Best Affordable Android Smart Phone…

Hey guys! So in this blog I am going to talk about smart phones and the love hate relationship that goes with it. It’s 2017 and most people own one. Most popular being the iPhone and the many flavors of Android. Me personally, I’ve used them both but love Android. It gives consumers the ability to express themselves a bit more, it’s not locked down like the iPhone and it’s just more fun. When you think of Android, the most popular models are from Samsung. I’ve owned the original Galaxy S, S4, S6 and S7. The S7 was OK but felt slow and dull. With me, I can’t have a slow phone, as we all know time is money, waiting for pages/apps to load is not productive. I needed change! So one day, I woke up and said to myself, it’s time to PowPowPoof my phone and look for something new. The journey started with set requirements:

  • Price (I am done paying BIG bucks for something I will refresh every 2 years)
  • Battery (this is important, I don’t like seeing the low battery indicator mid-day)
  • Performance (has to be freaky fast)
  • Storage (microSD slot, I need more space for more stuff)
  • Unlocked (I want the freedom to change carriers)
  • Nice Camera (absolute must)

After my extensive research, I found the perfect phone. Say Ni Hao or Hello to the Huawei Honor 8. This phone is hands down awesome, I wish we meet sooner! Granted I have never owned previous models but this phone is sweet. Like most of you, Huawei was never on my radar. It’s a Chinese brand that is not very popular in the USA, but that is changing. Make no mistake, Huawei is here to stay.  

Huawei Honor 8, 32GB, Blue, front screen protector

After 2 full months of owning this phone, my observations:

Pros:

  • Price Price Price (I scored one of these bad boys for 1/2 the price of a S7/iPhone)
  • Battery (this thing can last all day. And if you are a moderate user, it can last for 4!)
  • Performance (it’s fast, no lag)
  • Storage (you can buy a 32 or 64GB model but with a microSD slot you can add an extra 128GB!)
  • Unlocked (all Huawei phones are unlocked, so you are not tied to a specific carrier, perfect with T-Mobile)
  • Camera (pictures look great, as good as the S7 + more modes/effects than normal)
  • Build (solid build, looks and feels great. I’ve never owned a clear case before but had to buy one since it would have been a crime to cover it up)
  • Interface (some users complain that the EMUI doesn’t have the Android feel, but more iPhone. I’m actually OK with this, it’s something different and if you really dislike it, you can easily install a different loader, so no worries there)
  • Finger Print Reader (yes, there is one on the back, very cool + you can program it to do different things like turn on the flash for light)
  • Fast Charging (< 50 mins from 0-100%)
  • Screen (big and clear)
  • IR blaster (Control a TV anyone)

Cons:

  • USB Type-C (these are the newer style connectors. Not necessarily a Con, but I lose the ability to use the many mini USB cables I have laying around)
  • Screen Capture (no gestures to perform this, need to hold two buttons to get what you want)
  • Accessories (since it’s not a popular brand, accessories are limited although I have been seeing more and more)
  • Slippery Body (this is when there is no case, but who doesn’t buy a case nowadays)

Full Specs Below:

Operating system Android™ 6.0
UI Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
CPU Model Hisilicon Kirin 950
CPU Cores Octa-core
CPU Frequency 4*Cortex A72 2.3GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz + i5 co-processor
SIM Single nano-SIM (4FF)
Update Huawei OTA (HOTA)
Dimensions 145.5 mm (L) x71.0 mm (W) x7.45 mm (T)
Colors Pearl White, Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black
Weight About 153 g (including the battery)
Input Method Android keyboard, Swype for Huawei
Size 5.2 inch LTPS, 16:9
Touch Screen Multiple-point touch-sensitive screen, auto rotation
Contrast 1500:1
Resolution 1920*1080, 423 PPI
Screen Colors 16,700,000 colors, NTSC – 96%
Main Camera Dual 12.0MP (monochrome + color)
Front Camera 8MP, with delayed shooting and panoramic selfie support
Sensor Type CMOS
Flash LED light-compensating lamp (double color temperature)
Aperture Main f/2.2, Front f/2.4
Video Main camera & secondary camera support 1080P (1920*1080, 30fps) FHD video recording
Zoom Mode Digital zoom
Other Features Screen-lock snapshot, digital zoom aperture shooting, Night shot, Professional Mode, Beauty mode, Food mode, Panorama, HDR, Watermark, Light painting, Time-lapse, Slow-motion, Audio note, Document scan, Capture smiles, Touch to capture, Sound Snap, Delayed Shooting, Face Detection
RAM 4GB
ROM 32GB / 64GB
Type MicroSD (TF) expandable to 128GB
Battery Type 3000mAh(typical), 2900 mAh (rated ), lithium-polymer battery
Estimated Usage Approximately(depend on the user operation and network condition): – ~360 hours of standby time – ~28 hours of 2G talk time, – ~15 hours of 3G talk time – ~11 hours of VoLTE talk time. – 9-hour online video streaming, 24 hours for online music
Charging Time About 100 mins for a full charge thru 9V/2A fast charging technology. Honor 8 only supports 9V2A charging when used with the factory-provided charger. Charging time may vary depending on the charger used, battery level at the time of charging and the ambient conditions. ** Data based on Honor laboratory tests, actual times may vary.
4G Network LTE FDD/ HSPA+
3G Network WCDMA
2G Network GSM
Technology LTE FDD/ WCDMA/GSM
Network Frequency LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20, WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Data LTE FDD Category 6: 51.0 Mbit/s (UL), 301.5 Mbit/s (DL), WCDMA: 384 Kbit/s (UL), 384 Kbit/s (DL), HSPA Category 24: 5.76 Mbit/s (UL),42 Mbit/s (DL), EDGE Class 10: 118.4 Kbit/s (UL),236.8 Kbit/s (DL), GPRS: 40 Kbit/s (UL), 60 Kbit/s (DL)
Connect And Share NFC, infrared remote control, OTG, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, VoLTE (for T-Mobile network)
Other data Slot1 nano-sim, slot2 micro-SD card
Interband CA B2-B17,B5-B4,B5-B2,B2-B12,B2-B4 Intraband Continuous CA: B2
Fingerprint Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope, Infrared Sensor, NFC, Hall
Video decoding H.265 (decoding only), H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, VP8
Video file format 3GP/MP4/WMV/RM/RMVB/ASF
Audio decoding MP3, AMR-NB, AAC+, eAAC+, PCM
Other formats mid, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, 3gp, mp4, aac, wav, ogg, flac,
Sound effect DTS sound processing technology, Dual-microphone noise reduction, Hi6402 audio chip, 24bit high-fidelity audio file support, integrated sound chamber
Headphone ports 3.5MM standard interface
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Hotspot up to 8 devices
Wi-Fi Feature 2.4G/5G Wi-Fi Dual-band automatic switchover
Bluetooth BT 4.2 BLE
USB USB 2.0 with USB Type C Interface
GPS GPS/AGPS/Glonass
Cellular Network Positioning Yes
Wifi positioning Yes
Other data 2.4G/5GWiFi Dual-band automatic switchover
Voice Functions CSFB, VoLTE (for T-Mobile network)
Knuckle sense Taking a full/partial screenshot, Screen recorder, Scrolling screenshots
Smart Control 4.0 use as a remote to control 232,740 appliances
3D Fingerprint with Smart Key Fingerprint ridge-depth support, 0.4 second unlock, Customizable app launch with smart key

Final thoughts, this phone is absolutely awesome! Don’t let the price fool you, at this price point it is on par with the higher end smart phones out there. By paying much less, you get more fun and phone than ever before. If you are looking for more information and latest prices, check it out  here . Go ahead and PowPowPoof your old phone and say Ni Hao to the Huawei Honor 8!

Until next time,

Team PowPowPoof


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