With the advent and popularity of smartphones, the market has seen an influx of brands that are launching their own version in the market to cash in on the opportunity. While the market is largely dominated by a couple of brands, there are many other brands that are now vying to make a position for themselves. To create a place for themselves, Huawei is one such Chinese company that is striving to carve a niche of its own.
In this review, we are going to discuss the recently launched Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Before we move further with the review, an interesting fact that we would like to point out is that Honor and Huawei are two different models available in the US. The fact that now a combination of the two under the name Huawei Honor 6 Plus has been launched is something that has raised many eyebrows.
We are now going to proceed with the review. We will discuss the various aspects of the handset so that a conclusion can be drawn whether the phone is worth purchasing or if there are better options available out there. Let us now go ahead with the review to see what the Huawei Honor 6 Plus has to offer.
The design of the Huawei Honor 6 Plus is eerily similar to the iPhone 4, albeit it is larger and comes at a much lower cost. The phone has a black glass front and back with a metal-looking band at the edges. The band is actually plastic that somehow makes the phone appear less luxurious and does not give a very solid feeling when grasped. The back of the phone has a criss-cross pattern, which seems to be an attempt to set it apart from the iPhone.
Measuring 150 mm long and 75 mm wide, this phone would not pose difficulty in terms of handling. You will find it comfortable enough to hold and easy to operate, but you cannot use it with one hand alone. It can easily slip into a pocket and is not as heavy to be of any burden.
The phone has 32 GB storage, which is definitely a bonus point, especially considering its price. It also offers the option of expanding the memory using external storage by making a microSD slot available.
The phone has a 5.5-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, thereby allotting it a pixel density of 400 pixels per inch. You will find the screen to be rather clear with text and icons crisp and sharp. You would not face any difficulty in reading small text. The resolution does set it on par with the iPhone, at least in this regard.
The display is bright, though a little bit of problem might be encountered while trying to use the phone in direct sunlight. The colors are bold and vibrant, ensuring you would have a good time catching your favorite shows on your phone.
Software and performance
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is equipped with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which is certainly not the latest setting it could get. Considering that phones at much lower rates offer versions more recent than this one, this can be regarded as a mark against the handset.
However, the difference is not too glaring at the surface since heavy customization to the Android interface has been done. A number of changes in terms of color schemes and fonts have been brought about. The biggest change that needs to be mentioned is the absence of the app tray. This means that all your apps would be scattered across the home screen. This gives a rather cluttered look to your phone and might impede navigation.
The phone has a Kirin 925 processor, which is backed by 3GB RAM.
On the rear end of the phone, two 8-megapixel cameras are located. One is meant for regular shots, while other one aims to take in-depth and full effects pictures. The latter also allows you to refocus a scene after you have taken the picture.
The camera quality is acceptable and apt for social media. The images become a little hazy and sluggish when zoomed in. The control of exposure and good color quality make for acceptable quality of photos. The lack of detailing, however, is evident. You would face a great deal of difficulty in trying to crop an image or display it in a larger format.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus has a 3600 mAh battery, which is quite powerful. In terms of function, you would find the battery to be acceptable, though not great. However, you would be impressed with the fact that the charge doesn’t drop to a great degree when the phone is on standby.
Given its price, there is no denying that the Huawei Honor 6 Plus offers a lot of features. The design along with the big screen and a capable processor put up a strong argument in the favor of the model and so does the camera, which is capable of producing quality pictures.
The software, however, is something where the phone loses some points. The outdated software does not do any favors to the handset. The cluttered appearance of the phone due to the changes that have been brought about in the interface might be too much to digest.
All in all, the phone definitely has some factors going for it but some aspects in which it fails to attract people. The ultimate decision depends on the usage that it needs to be put to. If you are looking for a basic smartphone at a low price, this one might do the deed for you. However, you might be able to find better options out there that would offer you the latest Android software at roughly the same amount.