• It’s pretty thin
6.4 millimetres to be precise
• Metal Unibody and Gorilla Glass 3 (It’s pretty tough!)
• Kirin 930 Octa-core (yep eight cores)
• 13MP rear camera
with some great stabilisation
sensing and editing software built in
• 3GB of RAM
• 5.2” 1080p screen
• Dual SIM (Personal & Work calls on the same phone)
• 16GB or 64GB of internal memory (I opted for the 16GB)
FM Radio and the usual peripherals
So I recently acquired a Huawei P8 in white from a lovely little deal that I found online, with the phone costing only £149.99 at the time and its internal specifications pretty much being the closest thing to the big brands leading handsets it would have been mad not to!
Check out some of the specs.
I’ll start with the vanity aspects, it’s a good looking handset, the metal casing gives it that aspect of prestige and whilst most likely taking some of its design inspiration from the Sony Xperia range or the iPhone 6 it knows how to stand out from the crowd.
There’s a lot of customisation options which is what really drew me to the phone in the first place, you can download custom themes and fonts, with most of them totally free. The initial look of the phone was a little dark for my taste, and the theme’s change the lock screen animations, window colours, clock, wallpapers, icons and really the look and feel of the entire OS, they’re also quick and easy to install or uninstall which is handy and suited me fine!
My last phone sported a 24MP camera that claimed to be this and that, but I never found it any good at anything other than zooming in on faraway places.
The Huawei P8 is pretty impressive so far! The pictures I take are good quality, day or night due to the low-light shooting capabilities and a dual-tone colour flash and there are some pretty cool features such as light painting which allows you to take long exposure photos of exciting things such as traffic or you could write things in the air with a sparkler, whatever floats your boat!
There is a beauty effect as well, designed to “help you take the perfect selfie” (and that is a quote from their website). It works well if you keep the setting low, smoothing the skin, brightening the eyes and capturing your expression but you turn it up and things get a little spooky, with it shrinking your face and sharpening those cheek bones. Be careful with one that!
The OS and System
It comes with Android as standard, KitKat initially and now I’ve been upgraded to Lollipop. Overall it’s a slick design with very little bloatware preinstalled and the few apps that are preinstalled are helpful, there’s no stocks and magazines or 7 different Amazon apps that you’ll never use.
One of the helpful preinstalled apps is Phone manager, it scans your phone for performance issues. It will block apps that over notify you, clean up mess in the storage, notify you of apps that are consuming power, RAM or data in the background and allow you to lock certain apps with a password. It’s one of my favourite features on the phone because it keeps the uptime of the phone really high and saves you cash / allowance on data as well as just acting as a general “speeder-upper”.
Every app and game I have downloaded has run perfectly well, whether it’s Facebook or a HD, high intensive game, even with an entire days’ worth of back logged apps still partially active in the background I have yet to experience any crashes or moments of lag.
All of the internal apps and have a clean, modern and unique design, including the storage manager.
Wifi, 4G and call signal is always strong and I’ve only experienced one call which has dropped out (I blame the area!), there are several boosting features on the phone that will silently work in the background playing with signal traffic to ensure the phone has the best connection possible.
Overall 10/10! It’s cheap and affordable, high spec, very, shall we say, aesthetically pleasing in silver and white and perfect for work and personal life. I recommend this phone!