Huawei Honor 6 Plus review
Supreme low light photography
My Huawei Honor 6 Plus review uncovers the world’s first parallel dual camera phone. Why should we care? Well, the two lenses together capture twice the light, so if your photography usually takes place on a night out, then this camera phone is for you.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is one tough smartphone and combines Corning Gorilla Glass on the front with a glass fibre case on the rear. This means that the screen is scratch and fingerprint resistant while the rear case could almost stop a bullet as the glass fibre is as strong as that used in military helmets!
The build includes a 5.5” IPS display that is great for viewing at wide angles. The resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels is of a higher definition than that on the Huawei P8lite, which we review recently.
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The display is impressive because it has very low power consumption, while rendering deep blacks and richer colours with an ultra high contrast ratio of 1500:1.
While most smartphones use Snapdragon processors, Huawei goes another route by using a Kirin 925 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. This is nothing to be wary of, as this Kirin processor is very powerful and energy efficient. The rise of more powerful processors does mean that most smartphones run very hot, but Huawei has tackled this by manufacturing graphite into to the design, which allows it to run at a cooler temperature.
The remaining build details of the Huawei Honor 6 Plus includes a 7.5mm thick body that weighs in at 165 grams and an internal memory of 32GB that can be boosted with a 128GB microSD card if needed.
Phone Set Up
The phone set up process on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus will give you a glimpse of what I think is an overall winning performance. The Android KitKat OS gives you resizeable widgets and app folders but it is Huawei’s input that has me intrigued.
The EMUI 3.0 user interface brings 3D themes and widgets to the experience and new, magazine quality, lock screen backgrounds are updated weekly. You may like at this point to set up Face Unlock security or visit Google Play or the Huawei App Store to download your favourite apps.
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The next job is setting up the Live Weather Display, which has a dual weather clock for reports on two different locations. After this, it is worth activating the Huawei Cloud+ service that will allow you to sync, backup and store photos taken on the phone.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is extremely user friendly and has a special One-handed UI, Gloves Mode and Motion Controls. These controls include flip to mute, raise to the ear to answer calls, shake to rearrange icons, tilt to move icons onto the other home pages, double tap to turn the screen off and my personal favourite; draw a letter on the off screen to go straight to an app.
Pocket Mode will be an invaluable tool for those who tend miss calls with its increasing levels of volume and vibration. Other features include a Safe for storing private files and a Smart Controller that uses infrared to control TVs, DVD players, air conditioning units and set top boxes.
The internet can be accessed over 4G at up to 300Mbps or via Wi-Fi, while GPS takes control of navigation and location based services. The standard Android keyboard is ready for creating emails and messages but the Huawei Swype input method may be a better choice for those who want to type at speed.
Camera & Video
We briefly mentioned the camera earlier highlighting its bionic parallel dual lens. These are both set at a resolution of 8 mega-pixels and there will be no shortage of delight for selfie addicts, who will get to enjoy a third 8MP camera on the other side.
The camera features are on a par with those found on SLR cameras and include Beauty Mode, Panorama, HDR, Audio Note, Best Photo, Watermark, Timer, Capture Smiles, Audio Control, Object Tracking and Instant Text Translation.
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The camera comes into focus in just 0.1 seconds, so spur of the moment photography isn’t an issue. Video recording is also on offer at a resolution of 1080p.
The 3,600mAh battery is a big, big surprise! This has a huge capacity and when we factor in the energy efficient processor and screen, it is almost guaranteed that this smartphone will out perform your old one.
The power saving technology should deliver two days of power with normal use and there is a variety of power saving modes that can be activated to extend this further.
Huawei Honor 6 Plus verdict: The price of the Huawei Honor 6 Plus sits just slightly above that of the Huawei P8lite, but if night-time photography constitutes the majority of your use, then for you, it is worth the extra pound or two.
Written by: Michael Brown