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Huawei Ascend P6 Review - Good or Bad

Updated on November 27, 2013

Huawei manufactures a range of smartphones that are targeted at different segments of the population. For the budget user, there's the Y-series and for the early adopters, there's the D-series. However, the P-series is meant to be stylish and elegant for those who conscious of fashion.

Fro those that value those traits, the Huawei Ascend P6 is certainly a smartphone they need to consider. Still, there's more to a smartphone that merely looks. Like all other smartphones, the Huawei P6 has its strengths and weaknesses.


Good: the Huawei P6 looks and build quality

The Huawei P6 is a very thin smartphone at just 6.18 mm. The black version is made entirely of metal, except for the plastic bottom part. The brushed metal gives it a very high-end and premium look. It also feels sturdy in the hand and it doesn't look like it will break easily.

The Huawei P6 looks are certainly its greatest strength. There are few smartphones that can match it in this regard. If you want a stylish and good looking phone, then the Huawei P6 is certainly something to consider.


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Good: the Huawei P6 HD screen is bright and beautiful

The Huawei P6 comes with a 4,7 inch HD touchscreen with a resolution of 720x1280 and a PPI of 312. Although it doesn't have a Full-HD screen, in my opinion it's not really needed. Most people would not be able to tell the difference with a screen smaller than 5 inches.

It would just use up battery life without offering any significant benefits. Therefore, Huawei made the right decision by omitting a Full-HD screen for this particular type of phone. Most people will be more than satisfied with the fairly large and beautiful screen of the P6. It also comes with Gorilla Glass, which reduces the odds of the screen scratching.


Good: the Ascend P6 is customizable with themes

The Huawei P6 operating system is Android 4.2.2 with the EmotionUI skin. In my opinion, it is better than stock Android, but other people may have a different opinion. You can customize and move widgets around if you want.

You can also download themes from Huawei to give your P6 a different look. There are hundreds of themes with different colors, icons and so on. You should be able to find something that you like if you're not satisfied with the default look.


Good: the Ascend P6 comes with a 5 MP front camera

The Ascend P6 is unusual in that it comes with a 5 megapixels camera in the front with support for 720p HD video. Other smartphones have less than 2 megapixels. The Ascend P6 is therefore outstanding when it comes to taking self-portraits.

In the back there is also an 8 megapixels camera with support for 1080p Full-HD video. As long as there is enough light around, you will be more than satisfied with the quality of the pictures and the videos of the P6.


Good: the Ascend P6 is much cheaper than it looks

Although its phones are becoming more prevalent, Huawei does not have an established track record compared to other manufacturers such as Apple. This doesn't mean they can't make good phones. It's just that they have yet to prove themselves.

Until they do, the jury is still out on Huawei. They may still turn out to be completely fine. It is after all in their own interest to make the best products that they can. If they don't, they will suffer because people will not buy their products.


Neutral: the Ascend P6 is made by Huawei

Although its phones are becoming more prevalent, Huawei does not have an established track record compared to other manufacturers such as Apple. This doesn't mean they can't make good phones. It's just that they have yet to prove themselves.

Until they do, the jury is still out on Huawei. They may still turn out to be completely fine. It is after all in their own interest to make the best products that they can. If they don't, they will suffer because people will not buy their products.


Neutral: the Huawei P6 is based on the Apple iPhone

Some people think that the Huawei P6 is a ripoff of the Apple iPhone. I personally do not agree with the assertion that the Huawei P6 is a copy of the iPhone. Putting the two next to each other clearly shows many differences.

With that said, there are a few similarities between the two such as the metal bands on the sides that serve as the antenna. Overall, the Huawei P6 can clearly be distinguished from the iPhone and is definitely not a clone.


Neutral: the Huawei P6 comes with connectors in unusual positions

Due to the very thin design, the Huawei P6 has connectors in places that are unlike other smartphones. For example, the USB port is on top and not the bottom. The 3.5mm headphone jack is not on top, but on the bottom left-side corner.

The jack is covered with a metal pin, which can also be used to open the sim and MicroSD slot. This can be handy, but you could easily lose the small pin. Still, it's a good idea that not all smartphones have.


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Bad: the Ascend P6 is missing some specs

The Ascend P6 does not have the latest and greatest specs. It is therefore not really a top of the line high-end smartphone specs-wise. For example, it's quad-core processor is an older one and slower than newer ones.

The current version does not have 4G LTE for the fastest Internet, which can be a problem if you live in an area where it's available. The 8GB of internal storage is on the low side, but can be upgraded with a MicroSD card.

It does have 2GB of memory, which really helps move things around. Overall, its specs are certainly good enough for all but the most demanding users and most people will be satisfied with its performance.


Bad: the Huawei P6 gets hot when running certain apps such as some 3D games

When running certain apps that are computationally intensive for too long, the P6 will get hot. This is especially true with games that are heavy in 3D graphics. Other games with less eye candy seem to run fine.

The thin design of the Huawei P6 makes the phone very compact and this could be the cause of the heat problems. For normal and everyday stuff, heat problems will not be an issue. Just don't use certain games for too long and you'll be fine.


Tips: how to improve the performance of the Huawei P6

If you own the Huawei P6 and you're not completely satisfied, there are a few things you can do to improve its performance.

  • The Huawei P6 comes with a glovemode, meaning that you can use the touchscreen while wearing gloves when it's cold. However, it does affect the sensitivity of the screen. If you're not satisfied with the screen's sensitivity, try turning this mode on or off. Depending on where you live or the season, you may not need it to be enabled.
  • Battery life seems to improve greatly after awhile. Make sure to do the following before deciding if battery life is adequate. Run the battery down until it needs to be recharged. Complete charge the battery. Use the phone until there's no more power. Repeat the previous steps about five times. This procedure involving battery cycles ensures the battery reaches its maximum potential.
  • The phone will run slower by default to preserve battery life. If you want your phone to run faster, you can adjust the settings. However, battery life will be reduced if you constantly run the phone at maximum speed.


4 stars for Huawei Ascend P6

Summary and comparison of the Huawei P6 pros and cons

Pros:

  • very thin, stylish and good looking
  • excellent build quality
  • big, bright HD screen with Gorilla glass
  • good price/value combination
  • front camera is 5 MP
  • customizable

Cons:

  • gets hot when playing certain 3D games for too long
  • no 4G LTE


The Huawei Ascend P6 is certainly a phone that will get noticed, but it may not be the phone for you if you're looking for the latest specs. However, if you want a very good looking phone without spending too much money, then the Huawei Ascend P6 is what you're looking for.


Huawei Ascend P6 Specifications

 
 
Size
132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm (Height, Width, Depth)
Weight
120 gr
Color
Black/White/Pink
Network
WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
 
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
OS
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with EmotionUI 1.6
Display
IPS+ LCD Capacitive Multitouch Touchscreen
 
16M colors
 
4.7 inches (with Gorilla Glass)
 
720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi)
Processor
Huawei K3V2 1.5GHz Quad-core processor
RAM
2GB
Internal Storage
8GB
Sound
Loudspeaker (Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement)
 
3.5mm headphone jack
 
 
Front Camera
5 MP, 720p
Rear Camera
8 MP, 1080p@30fps, autofocus, LED flash
Slots
Single Sim
 
MicroSD (32GB Max)
Sensors
GPS
 
Glonass
 
Light sensor
 
Tilt sensor
 
Proximity sensor
 
Gyroscope
 
Compass
Connectivity
Wi-Fi : 802.11 b/g/n
 
Bluetooth : Bluetooth 3.0
 
USB 2.0 with 480 Mbit/s
 
FM radio
Battery
2,000 mAh
 
Charging time: four hours
 
 

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