Huawei’s slow drift into consumer tech obscurity has been a sad sight to witness. In what now feels like an overnight switch, a juggernaut on course for world domination shrank into an industry minnow, with the US trade ban effectively crippling its mobile strategy outside of its homeland of China.
Of course, its phones were hit the hardest, with some canceled and others severely limited by the lack of familiar app stores and services. Other categories fared slightly better. Huawei continues to make quality true wireless earbuds and its wearables are still exquisitely designed. In spite of their individual qualities, however, it’s been tricky to wholeheartedly recommend otherwise wonderful accessories that only really excel when paired with a compromised Huawei smartphone.