Huawei p20 Review
Hello readers,today I want to talk to you about the Huawei P20. For the past month or so I’ve been whingeing about mobile phones on Twitter. My old phone, a Samsung Galaxy S6 had a serious battery problem and needed to be constantly plugged in to work.
Fast forward to this week and I’ve managed to sort out a new mobile phone. I’ve always been a massive fan of the Samsung Galaxy so top of my wish list was an S9. However the costs were beyond what I was prepared to pay for a phone so we had to look for an alternative. Luckily for us (I should add Mr A was also looking for and upgrade) Huawei released their latest range of phones just yesterday (Friday 6th April). So this is my totally non technical review of the Huawei P20.
Huawei P20 Specifications
Don’t worry, I’m not going to get mega technical on you here, but there are a few specs that most non geeky minded person should know when looking for a new phone.
The P20 has a massive 128G storage memory and a 4G ram (its thinking memory). Given that my Galaxy S6 had only 32G of storage memory you can appreciate my exitement at having 4 times as much memory space (let the music downloading begin).
I should add that it doesn’t have a micro sd slot so there is no way of adding any extra memory, but unless you’re storing vast numbers of films on your phone this shouldn’t be a problem.
This is the BIG thing for me, basically what I wanted the phone for. The P20 has a duel 12mp colour / 20mp monochrome camera. This enables the phone to take pictures on par with the Galaxy S9.
It has various camera wizardry to enable the novice photographer (such as myself) to take great pictures. This includes a portrait mode which blurs the background when taking pictures of people. It has all the expected filters you would expect plus a nifty beauty option that gives an airbrushed effect to faces. On the downside, one feature I used a lot on the S6 which I can’t find on the P20 is the ability to make collages with photos.
One noticeable feature this camera does have is artificial intelligence. As someone who half believes that robots will one day take over the world, this both fascinates and bothers me. In reality what it actually does is enables the camera to identify certain subjects. This helps it to pre-select the correct settings for these subjects. To date it has recognised when I’m taking pictures of cats, greenery, close-ups, dogs, flowers and people. The phone also comes with a 24 mp front camera which takes very acceptable selfies.
The video capacity is also very good and it has the super slo-mo feature that is highlighted on all the S9 adverts. I was quite disapointed at the lack of video editing software on the phone though. On my S6 I could turn off the background sound or add background music. The only editing available on the P20 is shortening the video.
I’m not the only person who rates the P20 camera as being top-notch. The all-knowing camera geeky people at DXoMark have given this a mark of 102. This is higher than the S9, iPhone X and Pixel2 .
Screen and appearance.
The P20 has a 5.8 inch LCD screen. In layman’s terms this makes it big, bright and very clear. The phone has toughened glass on the front and back and is very similar looking to the iPhone.
It comes in several colours including an amazing twilight version that alternates between teal and purple depending on what angle its looked at. However when we went to get our phones from Carphone Warehouse the choice was black, black or black.
The phone comes with a clear silicon phone case. However due to the use of toughened glass on the front and back, I think getting a flip phone case really a must. This is a little difficult at the present time. Because the phone is so new, the only ones I could find on Amazon when I searched on Friday were available from China.
Huawei P20 Pro’s
There are lots of brilliant features in the P20. The camera, size of the memory and the brilliant display. The greatest thing about it though is you get all that in a phone that comes with a sensible price tag. To buy the Huawei P20 comes in at around £600. For a contract phone prices start at just £32 a month for a 24 month contract. Compare that to the £60ish a month you need to fork out for a S9 on contract or £740 to buy, and you can see what a bargain it is.
Huawei P20 Cons
This is a great phone, but there are 1 or 2 things that are less than great. It comes without the traditional jack for headphones. Instead the headphones has to be plugged into the charger port. Which is fine unless you want to listen to music while charging your phone. It does come with an adaptor so that normal headphones can be used, but I’m sure it won’t take me long to lose that.
This isn’t the biggest fault though. That lies with the on-screen home button. This is located directly bellow the space button when your typing. If you have fat fingers like mine you will hit the home button almost as many times as you hit the space bar. There isn’t even a real need to have a home button on the screen as there’s a perfectly good home button directly bellow the on-screen one (it’s not clear in my photo but it is there).
Huawei P20 – Overall Verdict
I like this phone. Although it will take me sometime to get use to avoiding the on-screen home page, and lacks some of the video and photo software that I’ve got use to on from the Galaxy range, it is still a top quality phone. I would give the phone an 8.5 out of 10 and would recommend it to anyone on a fairly limited budget.
Have you got a Huawei phone? If not would you consider one in the future?
Huge Great Update!!
I have just found out a way of turning off the very annoying on-screen home button and using the built in home button for all navigation. This means the phone is oficially a bloody perfect 10/10
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This is not a paid or gifted review. I have genuinely got the phone on contract and wanted to share my opinion of it.