible carrier.
But here’s what you gain: a much more attractive and “public-friendly” timepiece that, at just 60.5 grams, is considerably lighter than much of the competition. And while I don’t love the fake chronometer bezel that doesn’t spin despite looking like it should, overall I find the Huawei Watch 2 Classic extremely easy to wear, and quite enjoyable to use.
Android Wear 2.0 was worth the wait.
Of course, it comes with Android Wear 2.0 included out of the box, which took some time getting here but the wait was worth