Honor 6A review
Affordable & long lasting battery
Our Honor 6A review finds a seriously budget friendly Android smartphone. People will like this Honor phone for its very affordable price tag (from £11 per month on contract) and for its long lasting battery.
Premium build materials
The first surprise catches our attention straight away. The Honor 6A has a metal body and on the back, this has been sandblasted for a really smooth finish. Rounded seems to appear to have been the design ethos and you can really appreciate this when you hold the phone. The phone remains comfortable in the hand, even after a long period of time.
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The Honor 6A ticks the boxes for slimness at 8.05mm thick and for lightness at 142g. The phone is offered with a black front and a grey back and the camera lens on the back adds interest with a circular etching surrounding the lens itself.
Display and processor performance
The Honor 6A has a 5” display and this has HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). The display is coupled up with eye protection mode and this automatically adjusts the brightness and filters out blue light. This really does reduce eyestrain when you use the phone in the evening.
There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM inside. This is pretty typical for the affordable end of the market and while there may be a fraction of a second delay when opening apps, this doesn’t really detract from the overall experience.
Phone Set Up
The Honor 6A is easy to set up and the Phone Clone app lets you import data from your old smartphone. With this app, you do not need a computer or an internet connection, in order to transfer apps and content.
This Huawei phone has a 16GB internal memory, which may be all that you will need, depending upon how many photos, videos and apps you save. Should you need more memory in the future, then you can insert a memory card with a value of up to 128GB, into the microSD card slot.
If you happen to be a technophobe, then you can activate the Simple Home Screen. This puts six big buttons on the homescreen with core features such as calling, music, messaging and camera.
Android OS and EMUI 5.1
The Honor 6A uses Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. This has been enhanced by Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 user interface.
There are many useful features and apps and we highlight these below:
- Notification badges - These show the number of unseen notifications, represented as a number on the app’s icon
- Split-screen mode - Use two apps side-by-side
- Magazine Unlock - This gives you a new lock screen wallpaper every time you wake up the phone
- Randomised wallpapers - Choose an image album for your homescreen wallpaper
- One-handed UI - Swipe left or right over the virtual buttons to shrink the screen
- Virus scanner - Scan for malware
- Visual notification - Activate to have the screen light up when incoming notifications are received
- Screen recorder - Record your screen as you play games
- Motion control - Flip to mute or raise to answer calls or lower the ringtone volume
- Phone Manager - Reduce power consumption and optimise performance
In addition to these, you also have a Calendar, Notes, Music and Videos app.
Camera & Video
Comprehensive camera app
Huawei’s camera app is excellent and the camera really is one of the phone’s strong points. You will be able to enjoy photos taken at a 13MP resolution and the Phase Detect Auto Focus does its work in just 0.5-seconds.
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Shooting modes include ultra snapshot, burst shooting, audio controlled shooting, pro mode, spirit level, slow motion recording, time-lapse and audio notes. In addition to this, you can download new shooting modes created by Huawei, such as good food.
The 5MP selfie camera uses facial enhancements. The photo editing app lets you create really professional looking photos and we especially like the accentuate colours feature. This turns an image into black and white, after which you can touch any object in the image to have just that colour added back in.
We also like the background blur feature that creates bokeh effects. This is one of those features that you are likely to use again and again.
Impressive all-day power
The Honor 6A gets a high capacity 3,020mAh battery. This will last all-day long, even with extensive usage. The battery has been sized to offer up to 16 hours of video playback, 47 hours of music playback, 8 hours of 4G internet browsing or up to 32 hours of talk time.
The battery is designed to have a long life, retaining 80% of its capacity, even after it has been recharged for more than 800 times.
Should you need to preserve battery power, then there are several things that you can do. You can put the phone in low resolution power saving mode, automatically close power intensive apps and set a power on and off timer, also useful if you don’t want to be disturbed overnight.
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Written by: Michael Brown