Huawei Honour Review

 

Huawei Honour

Feature set summary for Huawei Honour review

On offer from the Honour is a great eight-megapixel snapper, which produces bright, sharp images. The screen is colourful and sharp, which makes it perfect for watching movies, and you’ll find all the other usual smartphone features such as A-GPS.

 

Style and handling summary for Huawei Honour review

The Honour looks like your average mid-range handset, with a chunky, weighty feel to its matt black chassis.

 

Battery power summary for Huawei Honour review

Battery life is impressive – lasting 36 hours with light use – and you’ll get an amazing 10 hours of video streaming out of a full charge.

 

Performance summary for Huawei Honour review

Under the hood is a single-core processor that manages to run most modern games and apps, but keen gamers will really want a dual-core chip device for futureproofing.

 

User friendliness summary for Huawei Honour review

The OS is the rather dated Android Gingerbread, but Huawei has managed to give it a bold, bright makeover. Plus the four-inch display is great for app playing and surfing the net.


Huawei Honour Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros :
Sharp, responsive four-inch display; impressive battery life; good eight-megapixel snapper 



Cons :
Dated Android Gingerbread; stuttery streaming of HD video, disappointing social networking app 

 

Verdict:

The Huawei Honour may have a low price but it boasts a colourful, sharp display and impressive eight-megapixel snapper. Its single-core processor can cope with most modern games and apps but keen gamers will want to search out a dual-core device for futureproofing.

Full Review and Specification for the Huawei Honour

Very recently we reviewed Huawei’s Ascend P1 smartphone, which offers great performance and neat features despite its plasticky chassis. That device came in at £350, but if you don’t have that kind of spare cash it might be worth taking a look at the Huawei Honour, a mid-range device, with a great camera for around the £200 mark.

 

Bold makeover


Huawei Honour Photo


One of the first corners cut on budget phones is the OS – and here it means the Honour runs on Gingerbread, a rather dated version of the Android OS, but one that runs well on single-core chip devices. But Huawei has given it such a bright and bold makeover that it is barely recognisable. It features large, bold icons and features 3D transitions between desktops. There aren’t a lot of widgets to choose from, and you can’t change their size, but they are really useful – such as the email widget, which posts up your latest messages for you.

 

On the lock screen you can gain quick access to texts, snapper and phonebook – all you have to do is drag a digit in one of the pre-set directions to fire them up. The notifications bar lets you toggle juice-draining features such as Bluetooth and GPS, and also shows new alerts and messages.

 

Huawei Honour Photo

   

The camera is impressive for a budget model – it’s eight megapixel and produces sharp, colourful images. It also has the benefit of flash and auto-focus. The shutter fires speedily, although has a pause before it is ready again, so taking a number of pictures in quick succession is not possible. But quality of the images is good – although in low light the snaps were a tad fuzzy.

 

We don’t know why, but for some reason the digital zoom is not available via the volume buttons as it is on most smartphones – mind you as you can crop and enlarge images after it doesn’t really matter. There is also a front-facing camera for making Skype calls.

 

The lens has one benefit over that on the Ascend P1 in that it doesn’t stick out of the back of the handset, but instead just appears as a small bump. This is mostly because the Honour’s body is chunkier. It feels good to hold in the hand, and its matt plastic chassis has a decent heft to it.

 

Screen star


 

The four-inch display is a decent size for playing games, surfing the net and playing with apps. Busy web pages loaded quickly and zooming and scrolling was simple as the screen registers each swipe and poke. TV programmes and films look great thanks to the resolution – the screen is really impressive for this price. Mind you, there was a lot of slowing down when we were streaming HD video on apps such as YouTube. It didn’t happen when watching video from the memory though. Onboard storage is a meagre 2GB but that can be expanded thanks to the microSD card slot.

 

It’s a pity that the social networking offering is not so impressive. There is one app for Facebook and Twitter, which offers one timeline for both or you can just view one if you wish. But it is not easy to use and misses some basic points, such as being able to check Facebook messages and copying in a friend in a tweet. You might as well download the proper Facebook and Twitter apps.

 

Battery life, however, is a bonus. Our moderate use – emailing, texting, app playing, browsing the web and a few calls, saw the Honour last for 36 hours on a single charge. And we got an immense 10 hours of video playing – nearly double what its rivals can offer.


Playing the game


Huawei Honour Photo


The single-core chip is capable of running most current apps and games, only starting to stutter with some of the more intensive 3D titles. It also had a little breather when quitting out from the browser or other apps, but it’s nothing to cause any concern. However, keen gamers may want to consider instead the ZTE Grand X, which has a powerful dual-core processor and costs about the same as the Honour.

 

Our conclusion


It’s great to see good-quality smartphones such as the Huawei Honour coming on the market for half the price of the top-end handsets. For a reasonable price you get a single-core chip that copes with most games and apps, unless you’re a really serious gamer, in which case you should opt for the dual-core ZTE Grand X instead. The eight-megapixel snapper is impressive and despite the dated OS, Huawei has given it a fine makeover.

 

Huawei Honour Specification

GENERAL

Type of device Smartphone
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dimensions 122x62x10.9mm
Weight 135g
Form factor Touchscreen
Input Touch Screen
Processor speed 1.4GHz
CPU 1.4GHz processor
Graphic chipset  
Status Available
 

DISPLAY

Screen size 4 inches
Screen type LCD
Resolution 854x480
Display type 16 million colours
 

Memory

RAM 512MB
Internal storage 2GB
Memory card slot
 

Camera

Camera 8 megapixels
Secondary camera 0.3 megapixels
Special camera features Auto-focus, flash
 

Sound

3.5mm Jack
Music player Yes
Audio recording
Radio
FM Radio description FM radio
 

Video

Video recording
Video player Yes
Video calling
Video streaming
 

Additional Features

Browser Android
Games Android
Voice control
Voice dailing
Other  
 

Messaging

SMS
MMS
Email
IM
 

Connectivity

Band Quad-band
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
USB
NFC
GPS A-GPS
 

Network

EDGE
GPRS
HSDPA
4G/LTE  
 

Other

Colors (Standard) Black
Handsfree speaker phone
Customisable ringtones
What's in the box Charger
Website www.huaweidevice.com
 

Battery

Standby Not stated
Talktime Not stated
Battery life multimedia Ten hours

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By Simon Thomas on 06th August, 2012


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