EE Hawk review
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Our EE Hawk review reveals a just-above budget smartphone that brings with it a few features that have previously been reserved for phones costing at least twice as much. You can pick up a EE Hawk from £14.99 per month on a 24 month contract.
The EE Hawk does look pretty good. On the back, there is a reflective two-tone finish that blends black and dark blue together. Both the front and back are made from toughened Corning Gorilla Glass.
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These two pieces of glass are fixed onto an aluminium frame. This is nicely rounded at the edges and makes the phone feel really solid. The EE Hawk is just 7.9mm thick and weighs in at 134g, which is light compared to many other phones.
Design elements that catch the eye include the camera bump on the back with its chrome-coloured ring. The double speaker grills on the bottom edge also help to give that premium look.
The EE Hawk has a 5” display and this makes the phone a little more pocket friendly, compared to phones with 5.5” or 6” displays. There is HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels / 294 pixels per inch), which is pretty typical for phones in the same pricing range.
Powering the phone is a MediaTek MT6750 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. This gives a good performance for its class, with minimal lag when opening apps.
Phone Set Up
We see another feature here that is usually reserved for more expensive phones. Located on the back, it feels really natural to use the fingerprint scanner and it is far quicker to use, compared to entering a PIN, password or pattern.
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Aside from unlocking the phone, the fingerprint scanner can be used with Android Pay. This means that you can use mobile payments to pay for your morning coffee or to purchase chargeable content form the Play Store.
The EE Hawk runs on Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. This gives you a great starting point with apps and features including:
- Google Assistant
- Chrome (web browser)
- Play Store
- Play Music
- Duo (video calling)
- Play Games
The EE Hawk does pretty well in the sound department. You will get to enjoy music enhanced by Dolby Mobile and projected through those bottom ported speakers.
On the top edge, there is a 3.5mm audio jack. In the box, you will find JBL earbuds, which you can plug in through this port. These earbuds are better than most and they have a flat cable, so they are less likely to get tangled.
Camera & Video
Both the main camera and the selfie camera get a really high resolution. The main 13MP camera is aided by a dual tone LED flash and can record 1080p (Full HD) video.
There is also a 8MP selfie camera and a 16GB internal memory for saving your photos and videos on. If you need more space, then you can insert an up to 128GB microSD card (not included).
Symmetrical power connector
The 2,500mAh battery can be charged via the symmetrical USB Type-C power connector. You can plug this in either way round, so it’s a little bit less annoying. The battery gives up to 10 hours of talk time or up to 130 hours of standby.
Written by: Michael Brown