TEST: P6 is perhaps the nicest most design ensure Android smartphone, there’s an interesting purchase for the fashion-conscious mobile buys.
If you think that Chinese firms only produce bad plastic copies of established brands, so must the opinion of about-redeployment, after you have met Huawei Ascend P6.
Once the P6 is in hand (and it does not need to be switched on) goes there a “Wow! Whoa! “through the head, for this Android smartphone is something special – and it is at least helping to bring Huawei up among the major players on the Android platform.Both LG, Sony and HTC have it last year, delivered some pretty delicious designs.
It is not only us dersynes well on P6. So that it has been awarded the prestigious EISA Award – well probably not for the design, but in the category of “European Consumer Smartphone 2013-2014”.
So no doubt that the test of Ascend P6 has got off to a good start.
Really thin and delicious
We cannot avoid, to talk more about the design. This is one of the thinnest smartphones on the market, but even if the only measure 6.18 mm. is it not gone beyond stability. You do not have the feeling that this phone is fragile. On the contrary.
The choice of materials with dark brushed aluminum on the back and clean ready aluminum on the side, get P6 to appear exclusive, as well as robust.
Unfortunately, the other side of the coin, to aluminium material easier gets scratched and ugly, despite various treatments in the manufacturing process. But suits you on it, you really have a nice phone.However, it is quite normal with aluminium-material.
The objectives are 132.65 mm x 65.5 mm x 6.5 mm and the weight is entirely down to 120 grams including battery of 2,000 mAh.
The SIM card is of type micro-SIM. It sits in a small sled i mobilen left side, where we also find power and volume keys. An interesting detail is that the little pointy stick to get the sled out with, discreetly sitting in the headset input. Brilliant to always have it at hand, not so brilliant is that there is no place to store that thing, when you want to use the headset on the go.
Headset jack sits on the phone’s lower left side, while ladestikket is placed at the top. For both, it is absolutely incredible irritated placements.
A compromise on specifications
Do you want it super thin layout on a phone, it must be saved somewhere – sorry. It is then gone beyond the technical hardware, which at some points is not completely up-to-date.
On the positive, I can mention 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, GPS, Glonass, FM Radio, 8 megapixel camera, 5 megapixels front camera, 2 GB of RAM and 4.7 inch IPS + LCD screen. However, the resolution is only 720 x 1280 pixels (312 PPI).
Limitations is in memory, among other things, there are only 8 GB – but this can be expanded with a microSD card.
On the communication side is Wi-Fi supported with the standards 802.11 b/g/n, but you must do without a brand new AC-function. General 3 g network connection is built in to the P6, but 4 g LTE is not part of the equipment package.
You go up in Bluetooth, here could be content with version 3.0.
Although there are carved heel and a toe clip, I think Huawei is got away with savings, without it too much, has affected the overall performance of your phone.
When performance is measured in raw Antutu Benchmark is P6 on 11,657 points which is well under the market’s high-profile top models. In short, Ascend P6 faster than Samsung Galaxy S II and slower than the Galaxy S III.
Android without menu
In Huaweis latest phones are the traditional Android application menu removed. As on the iPhone are all the icons are now on the front page, and can be organized into folders.
It works immediately as a bet to remove something that so many people know and are comfortable with, but believe me, it works and works very well.
P6 have Android 4.2.2 with Emotion UI 1.6.
For those who want freedom of choice, has really put a goodie bag of Huawei stuff into their Emotion UI.There are various transitions to the front screens, icons, and backgrounds — Yes the whole theme setups of different nature, you can explore themselves.
Here, it should be noted that the user interface is smooth and fast, without a whole lot of wait times.
Under options, we also find little surprises. Glove mode makes, as the name implies, operation with gloves possible. There are also different movement options, where the ringtone are switched off when the phone turns around, and as some of Samsung’s phones may be dialed to the contact that is open, by lifting the phone up to the ears.
It’s nice to test and, not least, buy a phone, which included features, we had not expected.
Focus on safety
The issue of security taken apparently quite seriously with Huawei, which introduces the ability to control permissions for some of the phone’s features.
You can now see which applications have access to URf.eks. calendar information, and remove access at a single click.
It is also possible to determine which applications have access to one’s phone number, as well as prevent applications from making calls, monitor messages or use the camera. Push notifications can also be deactivated for the individual programs.
Then there are the more common basic security settings in Android, there are still present.
Reasonable keyboard and dictionary
Contacts and calendar are reasonable default compared to Android’s basic shape, and the good news is that there is both a week number and view in the calendar.
Huawei has over the years had their challenges with keyboard and dictionary in their phones, but in P6 is managed, to reach the goal. Keyboard and dictionary functions as such fine but suffers, however, under the usual Android-problems with that bottom line is embroidered with buttons, in addition to the SPACEBAR.
This means that we often come to fix sentence instead of the spaces. In fact, you often can detect whether a message is sent from an Android mobile, by looking for awkward sentences in the text.
Improved on MMS
When I tested the Ascend P2 I noticed how MMS messages was a hopeless experience. Pictures were small stamps that could not be zoomed in, without the first was saved in the Gallery – really not nice to work with.
This has, fortunately, been addressed in P6 as Huawei, which in both MMS and SMS messaging portion, is a fully functioning tool in one’s daily life.
If you like small graphical smileys, there is easy access to them from the keyboard.
Become more beautiful with the camera
The main camera on the 8 megapixels takes very good shots, and it hits the focus point reasonably accurately, which makes one able to take fine creative photos. There is a small selection of small picture adjustment options, which may be fine for the small hobby photographer.
A fun feature in front of the camera is “beautification” that can make faces prettier, by “spartle” bumps out. So portrait photos may thus get a semi professional touch of retouching without it requires finishing.
In General, make the camera what they expect, and as a bonus, it is as reasonable to cool front camera is 5 megapixels. The video recorder is with the camera in 720 p resolution, while the regular camera delivers Full HD 1080 p quality.
A good netmobil in spite of 4 g shortage
Huawei Ascend P6 is not a workhorse in relation to business mail. Mail program supports good enough Microsoft Exchange and other commonly used mail systems, but immediately we could not identify, to show messages as threads instead of individual mails, and generally experienced email as a bare-bones experience, although it is and works fine.
It goes better on the Web, where internet-browser is quite excellent. Pages load quickly, navigation around articles and picture heavy overviews, handled without problems.
P6 is not a 4 g LTE Mobile, so you must make do with the “old” 3 g-connection types. The interesting thing is that it is not something which destroys the use of your phone. 4 g is not something you miss, other than when prepared speed measurements.
The maximum supported connection speed on the mobile network is HSPA +, popularly called Turbo 3 g, where the theoretical speed is up to 21 mbit/s. On Telia’s network, we have measured from 3 to 11 mbit/s, while the maximum speed via Wi-Fi typically varies between 20 and 30 mbit/s.
Conclusion: the Android phone for the design-conscious
If you are not into bulky plastic mobiles and phones with glass on the front and back is not something for you, it is worth to take a closer look at Huawei Ascend P6.
Its soft rounded edge at the bottom and the corners, as well as its extremely limited size and thickness, making positive impression on most.
It is not the world’s best screen quality, raw performance is limited and it has not 4 g LTE – plus the other compromises we here in the test mentioned. But for the ordinary, non-technical consumer who will have a delicious mobile, that just works, and which delivers a fine sound quality, is Ascend P6 a good bet for the next mobile.
P6 is going fine through the day despite its non-replaceable battery of 2,000 mAh.
The price is, according to our site, just below 3,000 dollars without subscription. Immediately, I think it is a little too high a price, especially in the light of the fact that Huawei and other producers are price aggressive on their top models-but okay, of course there has to be given a little of the cool design.
I really hope that Huawei comes with a real top model that has the same delicious design like this, because they have really created something that they well may be familiar.
P6 fully deserve 4 out of 6 stars.
-State of the art, world class design
-Good for SMS and MMS
-Logical menuopbygning and liquid control
-Half a bad speaker on the back – speakerphone and music is no go
-Poor placement of the headset and charge connector