A few months ago I bought a new smartwatch; a Huawei Watch 2 Classic.

Being the geek that I am, I did a ton of research into smartwatches before making the purchase. I thought it would be easier than it was, assuming that all smartwatch makers would have watches that met my functional needs and all I’d really have to do is pick which style suited me. I was wrong.

What I discovered was that I needed to decide what features I wanted, and then try to find the watch that had them all. Prior to this smartwatch, I hadn’t worn a watch of any kind for years. Generally speaking, a smartwatch connects to your phone, via bluetooth or some other method, and then acts as an extension of your phone; passing on messages and notifications to your wrist and giving you access to applications without having to pick up your smartphone. Nearly all smartwatches, like those geared toward fitness, will collect data as you go about your activities and then transfer it to apps on your smartphone the next time they’re connected. So if you put your phone in the locker at the gym and then go workout with your smartwatch on, your workout data will transfer to the health tracking app on your phone the next time the two are within proximity to each other.

I carry a smartphone with me pretty much all the time and I just got in the habit of looking at my phone for time, messages and calendar appointments. So to me it didn’t make sense to have a smartwatch if I still had to have my phone on me. Therefore, my watch had to be a standalone device that provided the geek inside of me with some value beyond my phone. Thus began the list of features that I needed. Here’s the list of the key features that I wanted my smartwatch to include (and not include):

With this list of requirements I began searching, shopping and reading reviews. What I discovered was that very few Android smartwatches offer NFC for payments. And the combination of no LTE, Wi-Fi and NFC pretty much eliminated all affordable Android Wear 2.0 brands except the Huawei Watch 2 models (pronounced hoo-wah-way). I say “affordable” because Tag Heuer makes some amazing Android smartwatches if you don’t mind spending upwards of $1,200 or more for them. As it turned out, the Huawei watches also had really good reviews.

The two basic models are the Huawei Watch 2 Sport and the Watch 2 Classic. They’re essentially the same watch except the Sport has a bit more rugged design with more color options, and it also has LTE which was a no-go for me. But if you are into LTE, then the Sport would be a great choice, as it supports 4G.

This narrowed it right down to the Huawei Watch 2 Classic. The bonus is that it has everything I wanted, including the nice-to-haves of standalone GPS and heart monitoring. I thought about it a couple days, even reading up a little bit on Huawei the company (which in itself is pretty interesting). Finally I decided to pull the trigger and ordered the watch, an extra charger (one for home and one for work), and a new band on Amazon.

After a few months of wear I really like it. Even to the point that I kick myself if I leave it on the charger and walk out the door without it in the morning. It lasts a couple days on a single charge and I’ve come to count on the handy display of messages and notifications. Like any smartwatch, with the swipe of your finger you can switch between all sorts of watch faces that suit your need. I’ve landed on the Microsoft Outlook watch face because I really like the way it displays email notifications and calendar appointments at work. When I’m not at work I switch to a cool, blue, hi-tech looking watch face where I can configure the components I want displayed.

If you’re in the market for a watch then the advice is simple:

I thought buying a smartwatch would be easier than it was. It ultimately turned out to be easy because (at the time) there was only one watch that had everything I wanted. But I only discovered that after hours of research.