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Huawei Ascend P7
The Huawei Ascend P7 is Huawei’s attempt to take on the high-end smartphone market. In some areas it succeeds and in some areas it not so great, but bearable.
It has a 5” screen with 1080p and a 1.8 GHz Qualcomm processor with 2GB of RAM. It also has 4G LTE, Huawei’s “Emotion” user interface and 4.4.2 KitKat as its operation system. It sports 16MB of on board storage, microSD, microUSB and microSIM and weighs a paltry 124g.
It is said that the phone can hold a second SIM in the microSD slot (at the expense of extra storage), but that option may not come to the U.K. The battery has 2500mAh in it, but unfortunately does not give a complete days’ worth of phoning and app playing, so it’s best to keep a second one handy if you are going to give your phone some wellie.
The back of the phone is made of glass, which makes it very slippery to hold. It’s a pity they did not add some form of matt or other grippy surface for your mitts to grab when holding the phone. The phone has dual antennas, Wi-Fi and a 445ppi screen.
It comes with a 13MP camera and an 8MP front camera for selfies you can take in excruciating detail. There are some pic editing apps, but I suspect the serious user will carry out any post-production work on his desktop. Both cameras come with a simple DSLR interface that helps to make things clear and easy to use. The camera includes HDR amongst other settings, and you can add audio notes to each pic. Image size is large at 4 to 7GB, so perhaps you don’t want that second SIM after all. There is also a feature called instant snap that takes a picture in about a second, which is rather good.
Interestingly, the phone has no app pull-down menu, so that could be off-putting for some traditionalists. Instead, apps are accessed with a button, iPhone-style. There is, however, a pull-down menu for standard notifications such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.
As a side note, there is a second interface option that is somewhat ludicrous. You can set up your screen with only seven icons that are humungously big. I don’t see the value of this at all. Perhaps granny could use this when she’s lost her specs.
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Overall, a good phone that is let down by its battery. It’s up against the Samsung S5 and Apple iPhone S, so at least it’s in good company. Take your pick.