Huawei Ascend G7 review
Elegance and smart photography combined
In m Huawei Ascend G7 review we discover a smartphone that is easily the most elegant and refined product that we have seen produced by the Huawei team. Add onto this powerful front and back cameras interlaced with the latest tech and software and we can say that this Huawei phone has tons of appeal.
The build quality of the Huawei Ascend G7 is supreme and when you hold the ultra thin (7.6mm) metallic body with all metal back in your hand you know you have a premium device. At 165g it is neither the lightest or heaviest phone in its division but its looks are very distinctive, particularly on the white variant.
The 5.5” INCELL HD IPS LTPS display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at a density of 267 pixels per inch. If that description is a complete bafflement to you then all you need to know is that one layer of the screen has been removed by integrating its technology into another. The result is a higher resolution at a higher speed and the end image is much clearer as the light from the display has passed through less material before it reaches your eye.
Inside the Huawei Ascend G7 is a quad core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB RAM. The internal memory is set at 16GB and you can increase this storage with a 32GB memory card or back-up your files online with the Huawei Cloud+ service.
Phone Set Up
Huawei has updated its user interface and the Ascend G7 runs the Huawei Emotion UI 3.0, which is designed to be easier, more enjoyable and have a more personal feel to it.
The operating system is Android KitKat v4.4 so you will quickly be able to select widgets for the home screens for live updates on the weather and news as well as email and social network updates. If you want to customise the phone further at this point then you can visit Google Play over Wi-Fi or 4G.
When you start to explore the Huawei Ascend G7 you soon realise that Huawei has added a little finesse to almost every feature by re-designing its look. A great example is the Huawei Music App (pictured) with its clutter free design. So, if you have been on Android for a while and are yearning for a different set of graphics then the Ascend G7 will fulfill this wish.
There is a dual antenna built in with smart switching and this allows you to seamlessly move from one type of signal to another without a break in service. This is actually a superb feature that for example will allow you to continue with a Skype video call as you move from your home Wi-Fi to a mobile network’s 3G or 4G signal.
You also have access to a Private Mode that protects and hides your data from other users of your phone, by putting it behind a pass code. There are also new gestures that allow you to reposition the keyboard by tilting the phone or open up dialogue windows by shaking the phone up and down.
Camera & Video
The Huawei Ascend G7 camera package is pretty decent to say the least. It consists of a main 13MP camera and a secondary 5MP camera for taking selfies or making video calls. There is a whole host of features to explore including:
- All-Focus for bringing elements into or out of focus
- An 88-degree wide angle lens for landscapes
- HDR for high contrast scenes
- 1080p video recording at 30 fps
- Selfie panorama feature for group selfies
- Beauty Mode for facial enhancements
There is plenty of technology behind the camera including Sony’s 4th Generation Sensor, a Blue Glass Filter, 5 Aspherical Lens System and a LED flash.
Remember that INCELL HD IPS LTPS display? Well the reduction in screen thickness and weight that this has delivered means that there is more room for the battery. So say hello to a high capacity 3,000mAh battery that provides up to 600+ hours of standby!
We have seen recently many mobile phone brands reporting a days usage under mixed usage scenarios and Huawei has followed suit. The difference though is that their 1.2 days of power is based on a heavy usage scenario which includes video streaming and gaming, so this really is a smartphone intended for dawn to dusk usage off one charge.
The 64-bit processor inside the Ascend G7 helps out here too by giving you better performance from less power and should you end up running low on juice then the Smart Energy Saving technology can be turned on to give you a further 24 hours standby from just 10% battery power.
Huawei Ascend G7 verdict: This smartphone has everything going for it and I would be more than happy to use one as my everyday phone. From the battery to the camera and from the premium metal design to the Huawei User Interface, the Ascend G7 has it all.
Written by: Michael Brown