Field Test | Huawei Honor 6: Honorable yet Affordable

Huawei Honor 6

It’s been more than a month since my unboxing of the Huawei Honor 6 smartphone. Since then, a lot has happened from the company. They have recently announced its bigger brother Honor 6+ and its little brother Honor 4C. Even if Honor 6 came out in the Philippines late last year, it is still one of the compelling offers on the mid-priced sub–15,000 smartphone. In Lazada, it has also slashed some price since the release of their new smartphones to be more competitive. I’ve had the phone for more than three months now and I could say I have full tested the phone during my travels in Palawan, Cebu, Negros and Masbate. Here’s my take on the Honor 6 smartphone.

A mid-priced range phone powerful enough to run Dead Trigger smoothly
A mid-priced range phone powerful enough to run Dead Trigger smoothly

Honorable Specs

As outlined from my unboxing, the Honor 6 smartphone has strong specs. Just to outline the key specs worth mentioning, there’s the generous 3GB RAM, octa-core processor, 5.0” full HD display, 3,100mAh battery and 13MP rear camera with video recording at 1080p. At the time of the Honor 6 release, these specs are already flagship-worthy for a smartphone. Recently though, there are already phones that came to challenge its specs at its price (Asus ZenFone 2 comes to mind with its 4GB RAM). But performance not only comes in numbers but on how these hardware works together talking about the efficiency of their home brew Kirin chipset which switches core speed depending on tasks demand.

For my personal use, I utilize social media apps heavily like Facebook, Google+, Twitter Pages Manager and much more on Instagram as I take photos a lot. Speaking of photography, I have slew of apps as well for photo editing like Snapseed, AfterFocus Pro, VSCO Cam and time-lapse app LapseIt. So far these apps functioned smoothly without crashes or slowing down.

Fitness apps like Runtastic and MapMyRun were also heavily used. I like that it can easily find my location via A-GPS or Glonass. Tracking my runs were fairly accurate.

Basically it handles most what I throw at it – well and smoothly. Either from playing Spotify music to a few videos and some games like Plants and Zombies to Dead Trigger without stutter.

Default EMUI 3 theme on the left and my Superhero theme on the right
Default EMUI 3 theme on the left and my Superhero theme on the right

Refreshing EMUI 3.0

I must admit that I wasn’t really impressed with the stock EMUI 2.0 when I got the Honor 6. The interface really looks cheap. The release of Emotion UI 3.0 (EMUI 3.0) really made a big difference for me. The interface is timeline-inspired and the icons looks cleaner making for a general sleeker design. The new Camera App interface is IOS-inspired but I would prefer that than the previous boxy version. EMUI 3.0 doesn’t feel like your native Android which I personally like. There is also room for customization like wallpapers and themes.

Timeline based notifications and clean new icons on EMUI 3.0
Timeline based notifications and clean new icons on EMUI 3.0
The bottom panel at the Lock Screen and a quick swipe down would reveal the search and recent apps used
The bottom panel at the Lock Screen and a quick swipe down would reveal the search and recent apps used
Some of the available themes for EMUI 3.0
Some of the available themes for EMUI 3.0

More on the Camera on the next page…

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