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Gadget Review: Huawei Honor 6 Plus

The Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei has been around for some time, and has several phone models out on the market at affordable prices. But would a consumer be happy with a Huawei phone?

Having been given a Huawei Honor 6 Plus to test out for a few weeks, there were some points that were really impressive. The Honor 6 Plus is price just sub of RM1500.

The Phone is powered by a Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU processor with 3 GB. It has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (1080 x 1920 pixels, 401 ppi) display. 8 MP rear camera and a Non-removable Li-Po 3600 mAh battery. If you’re into specs, it’s at the bottom of the post.

The Design

The design of the phone itself is pretty decent. It feels well built, except for the bottom of the phone that feels a little cheap and plastic. Other than that the phone looks like a blown up version of an iPhone 4.

The size however is a little too big, but this is to personal preference. If you like big phones, such as the Samsung Note or iPhone 6 plus, then this phone’s size wouldn’t be an issue. For the one arm bandits, this phone will feel awkward.

However, the overall design is nice and slick. And the phone is available in 3 colours, black, white and gold.

Display 

The Display on this phone is nothing short of superb. With a 5.5-inch HD display that has a 1080×1920 pixel capabilities, the colours are bright, bold and crisp. Text on the screen are easy to read, even the small ones.

The phone does have some pleasant surprises. For one, every time you wake the phone up with the lock button, it will display a variety of different photos. The images are nice and a pleasant invite when you unlock your screen.

The phone will also notify you when something is running in the background and consuming battery. Though the notifications don’t come on the main lock screen, which makes it difficult for a quick glace

Camera

This is where the phone shines. It has a dual rear camera, one allows you to snap shots and manually adjust the aperture when taking a photo. What’s impressive is that you can also adjust/ edit the focus and aperture of the photo after.

For the selfie taker, this phone gives you the ability to make small edits to facial features. You can decrease the size of your jaw, make your nose smaller and enhance your eye, among other feature. It also works will normal photos and not just selfies, as long as the phone can detect a face.

When taking a selfie, the phone also has the ability to flash the screen to brighten up the photo taken. Also a small screen will appear in the top left side of the screen, for you to look at so the selfie photo will look as though you are looking at the camera instead of looking down.

It really doesn’t take much to be able to take a great shot with the Honor 6 plus. Here are some examples.

Performance

The general performance of the phone on a day to day basis is good. Though it’s running on an Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which is out of date. But the phone can still perform well enough. Unless you go hardcore with all the latest apps and use your phone as a spare appendix, the phone’s performance is good.

Decently fast and no lag when playing games (Game played was Ultimate- Spiderman, infinity runner). But the Honor 6 Plus does loose points on using outdated software.

Battery Life

Battery life was remarkably long. For example, using Waze for a total of one hour (not straight), average daily phone usage, watching several videos on youtube, the phone just barely made it past 50%. So I would say battery life is good.

Sound

The sound quality on the Honor 6 Plus is decent. Though the placement of the speaker at the back of the phone doesn’t give much acoustical quality, and very often gets covered when placing the phone on a table. Though, the position of the speaker could have some thought placed into it, you would almost always cup your hand around the speaker when holding the phone. This results in a louder sound.  Sound clarity is good on the phone, even when plugging in earphones.

Bang for the Buck Factor (Conclusion)

In conclusion this phone has some great features, and definitely gets 4 out of 5 for Bang for the Buck factor. If you’re into posting photos on social media, you could leave the DSLRs at home, as this phone will have you covered.

The performance and battery life is good for daily use, though if you’re a hardcore phone user and like to stay up to date with the latest apps, the Honor 6 Plus may not be the best choice.

Overall, the Honor 6 Plus is a superb phone at an affordable price. The phone also has many pleasant surprising features to optimize usage.

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