Some time ago Huawei recruited some beta testers here in Finland for upcoming product. I was one of the lucky ones. I was not told what phone will arrive. I picked the phone from mail and there was Huawei Honor 8 phone in the box! Honor 8 is published in USA etc. and there are unboxing videos already. Here is one from UnboxTherapy.
Honor 8 feels really good in the hands an although it has 5.2" display it does not feel big. Quality feels and it feels like much pricier phone that it is. Front and back are made of glass and sides are aluminium. It is very stylish phone and my blue Honor 8 looks great.
Let's set this phone up. It is quite simple as in all the Android phones. Enter the information and install apps you want. Only difference from the default Android is the Emotion UI - I will talk about it later.
Processor is 8th core Hisilicon Kirin 950 (4Cortex A72 2.3GHz + 4Cortex A53 1.8GHz + i5 co-processor). You have 4 gigs of memory and 32 or 64 gigs of internal space. Display is 5.2" and resolution is 1080x1920px (423 PPI). Honor 8 sizing is 145.5 mm (height) x71.0 mm (width) x7.45 mm (thickness).
There are two 12 megapixel camera on the phone - one color and one monochrome. Front camera is 8 megapixels. You can add more internal space via MicroSD card (up to 128 gigs). Battery has 3000 mAh. Phone has also fingerprint sensor, NFC, 4G, Bluetooth, infrared, wifi and other basic stuff.
You can check the full specs from Huawei's own pages.
This is the weirdest part of the phone for me. Emotion UI is Huawei's own ui and it has been customized a lot compared to regular Android ui. I could say that it is more like iPhone ui at this point.
First thing that I noticed is that app drawer is missing. You could stash apps to folders as you can do in iPhone but I like to use app drawer insted. I like to have most used app on the screen and look for other apps from the drawer. I could change to other launcher like Nova but I wanted to test Emotion UI.
Ui itself is functional and I did not have any problems with it. You can change themes but I like to keep my ui quite clean. I like Emotion UI if you do not mind the missing app drawer. If you have some tips for Emotion UI - please let me know!
Edit: 30.3.2017: New Emotion UI has the missing app drawer.
Here are few screenshots of Emotion UI.
Camera is a bit special camera for me since it has monochrome and color camera. And combined these two cameras together it gets the job done very well for the price. I have not tested the camera yet and I need more time with it. Below is one pic from my cat and other from a gadget. Both images has not been altered and are straight from the camera.
There are a lots of modes and I usually go by automatic mode since it tells how well the camera and the camera app performs for the basic user. It has the pro mode where you can tweak more but I like to concentrate in the basics. I like to see how good the image turns out when the camera app does the job for me and that is quite important for the normal everyday user. Until I test this a bit more here is review from the Pocketnow.
Firgerprint sensor is excellent and really fast. I think it has better sensor than the S7 Edge has. Location needs practicing since it is behind the phone and you need to pick the phone from the table to use it.
Display is fullhd quality and it size is quite good for me. Sadly it is not Amoled display, in the sun S7 Edge's Amoled display performs better than Honors. Display is good for me and I did not notice any problems with it. Sadly the automatic brightness is not good at all times and it does some interesting brightness adjustments. I turned it off and adjust brightness by hand if needed.
I told this feels good in my hand and looks great. There is one problem with the glass, it is slippery! It is not slippery in hands but when you place it on the desk it is very slippery. I'm getting some protection for the phone when those arrive in the stores. Glass also gets a lot of fingerprints but it is a problem in other phones too.
Battery lasts for a day and probably would last for a couple of days if I did not game a lot and mess with it. It has the new phone addiction... I did a small test though. 6 in the morning phone off from the charger and try to avoid unnecessary phone usage (I did not succeed). And I put the phone back to charger at 9 pm. Battery was at 49% at the time. So depending on daily usage I could get two days out of it. I only need it to work one day without charging since I usually charge my phone at the night.
Honor 8 comes with quick charger and you could get power to your phone quite fast. New USB-C has brought some problems for me since this is the only device in the house that uses it. I ordered couple of USB-C wires to help me with this situation.
I'm positively surprised with Honor 8. I have used Honor 7 a bit since my mother has it. This is a good package for the price and it is not a bad choice for a phone. It feels like more expensive phone that it is and that is all thanks to the glass. It looks and feels great.
Phone will go to Greece with me and has been used fully since its arrival. It has met all my needs and there were no problems using it in my work or in my free time.
Honor 8 is available in finland today 25.8 and 32 gig model will cost 449 euros and 64 gig model 499 euros. I recommend the blue color since it is awesome. You can get it also in black, gold and white.
If you have any questions about the phone, feel free to ask. If I forgot something, please let me know! You can check the phone out from Honor 8 website.
Phone was delivered by Huawei for free. All opinions are my own!
This article was originally published in my finnish blog.
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