- Audio and alarm controls does not recognize
The leap that makes the difference
A few months ago, the company confirmed that it would dispense with the denomination "Ascend", which has become evident with the Huawei P8. We have spent a few days with him and TalkBand B2, latest brand smart bracelet.
With this pair of devices Huawei wanted to improve certain aspects of their predecessors to compete with other first swords and other smartbands. They will be at the height? To answer this question, you'll have to continue reading, since they will not leave you indifferent.
The Huawei P8 has curved edges of metallic appearance. This makes that the corners are not completely square, and view thanks.
On one side we find the on/off button, which boasts a touch totally different from the volume. As a result, it is very easy to distinguish them and not to be confused with each other.
At the bottom we find speakers, as well as the input microUSB for charging terminal or to transfer files. In the same way, on the upper side is the 3.5 mm headphone minijack and microphone.
The texture of the Huawei P8 is very pleasant to the touch, but it can be somewhat slippery. In spite of this, and as you have made strides at the beginning of the article, the design is one of the strengths of the device.
ScreenThe screen of the Huawei P8 is an LCD IPS Neo of 5.2 inches with Full HD resolution (1.920 x 1.080 pixels). This tells us that it has a density of 424 ppp pixels. While it is true that other manufacturers have decided to incorporate higher resolution panels to their reference model (as it is the case of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge), we say that this is no short as far as quality is concerned.
In fact, maintains the same resolution Full HD that the 6 Plus iPhone and is better than the iPhone 6. Outdoors we have not had virtually no problem with reflections, which tends to worry enough users.
Nliked you that brand has managed to exploit their resources incorporating the Neo IPS LCD panel, which intensifies a little more blacks than the standard models. In this way, it reinforces our theory that, sometimes, it is not necessary to pass to QHD panels have a better viewing of the contents that we want to play in the terminal.
On the other hand, the front panel of the P8 Huawei occupies a 78.3% of the front, an excellent ratio. It what us is this data? The big screens have to be at odds with that a smartphone is compact.
One of the drawbacks of the screen is that the main menu buttons (menu, kick, forward) are not integrated into the exterior of its front, i.e., that they are inside the screen. For that reason, 5.2 inches do not exploit the full. Sometimes you will reach appear a black band, as in mobile as Facebook or Chrome apps, which detract a little from the end result.
Hardware and performanceAs you might expect, Huawei has returned to bet on a processor of own manufacture. This time it's a HiSilikon Kiron 930 8 core. Four of them operate at 2 GHz and the other four to 1.5 GHz. The chip has a 64-bit architecture and is accompanied by a Mali GPU T628 for graphics. The Huawei P8 also has 3 GB of RAM, what is normal in terminals high range in recent times.
As always, we offer AnTuTu results so you can see the score earned compared to other mobiles. It is striking that has remained below the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, although it outperforms other high range as HTC One M8 terminals and is positioned with a performance very similar to that proposed by the LG G4, with which we had the opportunity to have a touchdown a few days ago.
On the other hand, it has an internal memory of 16 or 64 GB, expandable with a microSD of up to 128 GB. We can also take hold of cloud storage service should be missing us space as Google Drive or DropBox.
CameraOne of the features that we liked the Huawei P8 is your camera. While they have decided to continue with a 13 megapixel on the main and 8-megapixel sensor in the front, the company has added new modes of photographs to improve user experience.
Among them is trail of light, which allows you to play with cars moving so they form lines. On the other hand we have light graffiti, creating streaks of light in dark environments. The Soft water effect captures the flow of water in motion with a soft and silky effect. Finally, Star trail is especially dedicated to the lovers of astronomy, since it will allow us to capture the wake of stars in the night sky.
Software: Android 3.1 EMUI Lollipop
It is true that recalls largely to iOS 8, although no one is who to say where have got the inspiration. It does not have an application panel, although it does have a search box on apps. This may be something that many users dislike, but personally nothing uncomfortable isn't to us. In fact, if we have all the applications on the screen, do we need store them also on an additional panel?
One of the failures of this device comes in controlling reproduction of audio or video. The system takes enough to recognize the action we want to perform (pause, play, forward, rewind), so sound is emitting for several seconds after you run the action. In addition, should give you exactly to the center of each command, since a minimum right or left clicking it will not recognize the order. Something similar happens with alarm, since it is very difficult to turn it off if not click precisely in the right place.
Another curious feature is the voice search. After setting the keyword, you can say: "Where are you?" (Where are you?, in English) and Huawei P8 will sound until you pick it up. This feature works best in quiet noisy environments, something that was to be expected. Even so, responds quite well in general. The problem is that, for the moment, it is only available in English, but if you get with the language, is very useful.
Autonomy and connectivityOne of the strengths of the device is its connectivity. Coming from Huawei we didn't expect less, since it is leader in solutions of this type. In addition to NFC and Bluetooth 4.1, the equipment comes with a number of features that we provide every day.
The Huawei P8 is 4 G Dual SIM, so we won't have any problems when it comes to connect us to the Internet. If you prefer, one of the slots can be used for expanding the terminal using a microSD memory.
It is also very interesting WiFi +, a function that the mobile will automatically connect to the best WiFi network available to have a stable connection. We have found this feature in particular very useful, because it is quite tedious be looking continuously the best network, especially if you are traveling frequently abroad or you run out of data before the end of the month, as it is our case.
The autonomy of the team is one of the points where the smartphone limps. It comes with 2,680 mAh and device not reach the day giving an intensive use. With normal use, lasts one day and peak. This may be a point to improve in future editions.
Huawei TalkBand B2, the perfect companionWhile we could see it in the MWC 2015, no we have been enjoying it so far. TalkBand B2 It is the new smart Huawei bracelet and responds to various needs of what we understand as a smartband.
We have tested it with Huawei P8 and, in general, has left us with some very positive feelings. The design is excellent, because it has a solid and resistant, exterior while that elegant.
One of the things that we liked the B2 TalkBand is its autonomy, since it has stood us four and a half days giving intensive, which isn't anything wrong taking into account what other smartbands duran. Also, takes no more than two hours to charge 100% of its capacity, something that is appreciated.
Thanks to the TalkBand B2 can locate our smartphone since, if we execute this function, the terminal will emit a high enough so that we can figure out where.
Once we have finished our physical activity, we will only have to pair it with your mobile phone. If we want to, we may also share it on our social networks.
ConclusionsIn conclusion, we cannot deny that we are faced with one of the best designs in smartphones that we have seen so far. The Huawei P8 is elegant, light and especially thin.
However, it has left us somewhat cold performance and autonomy of the terminal.
On the other hand, the new functions of the camera have seemed to us a success, as well as solutions in connectivity. On this second point, there are very few mobiles that match it.
- Design 9 9/10
- Screen 8 8/10
- Hardware 7 7/10
- Software 8 8/10
- Camera 9 9/10
- Battery 7 7/10
- Connectivity 9 9/10
- Quality/price 8 8/10