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Huawei Ascend P6: the best phone you can get for £240?

Is the Huawei Ascend P6 a good buy for £240 SIM free?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Aug. 20, 2013 at 14:06

Been using a Huawei Ascend P6 for 5 days now. I should say that I do not intend to keep it because I do not like Android all that much.
Having said that: I think it IS a very good device. For £240 a definite bargain.
Obviously, 5 days isn't nearly enough to speak about reliability, battery life etc etc... But what I have experienced thus far is good.
Highlights:

- The UI is, imho, one of the most pleasant Android skins out there. Very tidy with some nifty shortcuts etc etc. Some reviewers remarked that the UI may be responsible for some random moments of lag. Yes, now and again there's a split-second of lag, but it's not bad.

- Supports MTP and MASS STORAGE Mode! A lot of Android devices no longer support Mass Storage Mode, so that is a definite plus, especially if you use Linux or Mac OS

- HiSuite - Huawei's desktop manager suite is quite good, too. Backs up pretty much everything - content, apps, apps data, settings etc etc. It's on the slow side, but it works.

- Bloat: my trial P6 comes from O2 Ireland. ZERO bloatware apart from Google Chrome. Oh, wait, Riptide game. That is it.
- Root: the P6 has an unlocked bootloader. Rooting it was easy. And the P6 - out of the box - lets you install firmware updates from the SD card. In future it may be easy to install custom ROMs that way,,,

- Screen: not full HD, but great viewing angles! Crisp and not as oversaturating as Samsung's. And BRIGHT! It took me 2 days to realise brightness was set on the lowest position. No problems outside.

- Camera: for a device that comes in at a midrange price, the camera is quite good. Decent UI. Pictures are okay even in low light (BIS) - not iPhone 5 or Lumia quality, but good. And fast.

- Sound: Built-in speaker is very loud and doesn't sound too bad. Via earphones the sound is excellent (Dolby is onboard)

- Build quality: It looks and feels like a much more expensive device. Ships with a case that fits very well. Screen isn't the worst fingerprint magnet.
Small bezel means the P6 is usable with one hand in most situations.

- phone features: call quality is excellent. Very clear, loud but not hurting ;)

- Sticks to WiFi and 3G very nicely. Switch between WiFi networks is fast as is the switch from WiFi to 3G. Almost as good as on the iPhone 5.
The LOWS:

- the occasional lag. It's not bad. Not disruptive. But I guess it needs mentioning. I tried Launcher Pro, and the lag is gone, so, obviously the Emotion UI needs some finetuning from Huawei.

- Huawei's keyboard!!!! Very bad. Maybe the worst I tried. But the default Android keyboard is onboard, and it's not like there's a keyboard shortage in the PlayStore.

- Screen responsiveness. This is a mixed thing. The P6 has glovemode (disabled by default), which makes it possible to use the phone with gloves. It works well. But GloveMode requires some more pressure. If you disable GloveMode, the screen becomes too responsive (imho). Try to hit an icon or menu item and the slightest motion to the left/right/up/down will make you scroll rather than select said icon/item... But I find a lot of Android phones suffer from that 'feature'. Too buttery, maybe? ;) Again: it is not bad. Nowhere near 'frustrating'.
As I said: cannot give a realistic picture of battery performance. I tried a lot of apps, experimented with the UI/launchers; I rooted and so on. So, I didn't use the device in the way I would use my full-time phone.
It certainly doesn't seem bad in terms of battery performance. Better than the HTC One I used in a similar way. No question!
I'd recommend it without shame.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2013 at 14:06

Been using a Huawei Ascend P6 for 5 days now. I should say that I do not intend to keep it because I do not like Android all that much.
Having said that: I think it IS a very good device. For £240 a definite bargain.
Obviously, 5 days isn't nearly enough to speak about reliability, battery life etc etc... But what I have experienced thus far is good.
Highlights:

- The UI is, imho, one of the most pleasant Android skins out there. Very tidy with some nifty shortcuts etc etc. Some reviewers remarked that the UI may be responsible for some random moments of lag. Yes, now and again there's a split-second of lag, but it's not bad.

- Supports MTP and MASS STORAGE Mode! A lot of Android devices no longer support Mass Storage Mode, so that is a definite plus, especially if you use Linux or Mac OS

- HiSuite - Huawei's desktop manager suite is quite good, too. Backs up pretty much everything - content, apps, apps data, settings etc etc. It's on the slow side, but it works.

- Bloat: my trial P6 comes from O2 Ireland. ZERO bloatware apart from Google Chrome. Oh, wait, Riptide game. That is it.
- Root: the P6 has an unlocked bootloader. Rooting it was easy. And the P6 - out of the box - lets you install firmware updates from the SD card. In future it may be easy to install custom ROMs that way,,,

- Screen: not full HD, but great viewing angles! Crisp and not as oversaturating as Samsung's. And BRIGHT! It took me 2 days to realise brightness was set on the lowest position. No problems outside.

- Camera: for a device that comes in at a midrange price, the camera is quite good. Decent UI. Pictures are okay even in low light (BIS) - not iPhone 5 or Lumia quality, but good. And fast.

- Sound: Built-in speaker is very loud and doesn't sound too bad. Via earphones the sound is excellent (Dolby is onboard)

- Build quality: It looks and feels like a much more expensive device. Ships with a case that fits very well. Screen isn't the worst fingerprint magnet.
Small bezel means the P6 is usable with one hand in most situations.

- phone features: call quality is excellent. Very clear, loud but not hurting ;)

- Sticks to WiFi and 3G very nicely. Switch between WiFi networks is fast as is the switch from WiFi to 3G. Almost as good as on the iPhone 5.
The LOWS:

- the occasional lag. It's not bad. Not disruptive. But I guess it needs mentioning. I tried Launcher Pro, and the lag is gone, so, obviously the Emotion UI needs some finetuning from Huawei.

- Huawei's keyboard!!!! Very bad. Maybe the worst I tried. But the default Android keyboard is onboard, and it's not like there's a keyboard shortage in the PlayStore.

- Screen responsiveness. This is a mixed thing. The P6 has glovemode (disabled by default), which makes it possible to use the phone with gloves. It works well. But GloveMode requires some more pressure. If you disable GloveMode, the screen becomes too responsive (imho). Try to hit an icon or menu item and the slightest motion to the left/right/up/down will make you scroll rather than select said icon/item... But I find a lot of Android phones suffer from that 'feature'. Too buttery, maybe? ;) Again: it is not bad. Nowhere near 'frustrating'.
As I said: cannot give a realistic picture of battery performance. I tried a lot of apps, experimented with the UI/launchers; I rooted and so on. So, I didn't use the device in the way I would use my full-time phone.
It certainly doesn't seem bad in terms of battery performance. Better than the HTC One I used in a similar way. No question!
I'd recommend it without shame.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2013 at 14:35

PS: reason I mentioned the HiSuite as a highlight is that it seems in order to root the P6 you need to perform a factory reset first! I tried all available procedures, and yes, like many people commenting on XDA etc I only got lucky once I performed a factory reset just before the rooting. Once that is done, rooting is very easy. As is unrooting.

Though there aren't any custom ROMs for the P6, yet, and although the P6 is relatively bloatfree, I decided to root anyways, to kill some of Google's apps that I do not use (or rather, I do not want them to use me ;) )

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